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Jens Kastner

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The US imported US$99.3m worth of Hong Kong-made garments and textiles in 2019New US labelling rules unlikely to hurt Hong Kong trade 4 September 2020

Industry observers are confident that new US labelling rules for goods made in Hong Kong will not significantly harm clothing traders and manufacturers operating from the territory.

In the first seven months of this year, textile and garment exports from Vietnam fell 12% to US$16.2bnVietnam apparel sector eyes 2021 rebound from Covid-19 2 September 2020

Vietnam clothing industry insiders say they are optimistic that the country’s apparel supply chain will emerge strengthened from the Covid-19 crisis in 2021. 

In the long term, the Philippines is confident of achieving a 45.8% increase in garment exports by 2026-2029Philippines prepares for textile-garment industry roadmap 4 March 2020

The Philippines department of trade and industry is finalising a roadmap to revive the textile and garment industry.

Many Chinese municipalities and provinces are only just returning to work after an extended Chinese New Year holiday breakCoronavirus shaking up China’s apparel supply chain 11 February 2020

China based analysts are raising concerns that the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak will disrupt supplies of apparel to major international fashion brands.

Beijing's 'One Belt One Road' initiative currently incorporates more than 70 countries, including ChinaChina set to strengthen Belt & Road textile reach 2 December 2019

The Chinese government has started to double down on driving increased Chinese investment in the textile industry in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, notably in Central Asia.

Stronger regional ties will support China's domestic and export productionChina eyes stronger textile and apparel ties in Southeast Asia 12 November 2019

China’s state textile planners are strengthening ties with Mekong River countries within Southeast Asia in the textile and apparel sectors. The move contradicts assumptions that the Chinese government wants to oppose the exodus of domestic producers to this region.

Vietnam government projections are that local fabric production should meet 45% of demand in 2020 and 65% in 2025Vietnam misses key targets of textile-garment plan 11 November 2019

Eleven years after Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade approved its textile and garment industry development strategy for 2010-2020, the availability of domestically-made textile inputs remains a major problem that continues to hinder clothing manufacturers in the country.

The draft outlines a reduction of working hours from 48 hours per week to 44 hoursVietnam labour code change shrouded in uncertainty 25 September 2019

Vietnam’s garment-makers have been worrying that a draft revised Labour Code will reduce their competitiveness – but four months after the draft was published there remains a strong chance it will never be enshrined into law.

Apparel and clothing accessories exports from the Philippines dropped 8.7% in the first half of the year to just US$434.6mLack of action weighs on Philippines clothing industry 11 September 2019

Clothing industry sources in the Philippines say their country is one of the few that has not seen a boost in garment export orders as a result of the US-China trade war – despite the government's plan to boost local manufacturing capacity.

China upstream textile producers may face a demand drought as the US trade war intensifiesChina textile production hikes up ahead of US tariffs 6 August 2019

Chinese upstream yarn and fibre producers are ramping up production as fears grow that the trade war with the US will hurt exports of apparel and other textile products. 

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