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Since 1986, International Development Systems has provided clients with up-to-the-minute data and analysis. Our input helps clients to make informed sourcing decisions. Starting with the U.S. textile quota program, and evolving through the development and implementation of Free Trade Agreements and trade preference programs, our experts have guided sourcing professionals through the complicated world of trade policy for twenty-five years.

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October 30, 2020 - China Expert Recommends List of Priorities for U.S.-China Economic Talks : Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Nicholas R. Lady has written a memorandum to the Chair of the U.S. delegation for bilateral economic talks with China titled “Priorities For 2021 Economic Talks with China... > read more

October 30, 2020 - Report Finds US Textile and Apparel Industry Has Shrunk Under COVID-19 : A new report by Dr. Sheng Lu, Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, analyzes the State of the U.S. Textile and Apparel Industry: Output, Employment, and Trade ... > read more

October 30, 2020 - CBP Releases Video Explaining Changes in USMCA for Textiles and Apparel : U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted a new video that summarizes the main changes for the textile and apparel industries in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). ... > read more

October 30, 2020 - GAO Finds CBP Increased Enforcement Efforts to Combat Forced Labor but Improvements Needed : A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has increased its resources dedicated to fighting forced labor over the ... > read more

October 30, 2020 - BCI Releases Report from Task Force on Forced Labor and Decent Work : The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has released the findings and recommendations from its Task Force on Forced Labor and Decent Work, which was established in March 2020 to strengthen the Core Indicators of Better Cotton Principle Six: Decent Work... > read more


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