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.
3 December 2007 - South Africa intends cutting its textile import tariffs while maintaining quotas on textile and clothing imports from China. Such a policy should help reducing the costs of domestic clothing producers while offering some strong opportunity to yarn and fabric exporters outside China to develop their sales to South Africa's clothing industry. Domestic textile industry is expected strongly opposing such a move, however.
6 September 2006 - The South African government last week announced it is to introduce restrictions on clothing and textile imports from China. The two-year quotas covering 31 categories will be effective by the end of September. However, the move has been fiercely opposed by retailers saying that prices could go up 25 per cent. Stocks could also plummet in the run-up to Christmas as South Africa is highly dependant on Chinese imports.
4 November 2005 - South Africa's clothing industry will not be protected from surging Chinese imports. Trade Unions and manufacturers have urged Pretoria to invoke safeguard measures. The government believes industry should instead be more dynamic. The textile crisis is also being blamed on the strong rand.
27 January 2005 - South Africa's apparel exports continued dramatically falling in the past months, depressed by a simultaneous rise in the rand. Sales to the United States and the UK were sharply down while clothing imports from China surged. Thanks to preferential treatment under the AGOA, duty-free exports to the United States were less affected by the fall, nevertheless.
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