Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

20th December 2016

China-Korea trade collapses after a year’s “free trading”

Korean exports to China fell 10.9% in the first year of a free trade deal between the two countries. Chinese exports to Korea fell just 4.8%.  The graph prepared from...

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12th November 2016

Donald Trump’s immediate plans for the apparel industry

On October 22, Donald Trump published his work programme for the first hundred days of his Presidency. So far as this industry is concerned, that programme – reproduced, slightly abbreviated,...

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9th November 2016

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...

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6th August 2015

India halts EU free trade talks. Again

India announced on August 5 that it had decided "to defer for the present" the resumption of free trade negotiations with the EU over a dispute about pharmaceutical exports. Negotiations...

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13th May 2015

AGOA renewal threatened by US Senate block on discussing TPP “Fast track”

Though possibly temporary, the May 12 US Senate rejection of a proposal to speed up approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also imperilled progress on other key trade issues -...

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27th February 2015

EU negotiators still reluctant to forecast agreement on Vietnamese FTA

EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam sounded very uncertain in February about a speedy agreement. EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam are positive about progress on rules about merchandise, Mauro Petriccione, the EU...

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25th February 2015

Korea and China initial FTA

Korea and China initialled a Free Trade Agreement on February 25,  the Korean Ministry of Trade said, adding "The two countries' governments have agreed to work for official signing...within the...

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23rd February 2015

Pakistan’s “Turkish Special Economic Zone” claim and Turkish FTA offer strain credibility

Turkey's Prime Minister boasted on February 17 he would work to finalise a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan by June 2015 - but neither he nor his Pakistani colleague mentioned...

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23rd February 2015

EU-India free trade:”ball in India’s court” says EU ambassador

The EU is "looking for the Indian authorities to define their position" on further negotiations about and EU-India free trade deal, and "the ball is in India’s court" to signal...

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28th January 2015

Philippines announce negotiations on EU Free Trade Agreement. The EU doesn’t

Ceferino Rodolfo,Industry Development and Trade Policy assistant secretary at the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, told a local audience on January 22 that his colleagues “ are going to start negotiations by...

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20th October 2013

Sri Lankan trade association surprisingly keen on free trade with China

Spokespeople for Sri Lanka's garment trade have shown surprisingly unquestioning support for a trade deal with China that might be agreed with unprecedented haste. The secretary-general of Sri Lanka's Joint Apparel...

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8th June 2013

Trade Rules

The Clothesource Guide to Apparel Trade Rules is the definitive account of the rules relating to cross-border apparel trading Updated twice a year, it summarises the rules in easy to...

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