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Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu

Here’s why the used clothing trade deserves more attention

11 December 2018 | Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu

While friction over the ban of used clothing exports from the US to East Africa seems to have come to an end, some fundamental issues still remain, according to Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware. Their latest research throws up complex economic, social, legal and political factors linked with the trade in second-hand clothes – and questions the effectiveness of preference programmes such as AGOA as a tool for economic development.... read more


Why is the used clothing trade such a hot-button issue?

2 August 2018 | Shannon Brady and Dr Sheng Lu

Apparel exports from Rwanda to the United States lost their duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after the country refused to lift a policy that effectively bans imports of used clothing. Here, Shannon Brady and Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware offer some insights into world used clothing trade – and share their thoughts on why it deserves more attention.... read more