A surge in new trade restrictions that began in 2017 has waned over the course of 2020, as governments eased some of the barriers they put up early in the coronavirus pandemic.

In the early weeks of the outbreak, a number of governments rushed to protect their supplies of medical equipment and food, imposing a series of restrictions on exports. That led to fears of a fresh escalation of trade conflicts.

But…

This post first appeared on wsj.com

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