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Getting from A to B with less heartache. Export-minded entrepreneurs constantly grapple with the question of how to visit overseas customers without breaking the bank while making the best use of travel time. According to Fortune magazine, the trick is to hack the established methods and use the tactics known mainly to seasoned road-warriors. Included on the magazine’s six tricks: find often-cheaper “hidden” non-stop flights that airlines sell below competitors’ prices:

These “secret” flights are actually on published airline schedules, but they don’t often show up online. And they are, by definition, counterintuitive in terms of the cities served. They are actually called “fifth freedom” flights—when an international airline is given the freedom to fly (and take paying passengers) between two international destinations, neither of which is the airline’s home base or country.

Europe-bound exports jump. According to Statistics Canada data released last week, Canadian exports to the European Union saw an astonishing 40% bump compared to the year previous, growing to $3.6 billion, from $2.6 billion in 2013, according to the Montreal Gazette. By comparison, year-over-year export growth to the U.S. was 15.6%. But those developments are clouded by fears of an EU slump.

As impressive as the latest export numbers are, they do mask recent troubling developments in the EU economy. Growth in the eurozone has become fractured again and some of the biggest members are back in recession—leaving the overall economy of the bloc nearly flat in the second quarter of this year. The ECB is forecasting growth of just 0.9% growth for all of 2014 and 1.6% for 2015.

Provincial labour laws snag TPP talks between Canada, U.S. With negotiators for the 12 nations participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Vietman last week, reports surfaced that Canada and the U.S. are at loggerheads over the sensitive question of whether provincial labour laws should be subject to trade dispute rules embedded in the eventual agreement, Politico reported on Friday.

U.S. trade negotiators now want each of the 12 countries in the TPP, particularly Canada, to ensure that all labor laws, even those at a provincial or state level, are set at the federal level to ensure they are subject to the rules of the agreement. The U.S. has reportedly taken issue with the fact that—while the rules of TPP apply only to the federal level of governments—as few as 10% of Canadian workers fall under the jurisdiction of federal labour laws. The vast majority of Canadian workers are instead covered by provincial statutes.

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