2003 was a year of change for the world's apparel industries, and there is no doubt that many of the events that have taken place over the past 12 months are setting a course for its future. There is also a discernable degree of uncertainty and fear as to what this future holds, and one event in particular is dominating discussion and debate across the apparel industry: the phase-out of quotas on all textile and apparel products on 31 December 2004, as mandated by the World Trade Organisation. As this date looms ever closer, it is fair to say that its implications will continue to be at the forefront of the sector throughout 2004. Download this month's briefing for lots more on the issues to watch in 2004.