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  • Jilted TPP partners (plus a few) share new hopes

    Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.

  • China free trade pretensions come under more fire

    Shujiro Urata, a fellow of the Japan Centre for Economic Research and a former economist at the World Bank, said on February 28 that China has been unable to “contribute constructively” to the past five years’ Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks and would be unable to accept some key TPP chapters.

  • 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.

  • How uncertain are the uncertainties facing apparel sourcing?

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

  • Japan calls a TPP without the US “meaningless”

    The 11 remaining nations will continue working on the pact.

  • 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.

  • A bad week for Brexit.

    Theresa May keeps insisting “Brexit means Brexit”. But no-one in Britain can agree what Brexit means, how long it’ll take to get there or what Britain’s trade policy will be once it’s out of the EU.

  • Obama administration gives up on TPP

    The US Administration admitted on November 11 it no longer expected Congressional ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Obama Presidency. President-elect Trump has already announced abandoning the deal will be among his first acts after his January 20 inauguration.

  • Time to put the TPP out of its misery?

    I simply don’t buy US lobbyists’ conviction the TPP will get ratified this year. Shouldn’t they abandon the attempt?

  • How secrecy’s killing the trade deals

    Why is the TPP (and with it the TTIP and the TiSA) so close to death?

  • Europeans review their trade arrangements

    EU announces review of extending its Customs Union with Turkey – but won’t let Turkey into negotiations on TTIP (which Turkey wants to join). It says it will upgrade its free trade deal with Mexico to match its deal with Canada and TTIP – but Americans and some European politicians stay sniffy about its Trade Commissioners’s views on TTIP.

  • Japan’s new rules appear to reduce knitwear import duty radically

    Japan’s announcement of new Rules of Origin for knitwear appear to pioneer a completely new principle among Western countries for duty-free imports.

  • Japan explains why its businesses won’t invest in the Pakistani textile industry

    “Japan is the world largest importer of textile but due to high rate of import duty in Pakistan Japan is not prioritising Pakistan for textile imports to Japan as neighbouring countries of Pakistan like Sri Lanka and India have low ratio of taxes” said the Japanese Ambassador in Pakistan to the Rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce on February 16.

  • Grandiose trade deals: the puzzling case of the ignored Apparel Periphery

    China’s November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which all miss the obvious: the agreements traders and consumers actually want.