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Vietnam leads US apparel import growth in January

Apparel imports into the US offered surprising results in January, with five of the top ten supplier countries posting declines. Vietnam and Bangladesh, however, both led with double-digit gains, while China's growth continued to accelerate.  Read the full article >

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A fire that broke out at a Bangladesh textile mill earlier this month injuring 21 workers has reaffirmed the need for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety to be extended and expanded when its term ends, a labour rights group has said.

Strong garment sector supports Bangladesh's credit profile 15 Jun 2017

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Bangladesh’s ‘Ba3 stable’ sovereign credit profile is supported by robust economic growth underpinned by garment exports, a new report says, but adds that the country's low competitiveness hampers the ability of its economy to absorb shocks.

US apparel buyers concerned at Cambodia legislation 14 Jun 2017

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Two pieces of pending legislation in Cambodia that relate to the minimum wage and arbitration of worker-employer disputes are causing concern for US apparel and footwear buyers.

EU tightens security screening on Bangladesh air cargo 13 Jun 2017

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Air freight from Bangladesh into the European Union is having to undergo additional screening for explosives, under new rules that could increase costs and delays for exporters.

India apparel exporters eye 30% growth with rebate scheme 12 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

India's apparel and textile industry believes it can consistently increase exports over the next three years, delivering growth of between 20-30% thanks to the implementation of the Rebate of State Levies (ROSL) incentive.

Supply chain mapping key to tackling child labour 8 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

Confronting child labour in a complex, global garment industry will require brands to commit to a collaborative supply chain mapping process that prioritises trust and transparency, a new research project has found.

Lindex launches supply chain gender equality programme 7 Jun 2017

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Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a three-year project aimed at creating gender equality and inclusiveness for women in its supply chain, starting in Bangladesh.

$100m funding to help Bangladesh diversify beyond garments 2 Jun 2017

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The World Bank has committed US$100m financing to help Bangladesh diversify its exports in labour- and skill-intensive industries beyond the garment sector and create more and better jobs.

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