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Closing the European Trade Barrier Gaps
Supply Chain 24/7 ^ | 7 May 2014 | Patrick Burnson

Posted on 05/07/2014 6:55:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman

As the EU slowly recovers from its economic doldrums, member nations vie for U.S. investment and logistical services while shippers increase their willingness to enlarge operations on the continent.

With $1 trillion in trade taking place between the U.S. and the 27 nations comprising the European Union (EU), the potential impact of a new transatlantic trade pact is truly significant.

The combined population of 800 million generates almost half of the world’s gross domestic product and represents 40 percent of global trade.

But while negotiators for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have yet to iron out a deal, savvy U.S. shippers have begun to vet logistics providers and EU supply chain networks to take advantage of expected changes in market access, regulatory aspects, and rules.

“The biggest transatlantic trade bonanza lies in reduction of non-tariff barriers,” says Ann Bruno, vice president of international operations of ICAT Logistics. “If TTIP negotiators succeed in eliminating only half of the non-tariff barriers, the GDPs of both the U.S. and the EU will increase by 3 percent.”

Fortunately, adds Bruno, railroads, shipping lines, air freight companies and ports will have plenty of time to prepare for the coming “TTIP-ing” point in transatlantic trade.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eu; poland; trade; transatlantic
Interesting stuff . . . and really underscores the importance of Poland in accessing this market most efficiently.
1 posted on 05/07/2014 6:55:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

“27 nations comprising the European Union (EU)”

It’s 28 after Croatia joined last year.

2 posted on 05/07/2014 12:00:52 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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