Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

American Chopsticks

As something of a follow-up to my previous entry, and for Lisa's benefit because I'd mentioned it to her this past weekend, here's the story about Chinese Chopsticks Made in America.

Purely from a logistical point of view, it makes more sense to me for the USA, with lots of wood of the right type, to make chopsticks for export to China than for China, with a wood shortage, to import raw logs. Besides, I bet the shipping rates are really good, due to the huge imbalance of trade: most of those containers heading west across the Pacific are empty, so shippers are likely happy to have something other than air to transport. (Despite what I do for a living, I don't have any particular special knowledge of trans-Pacific shipping.)

I also think it's foolish that most or all toothpicks here are made in China, considering that it's likely that much of the wood was shipped to China from the USA or Canada.
Tags: economics, logistics, politics
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