6 March 2014 - Central America again lost shares of the US apparel import market in 2013, but succeeded in a few specific categories, being now able to deliver man-made fiber products to the US market at competitive prices. Our report offers a comprehensive statistical analysis per category of US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR compared with total US imports and shipments. Comprehensive data are available for download.
6 August 2009 - US apparel imports under duty-free access are more sharply falling this year, reflecting the stronger competition from China after quotas were eliminated. After resisting for years, duty-free imports from Central America are retreating while shipments from QIZs in the Middle East or from sub-Saharan Africa are also negatively affected.
24 July 2009 - US apparel imports strongly declined from the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic over the first quarter this year. Proximity and duty-free access no more confer an advantage to regional exporters of knit apparel after woven apparel sales had already dropped in the past three years, as indicated by our statistical tables.
3 April 2009 - U.S. apparel imports from Central America suffered from rising competition from China in the past four years. A series of niche markets were however preserved, thanks to the protection offered by the U.S. limits on Chinese shipments. With these quotas now lifted and the economic recession depressing the market, shipments from CAFTA countries are shrinking across the board.
30 July 2008 - The United States is expected implementing on August 15th new rules of origin under the free trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic. The so-called pocketing amendment will allow a larger use of Asian fabrics while cumulation of origin should boost sales of Mexican materials. A "2 for 1" bill was also introduced in the U.S. House for allowing duty-free apparel imports from the Dominican Republic made with Asian fabrics in exchange for purchasing US cotton fabrics.
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