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IMPORT & EXPORT

How Mounting Congestion at Local Ports Is Affecting Apparel Importers

By Deborah Belgum | September 18, 2014

Bob Wysocki of Sears Holdings complained that sometimes it takes as long as one to two weeks to extract his merchandise out of the port complex in Los Angeles and get Sears’ cargo containers on a train, where it might take another two weeks to reach a warehouse.

Customs Officials Ease Back on Changes for First-Sale Rule

Customs officials have stopped pushing for major adjustments to the so-called “First-Sale Rule,” which would have required handing over a boatload of documents to validate where goods were made and at what price.

West Coast Dockworkers and Port Employers Make Progress in Negotiations

The long and drawn-out contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association took a giant step forward.

Africa Could Be the Next Frontier With AGOA

China may be the apparel factory to the world, but one day Africa could be right up there with the powerhouse manufacturer.

Vietnam’s Apparel Industry is on a Rapid-Expansion Plan

Vietnam’s Apparel Industry is on a Rapid-Expansion Plan

China and Vietnam are still the top two providers of apparel and textiles to the United States, but Vietnam is growing quickly as an apparel powerhouse.

Apparel and Footwear Importers Concerned About Changes in First-Sale Rule

Apparel and Footwear Importers Concerned About Changes in First-Sale Rule

U.S. apparel and textile importers are rallying to push back a new proposal that would require more stringent record-keeping requirements to bring in goods under the so-called “First-Sale Rule,” which went into effect more than 25 years ago.

Cargo container Volumes Rise at U.S. Ports as Contract Talks Continue on the Waterfront

As contract talks between West Coast longshore workers and their employers continued into their 14th week, importers were playing it cautious and bringing in as much merchandise as they could to fill holiday orders.

Cargo-Container Volumes Surge at Local Ports

With contract negotiations still going on with West Coast longshore workers, apparel importers and retailers were pushing to land their goods before a potential work stoppage or port strike takes place.

Longshore Workers Get Ready to Return to the Negotiating Table

After taking a three-day break, longshore workers and their employers were planning to get back at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year contract that expired on July 1.

Delays Mount in Retrieving Cargo at Port of LA

Delays Mount in Retrieving Cargo at Port of LA

Truck drivers are waiting as long as five to six hours to pick up cargo at some terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.

Fast Means Cash for Central American Clothing Makers

Fast Means Cash for Central American Clothing Makers

Quick turn has always been one advantage for Gua­temala and the other Central American countries that make up the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. But it is becoming more important than ever.

Customs Scrutiny to Increase With Hundreds of New Employees

For years, U.S. customs officials have been playing a game of cat and mouse with apparel importers, trying to figure out who is undervaluing their goods to get out of paying higher duties.

Southern California Man Sentenced for Importing Counterfeit Goods

Kevin Wang, a 54-year-old resident of Rosemead, Calif., was sentenced on May 8 to 31 months in federal prison for bringing in 11 containers filled with counterfeit apparel and other goods from China.

Contract Negotiations on the Waterfront Worry Many About Shipping Season

Contract Negotiations on the Waterfront Worry Many About Shipping Season

Ship early and ship often. That’s the advice logistics experts are giving to apparel and textile importers who don’t want to be caught up in a possible strike that could take place this summer at West Coast ports.

Hudson Jeans Shifting Production from U.S. to Mexico

The Los Angeles premium-jeans maker was recently acquired for $98 million by Joe’s Jeans, another LA-based denim-pant maker.

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