Blog: Hannah AbdullaUK clothing exports to US to be hit by further 25% duties

Hannah Abdulla | 28 October 2019

Cashmere jumpers, anoraks and swimwear made in the UK and exported to the US are among products being hit by an extra 25% tariff as part of the ongoing dispute between the US and the EU over aircraft subsidies.

The industry is changing. For many companies, extended supply chains are out; sustainability is in. Cheap is out; how things are made is in. Greenwashed marketing is out; transparency is in. Import tariffs are in; free trade is out. Where suppliers are located and how they serve their customers is more important than ever.

US importers, exporters, and manufacturers are continuing to look for ways to mitigate the impact of the additional tariffs the US has levied on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of imported goods and thousands of products from China, as well as the retaliatory tariffs US trading partners are imposing on US exports.

Mexico has outlined the steps the country is taking to implement a number of labour reforms as part of its efforts to ensure the successful ratification of the new United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. 

Mauritius has signed a free trade agreement with China, its second-biggest supplier, that will cover trade in goods and services, and investment and economic cooperation.

New research has added to worries that imports of clothing from China could have links to forced labour, prompting the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers to express its concerns at the situation.

Japan is not only one of the world's largest apparel markets, it is also one of the biggest clothing importers, providing new opportunities for fashion brands and retailers.

Many women workers in Bangladesh's ready-made garment (RMG) sector do not receive legally required benefits, including paid maternity leave, a new report claims.

Aid organisation CARE Australia and retailer Cotton On Group are working on a two-year project aimed at increasing the number of women in garment factory leadership roles in Bangladesh.

The fashion industry has never been kind to the undisciplined, the slow-moving or the slow evolving. Customer preferences change rapidly and once-hot brick-and-mortar clothing retailers are worth just a fraction of what they were. So where does this leave the fashion supply chain of the future?

US mother-and-baby retailer Destination Maternity has announced the "difficult, but necessary" decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Across the pond, UK-based women's value clothing retailer Bonmarché has also fallen into administration after failing to restructure its business fast enough to meet today's new trading realities.

And Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has entered into a definitive agreement with a group of HBC shareholders to take the company private at a price of CAD10.30 per share in cash.

In other news, there was a spate of senior executive departures and appointments across the sportswear industry including at Nike, Under Armour and Adidas.


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