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Dr Sheng Lu

Dr Sheng LuBiography

Dr Sheng Lu is an associate professor at the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. With over 50 publications in academic and trade journals, Sheng’s research focuses on the economic and business aspects of the global soft-goods industry (textiles, apparel and related retailing), including international trade, trade policy and the governance of the global apparel value chain. Sheng received the 2014 Rising Star Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in recognition of his research and teaching excellence. He is also the recipient of the Paper of Distinction Award at the 2014, 2015 and 2017 ITAA annual conference for his study on the textile and apparel specific sectoral impact of mega free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Regional Comprehensive and Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Sheng received his PhD from the University of Missouri in Textile and Apparel Management in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he worked with the US-China Business Council in Washington DC, conducting policy analysis and market research for US multinationals doing business with China.

Articles by Dr Sheng Lu

Textile and apparel products are edging closer to inclusion in the US-China tariff warUS-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated 19 August 2019

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the actions so far and the products on the hit-list.


Despite the EU-US planning a free trade agreement, the two sides haven't yet formally launched negotiationsre:source monthly trade programme roundup – July 2019 31 July 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the EU, US and Japan covers developments in June and July 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


China's export competitiveness is shifting from apparel to textilesHow are trade tensions changing China sourcing trends? 17 June 2019

How is the escalating tariff war weighing on China’s textile and apparel exports to the US? And what China production trends should sourcing executives be watching? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a closer look.


US fashion brands and retailers strongly oppose plans to add up to 25% extra tariffs on an additional US$300bn in imports from Chinare:source monthly trade programme roundup – May 2019 4 June 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Canada covers developments in May 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


Trump has embarked on a major reshuffle to US trade policy since taking office in January 2017Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update 16 May 2019

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers. To keep abreast of developments, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has compiled a timeline of all the key milestones so far.


The US textile and apparel industry is a critical stakeholder in the US-China tariff warChina tariff war – the impact on US textiles and apparel 7 May 2019

With the US-China tariff war seemingly on the brink of either an end or an escalation, Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, evaluates its potential impact on US textile and apparel manufacturing and related trade activities.


It still remains uncertain when – or if – the USMCA will take effectWhy USMCA is a balanced trade deal for textiles and apparel 24 April 2019

A fully implemented and enforced US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) would have a moderate but positive impact on US real gross domestic product and employment after six years, according to a recent report from the US International Trade Commission. But what are the implications for the textile and apparel sector? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a look.


The UK has set out temporary import tariff rates for apparel products under a no-deal Brexit scenariore:source monthly trade programme roundup – March 2019 2 April 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in March 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


The EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement – which was approved in February – is EU's first bilateral trade agreement with a Southeast Asian countryre:source monthly trade programme roundup – February 2019 12 March 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in February 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


The revised US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) came into effect on 1 January 2019re:source monthly trade programme roundup – January 2019 5 February 2019

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Canada covers developments in December 2018 and January 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


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