The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen, said she believes textiles should be at the heart of the country's thinking in developing new global trade arrangements and strategies. During a state visit to Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, the president said these Central American nations have free trade agreements with the US, which could be advantageous for Taiwanese manufacturers. TAIPEI TIMES
  • The Southern India Mills' Association has appealed to the Union Textile Minister to intervene and urge the Gujarat government to take steps and control adulteration in cotton ginned in the state. For the last few years, textile mills in the south are facing the problem of raw cotton purchased from Gujarat being mixed with cotton waste. The issue was taken up with the Gujarat government and the Gujarat Ginners' Association in December, but no action has yet been taken. THE HINDU
  • Maersk, the world's largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese online retailer, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms. Shippers traditionally go through freight forwarders to book space for goods on container vessels, but lines such as Maersk are allowing cargo owners to book directly via the internet. REUTERS
  • Myanmar is expected to earn around US$2bn from the CMP (cutting, making and pack) garment industry in 2016, which is running under a piecework system, according to the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. This compares to $1.65bn earned in 2015. Over $1.1bn has been earned between April and November of fiscal 2016-17. At present, orders from EU countries are increasing and exceeding those of Japan, which was the country's biggest apparel customer until last year. ELEVEN MYANMAR

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