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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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December 14, 2018 - Cotton Campaign Finds Systemic Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2018 Cotton Harvest : The Cotton Campaign has released a preliminary report on forced labor in Uzbekistan finding that large-scale, government-implemented forced labor occurred during the 2018 cotton harvest, which concluded the first week of December. ... > read more

December 14, 2018 - October 2018 Was Highest Tariffed Month in U.S. History : The multi-industry coalition Americans for Free Trade has released new data showing that October 2018 was the highest tariffed month in U.S. history. ... > read more

December 14, 2018 - South Korea Ratifies Modified KORUS : The South Korean parliament has ratified the revised U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), with a proposed effective date of January 1, 2019.... > read more

December 14, 2018 - State Department Releases Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea : Korea The U.S. Department of State has released the Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea, which finds that the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) continues to censor the media and commit serious human rights violations and abuses, including violations of individuals’ freedom of expression. ... > read more

December 13, 2018 - OTEXA Announces Expiration of DR Earned Import Allowance Program : The Commerce Department Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) has published a notice reminding importers that the Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP), also known as the 2-for-1 program, expired on December 1, 2018. ... > read more


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