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US apparel imports down four months in a row 13 Jan 20

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs...


Global apparel prices on the rise 23 Dec 19

One effect of the US-China trade war is the rising price of apparel imports – not just from China, but the rest of the world too...


Slowing economic growth weighs on 2020 sentiment 3 Dec 19

As we move into the final month of the year, it’s not surprising that anxiety and concern appears to be the prevailing mood across the fashion sector for 2020. A new report offers the ten trends set to shape the industry during the course of the year...


New US trade trends taking shape? 14 Oct 19

In a reversal of trends seen in July, the three Central American countries that are the largest suppliers of clothing to the US – Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras – saw a dramatic fall in shipments in August...


Forced labour links to China raw materials 16 Sep 19

New research suggests all supply chains linked to China are at risk of having an association with forced labour, since raw materials such as cotton produced in the Xinjiang region – notorious for its links to ongoing human rights abuses – are being used in manufacturing in other countries...


US-China tariff turmoil continues 27 Aug 19

Ongoing US-China tariff turmoil continued to dominate just-style last week, culminating in President Trump tweeting that new tariffs due to take effect in September and December on Chinese imports – including all clothing and footwear – will now start at 15%...


Looming US tariffs on China apparel 5 Aug 19

US fashion and footwear brands, retailers and importers were rocked last week after a surprise tweet from US President Donald Trump announced that a punitive 10% tariff will be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China – including all textiles, apparel and footwear – from 1 September...


Where in the world is worst for worker rights? 15 Jul 19

An annual survey of violations of human and trade union rights ranks key apparel producing nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, the Philippines and Turkey among the ten worst countries in the world for worker rights...


UK government “out of step" on fashion regulation 24 Jun 19

“Not good enough” and “out of step with the public” are among responses to the UK government’s plan to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry – and its apparent rejection of recommendations set out by the Environmental Audit Committee earlier this year...


Mexico tariff move "unfathomable" and "concerning" 3 Jun 19

In a surprise move late last week, the US announced new tariffs on all imports from Mexico – starting next Monday (10 June). The tariffs are in response to the flow of migrants crossing from Mexico into America, and will begin at 5%, rising to 25% by 1 October. Groups representing companies across the entire US apparel, footwear and textile supply chain have criticised the decision as "unfathomable."..

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