13 December 2012 - Colombia's apparel exports are expected strongly rising in coming years, afer long-awaited implementation of duty-free agreement with the United States. Colombia has a very strong textile industry which should help integrating the Latin American country in global apparel supply chain. Our statistical tables provide a detailed view of Colombia's textile and clothing export data in January-October, with US imports per quota category in January-September. Comparison tables of inflation and currency trends in rival countries are also available.
7 March 2012 - Although its apparel exports sharply fell to the U.S. in the last years, Colombia is expecting a rebound after the Free Trade Agreement with the United States was eventually passed at the end of 2011, our Special Envoy to Medellin reports. Colombian clothing industry is in the starting blocks.
13 October 2011 - The US Congress just passed three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea which had been stuck in the legislative process for years. The duty-free access offered to Colombian apparel will also be extended until 2013. Colombian apparel exports to the US were severely hit after US Congress earlier failed extending the preferential treatment.
8 October 2008 - A new bill was passed by the US Congress in the last week extending for one additional year the duty free access offered to apparel from Colombia and Peru. The Dominican Republic also got the right to use Asian fabrics in duty-free apparel exports to the United States. In addition, Asian denim is again accepted in duty-free apparel imports from Sub-saharan Africa while Mauritius, Botswana and Namibia are now allowed using Asian fabrics under the "third-country fabric" provision.
28 February 2008 - The US Congress is approving a 10-month extension of the duty-free programme on apparel imports from Colombia and Peru. This is the third last-minute extension of the program in only two years. Such an uncertainty finally resulted in lower exports from both countries to the US market with Peru much less affected than Colombia, however.
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