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  • European Parliament committee presses for more supply chain legislation

    A committee of the European Parliament voted on March 21 for a  proposal that “The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers”.

  • Second life for TTIP looking likelier

    Though the EU-US TTIP agreement is widely thought to be “in the freezer”, evidence given to confirmation hearings by Robert Lighthizer, Donald Trump’s nominee for US Trade Representative, seems to indicate the US Administration is still open-minded about its future.

  • UK hit by EU’s €2 bn bill for “repeatedly ignoring warnings” over trouser tax fraud.

    The UK is facing a €1.98 bn bill from the EU for “repeatedly ignoring warnings”  of tax frauds on imported Chinese shoes and apparel. The case highlights grave systemic complications in Britain’s handling of trade which threaten to complicate further its preparations for leaving the EU.

  • Dutch election result undermines fears of imminent EU collapse

    Results of the March 15 election for the Dutch House of Representatives seem to kill worries the EU is about to collapse. But, though those worries have never had any real justification,  the Dutch election still emphasises the declining support in mature democracies for some traditional policies.

  • EU looks at restarting South East Asian free trade talks

    The EU began serious discussions on restarting free trade talks with the entire Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on March 10.

  • Mercosur starts talking seriously to EU about trade deal

    The foreign ministers of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil met on March 9 in Buenos Aires to discuss  a common position ahead of negotiations with the European Union on a potential trade deal.

  • US “hasn’t yet decided on TTIP”

    In a March 10 background briefing with reporters, US officials surprisingly revealed the Trump administration has “not formulated a final position” on whether or not it will continue to pursue a proposed Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the EU.

  • UK Government: “Prepare to leave EU without a free trade deal”

    The UK government was reported on March 1 to have instructed its departments to have plans ready for governing if Britain fails to secure an adequate free trade deal with the EU after leaving in spring 2017.

  • UK accepts significant EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit

    The UK will continue to allow substantial EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit – generally expected in spring 2019 – the country’s Brexit minster admitted on February 21.

  • 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.

  • The EU: Trade policy in times of Brexit

    There are five key issues surrounding the EU’s role in the world economy.

  • EU Parliament agrees Free Trade deal with Canada

    On February 15, the EU’s Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada, abolishing tariffs on 98% of EU-Canada trade. 

  • UK Customs give first glimpse of post-Brexit Fast Fashion logistics

    They claim Customs procedures will be bureaucracy-free and “risk-based.” But even their claims accept 10% of arrivals might be unnecessarily delayed. Who really believes government assurances on future IT projects? And no hint of how urgently Britain’s partners might respond to the challenges.

  • EU abolishes textile quotas on Belarus

    Almost the only apparel and textile quotas left. EU Council agreed to their lifting on February 7

  • EU publishes most objectives for Indonesia trade talks

    The EU published most of it objectives for a potential trade deal with Indonesia on February 7.