Why Apparel Sourcing in the Americas Is Important for the U.S. Market

By Dorothy Crouch, Associate Editor | February 15, 2018

Apparel factories and mills in the Western Hemisphere are still a significant supplier to U.S. retailers that are whittling down their lead times and looking for more just-in-time delivery.

Cargo Container Traffic Could Hit Record Numbers This Summer

Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors.

Cargo Container Traffic Could Hit Record Numbers This Summer

Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors. With the U.S. economy in its eighth year of recovery, cargo container volumes at the nation’s ports are expected to be at an all-time high as retailers head into the Back-to-School season.

APM Terminal at Los Angeles Port Returns to Normal After Shut Down Following Cyber Attack

A global cyber attack that affected hundreds of companies and their computer systems crippled operations at A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container carrier, headquartered in Denmark. Operations returned to close to normal.

Budget Bump in the Works for USTR

The Trump administration wants to beef up the U.S. Trade Representative’s budget by nearly 6 percent, add staff and launch bilateral negotiations with several major trading partners.

U.S. Textile Industry Outlines Changes Needed in NAFTA

With a Washington, D.C., hearing coming up on June 27 to discuss possible changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. textile industry has put together a wish list of items it would like to see implemented.

A New NAFTA Is Having a Ripple Effect in Los Angeles

With changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement in the wind, Los Angeles blue-jeans factories have been fielding more inquiries from denim labels thinking about switching production from Mexico to California.

Why Manufacturers Are Turning to Central America for Quick-Turn Apparel

The demise of a free-trade agreement between the United States and several Asian countries is breathing new life into the Guatemalan apparel industry.

New U.S. Trade Representative Will Have a Busy Schedule

Days after being sworn in as the new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer will be traveling to Vietnam to attend a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries.

A Free-Trade Agreement Between the U.S. and Europe Waiting in the Wings

Trade experts were expecting a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe to be signed, sealed and delivered by the time Barack Obama left the White House. But things didn’t turn out as planned as the political winds in Europe and the United States shifted recently from pro free trade to increased protectionism.

Imports Will Grow Nicely Through the Fall

With unemployment hitting extremely low levels and workers’ wages rising, the nation’s ports should see a decent uptick in cargo-container volumes through at least September.

West Coast Longshore Workers to Vote on Three-Year Contract Extension

With political and economic change in the wind, longshore workers have agreed to vote on a three-year extension of their current contract expiring July 1, 2019.

U.S. Cargo-Container Imports to Rise Steadily This Year

With retail sales predicted to inch up around 4 percent this year, cargo container traffic should also see healthy growth this year.

Apparel Manufacturers, Textile Makers Take on Administration’s Hot-Button Issues

Julie Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and Augustine Tantillo, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations, discussed their group members’ view on everything from a proposed border tax on goods coming from Mexico to the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a recent live webcast.

Yarns and Viscose Rayon Fibers Get Tangled in EU-U.S. Tariff Fight

A trade war over Europe limiting U.S. beef imports led the Obama administration last year to propose a set of retaliatory tariffs on mostly food-related goods coming from Europe.

Trump Nominates Conservative Attorney to Become U.S. Trade Representative

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer to become the new U.S. trade representative in charge of the country’s trade policy.