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The Caribbean Basin contains some of the world's fastest growing apparel producing countries. These countries have very low wage costs, and benefit from being geographically close to the important US market. Furthermore, suppliers of clothing assembled in the Caribbean from US fabric are guaranteed free access to the USA, without quotas. The report provides a detailed analysis of the US apparel market and US legislation, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of US policy with regard to US imports. It looks at prospects for Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, as well as those for Asian companies which are basing themselves in the Caribbean region in order to reach US markets.

Table of Contents:

PART 1: INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY
Chapter 1: Introduction
Summary
PART 2: THE US MARKET
Chapter 2: The US apparel industry
Profile
Investment
Employment
Wage levels and productivity
Meeting market requirements
Chapter 3: Apparel market trends
Supply to US market
Import penetration
The mid-1980s import surge
Import sources
The Tigers muzzled
Chapter 4: Textile trade policy
Policy considerations
The policy outcome
Chapter 5: The international framework
Influence of the USA
The Multi-Fibre Arrangement
Chapter 6: Regulatory instruments
Fiscal protection
Quantitative controls
Chapter 7: Policy implementation
Bilateral trade agreements
Administration
Chapter 8: The effectiveness of US policy
Objectives and achievement
Areas of weakness
Chapter 9: Promoting developing country exports
TSUSA 807
807 and the US industry
807 and developing country exports
Growth of 807 trade
Chapter 10: The Caribbean source
The Caribbean as a special case
The CBI Textile Program
Chapter 11: Alternatives to apparel trade policy
The US industry lobby
Protectionist measures in Congress
The lobby and the Caribbean
PART 3: THE CARIBBEAN SUPPLIERS
Chapter 12: Introduction
Overview of Caribbean exports to the USA
Structural adjustment
Chapter 13: The Dominican Republic
Industry structure
Institutional arrangements
International competitiveness
Overseas investment
Export performance
Chapter 14: Haiti
Industry profile
Institutional arrangements
International competitiveness
Overseas investment
Export performance
Chapter 15: Costa Rica
Industry structure
Institutional arrangements
International competitiveness
Overseas investment in apparel
Export performance
Chapter 16: Jamaica
Industry structure
Institutional arrangements
International competitiveness
Foreign investment
Export performance
Chapter 17: Comparative assessment
The Caribbean compared with other locations
The Caribbean producers
Chapter 18: Future prospects
The US market
Other markets
Other Caribbean producers
APPENDICES
Appendix A:
Subsidies and incentives in major apparel exporting countries
 
Appendix B:
US imports of restricted categories from China, 1986-88
 
Appendix C:
Other CBI textile trade agreements
Appendix D:
South Korean offshore apparel plant in the Caribbean, 1987

 

 
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