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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

During November, the USTR said it was accepting exclusion requests for Tranche 4A products – which includes most apparel items – until 31 January 2020Monthly trade programme roundup – November 2019 3 December 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 November 2019. 


During October, the WTO authorised the US to impose retaliatory tariffs on $7.5bn in annual imports from the EUre:source monthly trade programme roundup – October 2019 5 November 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 October 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


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 15 October 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 latest actions and the products on the hit-list.


re:source monthly trade programme roundup – September 2019 1 October 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 September 2019. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool.


Sub-Saharan Africa is a promising destination for apparel sourcing – but faces challenges in reaching its potentialChallenges for sub-Saharan Africa as an apparel sourcing hub 20 September 2019

Despite the much discussed potential of sub-Saharan Africa as an apparel sourcing hub, the region still has a long way to go before it can play a more significant role in the supply chain. Here Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, sets out some of the challenges. 


Trump has embarked on a major reshuffle to US trade policy since taking office in January 2017Timeline – Trump’s track record on trade – Update 18 September 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.


As well as dominating world textile and apparel trade, China is emerging as a growing consumer market tooLatest trends in world textile and apparel trade 29 August 2019

World textile and apparel trade last year saw its fastest growth since 2012. Key trends to watch are Vietnam’s continuing momentum in textile exports, China’s leading role as a fabric supplier across Asia, and the changing world order in apparel consumption. Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, takes a look.


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.


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