3rd February 2017
High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism
Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning. So did other government plans just as potentially disruptive to...
6th December 2016
How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?
I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived. At this time of the year, observers typically start pontificating about the challenges facing businesses in...
17th November 2016
Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?
The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump's election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive. British hope One of...
13th November 2016
Trump’s global trade policy: act like a New York garmento
The developed world depends almost entirely on imports from poorer countries for its clothing. The world's biggest apparel importer looks certain to transform its attitude to importing that apparel Since...
20th August 2016
Why voters don’t want any more global supply chains
I spent the first six months of 2016 campaigning in Britain against Brexit. Not once did I hear a Brexit supporter attack global integration. Scarcely anyone in Britain opposes global...
9th June 2015
Will a renewed AGOA really transform Africa’s struggling garment exports?
There's a lot more behind African apparel exports' dismal record than the stop-start history of one US trade concession, I argued in my June 9 Flanarant. That Flanarant looked at...
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 -...
4th May 2015
EU-US trade deal looks likely to miss latest deadline
The EU and US will not finish negotiating their proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in 2015, the EU's chief negotiator admitted on April 28. "It is clear that...