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Majority of U.S. companies in China consider relocating due to trade war

“Sixty-four percent of the companies said they were considering relocating production lines to outside of China, but only 1 percent said they had any plans to establish manufacturing bases in North America. … The trade war is shifting both supply chains and industrial clusters, mostly towards Southeast Asia.”

[Reuters]

CBP tests augmented reality, blockchain to better protect intellectual property

“Customs and Border Protection is running multiple emerging-technology pilots to see how new tech can better address agency needs. In the latest project, CBP agents are using … augmented-reality headsets to inspect goods for intellectual property rights violations. … CBP also recently concluded the ‘live fire testing’ of a blockchain proof of concept that uses the technology to verify certificates of origin from the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central America Free Trade Agreement partners.”

[GCN]

TPP-11 turns focus to recruiting new members

“Cabinet-level representatives from the 11 Pacific Rim nations will meet in Tokyo as early as January to decide on the procedures to let in new members, with expansion targeted for next year. In addition to Thailand, the U.K. and South Korea have expressed interest.”

[Nikkei Asian Review]

Losing EU trade benefit would hurt Cambodia clothing exports

“The European Commission earlier this month said it has begun the formal process of withdrawing Cambodia’s access to the duty-free Everything But Arms initiative over the Southeast Asian nation’s human rights record. At the time a spokesperson told just-style the review period will take six months and Cambodia could face tariffs on garment and textile exports to the European Union within 12 months.”

[Just-style]

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