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Datamyne Blog

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

High Price of Low-Cost Apparel

Retailers face tough choices after the latest Bangladesh factory tragedy. The collapse of the New Wave Style factory near Dhaka is being compared to New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire just over 100 years ago  – a deadly industrial disaster that roused public outrage and strengthened the political will…

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Sanchez on US-South Korea FTA: Part 3

Category: Exports, Trade Policy

In FY12, ITA’s Commercial Service network saw a 29% increase in the number of export to Korea success stories. The assistance offered exporters by the US Commercial Service, the export arm of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), is the topic of this last installment in Bill Armbruster’s interview…

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Sanchez on US-South Korea FTA: Part 2

Category: Exports, Trade Policy

The administration made sure to negotiate an agreement that levels the playing field for the US automotive industry. Opportunities and risks are the focus of this second installment in Bill Armbruster’s interview of Francisco J. Sanchez, Commerce Department under secretary for international trade. Bill Armbruster: Which sectors have the best growth…

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Sanchez on US-South Korea FTA: Part 1

Category: Exports, Trade Policy

Agreement acted as bulwark for US exports in the face of low overall demand in Korea in 2012. Here’s the first installment of an interview of Francisco J. Sanchez, Commerce Department under secretary for international trade, by Datamyne blog anchor Bill Armbruster. Bill Armbruster:  What are the main benefits of the…

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One Year After: US-Korea FTA

Category: Exports, Trade Policy

Trade pact’s just not all that; EU edges out US: by Bill Armbruster. I wish I could report that the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which took effect on March 15, 2012, provided an immediate shot of adrenalin to US exports. But that’s not the case. In fact, US goods exports…

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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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