27th April 2017
Trump “tax plan” is a one-sided sheet of paper. With no comment on border taxes
Donald Trump's promised tax reform plan turned out on April 26 to be a content-free, single-sided, list of aspirations. The list made no mention of border taxes. The page says:...
24th April 2017
Trump Revolution, April 2017: the first shoots of pragmatism?
Donald Trump’s team during April began announcing practical programmes for dealing with the trade issues they’d previously been merely vocal about: China On April 12, Trump publicly abandoned his campaign...
24th April 2017
April’s new-found pragmatism drives May to June election
On April 18, Britain's Prime Minster, Theresa May, called a general election for June 8. Throughout March and April, the British government had begunn grasping the sheer scale of the...
13th April 2017
Trump reneges on Chinese “currency manipulator” promises
Donald Trump admitted on April 12 that he had no plans to honour public commitments he had repeatedly made to deal with the "currency manipulation" he insisted China was practising....
31st March 2017
“Confidence collapsed” in key UK Customs project for Brexit
The Chair of a UK Parliament Treasury Committee said on March 31 that "confidence had collapsed" in Britain's having essential Customs IT infrastructure ready to handle the expected fivefold increase...
30th March 2017
Apparel making jobs target in key Indian state “98% below target”
The apparel making job creation target in India's Maharashtra state (the area round Mumbai) seems to be 98% below its 2012 target, according to its 2016-17 Economic Survey. A 2012 plan...
28th March 2017
Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst
Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years . Clothesource Tradetrak measures...
27th March 2017
UK Customs admit: “Any form of customs controls will increase costs”
An internal March 2016 document within the UK Customs Administration (known locally as HMRC), leaked by Britain's Sunday Times on March 26, admits that “Any form of customs controls will increase...
27th March 2017
EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights
The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights. The European Commission's Directorates General...
24th March 2017
French constitutional court bans mandatory “duty of vigilance” penalties
France's Constitutional Council declared on March 23 that penalties of up to €30 million agreed by its Parliament for major corporations' human rights violations were unconstitutional. In February, the French...
16th March 2017
UK hit by EU’s €2 bn bill for “repeatedly ignoring warnings” over trouser tax fraud.
The UK is facing a €1.98 bn bill from the EU for "repeatedly ignoring warnings" of tax frauds on imported Chinese shoes and apparel. The case highlights grave systemic complications in...