IMPORT & EXPORT

Cargo-Container Volumes Surge at Local Ports

By Deborah Belgum | July 17, 2014

With contract negotiations still going on with West Coast longshore workers, apparel importers and retailers were pushing to land their goods before a potential work stoppage or port strike takes place.

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.

Slow Economy Keeps Manufacturers and Retailers Working Hard for Their Money

Slow Economy Keeps Manufacturers and Retailers Working Hard for Their Money

With earnings season upon us, several retail and apparel companies are reporting year-end and quarterly results that tell a happy story.

U.S. Ports to See a Rising Tide of Imports

Imports at the nation’s ports are expected to increase 2.7 percent in April over the same month last year and inch up 4.7 percent during the first six months of this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

StudioCL Loses Court Case Against Chinese Manufacturer

After deliberating for one day, a jury ruled on March 25 that StudioCLmust pay a Chinese manufacturer more than $400,000 for money the Los Angeles apparel maker still owes the garment factory.

AAFA Summit: Technology and International Trade to Fuel Industry Growth

AAFA Summit: Technology and International Trade to Fuel Industry Growth

With a crowd of more than 180—which included 52 first-time attendees—the American Apparel & Footwear Association hosted its three-day Executive Summit March 13–15 at the Four Season...

Importing Practices at the Center of StudioCL, Donshen Lawsuit

For more than 15 years, Los Angeles apparel manufacturers Carole Little and Leonard Rabinowitz bought tops, sweaters and dresses from a Hong Kong manufacturer they considered a reliable source.