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  • Jilted TPP partners (plus a few) share new hopes

    Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.

  • Wilbur Ross, sceptical about border taxes, outlines priorities for NAFTA renegotiation

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a March 3 interview, offered insights into general trade priorities and his priorities for the NAFTA renegotiation.

  • US public support for NAFTA now stronger than opposition

    The Gallup organisation reported on February 24 that US public support for NAFTA in early 2017 was greater than opposition for only the second time in 20 years

  • US policy announcements ignore major trade commitments

    Although in January Donald Trump summarised his objectives as “Buy American, hire American”, major policy priority summaries now almost ignore trade programmes.

  • This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies

    The speed the sourcing environment’s changing, you’d think this is a good time for a new strategy. You’d be wrong.

  • Trump seems to be trying to break up NAFTA

    A possibly unscripted February 13 remark by Donald Trump might indicate he wants to break up NAFTA, not merely renegotiate it.

  • Wave of Mexican protectionism hits US retailers north and south of Border

    A wave of resentment at Donald Trump has led to a range of anti-American actions in Mexico, from boycotting Starbucks and encouraging the use of Mexican ingredients to discouraging cross-border shopping truips to US border towns.

  • Mexico begins 90 day consultation period over NAFTA renegotiaton

    Mexico expects formal talks to begin in May

  • EU and Mexico agree accelerated timetable for upgrading trade deal

    The EU and Mexico announced on February 1 an “accelerated timetable” to upgrade their current free trade deal.  Though two more rounds of talks were planned for the first half of 2017, no date has been offered for agreement or for ratifying any ensuing deal.

  • Trump’s victory certainly doesn’t increase trading uncertainty.

    Practically every observer thought Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election this morning. Most went on to predict her mild hostility to further trade liberalisation meant the short-term prospects for global trade would be looking uncertain by now.
    Donald Trump, though, has been consistent and unambiguous about his trade policy.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • Europeans review their trade arrangements

    EU announces review of extending its Customs Union with Turkey – but won’t let Turkey into negotiations on TTIP (which Turkey wants to join). It says it will upgrade its free trade deal with Mexico to match its deal with Canada and TTIP – but Americans and some European politicians stay sniffy about its Trade Commissioners’s views on TTIP.

  • Mexicans admit “slave labour” raid on Jalisco sock factory was unwarranted

    The Yes International sock factory in Mexico’s Jalisco state was preparing to re-open on  February 12 after local authorities admitted no evidence had been found to support allegations against it made in an anonymous phone call

  • Chinese apparel exports growth slows. But exports to EU growing faster than domestic market.

    Chinese apparel exports to the West grew faster in 2014 than other apparel exports and than domestic sales.

  • Mexican textile and apparel import restrictions start becoming effective from February

    Mexico’s new restrictions on apparel and textile imports, summarised here in mid-January,  began coming into effect from February 1.