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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using import-export data to advantage

Lululemon’s Transparent Problem

Category: Imports, Trade Data

Thin fabric shows flaws in yoga apparel maker’s over-stretched supply chain. Lululemon Athletica warns that there will be shortages in its women’s pants made from its “signature” black Luon fabric, a blend of 86% nylon – 14% Lycra with a trademarked brand name and a secret but unpatented formula…

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Building Demand

Construction equipment rolls up trade gains, but with a touch of the brakes Last month’s searches of our US import database were dominated by quests for bulldozers, excavators, backhoes and their manufacturers. Of the top dozen most sought company names, eight are makers of heavy equipment. The list (ranked by search…

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CBP Sets Sequestration Cargo Priorities

Category: Transport

Cuts will be made across the board, with no preference by port of arrival US Customs and Border Protection released its framework for minimizing the impact on trade of budget cuts mandated under sequestration, which became effective March 1. Key points:Companies participating in C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) and ACAS…

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Shrimp CVD Inquiry Gets Underway

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

… with a few course adjustments: a new deadline, more inclusive definitions The US International Trade Commission has announced some key changes in its inquiry, launched February 11, into whether seven countries – China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam – have provided countervailable subsidies to their exporters of…

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Illegal Substitution

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

Operation Red Zone seized $13.6 million in fake NFL merchandise this season by Peter Quinter, guest columnist US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in cooperation with Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of the US Department of Homeland Security made a spectacular bust of a ring of counterfeiters in New Orleans prior to the…

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Floor Rises under Mexican Tomatoes

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

Comments due Feb.11 on proposed hike in price of imports from top US source Today’s the deadline for comments on a new plan to replace a long-standing trade pact on US imported fresh tomatoes from Mexico. The old pact was challenged by Florida growers last June. The proposed replacement sets…

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Werker on US-Colombia FTA: Part 3

Category: Exports, Markets

Cameron Werker and Bill Armburster discuss the trading partner relationship Datamyne blog anchor Bill Armbruster conducted an extensive e-mail interview in January regarding the new US-Colombia free trade agreement with Cameron Werker, senior commercial officer with the US Embassy in Colombia. In Part 1, they covered

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China Looks for LATAM Lift

Category: Indicators, Markets

“Latin America offers way out of demand doldrums: Official”  – China Daily China Daily’s Santiago correspondent reports that the Chinese ambassador to Chile, Yang Wanming, sees LATAM as a global region of opportunity as weakness in the world’s mature markets persists. “Latin America is now a strategically important market for…

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