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Ivan Castano Freeman
Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman
While Mexico’s apparel makers are outlining their concerns at US president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), potentially slapping a 35% tariff on Mexican goods, some also suggest the move could have unexpected benefits too.
Donald Trump's election as the next US president is putting Mexico and other Latin American nations on tenterhooks as they wait to see if he is true to his campaign pledges to reboot the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and impose tariffs of 35% on items produced in Mexico.
Sportswear brand Reebok expects sales in Brazil to rise 10% this year – and is planning to source the same amount locally for the first time – after owner Adidas took over the beleaguered franchise last year, brand manager Julian Salguiero has told just-style.
Hong Kong headquartered athletic wear supplier Winds Group will open a new activewear factory in northwest Haiti next week, initially making 12m tops and bottoms for a range of mid-market US brands, just-style has learnt.
Despite the wreckage wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the country’s textile and garment exports are expected to rise 10% to roughly US$550m this year – as the bulk of the industry's factories are located outside its impact zone, industry executives have told just-style.
Mexico's textiles and apparel industry is restructuring following a 40% decline in exports since its 2002 heyday and the subsequent loss of more than 500,000 jobs, says Jose Manuel Martinez, general manager of clothing industry trade association Canaive.
Mexico’s textiles and apparel industry is violating workers’ basic rights including freedom to unionise, overtime and severance pay, according to the Human Rights Commission of Tehuacan, a major maquila hub in Puebla State two hours south of Mexico City.
El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening competition from Asian nations and neighbouring Honduras.
Peru’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lose thousands of jobs if the government fails to stem a flood of sub- or undervalued Asian imports, according to industry association Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI).
Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by strong local demand and a small gain in exports.
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