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.
22 September 2009 - Mauritian clothing exports partly resisted the economic crisis last winter thanks to a series of specific advantages, including the ability to compete on the European fast fashion market. Sales to the US market also rebounded after Mauritius was granted generous duty-free rules of origin.
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.
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.
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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