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IMPORT & EXPORT

USMCA Approved by U.S. Senate, Phase One of China Deal Signed by Trump

By Andrew Asch | January 16, 2020

In a fast-paced set of events, President Donald Trump signed Phase Oneof the trade agreement between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China on Jan. 15. The next day, the U.S. Senate approved the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, a platform upon which Trump campaigned during 2016 as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Southern California Ports Tell a Tale of Two Traffic Stories

Business at Southern California’s seaports has been looking a little schizophrenic.

White House Announces Termination of India’s GSP Status

Following the White House’s removal of Turkey from the countries eligible for GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status last month, the Trump administration declared that India has been deemed ineligible for continued inclusion as a beneficiary under the duty-free trade program.

Exclusion of Turkey and India from GSP Could Bring New Sourcing Problems

Exclusion of Turkey and India from GSP Could Bring New Sourcing Problems

A great deal of attention has been paid to the issues surrounding the Trump administration’s move to impose up to an additional 25 percent higher tariff on certain goods entering the United States from China.

Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Goods Has the Apparel Industry Scrambling

Robert Jungmann has been importing hemp fabric from China for more than 20 years for the T-shirts he manufactures in Los Angeles.

How Far Will Tariff Expansion Go?

As the Trump administration threatened to again raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports as soon as May 10, many were wondering how far it would go and what it would cost the American consumer.

Byer California Cited for Evading Customs Duties by Undervaluing Garments

After years of litigation, Byer California has agreed to pay $325,000 in a civil fraud lawsuit that alleges the decades-old San Francisco clothing company for five years undervalued the cost of its merchandise coming through customs, paying lower duties than normal.

Big Challenges for Shipping Industry in 2020

Apparel and textile importers have spent the last year challenged by rising shipping rates and tight vessel space as cargo owners scrambled to bring in merchandise earlier than normal to beat an expected tariff rise on certain Chinese goods.

A Cease-Fire in the Trade War Has the Apparel Industry Wondering What Will Happen Next

The recent lull in the trade war between the United States and China was good news for U.S. retailers, clothing manufacturers and importers who have seen their bottom line eroded by a 10 percent tariff on certain goods imported from China.

How to Tackle the China Trade-War Challenges

In the past year, it has become increasingly more challenging to be an apparel manufacturer, importer or retailer in the United States as uncertainty surrounds trade with China.

Apparel Makers Feel the Rush to Bring in Goods From China Early

With additional tariffs on Chinese imports being threatened, Los Angeles clothing makers are feeling the pinch to bring in goods earlier to save money.

Year in Review: Trade: The Year Where Nobody Knows What is Actually Going On

Year in Review: Trade: The Year Where Nobody Knows What is Actually Going On

If you had to explain why the stock market is going up and down like a yo-yo, one of the reasons is the uncertainty in trade.

2018 Retrospective: China Still Dominates U.S. Apparel Imports Despite Trade War With United States

If you thought U.S. clothing companies were shying away from China to make their wide array of imported garments, think again.

Newsmaker: As the Trade War Turns, So Goes the Economy

This has been a year of uncertainty for the trade world.

New Tariffs on Chinese Goods Have Apparel Manufacturers Worried

When U.S. tariffs were levied in September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, some apparel companies saw the writing on the wall even if they wanted to erase it.

U.S. Tariffs on Textile Imports From China Leads to Trade Opportunities Elsewhere

U.S. Tariffs on Textile Imports From China Leads to Trade Opportunities Elsewhere

With new tariffs being placed on textiles coming from China, many U.S. fabric importers are scrambling to find new textile trading partners whose goods are not subject to the recently imposed 10 percent tariff that could rise to 25 percent at the beginning of the year.