Egypt’s Duty-Free Apparel Production Making a Comeback After Years of Political Turmoil

By Deborah Belgum | October 19, 2017

As President Trump starts whittling away at the various free-trade agreements the United States has with different countries, Egypt is revving up its promotion of its special industrial zones where apparel can be made and exported duty-free to the United States.

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The People, Companies and Ideas that Made News in 2016

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