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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

  • 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%.

  • 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. 

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Are apparel prices really rising?

    Just about every apparel industry commentator on the planet is constantly going on about rising cost prices. But do any of them look at what buyers are paying?

  • Bangladesh gas shortage “halts 250 textile/garment projects”: trade associations

    Bangladesh’s major garment trade associations claimed on August 11 that gas shortages had stopped over 250 textile and garment factories from either going into into production or expanding in the past few years.

  • G7 launches supply chain compensation programme as Rana Plaza compensation fund reaches target

    The G7 group of the world’s seven major industrialised nations announced on June 8 their support for a  Vision Zero Fund, promoted by the ILO and by Germany’s Development Ministry,  for “preventing and reducing” industrial accidents in developing countries. The announcement coincided with the ILO’s revealing that its $30 mn target for the Rana Plaza compensation fund had finally been reached, after eighteen months of fund raising. 

  • Bangladeshis say Chinese will build new garment zone

    Orient International Holding Company confirmed on June 2 that it would develop the long-planned garment factory complex at Baushia in Munshiganj district.

  • Researchers sound alarm for Bangladesh textile pollution

    Research published in March showed  levels of the heavy metals chromium and cadmium those permitted by the World Health Organisation in textile effluent samples collected from the Savar, Ashulia and Tongi areas north west of Dhaka.