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  • Bangladesh requests duty-free access to US – again

    In a February 16 letter to the US ambassador in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman asked for duty-free access to the US for Bangladeshi RMG products made from cotton imported from the US.

  • “Trump’s an idiot” says currency expert as US Adminstration see-saws on China.

    “I will instruct my Treasury Secretary to declare China a currency manipulator the day I take office” promised Donald Trump on October 22.

  • Trump seems to be trying to break up NAFTA

    A possibly unscripted February 13 remark by Donald Trump might indicate he wants to break up NAFTA, not merely renegotiate it.

  • EU begins fight against US border taxes: US Republicans say ‘they would, wouldn’t they?’

    The EU has begun preparing for a legal challenge to a US border tax proposal in a move that could trigger the biggest case in World Trade Organisation history, the Financial Times reported on February 13.

  • Wave of Mexican protectionism hits US retailers north and south of Border

    A wave of resentment at Donald Trump has led to a range of anti-American actions in Mexico, from boycotting Starbucks and encouraging the use of Mexican ingredients to discouraging cross-border shopping truips to US border towns.

  • China’s income from apparel exports falls dramatically in the second half of 2016. Especially in exports to the UK.

    The US dollar value of China’s apparel exports fell year on year by 11.4% in the last six months of 2016: an abrupt worsening of the 4.5% fall in the first six months.

  • First details emerge of probable NAFTA and Border Tax legislation – but where’s China?

    US Congressional Republican leaders made their pitch on February 1 and 2 for handling NAFTA renegotiation and border taxes. Trump’s earlier China commitments seem to have disappeared.

  • US trade agenda becomes clearer – though details and schedule stay obscure

    US drops China manipulation commitment

  • 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.

  • Mexico begins 90 day consultation period over NAFTA renegotiaton

    Mexico expects formal talks to begin in May

  • 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.

  • EU admits TTIP “firmly in freezer”

    The EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said in a January 24 speech that the “The election of Donald Trump seems likely to put our EU-US [TTIP] negotiations firmly in the freezer at least for a while”.

  • Trump abandons China “currency manipulation” promise

    Donald Trump announced on January 14 his abandonment of a central campaign pledge about China.

  • Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?

    I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections.

  • 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.