12th November 2016
Donald Trump’s immediate plans for the apparel industry
On October 22, Donald Trump published his work programme for the first hundred days of his Presidency. So far as this industry is concerned, that programme – reproduced, slightly abbreviated,...
9th November 2016
Trump’s victory certainly doesn’t increase trading uncertainty.
Practically every observer thought Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election this morning. Most went on to predict her mild hostility to further trade liberalisation meant the short-term prospects...
11th August 2015
First “currency war” theats as Chinese devaluation worries rest of world
Threats of retaliation against China were mounting as a 1.9% devaluation announced on August 11 turned into a 4.4% fall by August 14. The devaluations followed a July 8.3%year-on-year fall...
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...
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...