11th March 2015
For most of our lifetimes – foreign trade will matter far more to China than to the US
In this week's Sourcing Journal Online Op-Ed, I've looked at the contrast between US attitudes to foreign trade infrastructure ("If we must, fine. As long as it doesn't cost") and...
31st January 2015
Australia adds deals with China to Korea and Japan – and eyes India
China and Australia announced in mid-November that a free trade agreement had been initialled. Negotiations started in May 2005. The Australian Prime Minster’s office said it expected the two countries’...
31st January 2015
2014 Trade agreements: Korea strikes deals with China, Australia, Vietnam and Canada
In addition to its deal with Australia, in early November, Korea announced it had initialled an FTA with China, though said it would not release details until a provisional signature...
30th December 2014
Bangladesh garment makers incomprehensibly enthusiastic over pointless Chinese free trade offer
Bangladesh's garment making trade association greeted an apparently valueless Free Trade Agreement offer from China on December 29 with a level of enthusiasm indicating a complete lack of understanding about...
17th November 2014
Grandiose trade deals: the puzzling case of the ignored Apparel Periphery
China's November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which...
11th November 2014
Are we seeing the industry’s first social accountability tipping point?
In the decade or so I've been sharing my views in my monthly FlanaRant, one paradox has particularly puzzled me: Big apparel buyers have consistently laid down tight specifications for...
12th January 2014
P3 shipping cartel launch looking likely to be delayed
By the first week of January, it began to look as if the launch date for the proposed P3 shipping cartel - which its members call an "alliance" - would...
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...
5th June 2013
EU and US to sign Free Trade deals with China? Possibly
Serious suggestions – including a draft strategy from the EU diplomatic department - emerged in both the EU and US on May 21 for starting free trade talks with China....