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US: House OKs extension of Andean trade pact | 28 Feb 08

The US House of Representatives yesterday (27 February) approved a 10-month extension of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), just days before the existing trade pact is due to expire.

HONG KONG: Firms urged to clean up production in China | 21 Feb 08

The textile and apparel industry in China's Pearl River Delta is being urged to improve its environmental performance – and to take part in awareness and training programmes – if it wants to comply with a range of increasingly strict international and domestic requirements.

US: Revised list of restricted substances now available | 11 Feb 08

A revised list of chemicals and other substances whose presence in apparel, footwear and home textiles products is restricted through a government regulation or law, has been released by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

US: Customs extends First Sale Rule comment period | 8 Feb 08

Companies have until 23 April to voice their opinions on proposals for a customs rule change that could cost US businesses and consumers millions of dollars.

US: Coalition objects to plan for customs rule change | 29 Jan 08

A coalition of industry associations has been set up to try to prevent a change to a customs rule that is feared likely to cost US businesses and consumers millions of dollars.

US: Senate passes Peru trade agreement | 5 Dec 07

The US Senate has passed the US/Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) by overwhelming majority, clearing the way for the final legislation to be signed and implemented by President Bush.

Challenges confront apparel firms in Asian market | 30 Nov 07

The changing dynamics of apparel production and consumption came under the spotlight at the recent International Apparel Federation’s 23rd World Apparel Convention in Taiwan. Delegates argued that in the future, Asia will not only be the major region for textiles and clothing but will also be the world’s largest consumer market. Vicky Sung reports from Taipei.

US: New bill could axe shoe tax | 5 Nov 07

Moves to abolish a 75-year-old shoe tax are underway in the US after two lawmakers last week introduced the Affordable Footwear Act of 2007.

US: Global partners plan anti-counterfeiting trade pact | 29 Oct 07

The US is teaming up with Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland to launch a major new initiative in the international fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

US: Bill proposes apparel import benefits for poorest countries | 19 Oct 07

New legislation that would give duty-free access to the US for imports of apparel and footwear from most least developed countries (LDCs) and African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) countries has been slammed by US textile groups.

US: Government mulls safeguard on Honduran socks | 24 Sep 07

The US government is analysing imports of cotton, wool, and man-made fibre socks from Honduras, and considering industry comments on the issue, as it decides whether safeguard action should be taken.

US: Demo planned at apparel-RFID summit | 8 Aug 07

Avery Dennison, Motorola and Vue Technology plan to run a live “Dock to Stock” demonstration at the RFID Journal-AAFA Apparel & Footwear Summit.

US: President loses power to 'fast-track' trade deals | 2 Jul 07

US President George W Bush has lost his power to ‘fast-track’ international trade deals without intervention by Congress.

GERMANY: Doha trade talks come to standstill | 22 Jun 07

A key meeting aimed at rescuing global trade talks collapsed yesterday (21 June) amid a falling out between four key players over plans to cut agricultural subsidies and tariffs.

US: New bill aims to axe import tariffs on cheap shoes | 13 Jun 07

A new bill to eliminate high import tariffs on children’s and lower to moderately-priced shoes was introduced yesterday (12 June).

US: Textile and apparel groups urge approval of Peru, Colombia trade deals | 15 May 07

Representatives from the entire US textile and apparel supply chain have joined together to send letters to President Bush and members of Congress urging quick approval of trade deals with Colombia and Peru.

US: New bipartisan trade rules divide textile, apparel industry | 14 May 07

A bipartisan trade deal agreed last week between the Bush administration and Congress will lend a new momentum to free trade agreements with countries like Colombia, Peru, Korea and Panama.

US: Seminar to focus on preparing for trade remedy cases | 30 Apr 07

Advice for US apparel makers, retailers and importers on a range of trade remedy cases is the theme of a new seminar being planned in New York in June.

US: Vietnam apparel monitoring should be “more transparent” urges AAFA | 25 Apr 07

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) yesterday (24 April) urged the US Department of Commerce not to initiate anti-dumping actions against Vietnamese textile and apparel products unless the monitoring process is “fully transparent.”

US: Bill calls on Dept of Homeland Security to buy US apparel | 9 Feb 07

Legislation that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to buy its clothing and individual equipment from US companies using domestic components has been reintroduced in Congress.

MALAYSIA: Apparel groups want duty cuts in US FTA talks | 8 Feb 07

Apparel trade groups from the US and Malaysia are calling for the “immediate and reciprocal elimination of duties” between the two countries as the latest round of trade talks takes place this week.

BANGLADESH: A&E Lanka in expansion drive | 7 Feb 07

American & Efird Lanka (A&E Lanka), the Sri Lankan manufacturer of sewing and embroidery thread, is to double production capacity at its plant in Bangladesh this year.

US: Industry divided over President’s call for TPA extension | 1 Feb 07

The decision by President George W Bush this week to ask Congress to renew his fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) has garnered strong support from some US textile and apparel trade groups, while others say it will simply send the entire industry offshore.

US: Congress OKs Vietnam, Andean, sub-Saharan trade measures | 12 Dec 06

The US Congress has approved a package of trade measures, including a provision that grants Vietnam Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, and extensions of trade preferences for Andean and sub-Saharan countries.

US: Trade groups want mutually beneficial Korea-US FTA | 30 Nov 06

Industry groups from the US and South Korea are calling on trade negotiators to approve a Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) that is commercially-meaningful for the textile and apparel sectors of both nations.

ANALYSIS: Does Vietnam’s WTO start hint at future trade troubles? | 17 Nov 06

The US Congress this week threw out legislation to normalise trade relations with Vietnam, a move that means quotas limiting Vietnam's exports to the US will remain in the short term. But as far as the textile and clothing industry’s concerned, the problems surrounding Vietnam’s WTO membership probably sum up how the global apparel trade will develop over the next few years. Mike Flanagan reports.

US: Textile and apparel groups call for US-Andean trade laws | 14 Nov 06

A group of ten textile and apparel organisations is calling on President Bush and the Congressional leadership to approve legislation on three areas of US-Andean trade at this week’s ‘lame-duck’ session of Congress.

EU shoe dumping duties under attack | 30 Oct 06

The debate over the imposition of anti-dumping duties on imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam into the EU has raged for most of this year. But even though the EU reached a final decision on the issue earlier this month, some companies and trade groups are fighting to ensure it doesn’t mark the end of the saga, as Keith Nuthall and Leonie Barrie report.

US: Import ban against Burma renewed | 2 Aug 06

The US yesterday (1 August) renewed import restrictions against the ruling military junta in Burma over ongoing concerns about human rights violations.

US: House OKs CAFTA-DR improvements | 31 Jul 06

Legislation to implement certain rules of origin changes for apparel imported under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) was attached to a pension bill passed by the House late last week.







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