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Paul Cochrane

Articles by Paul Cochrane

African clothing sector eyes growth on rising China costs 16 November 2017

African clothing exporting countries are banking on rising costs in China and changing consumption patterns worldwide to attract buyers to the continent to take advantage of lower production costs.

The EU has relaxed trade rules with Jordan in a bid to create jobs for Syrian refugeesJordan exporters unhappy at EU refugee-linked deal 1 September 2016

Jordanian clothing exporters are unhappy that the European Union (EU) has insisted their workforces comprise a minimum 15% of Syrian refugees (rising to 25% in three years’ time) to benefit from special access to EU markets through the generalised scheme of preferences (GSP).

Garment exports to the US from Egypt are traded duty-free from Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZs)Egypt clothing exporters find way round air cargo ban 11 January 2016

Egyptian clothing companies that were restricted from using air cargo for exports to North America are getting around the ban.

Around 90% of Jordan's apparel exports are to the United StatesJordan garment sector strong despite regional unrest 19 November 2015

Jordan's US$1.34bn garment sector continues to expand despite the turmoil in much of the Middle East, with growth forecast at 10% in 2015. Yet while the industry is growing, jeans manufacturers have been complaining about water shortages and rising costs.

Exports of cotton slumped from 2012/13 to 2013/14Egypt clothing makers help reverse cotton import ban 31 July 2015

Egypt's trade ministry and clothing manufacturers have successfully pushed for a lifting of a temporary ban on all cotton imports by the country’s ministry of agriculture and land reclamation.

Fast fashion: Global sourcing trends in flux 6 October 2014

Fast fashion sourcing trends in Europe and north America are in flux due to the economic downturn, changes in consumer behaviour and growing awareness of industry practices, especially in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh last year. It is a trend noted by major retailers.

EGYPT: Mulls textile support as key referendum is staged 20 January 2014

The Egyptian government has been mulling paying financial assistance to struggling state-owned textile factories, but ongoing political unease surrounding a key referendum has delayed such plans.

EGYPT: Factories remain open despite political chaos 27 August 2013

While Egypt's economy is reeling from ongoing political instability following the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in July, clothing manufacturers are still operating and completing orders.

EGYPT: Textile and clothing workers in strike threats 13 September 2011

A strike planned by 22,000 workers at Egypt's largest state-owned textile factory has been called off after the government agreed to their demands - but has prompted other Egyptian textile and clothing workers to threaten similar walk-outs.

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