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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Trouble ahead China trade sector poised for decline Trouble ahead: China trade sector poised for decline Just as China’s trade sector recovers from a fresh wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, the world’s largest exporter now faces a slimmer order book amidst weakening global sentiment and increased belt-tightening measures linked to inflation.
near term outlook for container shipping remains strong despite disruptions Near term outlook for container shipping remains strong despite disruptions Despite port congestion woes, COVID-19 lockdowns in Asia and vessel availability issues, the container shipping sector remains in boom territory. TFG investigates. 
how trade finance education has evolved since the pandemic How trade finance education has evolved since the pandemic LIBF’s Alex Gray discusses how trade finance education has evolved since the pandemic.

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Allianz Trade on trade confidence following conflict in Ukraine Allianz-Trade on trade confidence following conflict in Ukraine Confidence, demand and energy shock waves, writes Ana Boata, Global Head of Economic Research at Allianz Trade. Allianz Trade is the new name for trade credit insurer Euler Hermes, which became part of the Allianz SE group in 2018.
Letters of credit explained Letters of credit explained: How can they help your trading business grow, and how do you apply for one? Letters of credit are one of the most commonly used trade finance instruments, and they are a great way to increase security and mitigate risk during a trade transaction
commodities supercycle The commodities supercycle: What’s in a name? This article was co-authored by:

– Arun Prakash, strategy officer for trade and commodity finance at IFC
– Dennis Ochieng, economist at IFC
– Shanshan Li, consultant at IFC

Freeports: Levelling up UK trade Freeports: Levelling up UK trade Freeports are a special kind of air, rail, or seaport, where normal tax and customs rules don’t apply, says John Lucy, director of Liverpool City Region Freeport
Lin Hui FCI Trade Finance Global After two decades of steady growth, are we at a breakthrough moment for factoring in Asia? Twenty years ago Asia had a 12% share of the global factoring market. Today that share is 25%.

In this article, FCI’s Lin Hui looks at factoring’s two decades of steady growth in Asia, and where the industry goes from here…

2021 Year in Review 2021 – A Year in Review with Trade Finance Global As the clocks struck midnight, we looked back at over 700 articles, handpicking our favourite stories that made the headlines in 2021

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Latest Trade News

24Jun

UK appoints new trade commissioner to Africa

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The UK has a new trade commissioner to Africa.  On June 23, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK’s international trade secretary appointed… Read More →

21Jun

Trouble ahead: China trade sector poised for decline

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Just as China’s trade sector recovers from a fresh wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, the world’s largest exporter now faces a… Read More →

20Jun

TFG Weekly Trade Briefing, 20th June 2022

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Your Monday morning coffee briefing from TFG:
2022 WTO conference extended to try and end deadlock… Read More →

17Jun

Near term outlook for container shipping remains strong despite disruptions

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Despite port congestion woes, COVID-19 lockdowns in Asia and vessel availability issues, the container shipping sector remains in boom territory…. Read More →

16Jun

How trade finance education has evolved since the pandemic

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LIBF’s Alex Gray discusses how trade finance education has evolved since the pandemic…. Read More →

16Jun

2022 WTO conference extended to try and end deadlock

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The WTO Director-General has extended the WTO Ministerial Conference by a day in a bid to secure some form of… Read More →

15Jun

MonetaGo selected by the Association of Banks in Singapore to deliver Trade Finance Registry and combat duplicate invoice fraud

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Financial technology solutions provider MonetaGo has been selected by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) to deliver the Trade… Read More →

14Jun

DIT teams up with Barclays to promote UK trade and exports

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The UK’s Department of International Trade has announced a five-year partnership with Barclays bank to ‘broaden, deepen and sharpen’ efforts… Read More →

13Jun

ICC releases fintech collaboration guidelines

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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has released its fintech collaboration guidelines – a 23-page document aimed at helping fintechs… Read More →

13Jun

TFG Weekly Trade Briefing, 13th June 2022

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Your Monday morning coffee briefing from TFG: we.trade enters the trough of disillusionment – what this means for the digitalisation… 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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