trade http://www.kplu.org en Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Invest for Growth—But Will it Come? http://www.kplu.org/post/ports-seattle-and-tacoma-invest-growth-will-it-come <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Container volume is down more than 8 percent at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma in July, most likely a reflection of the weak economy. But</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the ports also face longer-term challenges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Competition from Canadian ports is fierce. Then there’s the widening of the Panama Canal, set to be done in 2015, which some people say could divert ships away from the Pacific Northwest. And then there’s the Chinese economy to think about.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:21:16 +0000 Ashley Gross 9733 at http://www.kplu.org Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Invest for Growth—But Will it Come? Washington companies hope U.S. passes Russian trade bill http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-companies-hope-us-passes-russian-trade-bill <p></p><p>Everyone from Boeing to fish processors and apple growers stands to benefit if the U.S. normalizes trade relations with Russia. That’s coming up for a vote Friday in the House of Representatives.</p><p>Russia joined the World Trade Organization in August and lowered a whole bunch of tariffs on things like airplanes and fish.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:48:21 +0000 Ashley Gross 7137 at http://www.kplu.org Washington companies hope U.S. passes Russian trade bill Forty percent of jobs in Washington state are tied to trade http://www.kplu.org/post/forty-percent-jobs-washington-state-are-tied-trade <p>Trade is even more important to Washington state’s economy than previously thought. A new report says 40 percent of jobs in the state are connected to exports and imports.</p><p>A lot of that trade, of course, stems from very expensive airplanes produced and shipped from Washington. But the new report from two trade booster groups sheds light on other parts of our state’s economy connected to trade - like international tourism.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:04:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 6559 at http://www.kplu.org Forty percent of jobs in Washington state are tied to trade Pakistan's Lone Brewery Sets Sights On India http://www.kplu.org/post/pakistans-lone-brewery-sets-sights-india Islamic Pakistan has just one brewery, but it has a rich history.<p>Bottles of beer have been rolling off Murree Brewery's assembly line since 1860, when the company was founded outside the capital Islamabad — making it Pakistan's oldest private company.<p>"The brewery was here before Pakistan was here," says CEO Isphanyar Bhandara.<p>Sitting at his grandfather's desk, he tastes new samples and describes how he ended up running a brewery in a Muslim country, where alcohol is virtually banned.<p>"At the time of partition, my folks decided to stay on this side of the line," says Bhandara, referr Sun, 02 Sep 2012 13:52:19 +0000 6175 at http://www.kplu.org Pakistan's Lone Brewery Sets Sights On India