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.

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.

Retail Cargo-Container Imports to Be Up This Year

Retail Cargo-Container Imports to Be Up This Year

Despite a federal budget cut to ports and other transportation entities, retail cargo volumes imported into the United States are expected to inch up gradually.

Value-Added Employment: Study Looks at U.S. Jobs Retained Despite Offshore Production

Just because apparel is made overseas, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of U.S. jobs that go into making a label.

East Coast Port Strike Averted With Tentative Deal

East Coast Port Strike Averted With Tentative Deal

After months of negotiations, a potentially crippling strike at 15 East Coast and Gulf Coast ports has been avoided after negotiators representing longshore workers and shipping companies agreed to a tentative deal on a new six-year contract.

Clerks at Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports Agree to New Contract

After more than two years of negotiations, the clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will not be striking again this year.

U.S. Apparel Purchases on a Flat Course in 2012

U.S. consumers played it cautious last year when it came to clothing purchases, leading to a slight dip in apparel imports in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Southern California Ports Spending Big on Infrastructure to Compete

Cargo-container volumes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been on an even keel lately as the economy slowly recovers.

Polygon Solutions: Helping Entrepreneurs Outsource the Back-End Operations

Last year, Josh Levine launched his brand, Frame Denim, and landed orders from Ron Herman and Net-a-Porter for his Los Angeles–based,high-end denim line. ...