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September 25, 2017
Aluminum – Commodity Forecast – 2017-2018

Aluminum – Commodity Forecast – 2017-2018

This document provides recent and up-to-date information on factors affecting the price of aluminum on the global market, examines production, demand, trade and trade policy as well as competitiveness factors and gives an idea on what we can expect for the Q4 of 2017 and beyond. Aluminum has been lately at the center of the U.S. policy. The U.S. filed a complaint with the WTO (World Trade Organization) accusing Chinese subsidies to domestic aluminum producers of suppressing global prices of the metal. It was followed by an investigation on the impact of imported aluminum (and steel) as a national security threat. The initiative, has the potential to translate into quotas or tariffs, or both, for imported aluminum which will impact negatively many U.S. industries that have nothing to do with national security. The frontrunners being automotive, the industrial machinery manufacturing, construction, and packaging industries. The aluminum prices decreased significantly in […]
May 31, 2017
MES - US Trade Under Trump White Paper

US Trade Under Trump: Potentials and Possibilities

The presidential elections in the US last year brought a lot of uncertainty for trade relations. The tense relations with China, the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the renegotiation of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and a big question mark for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are making businesses, especially those dependent upon imports and exports, fidgety. MES Inc. is no exception. Dependent upon imports from China and India, and with over 30% of revenues coming from NAFTA countries, MES Inc. is aware of their customers’ concerns as they navigate the new climate. Throughout this White Paper MES Inc. looks at: The changes made in the first months of the new US Presidential Administration, The agenda for the succeeding months, The reactions and change in attitude of US’ trade partners, The reactions of the automotive industry which stands to be the most affected by the […]
November 28, 2016
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How China Is Disrupting Supply Chains in Europe

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a series of trips to Eastern Europe in 2016 as part of his advocacy campaign for the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (OBOR). The initiative, launched by Xi Jinping in the autumn of 2013, aims to link Asia with Western Europe, CIS countries, and Africa through a network of interconnected infrastructures, especially rail, road, and maritime transport. OBOR is now the largest and most important geostrategic, economic and financial project being implemented globally. China, who has been systematically and intentionally bypassed by the most important regional trade agreements, is now making history by literally building its own way into the Western markets viewing Central Eastern European Countries (CEE) as the best opportunity for an approach. Compared with the Marshall Plan, the regeneration plan for Europe after the WWII, OBOR is actually more than 10 times larger in terms of investment. […]
October 31, 2016
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Debunking Buy American, Made in U.S.A. and Assembled in U.S.A.

Our business model brings us often to the negotiation table with representatives of companies who appreciate the benefits we bring to their business in reducing the total cost of ownership, but are worried about “Buy America” and “Made in U.S.A / Assembled in U.S.A.” constraints. On more than one occasion we helped potential clients to understand better those constraints. BUY AMERICA “Buy America” is a complex web of acts and amendments and usually applies to companies providing services or goods to the U.S. government, either at the national or local level and which, consequently, are subject to public purchasing rules. The first Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by the Hoover administration giving precedence to U.S. –made products in public purchasing as part of the legislation meant to fight the Great Depression. According to the act, all goods for public use must be produced in the U.S., and manufactured […]
April 14, 2016
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The Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

MES publishes today the second research in the White Paper Series, an initiative of the Business Development Department meant to bring insightful industry analysis to our stakeholders. The objective was to assess how and to what extent the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect the automotive, lighting, heavy  machinery and energy equipment industries, the main industries MES serves.  We took a step back to look at the intricacies of the global trade agreements, the trade indicators such as tariffs, number of days and documents needed to import and export, container costs, rules of origin compared to NAFTA, trade surplus and deficits of the 12 countries involved etc. The analysis emphasized the position of the United States, identifies winners and losers and draws conclusions on what we can expect moving forward. Surprisingly, it also shows that China might not be as disadvantaged as it was originally thought from its absence from the negotiation […]
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