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Reports in the specialist global trade press on March 22 indicated that the US Senate will not accept notice of the start of NAFTA renegotiations until President Trump’s US Trade Representative (USTR) nominee, Robert Lighthizer, has been confirmed.
The chief negotiator of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), admitted on March 22 that just ten per cent of issues had been agreed – six years after talks started, and just nine months before full agreement has been promised.
A survey of UK voters’ attitudes towards Brexit published on March 21 shows both far higher approval of free trade with the other 27 EU countries after the UK leaves than is seen for free trade in any other EU country. Perhaps more surprising, the survey shows little difference in attitudes towards trade those voting for Brexit and those voting to Remain.
Sears admitted in its March 21 10-K filing for 2016 that it had “substantial doubt over its own future.
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”.
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.
The UK government will need to enact up to 15 new bills and thousands of pages of secondary legislation in addition to a centrepiece Great Repeal Bill over the next two years, research on Brexit practicalities from an independent think-tank revealed on March 20. The UK typically enacts about 20 significant new laws a year.
Burmese factories were reported in the Thai press on March 13 to be claiming their industry “did not accept the use of child labour”, which had been alleged by Dutch activists a month earlier.
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.
The British government has not carried out no assessment of its Prime Minister’s threat to leave the EU without reaching a new deal since the Brexit vote, said the government minister responsible for managing Britain’s exit programme on March 15.
Canada launched a website on March 10 to carry a consultation exercise with its citizens about a possible free trade agreement with China.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will tactfully threaten Donald Trump with av range of punitive measures if he continues to plan anti-German trade moves, a leaked German government briefing paper published in the March 10 edition of Der Spiegel has reported.
Britain’s Marks & Spencer topped apparel companies listed on March 13 in a benchmark ranking assessing 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on 100 human rights indicators.
Growing geo-political tensions, polarisation and populism could lead to possible disruption in international trade in clothing, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has warned.