Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

4th May 2015

EU imposes “retaliatory” import duty on US jeans

The EU announced on April 30 that it was retaliating against the United States for continuing to flout the World Trade Organisation finding that America's Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (...

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11th March 2015

China gets excited about free trade agreements

China will accelerate talks over free trade areas, said its Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng on March 8. The country will "will accelerate talks over free trade areas with Japan and...

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3rd March 2015

Sri Lanka to re-apply for GSP+ “within three months”

Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry said in late February that the country will re-apply for admission to the EU's duty-free GSP+ programme as "important tasks undertaken by his Ministry in...

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27th February 2015

EU negotiators still reluctant to forecast agreement on Vietnamese FTA

EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam sounded very uncertain in February about a speedy agreement. EU free-trade negotiators with Vietnam are positive about progress on rules about merchandise, Mauro Petriccione, the EU...

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24th February 2015

EU delegation hints at suspending Pakistan’s GSP+

In highly nuanced diplomat-speak, an EU delegation to Pakistan hinted on February 23 at the possibility of Pakistan's eligibility for GSP+ being challenged because of the country's human rights record....

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23rd February 2015

EU-India free trade:”ball in India’s court” says EU ambassador

The EU is "looking for the Indian authorities to define their position" on further negotiations about and EU-India free trade deal, and "the ball is in India’s court" to signal...

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3rd February 2015

EU tightens sanctions against Russia

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels  agreed on January 29 to impose new sanctions over Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukraine conflict. This will see an already existing "blacklist"...

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28th January 2015

Philippines announce negotiations on EU Free Trade Agreement. The EU doesn’t

Ceferino Rodolfo,Industry Development and Trade Policy assistant secretary at the Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry, told a local audience on January 22 that his colleagues “ are going to start negotiations by...

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9th January 2015

Sri Lankan President, conceding defeat, leaves office.

Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted defeat in the January 8 Sri Lanka presidential election, and his press officer said early on January 9 that he " had already left his official residence...

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11th December 2014

Bangladesh: the price of higher prices

Foreign buyers "should raise the price they pay to Bangladeshi garment makers" said a European Parliament Member on December 10. Her motives may owe little to concern for Bangladeshi garment workers. While...

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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...

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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...

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