Nicaragua

US Apparel Import Prices: China vs. CAFTA in 2005-2008

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. Full Report...    Sample Report...    Table Of Content...

New CAFTA Rules of Origin to be Implemented by Mid-August

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. Full Report...

US Apparel Imports from CAFTA-DR Countries in 3rd Quarter 2007  (SAMPLE)

15 January 2008 - US apparel imports from CAFTA-DR countries fell in the third quarter of last year, reflecting rising uncertainties ahead of US quotas' removal. Poor results in cotton knit shirt categories 337 and 338 may indicate some serious threat for Central American countries while US trouser imports from the Dominican Republic dramatically fell in the last two years. Man-made fiber apparel imports from the region more resisted. Full Report...

US implements CAFTA rules of origin modification

10 April 2006 - The United States and three Central American countries have officially implemented a modification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras have accepted to use US or regional pocket fabrics in their apparel in return for a mix of import duty refunds and a change to the rules of origin on certain products. Full Report...

Honduras and Nicaragua join El Salvador in CAFTA (Update)  (SAMPLE)

31 March 2006 - The US government Saturday confirmed Honduras and Nicaragua have now joined CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement. This eases previous concerns that the 1 April target date would be pushed back to July. The US also confirms it is seeking to solve confusion over duty free access for CAFTA products containing inputs from other countries awaiting ratification. Full Report...

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