Defining Friendshoring: Another Paradigm in a Protectionist World

Defining Friendshoring: Another Paradigm in a Protectionist World

Canadian Economics
Pages:17 pages20 min read

Author: Pedro Antunes

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The conversation around trade is moving from reshoring to friendshoring—the idea that trade should shift to trusted economies. This issue briefing looks at what friendshoring hopes to achieve.

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Geopolitical tensions and protectionist policies are forcing a rethink of what we trade and with whom we trade. The conversation is moving from reshoring to friendshoring—the idea that trade should shift to trusted economies, rather than be open—but it’s not clear what friendshoring hopes to achieve.

If friendshoring is meant to reduce security risks, what products are critical and with which countries trade is vulnerable to disruption or protectionist actions? If friendshoring is meant to promote ties with friendly nations, how quickly might change occur? And if friendshoring is meant to economically hurt “unfriendly” countries, how should Canada position itself? Read the issue briefing to get our full analysis.

Key findings
Rising political tensions and protectionism
Defining friendshoring
The carrot and the stick of the friendshoring agenda
Conclusion
Appendix A—Bibliography

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