IMPORT & EXPORT

Hudson Jeans Shifting Production from U.S. to Mexico

By Deborah Belgum | April 17, 2014

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

Andean Trade Pact Update

More than 20 years after it was instituted, the Andean Trade Preference Act may be headed for the bone yard.

Strategies for Reducing the Impact of EU Duties on Denim

When the European Union added an additional 26 percent duty on the import of women’s denim jeans from the U.S., the action caught many of the high-end denim manufacturers in the Los Angeles area off-guard.

U.S. Program Failing to Help Certain Apparel Production in the Dominican Republic

A U.S. government program designed to boost apparel production in the Dominican Republic and bolster U.S. fabric exports to that Latin American country fell short of expectations last year.

Hyosung Expands Creora Spandex Facility in Vietnam

In anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposed trade agreement, spandex producer Hyosung will unveil a newly expanding facility in Nhon Trach, Dong Nai, Vietnam, beginning late summer.

Merchandise Imports to Take Off Later This Year

The first six months of this year barely saw an increase in cargo-container volumes coming through the nation’s major ports.

LA Man Convicted of Evading Duties on Imported Chinese Clothes

A Los Angeles businessman found guilty of smuggling Chinese-made clothing into the United States is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 9 in federal court.

European Tariff Hike Leads LA Manufacturers to Look for Alternative Markets and New Marketing Strategies

European Tariff Hike Leads LA Manufacturers to Look for Alternative Markets and New Marketing Strategies

Premium-denim manufacturers in Los Angeles are sorting out new ways to boost their global markets

Denim Under Fire: The EU Tax Hike on US-Made Jeans

Denim Under Fire: The EU Tax Hike on US-Made Jeans

The European Union recently unexpectedly and drastically raised duties on US-made women’s jeans to 38 percent. Trade officials, industry organizations and manufacturers are working to repeal the tax hike. Stay up to date on the issue here.

U.S. Senate Approves Michael Froman as New U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Senate Approves Michael Froman as New U.S. Trade Representative

The naming of Michael Froman as the new U.S. trade representative is good news for the U.S. textile industry.

Columbia Names President of New China Joint Venture

Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. named Samson Wong president of the company, a joint venture between Columbia Sportswear Co. and Swire Resources Limited, a subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited and the exclusive distributor of Columbia Sportswear in mainland China.

Trade Officials and Brands Working to Repeal High EU Duty on US-Made Jeans

Los Angeles manufacturers, facing a new 38 percent European duty on women’s jeans made in the United States, are weighing their options and trying to avoid moving production outside the country.

Li & Fung Chair Doesn’t Believe in Abandoning Bangladesh, Sees Changes in China

William K. Fung, chairman of apparel sourcing giant Li & Fung, spoke recently in LA about sourcing opportunities--and responsibilities--around the world.

Retailers Stocking Later for the Back-to-School and Holiday Seasons

The National Retail Federation's monthly “Port Tracker” report, which monitors cargo container traffic coming into through the nation’s largest ports, forecasts a major jump in imports in October.

Industry Voices: EU Rate Hike on US Jeans Puts Los Angeles Industry at Risk

What do crane trucks, eyeglasses frames, frozen sweet corn and women’s blue jeans have in common? Nothing, unless you are a European customs official. These are the four unlucky U.S. products that have been slapped with extra tariffs by the European Union in retribution for a U.S. law that breaks international trading rules.

EU Denim Duty: California Representatives Press Administration to Protect Denim Jobs

California Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Xavier Beccera, Linda Sanchez and Grace Napolitano urge action on the EU's steep duty on US denim.