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Colombia garment makers invest $40m in production

Colombia's top textile and garment suppliers are making big investments to boost manufacturing automation and innovation and win new orders...

Colombia clothing sees boon from rising demand

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 stro...

Colombia faces challenges in fashion export drive

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

Colombia calls for more FTAs and export financing

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...

Latest Interviews

Diesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 Oct 2014

Ivan Castano Freeman

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


Colombia eyes new markets amid Venezuela row 13 Jul 2010

Ivan Castano Freeman

These days, Colombian textile producers are engaged in much soul searching. Everyone is in a scramble to find new markets after exports to Venezuela, its number one market, have plunged.

Latest News

Ministers meet to discuss way forward after TPP 15 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Ministers and officials representing the 12 countries of the now-abandoned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, plus China and South Korea, met to discuss a way forward this week, but a decision on a new trade pact is yet to be agreed.


Sequential Brands enters Brazil with license deal 10 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

Brand management company Sequential Brands has signed a long-term license agreement with SPR Indústria de Confecção Ltda to bring its basketball brand AND1, active lifestyle brand AVIA, and skate brand DVS to Brazil.


Colombia secures WTO panel in Panama tariff row 9 Mar 2017

Michelle Russell

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has established a panel that will examine whether Colombia has complied with a prior decision faulting its tariffs on clothing, textiles and footwear – a move that has resulted in a US$201m retaliation by Panama.


Riachuelo cuts China sourcing to buck recession 15 Feb 2017

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.


Telares Maracai eyes jeans venture with Grupo M 14 Feb 2017

Ivan Castano Freeman

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.


Argentina regulates textile and footwear imports 8 Feb 2017

Michelle Russell

Argentina has issued new regulations for the import of textile and footwear products that requires exporters to state the composition of fibres or materials contained in the product.

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