By  on January 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Fabric and sourcing executives gathering here for several key trade shows this month will carry with them indications of a continued slow economic recovery and an environment where shifting trade winds have become the new norm.

The pending Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement faces several hurdles but has the potential to significantly change the landscape for global manufacturing, while the new World Trade Organization deal promises to ease the flow of goods and lower costs for importers and exporters. The new-to-the-table U.S.-European Union FTA won’t likely come to fruition in 2014, but could see companies begin preparing strategies for further intercontinental trade.

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