The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights.
Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.
Although service at Dhaka’s international airport has improved a bit recently, it is still taking up to ten days for garment samples from abroad to arrive at offices or factories, said Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu, vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, reporting on a March 1 forum between buyers and garment makers
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.
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.
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 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%.
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.
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’s garment industry seems unaware of the real threat the June/July terrorism incidents pose to its long-term viability.
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.
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?