Despite the promise of free trade after the abolition of quotas in December 2004, international trade issues and restrictions are still dominating the apparel sourcing agenda in 2007. This month's briefing brings together the thoughts and comments of leading industry observers, highlighting the 20 key issues that are likely to dominate the apparel sector in 2007. For manufacturers, retailers and importers tasked with sourcing apparel from around the globe, being aware of these hot topics helps just as much with forward planning and strategic direction as does knowing the answers. EU trade defence mechanisms, green and ethical sourcing, supply-chain efficiency, brand protection, RFID implementation and customisation are amongst the issues discussed.