23rd December 2013
Wall Street Journal spots Asian rush to US textile investment
The Wall Street Journal featured on December 21 a small queue of Asian textile firms announcing in 2013 expansion plans into the US, where they believe costs are lower than...
8th December 2013
Onshoring job and manufacturing data point in different directions. Why?
In the latest data available, UK apparel manufacturing jobs grew in 2013 on 2012, but official data seems to show production fell. In the US, precisely the opposite happened: jobs...
30th November 2013
Financial newspapers (and suppliers) take sceptical look at US garment onshoring
Both the Financial Times and the New York Times reported on the American apparel onshoring phenomenon in November. Both failed to find it - and appeared puzzled to find garment...
28th November 2013
Cotton: China “now biggest subsidiser”. And India’s catching up
China is now spending nearly four times as much subsidising its cotton farmers as the US - and damaging the economies of the world's poorest countries, says the influential International Centre...
7th November 2013
American trade association gets uppity about EU jeans tax
American trade lobbyists are attacking the EU's import duty on women's jeans. They'll achieve nothing - but might do better if they dealt with the root cause. Which is their...
16th January 2008
EU and US arrest China trade “fraudsters” simultaneously
On Oct. 22 the U.S. and the European Union both near simultaneously announced actions against illegal Chinese imports.US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it had seized, at Newark, three...
21st March 2007
Anti-sweatshop groups urge Wal-Mart to tackle child labour
Wal-Mart is under pressure to take responsibility for the use of child labour at two Bangladeshi garment factories after a radio programme revealed new code of conduct violations. The Radio...