Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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21st March 2007

Gap in corporate apparel deal with Staton

Gap’s Business Direct division has signed a deal with wholesale distributor Staton Corporate & Casual for the distribution of corporate apparel from the Gap and Old Navy brands. "Supplying bulk...

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21st March 2007

Morocco FTA Implementation Set for January 1;

The US President, George Bush, issued a proclamation on December 22 bringing most of the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) into force from January 1, 2006, following Morocco’s recent actions...

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21st March 2007

WTO: US rules out duty-free access on clothing?

The US appears to have categorically ruled out giving preferential market access on clothing to poor but "very competitive" nations such as Bangladesh. United States Trade Representative Rob Portman said...

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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...

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21st March 2007

US textile and apparel output rises

US textile and apparel output rose in October according to the latest Federal Reserve report of Industrial Production, building on promising production growth over the past four-to-six months. Textile production...

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21st March 2007

Jeantex Group to acquire Sanatex

Jeantex Group, which supplies garments – including jeans – to Limited Express and Guess, announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sanatex Incorporated. Based in Carson,...

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