Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

15th April 2018

Trump U-turns again on TPP. EU just presses on with TPP’s key members

The Trump administration's stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP's major members, though, made real progress with the EU Trump's wobbles...

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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...

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3rd April 2015

Port delays cut US February imports less than predicted. But Asians hit.

US apparel imports in February grew 0.2% on February 2014, in spite of West Coast port delays. Imports from Asia remained depressed - but  far less than widely-quoted indicators were...

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31st January 2015

2014 Trade agreements: Korea strikes deals with China, Australia, Vietnam and Canada

In addition to its deal with Australia, in early November, Korea announced it had initialled an FTA with China, though said it would not release details until a provisional signature...

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16th January 2015

WTO finds against Argentine protectionism

A WTO appeal body reaffirmed on January 15 practically all the findings  of earlier WTP panels that Argentina's import restrictions breached WTO rules. Though some Western politicians hailed the findings...

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25th June 2014

Brazil’s Santana Textiles almost doubles capacity in Argentina

Santana Textiles announced on May 28 the near-doubling of its Argentine spinning and weaving capacity. A 367 million pesos ($45.4 mn) investment in Puerto Tirol, Chaco Province, will increase spinning...

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16th June 2014

United Nations apparel manufacturing data shows near-record high growth, though gap between rich and poor countries stays unchanged

Provisional data from the United Nations shows year on year worldwide growth in apparel manufacturing hit a near-record of 7.4% in the first three months of 2014, with growth in...

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15th January 2014

Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions - seldom directly linked to garment industry issues - are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia....

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14th January 2014

Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions - seldom directly linked to garment industry issues - are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia....

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29th November 2013

Still no sign of any net new nearshoring

Immediate neighbours provided a smaller share of both EU and US apparel imports in Q3 of 2013. Between 2008 and 2012, Central America’s share of US apparel imports consistently fell....

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6th November 2013

EU vote poses possibility of GSP+ extensions being rejected

A vote at a little publicised EU committee on November 5 raised the slight possibility the Union's plan for adding ten new beneficiaries to its duty-free GSP+ concession from January...

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6th October 2013

Inditex property seized in Argentinian “slave labour” investigation

Public officials raided Inditex offices and branches around Buenos Aires on September 26, and seized files and computers, as investigations continued into allegations of the company's involvement with slave labour...

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