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Jens Kastner

Articles by Jens Kastner

The new tax is based on the actual amount of discharge of pollutants to provide an incentive to cut pollutionChina's eco-tax reins in polluting textile manufacturers 18 March 2019

The introduction of an environmental protection tax in China just over a year ago has pushed up the price of textiles produced in the country – thereby increasing costs for Chinese clothing manufacturers, experts have told just-style.

Cambodia's new minimum monthly wage of US$182 took effect on 1 January this yearMinimum wage rises squeeze Southeast Asia sourcing 25 February 2019

Changes in minimum wage rates are likely to be of significant concern to apparel brands and retailers sourcing from Southeast Asia in 2019, with pay in many countries continuing on an upward trajectory.

Support from Taiwan, and mainland China, is badly needed in Myanmar – especially in building backward linkagesMyanmar looks to Taiwan to help build vertical industry 29 January 2019

Myanmar is counting on investors from Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance – including in textile and garment production – even as its beneficial trade access to the European Union (EU) is under review.

Garment exports from the Philippines were up 7.1% year-on-year this AugustPhilippines exports reawakening from decade-long sleep 5 November 2018

The Philippines' latest national trade data suggests a recent slump may be over for the southeast Asian country's troubled garment export sector thanks to a surge in the number of foreign investors shifting production from China to avoid the additional US tariffs. 

The Philippines is a key target as Chinese investors seek possible relocationsPhilippines eyes shift in Chinese garment investment 26 September 2018

Signs are emerging of an accelerating relocation of garment investment from China to the Philippines, amidst the US imposing an additional 10% duty on textile and some clothing products from China.

Adopting automation key for Vietnam manufacturers 15 June 2018

Vietnam-based garment-makers should embrace technology-driven automation to address the new realities of accelerating wage growth and the global shift towards placing smaller orders.

Vietnam textile projects delayed over pollution fears 29 May 2018

Concerns that Vietnam’s local governments are not licensing textile and dyeing projects over pollution fears may prevent the country from taking full advantage of the CPTPP trade deal, an industry association has warned.

Cambodia's duty-free access to the EU market is of critical importance to its garment making industryEU ups pressure on Cambodia over rights abuses 15 March 2018

The European Union (EU) has fired a warning shot over Cambodia’s bows over concerns about declining democratic and human rights, and the rule of law in this key clothing exporter.

Vietnam wants to shift its clothing manufacturing sector from its current low-cost model to an added value sectorVietnam garment sector prepares for shift to value added 4 September 2017

The Vietnamese government has said it wants to shift the country's clothing manufacturing sector from its current low-cost model to an added value sector that includes design and branding.

Asian apparel suppliers to the US have good reason to be on edgeTrump trade plans spell trouble for Asia apparel sourcing 3 February 2017

As US President Donald Trump has been wasting no time carrying out his campaign pledges to undo long-standing American trade ties, the Asian apparel industry and the US retailers it supplies have ample reasons to be on edge.

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