23 May 2013 - US apparel imports from Sub-Saharan Africa significantly fell in last years, whatever duty-free access and generous rules of origin offered to least developed countries in the region. Our report delivers a comprehensive statistical analysis of US apparel imports for all major sub-saharan countries for the past 7 years compared with total US imports and shipments from CAFTA-DR. Multiple year data from 2005-2012 are available for download.
17 December 2009 - EU's Commission this week officially proposed to withdraw Sri Lanka's duty-free access while the US is expected announcing similar sanction for Madagascar. In both countries, clothing exporters were skeptical of political threat, expecting Brussels and Washington to finally accept a compromise. They apparently were wrong.
31 July 2009 - US apparel imports from sub-Saharan Africa began dramatically declining in May. Whatever the duty-free access offered by the United States, competition is surging from China while the economic recession is further depressing orders. African prices did not significantly decline this year, in addition.
22 July 2009 - Madagascar is successfully resisting the global crisis but could be removed its duty-free access to the US market after a coup overthrew its former president earlier this year. The only threat of losing AGOA eligibility may depress demand from the United States to the second largest supplier of the US market in Sub-Saharan Africa.
21 November 2007 - New textile rules of origin are envisaged for EU's imports from former colonies in Africa and elsewhere. The new trade agreements which are being negotiated with regional groupings may significantly relax European rules with double transformation being replaced by single transformation requirement, possibly boosting African imports of Chinese fabrics and limiting textile investment on the continent.
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