IMPORT & EXPORT

West Coast Dockworkers and Port Employers Make Progress in Negotiations

By Deborah Belgum | August 28, 2014

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

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.

Retail Sales and Cargo-Container Volumes to Slow This Summer

Retail Sales and Cargo-Container Volumes to Slow This Summer

Retail sales are expected to cool down as consumers remain cautious about the economy.

EU Duty Triples on U.S. Women’s Denim Pants

As of May 1, all U.S.-made women’s denim pants imported into the EU had their duty raised from 12 percent to 38 percent.

Los Angeles Blue Jeans Makers Floored by New Duties Being Imposed by Europe

Three U.S. goods currently subject to a 15 percent EU duty—sweet corn, eyewear frames and mountings, and crane trucks—will have their duties increased to 26 percent. But the big hit came to U.S.-made women’s jeans. This category will see its 12 percent duty rise to 38 percent.