International Trade http://www.kplu.org en Northwest highways await Mexican trucks http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-highways-await-mexican-trucks <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980598.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-980598.mp3</a></p><p>The next time you head down the interstate, that truck in the lane next to you could be from Mexico. That&#39;s because of a recent cross-border trucking accord between the United States and Mexico.</p><p>Opponents say putting Mexican trucks on U.S. roads is risky. But there&#39;s little evidence to show that Mexican trucks are actually a hazard on the highway.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:56:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 2249 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest highways await Mexican trucks WCO in Seattle: Protecting computer data in "the cloud" http://www.kplu.org/post/wco-seattle-protecting-computer-data-cloud <p>The famous &quot;battle in Seattle&quot; more than a decade ago put the letters &quot;W-T-O&quot; into the collective consciousness. Now most people have at least a vague idea about the role the World Trade Organization plays in regulating international commerce.&nbsp;</p><p>But what about the letters W-C-O?</p><p> Fri, 13 May 2011 21:12:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1580 at http://www.kplu.org WCO in Seattle: Protecting computer data in "the cloud" Seafood industry braces for Japan crisis impact http://www.kplu.org/post/seafood-industry-braces-japan-crisis-impact <p>The earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan are having a ripple effect on the trans-Pacific seafood trade.</p><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">In Seattle, Sushi Kappo Tamura chef and owner Taichi Kitamura is worried now that a big chunk of the Japanese fishing industry damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. Along with sushi, Kitamura&#39;s menu also features some traditional recipes that use Japanese fish.</p><blockquote><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">&quot;Consistency in availability is very important because you have a menu and you have to keep certain items on the menu,&quot; Kitamura says.</p></blockquote><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; ">Kitamura is also worried about the safety of the seafood he imports. South Korea, Singapore and other Asian countries are already testing Japanese food imports for radiation. Japanese authorities say the levels of radiation released from the crippled nuclear reactors don&#39;t pose a public health risk. But Kitamura says skittish customers might decide to stay away.</p><p style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.25em; margin-left: 0px; line-height: 1.45em; font-size: 0.85em; "><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/18/134653667/u-s-seafood-industry-braces-for-japan-crisis-impact">Read More</a></p><p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:18:39 +0000 Liam Moriarty 1030 at http://www.kplu.org Seafood industry braces for Japan crisis impact Gary Locke expected to be the next US ambassador to China http://www.kplu.org/post/gary-locke-expected-be-next-us-ambassador-china <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956347.mp3</p><p>President Barack Obama is expected to nominate&nbsp;US Commerce Secretary and former Washington Governor Gary Locke to be ambassador to China. Both as governor and Commerce Secretary, Locke has promoted close trade relations with the country from which his father and grandfather emigrated.</p><p>If Locke is confirmed as ambassador to China, he&rsquo;ll become the first Chinese-American to hold the post. He was also the first Chinese American to become a governor and the first to be Secretary of Commerce.</p><p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:58:46 +0000 Paula Wissel & KPLU News Staff 944 at http://www.kplu.org Gary Locke expected to be the next US ambassador to China Starbucks sales and earnings up again, shares down on outlook http://www.kplu.org/post/starbucks-sales-and-earnings-again-shares-down-outlook <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-948558.mp3</p><p>Starbucks has done it again. The coffee giant says its <a href="http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=495">global revenues reached a record</a>: $3 billion in the first quarter. Profits were up 44 percent compared to a year ago, thanks in part to the chain's growing popularity with coffee drinkers around the world.</p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 02:36:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 651 at http://www.kplu.org Starbucks sales and earnings up again, shares down on outlook China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters http://www.kplu.org/post/chinas-aerospace-sector-booming-washington-companies-testing-waters <p>China's aerospace sector is taking off.&nbsp; Washington state has hundreds of suppliers - and many want in to that growing market.&nbsp; The state's <a href="http://www.choosewashington.com">Department of Commerce</a> is more than a year in to a new push to promote them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:43:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 315 at http://www.kplu.org China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters