Fast food, fast internet, fast coffee … it seems everything needs to be delivered to us fast these days. We’re moving into an age where everything is driven by speed, and the Rag trade is feeling the pressure to deliver ‘Fast Fashion’ more than ever. With tech-savvy Millennials and time-poor consumers searching for more convenient ways to get what they want, when they want it, Speed to Market (STM) has become so important that Cost has become a secondary consideration.
As no doubt you know, 2016 was one of the toughest years for global fashion and retail. From political and economic instability to ever more demanding consumers and new technologies, it’s no wonder sales growth slowed to between 2–3 percent at the end of the year and profit margins had all but stagnated. According to McKinsey, the outlook for 2017 looks better, but who doesn’t want to kick off the new year with some good news.
GOOD NEWS – ChAFTA DUTY RATES REDUCED
As of 1 January 2017, duty rates for most tariff categories covered under the ChAFTA agreement were reduced.
For simplicity, we have summarised the tariff classifications as follows:
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