Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

27th April 2017

Trump “tax plan” is a one-sided sheet of paper. With no comment on border taxes

Donald Trump's promised tax reform plan turned out on April 26 to be a content-free, single-sided, list of aspirations. The list made no mention of border taxes. The page says:...

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24th April 2017

Trump tax plan seems to rule out border taxes

Donald Trump revealed he plans to announce major tax cuts by the end of April - but most commentators believe his announcement must delay any talk of border taxes. In...

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7th April 2017

The Brexit and Trump kamikaze wings are trying to kill businesses

Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want. They differ...

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8th March 2017

What’s the Chinese for hogwash?

“China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5. Well, he should know. Time after time, whichever political parties have...

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3rd March 2017

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. Overall, he said his priorities were: "First emphasis...

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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...

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28th February 2017

Mexico says “we’ll quit NAFTA if Trump makes unreasonable demands”

Mexico's top trade negotiator said in an interview published on February 27 that he would walk away from the table if US negotiators threatened 20% duties on cars. “The moment that...

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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...

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14th February 2017

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. At a press conference for the Washington visit of...

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4th February 2017

First details emerge of probable NAFTA and Border Tax legislation – but where’s China?

US Congressional Republican leaders made their pitch on February 1 and 2 for handling NAFTA renegotiation and border taxes. Trump’s earlier China commitments seem to have disappeared. NAFTA renegotiation Donald...

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3rd February 2017

High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism

Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning. So did other government plans just as potentially disruptive to...

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31st January 2017

Jilted TPP partners divided over response

The eleven countries abandoned by the US when it left the Trans Pacific Partnership on January 23 appear seriously divided about what to do next. Beijing continues to suggest their...

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