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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 EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was signed on 30 December 2020Monthly trade programme roundup – December 2020 11 January 2021

The latest round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada covers developments in December 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 4 January 2021

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the 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.


Canada has reached a Trade Continuity Agreement with the UK, which will come into force on 1 January 2021Monthly trade programme roundup – November 2020 2 December 2020

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


The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on Sunday (15 November) Why the new RCEP trade deal matters to apparel 17 November 2020

Fifteen countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Australia have formed the world's largest trading bloc – a move which industry experts say matters significantly for textile and apparel.


Many US fashion companies are concerned the Section 301 investigation against Vietnam may result in new US punitive tariffs on importsMonthly trade programme roundup – October 2020 5 November 2020

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


The US has set new quota levels for apparel imports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)Monthly trade programme roundup – September 2020 2 October 2020

The latest 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 September 2020.


The US-China Phase-One Trade Deal is technically still alive, with the two sides trying to avoid a further escalation of tensionsMonthly trade programme roundup – June-August 2020 4 September 2020

The latest 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 June to August 2020.


China's market share of world apparel exports fell to a record low in 2019Five ways world textile and apparel trade is changing 12 August 2020

The latest World Trade Statistical Review 2020 newly released by the World Trade Organization (WTO) offers an insight into fashion companies' evolving production and sourcing strategies – and points to new patterns of world textiles and apparel trade in 2019. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, sets out five key trends to watch.


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.


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