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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15th January 2017

Trump abandons China “currency manipulation” promise

Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China. On October 22, he promised that on his first day in office he would instruct...

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4th January 2017

Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?

I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections. Most people...

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20th December 2016

The so-far obscure US tax proposal threatening all American apparel importers.

It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now. Till now, an idea...

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9th December 2016

Trump sourcing plans shot down by his own team

Crucial sourcing commitments by President-Elect Donald Trump came under fire from his own side in early December. At the end of October, Donald Trump made 29 commitments about his immediate...

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1st December 2016

Trump Treasury nominee casts doubt on Trump’s China policy

Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's nominee as Secretary of the US Treasury, expressed disagreement with Trump's promised China trade policy immediately after his  nomination announcement. The nominations of Mnuchin, formerly a Goldman...

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22nd November 2016

Trumps confirms TPP withdrawal – but silent on renegotiating NAFTA or branding China a “currency manipulator”

A November 21 video by Donald Trump seems to be backtracking on trade commitments made just four weeks earlier. We have now republished Trump's October 22 plan, and will update...

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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

US Congressional committee claims China “violates the spirit and the letter of its international trade obligations”

A US Congressional committee prepared a report before the November 8 elections savagely attacking China's good faith as a trading partner. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (composed only 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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