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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

The UK has released new details on its post-Brexit tariff schemeMonthly trade programme roundup – May 2020 3 June 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan covers developments in May 2020.


Both the US and the EU have negotiated revised trade pacts involving MexicoMonthly trade programme roundup – April 2020 4 May 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan covers developments in April 2020.


Several textile and apparel products for medical use have been excluded from US Section 301 tariff actions against ChinaMonthly trade programme roundup – March 2020 6 April 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States, the European Union and Canada covers developments in March 2020.


Shockwaves from the global Covid-19 pandemic are reverberating across world apparel tradeCovid-19 – The worst-case scenarios for apparel sourcing 2 April 2020

The fast spread of the coronavirus around the globe has created an unprecedented situation for the world economy. But how might Covid-19 affect apparel sourcing and trade? Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, has analysed the worst case scenarios.


The US in February announced plans to negotiate a free trade agreement with KenyaMonthly trade programme roundup – February 2020 3 March 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States and European Union covers developments in February 2020.


China's factories have struggled to find enough workers following the extended Lunar New Year holidayChina garment factories slowly resume production 27 February 2020

A shortage of workers and higher costs and shortfalls on the raw material side are among the top challenges facing China’s garment industry as the coronavirus disrupts their supply chains, according to a survey of almost 300 apparel companies.


US fashion brands and retailers continue to diversify their sourcingUS apparel sourcing patterns are changing. Here's how 24 February 2020

US apparel import data offers a key insight into the shifting supply chain strategies of US fashion brands and retailers. Unpicking the latest annual numbers, four key sourcing trends have emerged, according to Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.


One of the first deals of 2020 has seen the US and China sign the 'Phase One' economic and trade agreementMonthly trade programme roundup – January 2020 3 February 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States and European Union covers developments in January 2020.


Apparel, footwear and home textiles imported into the US from China are caught in the trade spat between the two countriesUS-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated 16 January 2020

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 latest actions and the products on the hit-list.


In December, the Trump administration announced a Monthly trade programme roundup – December 2019 3 January 2020

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US and EU covers developments in December 2019.


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