Global Material Sourcing for the Clothing Industry

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This guide deals with the dynamics of the global textiles and clothing supply chain, including the need for garment manufacturers to develop alternative sourcing and supply management approaches. The publication reviews historical background; discusses China’s advantage in the international garment industry; explains different stages involved in material sourcing process; and discusses politics of trade. It also includes case studies; summary of United States rules of origin; measures and conversions, and a glossary of shipping and related terms.

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Preferential access to the EU

The EU has a number of preferential trade arrangements with certain individual countries or groups of countries outside the EU. These provide for particular goods from the countries concerned to be imported and entered to free circulation at reduced or zero rates of customs duty subject to strict origin rules. The following tables list specific preference country groupings and individual bilateral agreements. All preference agreements listed here give duty-free access to the EU, except for GSP and the transitional arrangements for Mexico and South Africa.

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