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State officials and representatives of three New Hampshire companies will head to the United Arab Emirates this month for an industry trade show.

  The Obama Administration is touting the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the U.S., Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations.

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  After more than a year of planning, the state has called off this month’s planned trade mission to Colombia.

The mission was intended to help New Hampshire companies find export opportunities in Colombia. State officials say a number of firms expressed interest, but none signed up to make the trip.

Tina Kasim of the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce says the state is now considering a range of ways to help firms looking to do more business overseas.

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Congress is in the throes of debate over complex trade deals that include President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to expand trade with Asia.  Critics say these proposals hurt American workers. Supporters say they improve the flow of goods in the global economy. We’ll dig into this debate and find out how New Hampshire might be affected.

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Both of New Hampshire’s US Senators voted in favor of giving President Obama additional trade powers.

The Senate voted 62 to 37 Friday to approve so-called “fast track” negotiating authority, in which Congress can ratify or reject, but not change, trade agreements presented by the president.

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New Hampshire's economy has yet to see tangible benefits from Gov. Maggie Hassan's trade trip to Turkey last year, which state officials and businesses say provided a solid footing for future deals.

Republicans are still critical of the Democratic governor's decision to lead the trip, which cost the state $15,000, after she imposed a ban on out-of-state travel.

NAFTA Turns Twenty

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President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in December 1993, eliminating all tariffs and trade restrictions among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The treaty, though, has always been controversial in all three nations.  Two decades later, we examine its impacts, and which predictions about it have come true.


Tariffs, quotas, import-limiting regulations are all on the rise, with countries increasingly trying to boost their own economies.  Lawmakers in the U.S. meanwhile are pondering new “Buy American” provisions, as the EU considers its own “Buy European” initiative. But many say these tactics can have unwanted effects, including foreign retaliation and job loss. Friday we'll talk with Dartmouth Professor Douglas Irwin about the Protectionism predicament


With the focus on Europe’s economic woes and China’s clout, it’s easy to overlook that our nation’s largest geographic border, Canada, is also our largest trading partner.  Although, it works well most of the time, there are some tensions, like  over duty-free status, controversial energy projects, and imbalances in tourism traffic.  We’ll look at how these issues affect the bottom dollar in both countries.