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Cambodia labour issues continue to concern brands

24 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Ongoing concerns over the deteriorating labour and human rights situation in Cambodia have again prompted a number of brands and retailers – including Adidas, Levi Strauss, Ralph Lauren and Under Armour – to call on the government to set out steps to bring the country in line with international standards. ... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

24 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at how the US-China trade deal offers little relief to apparel firms, organisers of denim trade show Kingpins have lambasted the cotton industry for making too many claims of sustainability with no clear agreement on what the word means, and US apparel giant VF Corp is reviewing options for it workwear brands.... read more


EU warns of retaliatory tariffs if Trump threat realised

23 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Union has warned it will respond to any additional US tariffs with duties of its own on US products in an ongoing trade spat over aircraft subsidies.... read more


US-China trade deal offers little respite for apparel firms

22 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The ‘Phase One’ trade agreement signed between the US and China is a step in the right direction, but offers little relief to apparel firms in the ongoing trade conflict.... read more


Clothing and footwear most highly pirated sector in EU

21 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Commission has published its report on intellectual property, with clothing and footwear remaining at the top of the league table of most highly pirated goods.... read more


Honduras eyes 10% apparel export hike on US orders

21 January 2020 | Ivan Castano Freeman

The apparel industry in Honduras is betting that US demand for its key T-shirt and underwear products will rise this year, boosting exports by 10% to $2.9bn and mirroring a similar performance in 2019.... read more


EU-Vietnam free trade deal clears another hurdle

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The European Parliament's trade committee has today (21 January) given the green light to the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA), paving the way for the full Parliament to cast its final vote in February.... read more


EU negotiates to deepen East and Southern Africa trade ties

20 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) has concluded the first round of negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries – including clothing producers Madagascar and Mauritius – to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).... read more


Global growth seen edging up in 2020 as trade recovers

17 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year's significant weakness, but downward risks persist – including a re-escalation of trade tensions and trade policy uncertainty.... read more


Senate passage of USMCA a "win" for apparel and textiles

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Groups representing US apparel and footwear brands and retailers have welcomed the Senate's passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in a move that means the next step is for the bill to go back to President Trump to be signed into law.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at some of the biggest challenges set to face apparel brands and retailers in the year ahead, the US and China sign the long-anticipated 'Phase One' trade agreement, the Myanmar Government begins its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage, and we explore what changes are likely under Nike's new CEO John Donahoe.... read more


US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated

16 January 2020 | Dr Sheng Lu

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.... read more


Outlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing?

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.... read more


US-China ‘Phase One’ deal paves way for apparel tariff cuts

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The United States and China have signed the long-anticipated ‘Phase One’ trade agreement between the two countries, in a move that paves the way for punitive tariffs imposed on most US apparel imports from China to be cut in half.... read more


US apparel group berates proposed EU tariff hike

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US apparel trading association has expressed its disapproval at a threatened tariff hike of apparel and accessories from the EU over an ongoing aircraft subsidies dispute, warning of its impact on American workers and consumers.... read more


New Bangladesh safety initiative takes next steps

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Details have been finalised on Bangladesh's incoming new workplace safety initiative, the national RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), which will eventually take over from the Bangladesh Accord's factory safety and remediation efforts.... read more


Trump gives green light for Iran textile sanctions

14 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US President Donald Trump has issued an order allowing the US Treasury Department to execute fresh sanctions on Iran in several product categories including textiles.... read more


Outlook 2020 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.... read more


Five key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020.... read more


Mexico launches plan to tackle labour abuse in fashion supply chain

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Two initiatives aimed at cracking down on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in the fashion industry are launching in Mexico, both supported by the C&A Foundation.... read more


Chinese investors pursue deeper textile ties with Pakistan

10 January 2020 | Saeed A Baloch

Pakistan's clothing and textile sector hopes that 2020 will be a big year for Chinese investment as companies look to move production to outsourcing centres with lower labour costs, a skilled workforce, and government incentives through reduced taxes and duties.... read more


US retail imports to settle after year of tariff surges

10 January 2020 | Beth Wright

After a year of fluctuations driven by the uncertainty of the trade war with China, volume at major US retail container ports is expected to return to its usual seasonal patterns during the first few months of 2020.... read more


Top stories this week on just-style...

10 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style see industry experts explain the urgent need for the clothing sector to embrace Industry 4.0, PVH Corp is selling its Speedo North America swimwear business to Pentland Group, and the US is urged to sanction China over the ongoing human rights situation in Xinjiang.... read more


US urged to impose trade sanctions on China over Xinjiang forced labour concerns

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US commission is urging members of Congress and President Donald Trump to impose trade sanctions on China over the ongoing human rights situation in Xinjiang.... read more


AAFA testifies against tariff on French handbag imports

9 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has testified against new tariffs proposed by the US on French imports, which includes handbags, in a move it says could impact both domestic workers and consumers.... read more


US apparel imports plummet yet again in November

9 January 2020 | Beth Wright

The volume of US apparel imports fell for the fourth consecutive month in November, with a 20% drop in shipments from largest supplier China. The figures suggest early stockpiling in the run-up to the holiday period as retailers moved to bring in merchandise ahead of new tariffs imposed in September and another tranche that had been due to take effect in mid-December.... read more


USMCA trade deal takes step closer to ratification

9 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – which will update and replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – has taken another step forward after being passed by the Senate Finance Committee.... read more


China to send top negotiator to sign US trade deal?

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

China plans to send a trade delegation to Washington to sign the first phase of its trade deal with the US next week, it is understood.... read more


US trade deficit with China narrows in November

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US trade deficit in goods and services fell another 8.7% in November from a month earlier, as exports increased but imports dropped – with China seeing its gap narrow slightly.... read more


India apparel export body chairman vows to bring positive change

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The newly appointed chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council of India has vowed to work to bring positive growth in apparel exports, adding that over the past three years growth has stagnated.... read more


UK fashion sector calls for support to boost exports

7 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion and textile industry has called on the government to increase support for exporters, fix the skills and training landscape, and minimise disruption to trade, as it looks to raise the profile of the sector and boost trade by addressing key challenges.... read more


EU next target for US trade war?

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The EU could be the next target for a trade war by the US, recent comments from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggest.... read more


Cambodia sees surge in export-oriented factories in 2019

6 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The number of footwear and garment factories registered for exports in Cambodia over 2019 jumped 24% compared with the year earlier, according to new data from the Ministry of Commerce.... read more


New US import tariffs drag on manufacturing sector

6 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Increased tariffs on US imports have impacted America's manufacturing employment, led to higher prices for consumers, and failed to increase the sector's output, a new report suggests.... read more


Monthly trade programme roundup – December 2019

3 January 2020 | Dr Sheng Lu

The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US and EU covers developments in December 2019.... read more


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