Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

13th December 2013

The Bali Package 4: History shows how most “experts” get big trade initiatives wrong

We’ve had 20 years of global agreements like the Bali Package offering to revolutionise the textile and garment industries. They all did – but never as experts predicted. Public reception...

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9th December 2013

The WTO Bali Package 1: our topline summary of its effect on the garment trade

The effect on the garment trade of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) December 7 agreement  in Bali may be less dramatic than WTO delegates' ecstatic response to their ability to agree...

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9th December 2013

The garment trade and the Bali Package 2: Why “trade facilitation” is essential for the world’s poor.

Enthusiasts for the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) December 7 agreement  in Bali claim that it will boost the world economy by $1 trillion. Opponents call it "an agreement for transnational corporations"....

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9th December 2013

The WTO Bali Package 3: its likely impact on the garment industry

Enthusiasts for the  World Trade Organisation's (WTO) December 7 agreement  in Bali need to remember the last major agreement the WTO made. Because trade diplomats really don't forecast the effect of...

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30th September 2013

Indonesians worry about garment industry competitiveness after 2015

The Indonesian garment and textile industry discovered a range of new things in late September that were undermining their competitiveness in the run up to the ASEAN Single Market in...

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30th September 2013

Laos doubles its August estimate of labour shortage

Laos needs to import more than twice  as many workers from abroad as were estimated in August, said Onechanh Thammavong, the country's  labour minister, on September 23 - and needs to import...

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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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26th November 2012

EU concessions to Pakistan take effect – but Pakistanis divided on their value

The EU's package of duty-free concessions to Pakistan became effective from November 15. But Pakistanis were divided about its likely effect.First suggested after floods were alleged to have badly damaged...

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26th November 2012

EU changes to GSP far less than touted

The European Union announced on October 31 what sound like dramatic changes to its eligibility rules under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - the system under which it offers...

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19th November 2012

US lifting of Burmese garment ban does not change poor sourcing economics

The United States on November 16 suspended its ban on most imports from Burma before President Barack Obama visited the country on November 19. But the suspension will have little...

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1st November 2012

Mexico threat to China sets alarm bells ringing as others join

Mexico filed with the World Trade Organization on October 15 a dispute settlement case against a wide variety of measures allegedly taken by China to subsidise garment production, and their...

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1st November 2012

Sri Lanka garment industry steps up campaign for GSP+ restoration

The loss of Sri Lanka's no-duty GSP+ facility to the European Union may have cost the country's garment industry as much as $ 1 billion, according to former Secretary General...

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