Afternoon Coffee: Where Drones Will Fit in the Medical Supply Chain, E.U. and Japan Push for Tariff Exemptions

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Proponents of drones have long espoused the potential benefits of the technology, but now their applicability to the medical supply chain is coming into clearer view. As NPR reports, loosening FAA regulations on drone flight paths is shining a spotlight on health-related uses for drones, including the on-demand delivery of blood and other medical supplies to hospitals.

Tariff Tussle

The backlash from last week’s declaration of new tariffs on steel and aluminum is still playing out with U.S. allies, as Japan and the E.U. push for exemptions from the new measures, according to the Wall Street Journal.  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met last week with E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and their Japanese counterpart, Hiroshige Seko, in Brussels as part of a trilateral effort to combat unfair trade practices.

Milking Almonds

California’s export trade is off to another strong start in 2018, coming in at $13.7 billion in January, a 3.2% year-over-year increase, the Sacramento Bee reports. Particularly strong was growth in almond exports, which surged 20% in January from a year ago.

U.K. Manufacturing

And finally, an economic update from across the pond: The U.K. manufacturing sector is on a tear, according to the Financial Times, registering its ninth consecutive month of growth in January. Manufacturing grew 0.1%, while overall industrial production grew 1.3%.

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