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Progress on trade deals welcomed 19 Dec 19

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a Phase One trade deal in a move that will delay new tariffs that were due to take effect over the weekend and halve the rates currently imposed on most apparel and textile products imported from China...


Vietnam's textile-garment plan hits hurdles 19 Nov 19

domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country...


New B2B marketplace connects suppliers and retailers 3 Oct 19

A B2B fashion marketplace has launched that aims to help retailers find innovative styles at competitive prices from the best suppliers in the business, while helping sellers expand their reach and increase sales...


Rwanda gearing up for a slice of sourcing action 24 Sep 19

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world's next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country's newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time...


Trump moves forward with trade threats 26 Sep 18

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain. The tariffs will take effect today (24 September) and will be set at a level of 10% until the end of the year. On 1 January 2019, the tariffs will rise to 25%...


Trump tariff dispute rumbles on 26 Jun 18

The US has escalated its trade threats to China after President Donald Trump said he is considering tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods if China "refuses to change its practices."..


Concern mounts over Trump's trade policies 16 Apr 18

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his administration has been busy fulfilling major campaign promises on trade policy – much to the concern of US fashion brands and apparel retailers...


Asia-Pacific trade deal now signed by 11 nations 12 Mar 18

The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have now signed a revised version of the multilateral trade pact without the US, reviving a deal that will slash tariffs and foster trade in a marketplace worth close to around US$13.5trn...


Agile logistics key to new hybrid retail world 3 Aug 17

US retail giant Walmart has topped a list of the fastest growing retailers thanks to its investment in ensuring it has the right balance between its online and brick and mortar operations...


Is outer space the answer to more sustainable cotton? 31 Jul 17

Can space-based experiments be the answer to making cotton a more sustainable fibre on Earth? The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) has partnered with US retail giant Target Corporation to find out...

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