Product/Market conditions that may prompt a business to trade internationally

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1. What is Protectionism?

  • An idea formed to create competition for home industries
  • Removing restrictions or barriers on the fre e exchange of goods between countries
  • Shielding a country's domestic industries from foreign competition by taxing imports
  • A method to encourage imports to your country
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2. Definition of globalisation?

  • "When a business successfully enters every single market on the globe"
  • "The decreased freedom and capacity of individuals and firms to undertake economic transactions with residents of other countries and operate on a global scale"
  • "The increased freedom and capacity of individuals and firms to undertake economic transactions with residents of other countries on a global scale"
  • "If everyone decided to travel around the globe"

3. What is the definition of offshoring?

  • Purchasing products from a different country
  • The relocation of a business process from one county to another
  • Distributing products in a different country than the one you produce in
  • Producing products on a boat off shore

4. Advantages of being in a trading bloc:

  • Products cost more for consumers because efficient producers from outside the bloc may have tariffs added to them
  • It reduces the beneficial effects of specialisation
  • Firms inside the bloc are protected from cheaper imports from outside e.g. EU shoe industry from China/Vietnam imports
  • The benefits of free trade between countries in different blocs are lost

5. Why would Protectionism be negative in the long term?

  • It weakens the protected industry because there would be no reason to innovate due to lack of competitors
  • It can be expensive for a business to upkeep
  • It means that business will get less revenue
  • The revenue from tariffs may become too big for the government

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