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Ivan Castano Freeman

Ivan Castano FreemanBiography

Ivan Castano Freeman reports on the fashion, textiles, apparel and luxury industries in Mexico and Latin America. In this role he has written about national and regional garment and textile export industries, labour issues, trade trends and trade shows.

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Apparel, textiles and footwear make up the largest portion of Nicaragua's manufacturing baseNicaragua crisis could hit Central America sourcing 2 August 2018

A worsening political and social crisis in Nicaragua is having a spillover effect in Central America, where the spectre of rising violence in Guatemala and El Salvador is threatening to undermine apparel sourcing and investment in the region.

A decision is imminent on this year's minimum wage increase for Haiti's apparel workersHaiti riots spare garment sector as new wage deal looms 1 August 2018

Violent protests in Haiti last month spared the country’s $550m apparel supply chain, but industry executives are monitoring the situation ahead of a new decision on minimum wages.

A promised skills training programme has been welcomed by the textile and apparel industryMexico exports and jobs could rise with new President 30 July 2018

Mexico’s textile and apparel industry is forecasting a sharp rise in exports and jobs under the $7.5bn spending package proposed by President-elect Andres Lopez Manuel Obrador – despite ongoing uncertainty around the key North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Guatemala's Apparel Sourcing Show focuses on the apparel and textile industry in the DR-CAFTA regionGuatemala eyes export surge amid yarn investment 5 June 2018

Guatemala expects to double its apparel export growth this year amid surging US orders and investment to boost synthetic yarn production to help Central American neighbours churn out more fashionable apparel, executives told-just-style during the country's latest Apparel Sourcing Show.

Mexico still sends 90% of goods to the USUpgraded EU-Mexico pact may boost apparel exports 2 May 2018

Mexico could boost its export to the European Union (EU) under the newly expanded trade agreement between the two – but faces big challenges in lifting sales to the continent, observers say.

One key NAFTA issue that has emerged lately is border securityNAFTA border security and TPP-11 bite Mexico makers 17 April 2018

Mexico's apparel association Canaive is undergoing a management shake-up amid mounting challenges linked to NAFTA border security and the possibility that Vietnam will gain competitive strength in the fledgling Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

A blockchain is essentially a digital ledger. Anyone with permission to access the ledger can make changes and add information. These changes are called 'blocks' and they are added to the 'chain'Can blockchain transform the apparel supply chain? 12 April 2018

Blockchain is the big buzzword in business circles at the moment, and a string of blockchains is evolving to disrupt the sourcing and retail landscape. But what is blockchain, how do these chains work and can they really revolutionise the fashion industry? Here we take a closer look.

A trade war with China could help manufacturers in Mexico and Central AmericaTrump trade war may boost Mexico, Central America makers 28 March 2018

Apparel makers in Mexico and Central America could benefit from the US's $50bn of proposed tariff hikes on Chinese imports if retailers boost sourcing south of the border, industry experts say.

 Reports yesterday (21 March) said that Trump is willing to drop his demand that 50% of cars made in Mexico or Canada contain US partsTrump signals change of heart in NAFTA talks 22 March 2018

The US is showing a stronger willingness to speed up negotiations on the textile and apparel chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as looming Mexican presidential elections could scupper talks to upend the 23-year accord, a top textiles negotiator has told just-style.

The industry in Latin America is working to understand blockchain and its benefitsLatin America makers eye blockchain and Industry 4.0 8 February 2018

Latin American apparel makers and retailers are eyeing blockchain technologies and delving into Industry 4.0 manufacturing to tackle rising contraband, slash red tape and bolster sales.

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