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May 7, 2021

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Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how US apparel imports from China almost tripled in March compared to last year, and what Biden's first 100 days says about his approach to trade. Elsewhere, garment factories in Turkey can continue operating under the country's latest lockdown, and VF Corp is strengthening its engagement with Better Work.

By Giacomo Lee

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how US apparel imports from China almost tripled in March compared to last year, and what Biden’s first 100 days says about his approach to trade. Elsewhere, garment factories in Turkey can continue operating under the country’s latest lockdown, and VF Corp is strengthening its engagement with Better Work.

US apparel imports from China soar 174% in March US apparel imports continued to surge in March as retailers worked to meet increased consumer demand fuelled by federal stimulus checks and money saved by staying home for the best part of a year. Import data is also skewed by comparisons with last March, when the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. China recorded by far the largest year-on-year growth, with apparel shipments to the US almost tripling.

What Biden’s first 100 days say about his approach to trade Compared with his predecessor Donald Trump, President Joe Biden’s trade policy actions have hit fewer headlines since his inauguration on 20 January 2021. Even so, these policies – along with the actions President Biden did not take – still send out critical signals about his approach to trade, writes Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.

Vietnam and India pulling buyers away from China Vietnam is continuing to pull US buyers away from China, a new report has found, with India also a top favourite as companies increasingly look for alternative sourcing locations.

Turkey garment factories exempt from latest lockdown Garment factories in Turkey have been permitted to proceed with business as usual to prevent supply chain disruption – despite the rest of the country being in the midst of a two-week lockdown as the government attempts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

VF Corp deepens engagement with Better Work VF Corporation is advancing its engagement with Better Work by strengthening its partnership status to Global Partner as part of its ongoing commitment to human rights and improving worker well-being throughout its global supply chain.

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