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Jens Kastner

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Upstream suppliers of zippers, trims, fabrics and other raw materials have been hard-hit by order cancellations during the pandemicThe impact of Covid on upstream apparel supply chains 10 May 2021

The suspension of orders by clothing brands and retailers because of Covid-19 has not just been a problem for apparel manufacturers – there has been a less well-documented knock-on effect in the upstream apparel supply chain.

A total of 367 vessels were waiting to pass through the Suez Canal after the Ever Given ran agroundSuez Canal crisis will lead to lingering logistics disruption 7 April 2021

The European garment sector is increasingly concerned about how the six-day stranding of the 400-metre-long Ever Given cargo ship in the Suez Canal will affect its supply chain. It has also been assessing the lessons for future contingency plans regarding such cargo transport pinch-points.

'Made in China for China' is the focus of the new five-year plan'Made in China for China' focus of new five-year plan 9 March 2021

China next five-year plan aims to push clothing production westwards – including the contentious province of Xinjiang – and grow the domestic market in the world's largest producer of apparel, footwear and raw materials.

Logistics bottlenecks are posing major supply chain problems for European and US clothing retailersLogistics bottlenecks pose major problems for clothing supply chains 2 February 2021

Severe and unprecedented bottlenecks in the availability of shipping containers between Asia and the rest of the world are continuing to frustrate apparel retailers in Europe and the US with logistics delays and soaring costs. 

PET from clear plastic water bottles is the raw material for recycled polyesterRecycled polyester threatened by China waste ban 5 January 2021

A looming ban on solid waste imports into China could mean more upheaval for the recycled polyester market, raising the spectre of supply bottlenecks and price increases.

Philippine exports of apparel and clothing accessories in 2019 dropped by 7% year-on-year to US$906m.Philippine garment exporters push against EU trade threat 6 November 2020

The garment industry in the Philippines is preparing to petition the European Commission, asking it not to consider calls for the country to lose its duty-free access to European Union (EU) markets – but to offer concessions instead.

The government's Covid-19 stimulus package has failed to helpRecovery remains elusive for Malaysia apparel sector 29 September 2020

The latest data released by Malaysia’s Department of Statistics shows the textile, apparel, leather and footwear sectors are still struggling to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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