Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

11th January 2017

Has China burst its own trading bubble?

After years of misconceived forecasts it will soon collapse, China’s domination of global apparel exports faces a serious threat – from the Chinese government. Since about 2010, China’s apparel makers...

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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...

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12th February 2015

US launches WTO complaint against China’s “Demonstration Bases” export subsidies

In a move probably aimed above all at US politicians, the US government announced on February 11 the first steps in a formal WTO case against Chinese export subsidies for...

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31st January 2015

India demonstrates why global agreements can’t be guaranteed to stick.

In December 2013, the world’s trading nations agreed a compromise action plan at a WTO meeting in Bali. By August 2014, that plan was looking tattered, as a new Indian...

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17th October 2014

Facilitation, Schmacilitation. Why the WTO needs a sense of proportion

Trade lobbyists really have to get a sense of proportion. This week’s posturing by trade lobbies about trade facilitation suggests they wouldn’t recognise one if it turned up on their...

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15th January 2013

WTO flooded with trade disputes – and sees more to come

A surge in trade disputes has forced the World Trade Organization to reallocate staff to cope with a flood of litigation in the pipeline for 2013, according to diplomats and...

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26th November 2012

US/EU join Mexico WTO case against Chinese garment subsidies.

Mexico has now won the support of the US, EU, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Australia, and Guatemala in its trade dispute against China, the WTO announced during early November. Separately,...

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1st November 2012

China exchange report delayed again: Romney promises to “brand China”

The US Treasury Department has again delayed the publication of its twice-yearly report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies. A press release on October 12 said the...

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