6th November 2020
China’s Australian import ban reveals UK trade advisor’s poor judgement
China's ban on Australian imports reflect badly on the judgement of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, recently appointed by the UK government as a Trade Adviser. Chinese importers were advised...
22nd April 2018
Chinese “waiting for Pakistani textile mills to die”
A year ago, Pakistani companies were leaking to news agencies that Chinese firms were using Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” project to invest heavily in Pakistan's spinning and weaving industry. Six...
28th March 2017
Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst
Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years . Clothesource Tradetrak measures...
1st March 2017
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. Trump’s Address to Congress Donald Trump’s February 28...
28th February 2017
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. No-one knows yet how Britain's options will develop On February...
13th February 2017
Li&Fung dropped from stock index of Hong Kong’s leading firms
Li&Fung will be dropped from Hong Kong's Han Seng index of leading quoted businesses from March 6, the index compilers announced on February 12. The delisting - which has no...
7th February 2017
US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated
US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%. Average prices per square metre...
15th January 2017
Trump abandons China “currency manipulation” promise
Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China. On October 22, he promised that on his first day in office he would instruct...
11th January 2017
Chinese apparel making costs duck national trend as US prices tumble
Though the world’s business press reported in mid-January that Chinese manufacturing costs grew sharply in December 2016, costs for Chinese apparel and textile makers grew far less. In November 2016...
1st December 2016
Trump Treasury nominee casts doubt on Trump’s China policy
Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's nominee as Secretary of the US Treasury, expressed disagreement with Trump's promised China trade policy immediately after his nomination announcement. The nominations of Mnuchin, formerly a Goldman...