Trade

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President Trump's trade disputes over tariffs and NAFTA provisions have created headaches for numerous sectors of the American economy. Idaho's number one exports to China are manufactured goods and electronic components and we look at how these trade policies are impacting Idaho exports and how tariffs are affecting raw material prices for manufacturers.

  • Tariff wars impacting Idaho manufacturing.
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UPDATE: In light of the events of this past weekend in Boise, the content of today's Idaho Matters is changing. At noon today we will be talking with city leaders about the mass stabbing that has affected people in our refugee community.

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The Trump Administration announced it’s allowing stiff tariffs to go into effect on steel and aluminum from Mexico and the European Union. With Idaho’s growing beer scene, the move is getting mixed responses from brewers.

Idaho And NAFTA

May 1, 2018

President Trump insists the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a terrible deal for American workers, but one-quarter of Idaho’s exports went to Canada and Mexico from 2002 to 2016 and the state's agricultural community is very concerned about what a withdrawal from NAFTA could mean for their bottom line.

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A group of officials in the eastern part of the state were in Japan for a whirlwind trip to foster investment in Idaho.

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Governor Butch Otter was the featured guest on C-SPAN’s program "Washington Journal" Monday morning. The network’s bus rolled into Idaho on a national tour of state capitals.

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China is imposing new tariffs on over 100 American-made products, including wheat. It’s the second time the Asian nation implemented new fees on American imports this week.


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In the latest round of tit-for-tat tariffs between China and the U.S., the Asian nation has imposed new prices on 128 American-made products. The new regime of tariffs could impact some goods produced in Idaho.

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Negotiations surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, will soon enter an eighth round. Industries in Idaho are keeping a close eye on the talks.

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Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels.

This interview was originally broadcast in June, 2017.

In recent years, the powerful and at times unexpected impacts of globalization have sent shock waves through our country’s political, economic and social systems. The promise that open trade and investment would bring new jobs, economic growth and price stability has not materialized for many Americans, who have seen their standard of living stagnate or diminish. At the same time, there is widespread disagreement about what our country needs to do to more effectively compete in the current global marketplace.

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One of the United Kingdom’s top representatives in the United States passed through Boise recently. Andrew Whittaker is the U.K.’s Consul General in San Francisco. Headquartered in Northern California, he oversees consular affairs across seven states in the West.

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Idaho is dispatching a trade mission to the Far East on November 10. Twenty-one organizations and businesses will have meetings in Taiwan and Vietnam over the course of the eight day trip.


This interview was originally broadcast in May, 2017.

The decades after World War II were a golden age when many people around the world enjoyed an increasingly good quality of life. But by the early 1970s, the good times had all but vanished as energy shortages, financial crises and rising unemployment shook economies in America and around the world.

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