L.A. opens China door for apparel exporters

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Posted on: 31 Oct 2011

The Port of Los Angeles, as part of a broad initiative to facilitate exports and support economic development, is working with the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist local garment manufacturers penetrate second-tier Chinese cities with their products, executive director Geraldine Knatz said, according to American Shipper

The goal of the demonstration project is to set up distribution arrangements in cities other than Beijing or Shanghai that have a growing middle class.

"If we can get a win there and get through that process we can use that as a model for many of the other garment manufacturers here," she said during a conference call with publication's editorial team.

Los Angeles is home to a large portion of the remaining U.S. garment industry, including many small-and-medium-size enterprises. Businesses within the Los Angeles Customs District export about US$4 billion worth of garments each year - a tenth of the amount that is imported nationwide. Approximately 50,000 people are employed in garment design and manufacturing in the L.A. area.

In an interview last spring, Ms Knatz described how the Port of Los Angeles' Trade Connect programme was going beyond helping individual companies find overseas buyers, and deal with the complexities of cross-border logistics, to support a specific market sector - the fashion industry.

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Posted: 31 October 2011

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