IMPORT & EXPORT

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

By Deborah Belgum | June 1, 2017

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

Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy Causes Havoc at LA Ports

Importers trying to extract merchandise from Hanjin Shipping Co. vessels docked at LA’s two ports were being told to pay $400 to $800 extra to retrieve their containers.

Thousands of Fake Ferragamo Shoes Seized at LA Ports

Nearly 8,000 pairs of shoes bearing fake “Salvatore Ferragamo” labels recently were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

West Coast Longshore Workers Agree to Talk About a Contract Extension

With the goal of keeping the West Coast ports from being hit with another labor snafu down the road, longshore workers and their port employers have agreed to discuss extending the current labor contract that ends in 2019.

Daytime Rates Rising to Pick Up Cargo Containers at the Ports

If you want to pick up your cargo containers during the day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it will cost you a little more.

U.S. Port Traffic to be Uneven for Back-to-School and Holiday

The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.

Industry Voices: EcoFashion vs. EcoLogistics

The retail industry’s tectonic shift toward eco fashion is real, with a renewed focus on clothing made from raw, organic materials; nontoxic dyes or bleaches; low water usage; and made under socially responsible conditions. This is only part of the story of how the retail and fashion industry is building sustainability.

Importers Brace for New Disruptions at Worldwide Ports


Last year, apparel and textile importers saw millions of dollars in profits sink as congestion at the West Coast ports kept merchandise stuck on boats for weeks.

Study Finds Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Have Little Effect on Apparel Imports and Export

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published an independent study of the free-trade accord and found that U.S. apparel imports would inch up 1.4 percent with a $1.9 billion increase by the year 2032 while exports would barely budge, seeing a 0.3 percent rise, or a $10 million increase.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.

Negotiations for New Port Clerks Contract Nearing Deadline

600 full-time port clerks and 300 temporary clerks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have made great strides in this year’s negotiations for a contract that expires June 30.

U.S. Trade Rep Hopes to Have New Free-Trade Agreement Signed, Sealed and Delivered Before Obama Leaves Office

The Obama administration has been talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement ever since the president arrived in office in 2009.

Customs Officials Step Up Apprehension of Counterfeit items at the Border

Customs officials said they saw a 25 percent increase in the number of counterfeit goods they confiscated last year at the nation’s ports and at the border.

China Agrees to End Export Subsidies

After months of negotiations, China has agreed to put a stop to the export subsidies it has been granting for years to a host of industries, giving them an unfair advantage when competing with other companies around the world.

NRF Supply-Chain Expert Appointed to Government Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Commerce committee to advise on supply-chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of the nation’s businesses.

What Consequences Would Raising Tariffs Have on the Apparel Industry?

In the whirlwind of election-year debates, some politicians have been taking a protectionist attitude and threatening to raise U.S. tariffs and erect trade barriers.