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Ivan Castano Freeman

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Honduras textiles giant Elcatex has inaugurated a new biomass power plant to help tackle the country's power shortagesElcatex biomass plant to help Honduras textiles plan 17 June 2016

A plan to transform Honduras into Central America's largest synthetics and value-added sportswear supplier faces training, financing and energy challenges, concedes Jesus Canahuati, the private sector's representative in the new 'Honduras 2020' development initiative. 


If successful, the turnaround plan will generate 200,000 new jobsHonduras hopes to invest $3.4bn to double apparel exports 13 June 2016

Honduras is set to more than double apparel exports and production as part of a new $3.4bn development plan, according to a top industry executive.


US manufacturers say a Mexican reference price system to curtail sub-valued goods is causing delaysNew Mexico textile import rules hamper apparel trade 9 June 2016

Mexico is being urged to overhaul a newly expanded set of import reference prices US apparel makers say are hampering trade, causing delays and blocking much-needed fabric imports at a time when the country continues to lose market share to Vietnam and Central America.


The US imported $8.3bn of apparel from the DR-CAFTA region last yearWhy Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA 27 May 2016

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) with the United States, and move to leverage the so-called staging categories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost its competitiveness, according to experts.


The strong US dollar is helping to boost Mexican footwear exportsMexican footwear production to grow by 5% in 2016 29 April 2016

Mexico's footwear industry hopes to grow production by 5% this year, helped by a strong dollar and rising local demand, says Veronica Salazar, general manager of trade footwear show Sapica.


Mexico shipped $4.2bn of apparel and textiles to the US last yearMexico textile sector worries over TPP and Trump wall 22 March 2016

Mexico's textile sector is eyeing growth of 4% this year but faces looming threats including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Donald Trump's proposal to barricade its US border – which some executives estimate could trigger $2bn in annual trade losses.


US firms remain keen on Central America as a source of basic apparel and fast-fashion items for quick restockingCentral America tense over TPP-empowered Vietnam 1 March 2016

Central America's textile exports are expected to slow this year as Vietnam continues to gain US market share, throwing the region into a scramble to devise new competitive strategies.


Colombian companies are scrambling to raise capacity for items such as cotton pantsColombia faces challenges in fashion export drive 8 February 2016

Colombian textile and apparel firms are striving to boost their fast-fashion and value-added capabilities as a soaring dollar fuels US demand while heightening competition.


Colombia's textile and apparel industry eyed exports of $18bn last yearColombia makers call for more FTAs and export financing 28 January 2016

Colombia needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to bolster textile and apparel companies' efforts to expand abroad, according to executives at the latest edition of sourcing fair Colombiatex.


The falling value of the peso against the dollar makes Mexican textile and apparel goods increasingly attractive to US and foreign buyers‘Super-dollar’ triggers Mexican textiles shortage 11 January 2016

Mexico’s apparel industry is facing a textile raw material shortage as the soaring dollar prompts spinners to boost exports, leaving many clothing makers struggling to procure key fabrics to meet US orders, a top industry official says.


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