Two years remain until the 144 World Trade Organization nations lift all quotas on apparel and textiles. That event is expected to bring radical changes in the realm of production and sourcing.

Most industry observers agree China stands to gain the most from that event, as its massive population of 1.28 billion people, low wages and high unemployment levels make it a highly desirable and competitive location to manufacture just about any consumer product. Those expectations are reinforced by China’s surging export levels to the U.S.

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