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As the world’s biggest economy, the United States represents a vast source of opportunities for cross-border trading activity, and over the years a number of free trade agreements have successfully enabled foreign companies’ commerce with America. Yet near and far, nations face growing challenges and costs from American regulations, the dollar exchange rate, and other sources. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s survey of executives at firms that do business in the United States reveals a number of significant insights about prospects and concerns for US trade. getAbstract recommends this enlightening report to leaders of US firms as well as those of foreign companies with commercial ties to the United States.

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The United States is the biggest importer and the second-largest exporter in the world. Given such a massive market, it’s unsurprising that a recent survey of senior executives from 531 companies around the world reveals that nearly two-thirds of them predict their businesses’ trade with the United States will increase in the years to 2020. But they also see challenges ahead. Of the respondents, 41% cite exchange rate volatility as a concern, while nearly one-third point to trade-related frameworks, costs and payments as pressing issues. Issues including “access to trade finance, unfair...

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