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Ed Zwirn

Articles by Ed Zwirn

Each of the 11 CPTPP countries would have to agree to let the US joinUS clothing sector welcomes Trump U-turn on TPP 17 April 2018

Word from US President Donald Trump that he may reverse a long-standing position and explore the possibility of re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has left the fashion industry – along with much of the American business community – somewhat sceptical, while being supportive.


China has threatened to impose 25% duties on US cotton importsUS apparel sector concern over China cotton duties 5 April 2018

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has raised significant concerns about the risk of 25% duties being imposed on imports into China of American-produced cotton, as the latest trade row between Washington and Beijing ramps up.


US fashion sector concerned over Trump tariff proposals 8 March 2018

Representatives of the US fashion and apparel industries, along with most of the country's business community and Congressional leadership, are voicing concern about President Donald Trump's 1 March announcement that he intends to impose additional tariffs on all imports of steel and aluminium.


Concerns over terrorist attacks have left Middle East clothing exporters grappling with new US security checks
Tougher screening on US imports from Middle East 2 February 2018

Exporters of air cargo, including clothing and textiles, from five Middle Eastern countries to the United States are in the process of gearing up to comply with mandatory enhanced screening imposed by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).


Members of the US Senate reconvened this week after the Thanksgiving break to vote on what would be the most sweeping revisions to the US tax code since the presidency of Ronald ReaganUS apparel industry optimistic on tax reform plans 30 November 2017

With a final vote on US tax reform proposals expected this week, we take a look at why the package finally gives US textile and apparel industries something to cheer about under the Trump administration.


Companies such as Esquel are automating the problem of ever lower labour costs out of existenceSustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers 21 November 2017

The hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing investor requirements than by consumers, a major US fashion industry conference has heard.


The US is looking increasingly isolated on trade issuesUS moves from 'America first' to 'America alone’ on trade 20 November 2017

Prospects for trade deals that have underpinned growth in American clothing and textile imports and exports appear increasingly precarious as the Trump administration passes the 300-day mark, participants at a US fashion industry summit have heard.


Amazon is shaking up apparel retail with new products like the Amazon Echo Look app lets users preview outfits, mark favourites and compare stylesChange or die – the stark message for supply chains 16 June 2017

The old guard of the United States apparel and footwear industries better wise up to changes occurring all along the supply chain if they want to see their companies survive, the head of a leading Hong Kong based research centre told a room of industry representatives in New York last week.


Bangladesh remediation "a moving target", despite progress 9 May 2017

Just a little over four years after the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers, key participants in the global garment supply chain met in New York City to assess progress in protecting garment worker safety, and brainstorm steps to ensuring future progress.


The Border Adjustment Tax could raise prices by as much as 20% US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes 15 February 2017

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.


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