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Ivan Castano Freeman

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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.

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

A rising number of fashion brands sourcing in China and Asia are setting their sights on Guatemala and the regionGuatemalan makers pin growth on trade wars 11 June 2019

Guatemala's textiles and apparel industry expects to grow sales by 10% to $1.8bn this year as the US's escalating trade war with China turns eyes towards Central America. Simultaneously, neighbouring Honduras and Nicaragua are also boosting its fortunes by buying more Guatemalan fabric to make America-bound apparel.


The modular production system at Haiti's Grupo M means labour productivity is highHaiti’s apparel exports seen rising despite turmoil  26 March 2019

Haiti's apparel exports are set to rise 8% this year despite political turmoil that has seen several factories in the capital Port Au Prince area shutter in recent months.


David Ha was one of the speakers at this year's Apparel Summit of the Americas, organised the Americas Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN)How TexOps is restructuring to hedge Central America 'renaissance' 21 January 2019

"The supply chain is getting whipsawed," is how David Ha, owner of Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps, describes the state of the current global sourcing market in this exclusive interview with just-style.


The Honduras 2020 plan aims to triple apparel exports to $7.4bn and generate 200,000 new textiles jobs by 2020Honduras raises $1bn in textile investments under 2020 plan 12 November 2018

Honduras has raised over $1bn or about one-third of the $3bn needed to transform its textiles industry as part of the Honduras 2020 development plan, a top executive has told just-style, admitting the initiative is facing heavy delays. 


Hondurans are leaving their country in droves to escape extreme poverty, rising violence and corruptionHonduras 2020 plan challenged as migrant caravan surges 24 October 2018

Unions in Honduras are set to demand a 24% salary hike as part of negotiations to increase apparel minimum wages as a swelling migrant caravan continues to approach the US, a leading official has told just-style.


Following more than a year of talks, the United States, Canada and Mexico have reached a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)TPL, trademarks and ‘Made in USA’ come to fore in NAFTA 2.0 4 October 2018

Apparel industry executives from the US, Canada and Mexico have told just-style they are largely in favour of the terms of the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


In 2017, US imports of woven cotton bottoms from the Dominican Republic fell 57% by value to $1.5m Dominican Republic falls behind on apparel exports 14 September 2018

The Dominican Republic is letting a key provision to bolster its US exports run into expiration, deepening a 12-year rout that has seen its apparel sales to the world's biggest market halve, observers say.


A 10-year plan is underway in El Salvador to boost the industry's fortunesEl Salvador exports seen surging despite regional unrest 15 August 2018

El Salvador’s garment exports are forecast to rise 6% to roughly $2.3bn this year as the US lifts demand for the country’s performance and cotton apparel, executives have told just-style.


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.


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