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Expert Commentaries


    When the Chinese import and export growth slowed up, reflecting lower demand for Chinese exports overseas and slower domestic demand, one would be ...
  • Are you being served?

    International trade is dependent upon a broad range of high risk supply chain activity, whilst cultural differences can influence the overall perc...
  • The Power of Global Networking

    WebPort Global is a new and exciting online trade network created for companies and members of World Trade Centers, Chambers of Commerce, Professional Associations, and any organization that participates in or supports importing and exporting.
  • Getting Ready to Trade at SME level

    SMEs have high expectations when they start to develop export strategies and define foreign market entry models. This might be influenced by different criteria varying from country to country. The economic crisis has had a crucial impact on export strategies.
  • Does Globalization create the Need for Cultural Understanding?

    It seems like just a short time ago we lived in a world in which contact with other cultures was incidental and peripheral. Sure, there used to be immigrants from other countries and then there was of course some contact when we travelled, but for most there was no real need to dive deeper towards understanding other cultures. Moreover, the impact of developing countries and regions at the other side of the globe on our daily life was very minimal, if at all. Well, that’s changing, and there is now a need to accept and embrace globalization, or be destined to failure (or worse, talk of isolationism as a way around it).
  • Achieving Export Competitiveness

    This article summarizes a paper on “Applying the Four Gears of National Export Strategy to Achieve Export Competitiveness that I wrote back in May 2012.
  • The Practicalities of Customs Bonded Warehouses

    As more customs bonded warehouses spring up around the globe, exporters are in a good position to benefit from this counterparty performance and credit risk management tool.
  • Muddying the export waters

    Muddying the export waters The row boiling up in Washington over the „no‟ vote on America‟s ExIm Bank charter and lending cap extension has made h...
  • Financing Options for Exporters – Nigerian Perspective

    Nigeria is an emerging economy with high growth potential. Unfortunately, most of it remains untapped due to many exportable commodities being neglected, as the federal government’s main focus is the exploration and exportation of crude oil. In addition, the government and financial institutions have so far given little or no attention to developing commodity export in terms of policy implementation and export financing, respectively.
  • Cash Crunch

    It is apparent that business can fail – over time – due to declining profitability. Furthermore, failure can stem from a lack of readily available cash, and poor short term cash flow can be ruinous, irrespective of whether or not the overall business is profitable. 

  • eLearning Benefits for Companies

    In many cases, the biggest dilemma facing a company considering employing e-Learning as a tool to train staff is how to justify the cost of such an approach.

    Within the context of International Trade and Finance training, without doubt e-Learning delivers more training benefits to more people for the lowest training investment. E-Learning, if it is done the right way always saves time, money, resources, and delivers measurable, tangible results.
  • India – An Emerging Tiger

    Interest in India has never been greater. Here CP Balachandran, one of the subcontinent’s most respected trade finance bankers, offers precious insights into this complex, multifaceted land, which despite its dazzling diversity of languages, customs, and cultures remains more than 60 years after its founding the world’s largest democracy. He describes the vast changes that have transformed this once sleeping giant into a world leader in science and technology, a nation once poverty stricken that now boasts a middle class of over 300 million people, as large as the entire population of the United States!