Trade Hub – What is International Trade?

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Introduction to International Trade

Global trade involves the transfer of goods and services, both domestically and internationally. In the TFG international trade hub, you can find out the latest on global trade, including free trade, customs related news, trade terminology, free trade agreements and current trade negotiations.

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ECAs play a vital role in protecting international trade flows ECAs play a vital role in protecting international trade flows ECAs play a critical role in promoting and shoring up international trade flows, particularly during times of upheaval and economic stress.
Football, factoring and fraud: Kicking out the bad actors, creating rules and standards Factoring, invoice financing, and open account methods are vital for the global economy, aiding businesses in managing cash flow & liquidity.
Expanding trade opportunities in developing economies through enhanced finance solutions As we sail through the choppy waters of global trade in 2024, we find ourselves in a world transformed by both financial and geopolitical shifts.

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Free Trade and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) – Latest

Impasse over UK and Canada's free trade negotiations Impasse over UK and Canada’s free trade negotiations Recent British-Canadian free trade negotiations have been put on hold due to market access barriers – find out why.
Singapore ratifies UK's entry into CPTPP Singapore ratifies UK’s entry into CPTPP On Tuesday, Singapore approved the UK’s accession into the CPTPP. Read more about the benefits and what experts say about the accession.
European Parliament approves of new EU-New Zealand trade deal European Parliament approves of new EU-New Zealand trade deal Today, the European Parliament approved a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and New Zealand. The FTA will eliminate all tariffs on EU exports to New Zealand upon its implementation.… read more →
UK and South Korea start talks on new trade deal after £21bn Korean investment into British economy UK and South Korea start talks on new trade deal The United Kingdom and South Korea are set to begin discussions on a new, comprehensive trade deal aimed at amplifying bilateral trade.  South Korea, the world’s 13th largest economy, is… read more →
EU considers extending steel and aluminium trade truce with US EU considers extending steel and aluminium trade truce with US The European Union is considering extending its current truce with the US concerning steel and aluminium trade. This move could circumvent ongoing stagnant talks and prevent the re-imposition of tariffs… read more →
IMF warns of increased global trade restrictions and fragmentation The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that global trade restrictions have almost tripled over the past four years, according to Gita Gopinath, IMF First Deputy Managing Director, as reported… read more →

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Latest Trade News

01Mar

MC13 extended by one day, progress on agreements reportedly stalls

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MC13 has been extended by an additional day, entering its fifth day, as countries continue negotiations on key agreements…. Read More →

29Feb

ECAs play a vital role in protecting international trade flows

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ECAs play a critical role in promoting and shoring up international trade flows, particularly during times of upheaval and economic… Read More →

28Feb

UN Outlook: African public debt to exceed pre-pandemic levels into 2025

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Africa’s public debt challenges: projected to remain high post-pandemic, risking debt distress for many countries. Learn more…. Read More →

28Feb

International coalition outlines plastic pollution solution at MC13

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At MC13 coalition of World Trade Organisation (WTO) members has taken a step towards curbing the issue of plastics pollution…. Read More →

20Feb

Football, factoring and fraud: Kicking out the bad actors, creating rules and standards

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Factoring, invoice financing, and open account methods are vital for the global economy, aiding businesses in managing cash flow &… Read More →

16Feb

Expanding trade opportunities in developing economies through enhanced finance solutions

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As we sail through the choppy waters of global trade in 2024, we find ourselves in a world transformed by… Read More →

16Feb

World Bank provides $300m grant to TDB for clean energy in Africa

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The World Bank has granted nearly $300 million to the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) to… Read More →

14Feb

OECD: 2023 sees mixed progress in global service trade liberalisation

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In 2023, OECD’s yearly analysis reported that reforms of service trade liberalisation policies in 2023 fell short of expectations. Despite… Read More →

08Feb

Mexico overtakes China as top exporter to US; American trade deficit narrows by the most since 2009

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In 2023, Mexico overtook China as the United States’ largest goods exporter, based on recent trade figures. The Bureau of… Read More →

01Feb

Standby Letters of Credit (SBLC): Top tips and best practice for corporates

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Learn about SBLCs: an irrevocable, independent financial security instrument to protect your investments and liabilities…. Read More →

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About the Author

Mark heads up the trade finance offering at TFG where his team focuses on bringing in alternative structured finance to international trading companies. Prior to joining TFG (tradefinanceglobal.com), Mark qualified as a lawyer with a top ranked global trade and structured commodity finance team.

Mark has previously advised commodity trading firms, banks and alternative capital providers on international structured trade financings, pre-export, prepayment and limited recourse structures – notably in the oil, soft commodities and metals sectors. This has included mining finance projects, structured letter of credit facilities, receivables discounting and forfaiting agreements.

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