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Keith Nuthall

Keith NuthallBiography

Keith Nuthall is an experienced journalist specialising in international organisations, law and regulation, especially the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. He has written extensively on EU support for the clothing and textile sector, the WTO's Agreement on Textiles and Clothing, related WTO disputes, EU counterfeiting rules and other regulatory issues affecting the clothing sector.

He is the founder and director of International News Services Ltd, a global news agency supplying specialist publications with foreign news and features.

Articles by Keith Nuthall

The new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability prohibits the use of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products including textilesNew EU chemical rules and Brexit a double blow for textiles 27 October 2020

Clothing and textile manufacturers and their suppliers working in the European Union (EU) may face increasing controls over their use of potentially toxic chemicals under a new policy paper released by the European Commission. 


Covid-19 supply chain finances need government lubrication, experts sayApparel supply chain financing is vital to aid recovery 4 June 2020

When a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic hits a supply chain as complex as that of clothing, financing problems can gum up commercial relationships – meaning governments, regional and international organisations all need to step in.


The database shows that of the 221 safety warnings issued by the system about apparel and accessory products in 2018, 102 of these lines were supplied from ChinaChina remains top source of unsafe clothing sold in Europe 15 April 2019

China continues to be the largest source of clothing and accessories detected as being unsafe for consumers in the European Union (EU), according to data analysed by just-style from the EU Safety Gate database.


Industry executives to meet in Washington DC to try to plot a clear course aheadUS fashion sector mulls tactics to tackle Trump tariffs 18 July 2018

Executives from the US clothing industry have met in Washington DC to plot tactics to push the Trump administration away from a protectionist policy they regard as potentially damaging for brands, retailers and consumers.


The new '2018 Accord' or 'Transition Accord' has finally received the go-aheadBangladesh Transition Accord sees operation extended 13 June 2018

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been given an extension to its mandate by the Bangladesh government – from 1 June – after a court order preventing this was lifted.


The European Commission has released a draft list of products that may in future attract retaliatory dutiesEU to continue consultation on imposing US duties 26 March 2018

The European Union (EU) looks set to continue ongoing procedures to impose retaliatory safeguard duties on American clothing exports over the US’s imposition of protective duties on steel and aluminium imports even though Washington has now suspended the EU from these tariffs until 1 May.


The European Commission has released a draft list of products that may in future attract retaliatory dutiesUS clothing and footwear on EU tariff retaliatory list 20 March 2018

The European Union (EU) has warned it is prepared to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made apparel and textiles, as part of its response to American duties on aluminium and steel imports.


The OECD apparel and footwear initiative is seen as a practical way forwardOECD supply chain guidance moves towards implementation 16 February 2018

Clothing and textile companies are grappling with new good practice guidance in supply chain management in the garment and footwear sector, which was released by the Organisation for Economic Development & Cooperation (OECD) in May last year.


Textiles and clothing are a key focus of scams to exploit loopholes in EU customs and VAT controlsChinese clothing exporters exploiting EU tax loopholes 2 January 2018

The European Union (EU) financial watchdog has highlighted concerns about how Chinese clothing and footwear exporters may be exploiting loopholes in EU customs and VAT controls to evade paying proper amounts of these taxes.


Companies' legal obligations on chemicals and biocides will change as a result of BrexitBusinesses warned over post-Brexit chemicals impact 19 October 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has warned of the major impact on British and European Union (EU) textile and clothing companies, especially those with integrated upstream fabric and finishing units, should the UK push ahead with quitting the European Union (EU) as planned in 2019.


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