Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

27th September 2012

US to lift Burma import ban – but stays silent on when

The US will begin lifting its ban on Burmese imports - but will give no indication about when.Speaking as the Burmese president Thein Sein arrived at the United Nations on...

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14th June 2012

African worries grow over AGOA renewal.

Governments and garment makers throughout Africa are getting increasingly worried about prospects for the continuation of their AGOA duty-free access to the US as no attempts seem to be under...

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14th June 2012

EU amends GSP rules – but Pakistan power shortage undermines concessions

The EU Parliament voted on June 13 to reduce the number of GSP beneficiary countries from 176 to around 75 by 2014. But it amended the rules for its GSP+...

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18th April 2012

No AGOA third-country extension in prospect

The US Administration virtually admitted on March 26 there is no likelihood the country's s third party fabric provision to AGOA beneficiaries will be renewed in time for importers to...

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15th February 2012

Obama Administration tries to reverse countervailing duty bar on China

The US Administration is trying to reverse the bar on countervailing duties (CVDs) against Chinese imports imposed by US courts under US law, while tied up in legal wrangles about...

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15th February 2012

WTO finally accepts Pakistan waiver – but European opposition continues

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Council for Trade in Goods finally approved on February 1 a proposal for the EU to grant Pakistan temporary duty free access for 75 mostly...

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15th February 2012

Developing countries step up protectionism

Indonesia promises to be tougher on importsIndonesia's recently appointed Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan denied that the country's move to restrict some imports and exports was protectionist.Appointed in October to replace...

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14th December 2011

Brazilian industry pushes for more measures against Chinese textile

Brazil's Textiles Industry Association (ABIT) has announced it will ask its government to implement measures to curb the flow of Chinese imports, after claiming China has 27 subsidy programmes in...

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14th December 2011

Egypt adds further import restrictions as revolution complicates trade

Egypt announced a range of higher duties on imported garments and raw materials on November 24, as part of a package of around twenty new regulations intended to save its...

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14th December 2011

Bangladesh steps up opposition to EU Pakistan concessions

The EU decision in autumn 2010 to offer temporary duty-free access to 75 Pakistani textile products, and its later decision to start discussions on granting Pakistan permanent GSP+ duty free...

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14th December 2011

India/Pakistani textile trade: The devil’s in the detail

The Pakistani cabinet agreed in early November to normalise trade with India - and its industries have been squabbling about it ever since.India in theory agreed in 1996 to give...

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14th December 2011

Now US worried about “China drifting toward more state control”

The United States criticized China on November 30 for drifting away from free market reforms and toward more state control of its economy."China seems to be embracing state capitalism more...

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