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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.

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

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.

The sixth round of NAFTA talks between the US, Canada and Mexico takes place next weekMexican makers work to lift exports amid NAFTA threat 18 January 2018

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may be under threat, but Mexican textile and apparel makers continue to take a "no pasa nada" [nothing's the matter] approach to the looming risk that the treaty will end.

Rising US demand is helping lift exports for Central American countries such as GuatemalaCentral America apparel exports up on activewear and NAFTA 29 November 2017

Central American apparel exports are on the up thanks to rising US demand for high-performance synthetic activewear and ongoing uncertainty over Mexico's position in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The volume of apparel exports from Mexico to the US has fallen 6% in the first eight months of this yearSupply chain spared in recent Mexico earthquakes 6 October 2017

Hundreds of garment workers are thought to have perished when two textile factories collapsed in last month's earthquake near Mexico City, adding to the woes already facing Mexico's apparel makers.

The last time the Haitian government increased the minimum wage was in May 2014Haiti garment industry says union wage claims unrealistic – Update 3 August 2017

Haiti’s garment industry has struck back at demands by workers’ unions for additional salary increases after the government approved a 16% minimum wage hike last week, saying that they are insensible and that negotiations are closed.

El Salvador's garment exports for the year are forecast to be flat at around $2.5bnEl Salvador to boost speed-to-market amid 6,000 job losses 25 July 2017

El Salvador has launched a plan to boost worker training and streamline customs to accelerate apparel exports to the US and improve its competitiveness against increasingly nimble players like Honduras.

Venezuela's apparel manufacturers are scrambling to bolster exports to offset a contraction in the country's economy of up to 15% last year and its worst political crisis in historyVenezuela turmoil strangles apparel production 24 July 2017

As political chaos continues to engulf crisis-stricken Venezuela, the country's textile and apparel industry is on the verge of collapse – with both sales and exports expected to plummet this year.

Garment workers in Haiti want factories to raise the daily minimum wage to HTG800 (US$12.80) from HTG300 ($4.70)Haiti workers threaten new strikes for wage hike 7 July 2017

Workers from Haiti's $550m apparel export industry plan new strikes if the government fails to meet demands for a nearly three-fold wage increase as well as healthcare and food subsidies, just-style has been told.

The apparel sector makes up for more than two-thirds of Mexico's $26bn textiles and clothing industryMexico apparel makers seek end to NAFTA yarn-forward rules 5 July 2017

Mexican apparel makers want the yarn-forward rule-of-origin removed from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a consultant familiar with the country's position as it gears to negotiate the high-stakes treaty next month.

Peru's textile and clothing exports are seen reaching $1.3bn in 2017Peru targets $3bn textile exports with new fibres push 4 July 2017

Peru is aiming to double its textile and apparel exports to $3bn and generate 200,000 jobs by 2024 as part of a plan to restructure the ailing sector.

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