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  • Bangladesh requests duty-free access to US – again

    In a February 16 letter to the US ambassador in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman asked for duty-free access to the US for Bangladeshi RMG products made from cotton imported from the US.

  • UK imports from China and near-shore boom after Brexit referendum

    Calculated in square metres of fabric, UK total apparel imports in the last six months of 2016 (after the Brexit referendum and its subsequent sterling devaluation) fell just 0.3% over the same period in 2015.

  • UK devaluation starts hitting overseas apparel suppliers

    The dollar value of Chinese apparel exports to the UK fell 9.7% year on year in the six months after Britain’s June 23 referendum on EU membership, after increasing 2.8% in the previous six months

  • KiK pays compensation for 2012 Karachi fire

    German retailer KiK paid $5.15 mn in compensation to dependants of workers killed or injured in the 2012 factory fire at Ali Enterprises in Karachi.

  • India’s Textile Parks “have failed to meet their objectives”

    India’s programme of Textile Parks “has failed to meet its objectives”, a December study from consultants Wazir Associates now revealed in early February.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • India quadruples Federal textile infrastructure subsidies

    From $68 mn to $256 mn. But reduces equipment upgrading budget by almost the same amount.

  • Alliance suspends 11 more factories

    11 more suspensions in January brings total number of factories suspended by the Alliance to 127. But Alliance country director James Moriarty said 58 factories had fully completed their corrective action plans. 

  • Indan textile firms “failing to investigate sexual abuse”

    Women facing sexual harassment in India’s garment industry have nowhere to turn as companies are shirking their legal duty to investigate abuse allegations, India’s Rights Education and Development Centre said on February 2

  • Global union federations claim Bangladesh trade preferences should be reviewed after worker rights clampdown

    Heads of International Trade Union Confederation, IndustriALL Global Union and the UNI Global Union call on EU to review Bangladesh’s duty-free treatment after union workers’ detention without trial.

  • Bangladesh manufacturers want repatriated successor to Accord/Alliance

    BGMEA develop “Version 2.0 to replace Accord/Alliance when they terminate in mid-2018.

  • Vietnam pessimism won’t stand up to scrutiny

    Foreign media and Vietnamese businesses almost unanimous in complaining about effect on Vietnamese apparel industry of US abandoning TPP negotiations. But even the Vietnamese admit that its apparel industry exports grew 5.2% in 2016. This, they believe, compares with:

  • India unmoved by UK trade pitches

    …and no-one in India seems interested in duty-free access to the world’s second largest garment importer.

  • Bangladesh must face up to new industry threats

    Bangladesh’s garment industry seems unaware of the real threat the June/July terrorism incidents pose to its long-term viability.

  • No other country’s going to step into China’s shoes

    In the first three months of this year, we saw a massive drop in Chinese apparel exports to the US. It doesn’t mean the end of China’s dominance.