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  • UK imports from China and near-shore boom after Brexit referendum

    Calculated in square metres of fabric, UK total apparel imports in the last six months of 2016 (after the Brexit referendum and its subsequent sterling devaluation) fell just 0.3% over the same period in 2015.

  • China threatens to call off EU trade talks over WTO dispute

    It’s almost impossible to summarise the dispute between China and most other major trading nations at the WTO.

  • High-minded idealism is confusing buyers as much as the new nationalism

    Seemingly endless January trade-related government announcements in the US and UK lacked a single detail businesses could use for planning.

  • Jilted TPP partners divided over response

    The eleven countries abandoned by the US when it left the Trans Pacific Partnership on January 23 appear seriously divided about what to do next. Beijing continues to suggest their best response is a completely different arrangement centred on China.

  • Has China burst its own trading bubble?

    After years of misconceived forecasts it will soon collapse, China’s domination of global apparel exports faces a serious threat – from the Chinese government.

  • The so-far obscure US tax proposal threatening all American apparel importers.

    It’s a safe bet that few readers have paid much attention to the idea of “destination-based” profit taxes. They need to start doing so: right now.

  • China-Korea trade collapses after a year’s “free trading”

    Korean exports to China fell 10.9% in the first year of a free trade deal between the two countries. Chinese exports to Korea fell just 4.8%.

  • China-Korea trade collapses after a year’s “free trading”

    Korean exports to China fell 10.9% in the first year of a free trade deal between the two countries. Chinese exports to Korea fell just 4.8%.

  • China’s overlooked counter-revolution complicates the global impact of Trump’s agenda

    Most discussion about China and trade in Western media has concentrated on Donald Trump’s concerns with China’s alleged “currency manipulation.” But by the time of Trump’s inauguration, China appeared to have fallen off his priorities.

  • How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?

    I think many of the alleged uncertainties observers forecast for 2017 are badly misconceived.

  • Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?

    The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump’s election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive.

  • US Congressional committee claims China “violates the spirit and the letter of its international trade obligations”

    A US Congressional committee prepared a report before the November 8 elections savagely attacking China’s good faith as a trading partner.

  • China to translate all trade laws into English

    China’s State Council released a notice on March 23, saying that all ministries, commissions and organizations it controls should start compiling an English version of their rules related to trade. 

  • For most of our lifetimes – foreign trade will matter far more to China than to the US

    In this week’s Sourcing Journal Online Op-Ed, I’ve looked at the contrast between US attitudes to foreign trade infrastructure (“If we must, fine. As long as it doesn’t cost”) and China’s (“the more preposterously overengineered, the better”) That contrast explains today’s lead story.

  • Sri Lanka and China sign another agreement to explore free trade.

    Sri Lanka and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agreed to establish a joint working group to study the feasibility of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Sri Lanka’s Government Information Department announced on December 26.