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...
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,...
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...
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 -...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...