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Ivan Castano Freeman
Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman
Lojas Riachuelo, Brazil's largest apparel department store chain, has achieved huge savings from gradually reducing its Chinese sourcing to 25% from 40% and investing BRL200m (US$64m) in a new distribution centre.
Venezuela's Telares Maracai and Dominican Republic's Grupo M are eyeing a joint venture to produce denim and jeanswear for the latter's US clients.
Mexico could slap ‘mirror’ tariffs on US fabric and apparel imports if US President Donald Trump goes ahead with threats to impose a 20% or other duty hike on Mexican exports, executives say.
Mexican retailers lost more than $70m amid protests and looting last week that blocked major highways and caused delays in clothing shipments from the nation’s five major manufacturing hubs in Torreon, Chihuahua, Aguas Calientes, Mexico State and Puebla State, according to industry executives.
Central America could benefit from a NAFTA re-write under US president-elect Donald Trump, according to local executives, who are optimistic of a surge in apparel exports as many China orders swing back to the region.
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.
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