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Hong Kong is the world's biggest exporter of clothing, with 13% of world trade. Yet the industry hardly existed before the early 1950s. The report looks at the prospects for the survival of Hong Kong's clothing industry following the Chinese takeover in 1997, and the impact of Chinese rule and rising costs on the clothing industry's future.

PART 1: INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY
Chapter 1: Introduction and summary
PART 2: HONG KONG AS A SUPPLIER OF CLOTHING
Chapter 2: The development of Hong Kong's textile and clothing industries
Historical background
Role of government
Chapter 3: Profile of the Hong Kong apparel industry
Present industry structure
Investment
Employment
Labour costs
Industry costs
Chapter4: Material supply
Yarn and thread
Fabrics
Chapter 5: Production
Overall trends
Detailed review
Chapter 6: Overseas trade
Hong Kong as a garment exporter
The trading pattern
Export trade
Hong Kong as China's entrepot
PART 3: HONG KONG'S TEXTILE TRADE RELATIONS
Chapter 7: The international trading regime
Textiles and the Gatt
Fiscal controls
Physical regulation
The Multi-Fibre Arrangement
Chapter 8: The MFA achievement
The effect on world trade
The industrial impact
Chapter 9: Hong Kong's trade relations
Restraints on Hong Kong's export trade
Hong Kong Strategy
The USA
The EC member states
Other outlets
Chapter10: Textile export control system
The export control regime
Quota allocation
The market in Transferred quota
Chapter 11: Hong Kong's performance in its major agreements
The USA
The EC
Other markets
PART 4: THE DIASPORA OF THE HONG KONG CLOTHING INDUSTRY
Chapter 12: An offshore capability
Background
The movement overseas: the rationale
Merits of alternative investment locations
Chapter 13: Relations with overseas associates
Organisation of Hong Kong's international enterprises Onwell Holdings Ltd: a case study in centralised operations
PART 5: HONG KONG'S FUTURE AS A SUPPLIER OF CLOTHING
Chapter 14: Factors affecting the future of the Hong Kong clothing industry
Chapter 15: Hong Kong and the future of the international textile trading regime
The end of the MFA?
The attitudes of the parties
Negotiating positions in early 1990
After the MFA
Consequences for Hong Kong in 1991
Chapter 16: Hong Kong's relationship with China
Preserving a distinct identity
The legal position
Practical independence of the Hong Kong industry
Chapter 17: Prospects for Hong Kong as a garment supplier
Still an attractive location?
The economics of clothing production
Hong Kong as a marketing centre
The confidence factor
Appendix A: Hong Kong usage of US textile and apparel quotas
Appendix B: Leading Hong Kong knitting and apparel manufacturers
 
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