Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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...

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5th November 2015

US September imports continue growth trend

US apparel imports in September, measured in square metres of apparel, grew 4.8%, bringing growth in the moving annual total (MAT)  to September to 6.1%. As in most Septembers, China's...

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9th June 2015

Will a renewed AGOA really transform Africa’s struggling garment exports?

There's a lot more behind African apparel exports' dismal record than the stop-start history of one US trade concession, I argued in my June 9 Flanarant. That Flanarant looked at...

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1st September 2014

European Commission “approves Philippines GSP+” – amid many other trade deal announcements

The EU announced, quietly, in mid August that its Commission (its civil service) has cleared the Philippines' application  for GSP+. The clearance needs to be ratified by the EU's Council...

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29th August 2014

Angola and Mozambique start reopening long-closed factories

África Têxtil, in Angola’s Benguela province is due to resume production "in the next few days" said provincial governor, Isaac dos Anjos on August 24. Two other closed factories - Satec in...

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24th June 2014

Growing US interest in Africa not matched by Europe

The growth in US apparel imports from sub-Saharan Africa has not been matched in Europe, where imports from Africa have recently fallen.  European buyers generally have felt under less pressure...

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19th March 2014

“High potential” sourcing areas continue to decline

Manufacturing regions widely tipped for apparel growth disappointed in 2013. Both the US and EU continued to source a declining share of their apparel from their immediate neighbours, while Africa...

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28th November 2013

Cotton: China “now biggest subsidiser”. And India’s catching up

China is now spending nearly four times as much subsidising its cotton farmers as the US - and damaging the economies of the world's poorest countries, says the influential International Centre...

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21st August 2013

Why Ethiopia isn’t Morocco. Especially if you’re making clothes

However off the mark trade associations and political activists usually are about the garment industry, they rarely get things so spectacularly wrong as investment analysts. To take home their spectacular...

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6th January 2010

Why are small, poor garment-making countries bullied by big, poor ones?

The near-collapse of Botswana's garment industry is probably all the fault of South Africa. After quotas were taken off, Nepal looked as if it might retain part of its garment...

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29th November 2009

The Big Issues right now

Here's the big stories in the latest SourceChinese and Vietnamese unions start to flex their musclesRoutine worker disputes at a Chinese Triumph lingerie factory and at apparel factories in Haiphong...

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23rd September 2008

Reopening predicted again for Mozambique factories

Mozambique’s National Director of Industry, Sergio Macamo, claimed that two large Mozambican textile factories, paralysed for years, may reopen later in 2008. Like Azerbaijan, Mozambique grows cotton, but its once...

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