Trade

Shipments through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma hit record level

Shipments through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma hit record level

New report details the extent of the state’s economic exposure to retaliatory tariffs

New report details the extent of the state’s economic exposure to retaliatory tariffs

Washington would be a major casualty in a Sino-American trade war.

With multinationals like Nike capable of moving production from one cheap source to another — shifting production from Japan to China and now to Vietnam — and with uber-efficient importers like Costco, Walmart and Amazon bringing goods straight from factory to consumer, the United States has become the bargain basement of the world.