Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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...

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31st January 2017

Jilted TPP partners divided over response

The eleven countries abandoned by the US when it left the Trans Pacific Partnership on January 23 appear seriously divided about what to do next. Beijing continues to suggest their...

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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...

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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...

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17th November 2016

A bad week for Brexit.

Theresa May keeps insisting “Brexit means Brexit”. But no-one in Britain can agree what Brexit means, how long it’ll take to get there or what Britain’s trade policy will be...

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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...

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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...

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6th August 2015

India halts EU free trade talks. Again

India announced on August 5 that it had decided "to defer for the present" the resumption of free trade negotiations with the EU over a dispute about pharmaceutical exports. Negotiations...

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17th June 2015

How secrecy’s killing the trade deals

Why is the TPP (and with it the TTIP and the TiSA) so close to death? In a June 17 Sourcing Journal article I argued that their obsession with secrecy...

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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...

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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 -...

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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...

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