Trade association Euratex has raised a number of issues linked to the ongoing TTIP talks between the EU and US, while welcoming the negotiations as an “excellent opportunity” for easing trade restrictions.

The organisation, which describes itself as the voice of the European textile and clothing industry, raises various standard-related matters in a detailed position paper.

The concerns include a number of issues related to labelling requirements, including care instructions, fibre names disclosed and the use of the super S scheme for the labelling of wool products.

Euratex would like to see the US Wool Rules move into line with the latter, which gives an internationally recognised standard for fibre diameters in wool products. Recent changes to the US Wool Rules, however, have extended the term super S to cover wool products containing non-wool fibres and even potentially non-wool products.

It also says it would be "of great benefit for the whole manmade fibre industry and would avoid long and costly administrative procedures if applications for new fibre names could be simultaneously handled and recognised on both EU and US markets."

The organisation also raises questions related to flammability requirements as they apply to clothing and other textile products, including the exemption of silk from flammability tests.

It underlines the “burdensome” Customs procedures faced by textile and clothing companies when exporting to the US.

And Euratex calls for the removal of the “Berry Amendment” – which prohibits the US Department of Defense from buying products not 100% made in the US – stating that it is of “utmost importance” that the US opens up its public procurement process.

Other groups representing apparel brands and retailers in both the US and EU last week set out what they see as the key priorities for the TTIP agreement. Click on the following link to read: US and EU apparel groups set out stance on TTIP.