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Tariff war could hit Washington state apple sales to Mexico

The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies Thursday, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada in a move that prompted fears of …


Cherry growers worried Chinese tariffs could hurt their biggest foreign market

Chinese tariffs take aim at Washington’s fruit crops.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Trade concerns among issues McMorris Rodgers hears in Valley meeting

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hears worries about trade.


Donald Trump’s promises trigger fears of a trade war that would damage Washington’s economy

Trade experts warn that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric foreshadows a trade war with China and a scrapping of hard-won tariff reductions. Washington state farmers, who would be among the casualties …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 9:57 a.m.

Inslee takes lawmakers to task over Ex-Im bank

OLYMPIA – Eastern Washington’s Republican members of Congress should stop being “climate deniers” and work harder to reauthorize a key financing mechanism for international trade that helps the state, Gov. …


McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse criticize Inslee on carbon efforts

OLYMPIA – Two Republican members of Congress from Eastern Washington think it’s great their Democratic governor is helping to boost foreign trade, but they want him to back off on …


Gregoire, Boeing boss attend Paris Air Show

Gov. Chris Gregoire is in Paris this week, talking up Boeing at the biennial air show and talking up Washington as a place for the aerospace giant’s next assembly line. …


Wash. timber exports thrive on construction boom in East Asia

OLYMPIA – Northwest forests are providing a boost to the building boom in China and will likely help with the rebuilding of post-tsunami Japan. The region’s loggers and longshoremen can …


Locke Will Visit Taiwan To Promote Trade

Gov. Gary Locke will travel to Taiwan this summer to promote trade, less than a year after a similar trip to China, where the nation’s first Chinese-American governor traced his …


Asian Crisis Hits Exporters Hard Glickman Says U.S. Could Lose Exports Worth Up To $2 Billion

The Asian economic crisis could cost U.S. exporters $2 billion in fiscal 1998, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. In a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Thursday, Glickman testified …


Skies Are Friendlier With U.S., Japan Deal Nations Agree To Remove Most Restrictions On Air Traffic

The United States and Japan ended one of their largest outstanding trade disputes Friday by agreeing to remove most restrictions on air traffic between the two countries. The agreement will …


Big Corporations Hope To Strike Gold In Nagano Olympic Games Give Companies That Sign On As Sponsors A Powerful Way To Enhance A Brand Image

In its battle against Fuji Photo Film for the Japanese market, Eastman Kodak has long played the underdog. But when the Olympics come to Fuji’s home turf next month, Kodak …


Bucking Long Odds Some American Companies Are Carving A Niche In Japan’s Service Sector

James Simkins began his career in Japan managing a hole in the ground. An executive for the American-owned Westin Hotel Co., he arrived in Tokyo five years ago just as …


Papal Visit Strengthens U.S. Bishops’ Bid To End Blockade

Now that Pope John Paul II has put a human face on Cuban Catholics, U.S. bishops said Saturday they are in a stronger position to push for an end to …


Asia’s Economic Woes Filtering Into The Northwest The Pacific Rim Economy Is Tethered Directly To The West Coast

They like Washington apples in Thailand - or at least they used to. Because of the Asian monetary crisis, an apple from Wenatchee that cost 40 cents a year ago …


Trade Gap Shrinks To $8.04 Billion

America’s trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed to $8.04 billion in November as a big drop in demand for imported oil and record exports of U.S. autos spurred the country’s best trade …


U.S. Embargo A Time-Tested Loser

Over the past 20 years, Pope John Paul II has been the most influential political - yes, political - figure in the world. He arrives in Cuba today to spread …


Bracing For The Flood Consumers Will Like Cheap Asian Imports, But U.S. Business Will Suffer

Shoppers flock to a makeshift shop selling used clothing in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Friday. South Koreans are conserving their household budgets in the midst of Asia’s economic turmoil. Photo …


Remedy Is Settling Up And Shaking Out

The recent turbulence in financial markets, especially in South Korea, has led to calls for more international regulation. The inability of Asian countries to repay their foreign loans, it is …


Asian Nations Get New Ag Credits U.S. Move Designed To Retain Key Customers Caught In Financial Crisis

In order to keep the country’s Southeast Asian trading partners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week offered $545 million in credit guarantees to five countries. But the move probably …


U.S. Companies Buy Soviet Space Services

Eighteen of Russia’s 48 satellite launches last year were on behalf of U.S. companies, and the cash-strapped space program hopes to increase that number in 1998, a news agency reported …


Mexicans Warned Over Apple Tariff

Pressed by the U.S. apple industry and Washington state lawmakers, the Clinton administration is turning up the heat on Mexico in a dispute over its tariffs on apple imports. The …


Boeing Says Asian Crisis May Delay 60 Deliveries

The Boeing Co. said Asian airlines may delay taking delivery of as many as 60 jetliners over the next three years because the region’s economic problems are slowing growth in …


International Referee Joins Film Feud

Eastman Kodak film and Fuji Photo film share a display in a Tokyo camera shop Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Upstream Battle Toward Salmon Deal Sides Hope Attention At Apec Forum Prompts Productive Talks Between U.S., Canada

The West Coast salmon war turned ugly this summer off the coast of British Columbia, with a ferry blockade, lawsuits and no end of angry words. The confrontations have cooled …


Apple Industry Seeks End To Mexican Duty

The apple industry here is calling for a halt to a 101 percent duty imposed by the Mexican government on imported apples now that an audit has found no evidence …


Clinton Calls On Japan To Show Asia The Way Fears About The Region’s Economic Crisis Dominate Opening Day Of Apec Summit

Emphasizing the peril that Asia’s economic crisis poses to the world, President Clinton urged Japan’s prime minister on Monday to attack his country’s financial troubles as a first step toward …


Odd Couple Airbus Partner British Aerospace To Manufacture Parts For Boeing 737 Wings

British Aerospace Plc, one of four partners in European planemaker Airbus Industrie, said it will supply wing parts for Boeing Co.’s 737 jetliner in an accord that puts BAe in …


Locke Talks With Clinton About Salmon, Trade Governor Delays Vacation To Have Unexpected Dinner With President

So how do you bring up a sensitive fight between two countries over salmon at a meeting with the president? That’s easy. Serve salmon for dinner.


Trade Deficit Widens Surge In Imports Pushes September Deficit Above $11 Billion

Just days before President Clinton meets with Pacific Rim leaders, record trade gaps with China and other Asian nations pushed the U.S. deficit to the worst showing in eight months. …