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  • European Parliament committee presses for more supply chain legislation

    A committee of the European Parliament voted on March 21 for a  proposal that “The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers”.

  • IAF fears “disruption to global clothing trade”

    Growing geo-political tensions, polarisation and populism could lead to possible disruption in international trade in clothing, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) has warned.

  • UK media continue worries over post-Brexit Customs efficiency

    UK media began carrying increasingly nervous stories in March about Britain’s ability to handle the flow of imports and exports after the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019.

  • Media wildly exaggerating legislation against poor working conditions

    Media which really ought to know better have taken to exaggerating the likelihood of legislation enforcing labour standards.

  • US critics link another broken Trump trade promise to Trump administration corruption. Possibly inaccurately

    For the second time in a week, US critics have accused the Trump administration of corrupt motives for dishonouring pre-election trade promises.

  • European Chamber of Commerce slams China’s growing protectionism

    On March 7, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China attacked the likelihood of “increased state intervention” in China’s ten year plan to cut imports.

  • Provincial authorities challenge Pakistan’s federal government Karachi Textile City closedown decision

    Authorities in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced on  March 3 they would challenge their federal government’s decision to abort the Pakistan Textile City project.

  • “1,075 employed” after launch of India’s “3 million new jobs a year” textile package

    In the last eight months, just 1,075 garment and textile workers have been enrolled in India’s social security programmes. When India’s Rs 6,000 crore ($900 mn) textile package was announced in June 2016, Minsters expected ten million new jobs over the following three years to be created as a result.

  • “35%-75% of Leicester garment workers paid below legal minimum”: senior politician

    “Between one-third and three-quarters of Leicester’s textiles factories are exploiting workers” claimed prominent Labour MP Harriet Harman while visiting Leicester garment factories on March 1

  • “On-off” US dock strike shows how complex Trump-era supply chain politics are getting

    The US dockworkers’ International Longshoremen’s Association tried on February 27 to get its members to call off plans for protests claiming to support Donald Trump over “the growing concerns of ILA workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by increased government interference.”

  • UK policy on post-Brexit migration begins to emerge. But pro-Brexit groups claim “betrayal”

    Towards the end of February, more clarity began to emerge about the UK’s policy on migration from the EU after it leaves in spring 2019.

  • Gildan to keep US apparel production

    Speaking on Gildan’s 2016 earnings call on February 23, the company’s executive vice president Rhodri Harries said Gildan has, since acquiring American Apparel, begun “leveraging our manufacturing network, while at the same time working on a supply chain to also support Made in the USA product”.

  • Chinese wages “now higher than Mexico”

    A study by Euromonitor calculates that average wages in China are now higher than in every Latin American country except Chile.  They are now five times higher than in India. 

  • Turkish-Bulgarian border offers UK apparel industry serious warning of life after Brexit

    Lengthy queues at  Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.

  • Foreign investment in Ethiopia declines in 2016. So Ethiopians recycle old textile investment stories

    Foreign investment in Ethiopia looks likely to undershoot its target for 2016, after falling sharply in the second half of the year.