IMPORT & EXPORT

Ships Stack Up as Port Terminals Try to Clear Back-Logged Containers

By Deborah Belgum | January 15, 2015

As of Jan. 15, there were 13 cargo-container ships anchored beyond the breakwater that protects the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

Strategies for Saving on Customs Duties

Customs considers pockets below the waist or any type of tightening at the bottom to be “non-blouse” features. Adding pockets to a blouse can allow an importer to take advantage of the lower duty rate. Adding elastic, a drawstring, rib knitting or other tightening element to the bottom of a blouse will similarly lower the duty rate on a blouse.

Retail Imports Heat Up for the Holidays

The Holiday season means more business for the nation’s port in the next few months.

Port Traffic Expected To Improve This Fall

While the nation’s ports haven’t seen much cargo traffic lately, that should change around October, when retailers push to get last-minute merchandise in for the Holiday season.

Apparel Imports Grow as Consumers Shop Again

The Back-to-School season was just one of the reasons U.S. retailers brought in more apparel and textile goods compared with last year.

Obama Lifts Burmese Import Bans

The Obama administration made it official. Goods made in Burma, now called Myanmar, may be imported into the United States, except for rubies and jade, whose mining is controlled by the central government.

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.