Made in Different Places


In a farm in Valencia, Spain, Rafa Gandía wakes up early to tend to his fields. His job is a forgotten link in the wine production process. He runs a nursery where he grows the early vines that will become grape plants in different parts of the world. A Napa or Rioja wine may contain a percentage of Valencia and is a perfect metaphor to products nowadays. There are hardly any products made solely in a single place. Global is truly global these days, until there is a trade war.

In 2017, the value of Chinese goods imported to the United States exceeded American goods exports to China by roughly $375 billion. Over that same period, the United States actually ran a $38.5 billion surplus on services trade with China. Overall, in terms of both goods and services, the United States trade deficit with China in 2017 was around $336 billion.

But how these numbers are added together can show a different reality. The WTO says nearly a third of China’s exports to the U.S. included parts and components produced in other countries, but delivered to China for final assembly. Economists called these exports 'intermediate products.' According to study from Oxford University, if we subtract the value of imported components from these 'intermediate exports,' it would cut the size of the U.S. trade deficit with China by half.

'Made in Different Places' explores the trade deficit between the US and China, the current trade war, and how trade imbalances are affected by a different macroeconomic factors, including the relative growth rates of countries, the value of their currencies, and their saving and investment rates.

Gerry Hadden

Executive Producers
Ma Jing
Guo Chun
Yao Hong
Humberto Duran

Big Story Producer
Andrea Vieira

Spain Producer
Andrea Casino

Gerry Hadden

Armando Guerra
Marta Varona
Andrea Casino
Arturo Fons
Gavin Northover

Marta Varona
Armando Guerra

Motion Graphics and Design
Albert Val

Archive Material
AFP Services
Guardia Civil
Valencia Port Authority

Audio Network

We would like to thank
Noatum Container Terminal Valencia
Harley-Davidson Valencia Chapter