trade

Connor Radnovich

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is applauding the federal government’s latest effort to improve relations with Cuba. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Flake says the newest move by the U.S. Treasury Department will help both countries grow economically.


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Governor Jan Brewer is headed off to Europe this week in hopes of boosting trade. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

Peter O'Dowd / KJZZ

Trade between the United States and Mexico reached half a trillion dollars in 2011. Cross-border commerce is growing despite escalating drug violence in Mexico.

The final tally came out to $500 billion in goods and services traded between the two countries, according to a paper by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies.