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  • peter_norths_proctologist peter_norths_proctologist Jun 20, 2013 9:06 PM Flag

    Trade Officials and Brands Working to Repeal High EU Duty on US-Made Jeans

    Trade Officials and Brands Working to Repeal High EU Duty on US-Made Jeans
    By Deborah Belgum | Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Los Angeles manufacturers, facing a new 38 percent European duty on women’s jeans made in the United States, are weighing their options and trying to avoid moving production outside the country.

    “We haven’t shifted our manufacturing yet, but the high duty is certainly going to impact sales,” said Deborah Greaves, general counsel at True Religion, one of LA’s top blue-jeans manufacturers.

    J Brand is also still manufacturing in Los Angeles. “Right now we are not doing anything related to the EU duties,” said Julie Rummel, who works with Jeff Rudes, the company’s founder.

    At Joe’s Jeans, Chief Executive Marc Crossman said the majority of the company’s blue jeans have been made for some time in a factory in Puebla, Mexico. Styles that are more complicated or that are garment-dyed are made in Los Angeles.

    The company hasn’t gotten any complaints by European retailers about the “Made in Mexico” label, he said, but it is in “teeny font.”

    About 5 percent of the company’s revenues comes from European sales. “If we had a huge amount of business going to Europe, duties would be a problem,” he said.
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