Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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

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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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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12th February 2016

Are apparel prices really rising?

Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying? In the year to...

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13th February 2015

Mexicans admit “slave labour” raid on Jalisco sock factory was unwarranted

The Yes International sock factory in Mexico's Jalisco state was preparing to re-open on  February 12 after local authorities admitted no evidence had been found to support allegations against it...

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5th February 2015

Chinese apparel exports growth slows. But exports to EU growing faster than domestic market.

Chinese apparel exports to the West grew faster in 2014 than other apparel exports and than domestic sales. Measured in US dollars, they fell 2.2% in December over December 2013,...

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10th January 2015

Mexico publishes details of textile and apparel import restrictions

Mexico published full details in early January of its restrictions on importing textiles and apparel Importers of textile and apparel products of HS Chapters 50 through 63 will be required...

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3rd December 2014

Government corruption “worsening” in major garment exporting countries

Public perception of government and public-sector corruption has recently worsened in virtually all major garment-making countries, according to the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. The Index scores public perceptions in...

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9th October 2014

China’s still exporting more apparel – but losing market leadership in more categories

Though China's apparel exports grew healthily in the first half of 2014, it is no longer market leader in five of the thirty-four apparel categories analysed by Clothesource Tradetrak. 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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