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U.S. Trade WebQuest

The United States trades with more than 80 countries around the World.  However, the top 15 countries we trade with make up 75% of our totals imports and exports.  In this WebQuest you will be looking at statistical data about our trade partnerships with these 15 countries.  You will then focus on one of these 15 countries and conduct further research of your own.  But first, let’s take a look at how our state contributes to U.S. Trade.

 

Delaware Exports  https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/state/data/de.html

2017 Value = _________________

2017 % Share of U.S. Exports = _____________________

Products (Choose 3 from the Top 10)

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Top Countries (Scroll down the page to view where our state’s exports go)

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Delaware Imports  https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/state/data/imports/de.html

2017 Value = _________________

2017 % Share of U.S. Imports = _____________________

Products (Choose 3 from the Top 10)

 

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Top Countries (Scroll down the page to view where our state’s imports come from)

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Summary Questions:

1. Does Delaware export more or import more?  (Support your answer with numbers)

 

 

2. Take another look at the list of products Delaware exports.  Based on what you observe about our state (climate, jobs, etc.), why do some of these products make sense?  Explain.

 

 

 

3. Take another look at the list of products Delaware imports.  Based on what you observe about our state (climate, jobs, etc.), why do some of these products make sense?  Explain.

 

 

 

 

Here is a summary of international trade and its impact on Delaware:

http://tradepartnership.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DE_TRADE_2013.pdf

Why is international trade & investment Important to Delaware? (List 3 reasons from Page 1)

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As you read the information on Pages 2-7, fill in the chart below with 3 interesting facts you find on each page:

Delaware Jobs Depend on Two-Way Trade

 

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Delaware Businesses Grow with Exports

 

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Delaware Companies Export throughout the World

 

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Delaware Companies & Workers Use Imports to Make Products and Compete in International Markets

 

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Delaware Needs Trade Agreements to Grow

 

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Foreign Investment in Delaware Creates Jobs

 

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Now, we will shift our focus to the United States as a whole.  First, let’s take a look at the Top 10 countries the United States trades with.  As you examine the list, fill in the chart below.

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1712yr.html

Year-to-Date Total Trade (2017)

Country

Value of Exports

(Round to nearest billion)

Value of Imports

(Round to nearest billion)

More Exports OR More Imports?

% of U.S. Trade

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1. Based on the chart above, how many countries do we export to more than import? ____________

2. Based on the chart above, how many countries do we import from more than export? ___________

3. Why do you think there are these differences?

 

 

 

Scroll down the same page and find the charts entitled “Year-to-Date Surpluses” and “Year-to-Date Deficits”

Note: If a country exports a greater value than it imports, it has a trade surplus, or positive balance.  If a country imports a greater value than it exports, it has a trade deficit, or negative balance.

 

 

Top 3 Countries with Trade Surpluses:

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Top 3 Countries with Trade Deficits:

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Return to the top of the page and choose THREE of the top 15 countries.  Print their names in the space below:

 

Now go to the following site to find out more about each of these 3 countries. https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/ To begin, click the  icon in the middle of the page.  When the next page comes up, click “Countries” at the top.  A list of all the available countries should appear. Fill in the following charts based upon what you find on their profiles:

Country Name:

 

Value of Exports

Value of Imports

 

 

Top Exports

 

 

Top Imports

 

 

 

 

Top Destinations

Top Countries of Origin

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Balance

 

 

 

Country Name:

 

Value of Exports

Value of Imports

 

 

Top Exports

 

 

Top Imports

 

 

 

 

Top Destinations

Top Countries of Origin

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Balance

 

 

 

Country Name:

 

Value of Exports

Value of Imports

 

 

Top Exports

 

 

Top Imports

 

 

 

 

Top Destinations

Top Countries of Origin

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Balance

 

 

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Return to https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/.  Click the  icon in the middle of the page.  When the next page comes up, click “Products” at the top.  A list of all the available products should appear. Choose 3 products to research and fill in the following charts based upon what you find on their profiles:

Product Name:

 

Top Exporters

 

 

Top Importers

 

 

 

 

Product Connections

(What other products are likely to be exported by countries that export this product?)

 

 

 

 

 

Product Name:

 

Top Exporters

 

 

Top Importers

 

 

 

 

Product Connections

(What other products are likely to be exported by countries that export this product?)

 

 

 

 

 

Product Name:

 

Top Exporters

 

 

Top Importers

 

 

 

 

Product Connections

(What other products are likely to be exported by countries that export this product?)

 

 

 

 

 
Next Steps:
1. Turn in your packet
2. Choose ONE of the country profiles on the front desks.
3. Complete your country's profile BY THE END OF THE PERIOD

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