Top stories on just-style this week included a look at how Myanmar is counting on Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance, an analysis of why tariff barriers remain a key challenge for apparel sourcing, and a look at the potential for hemp in apparel and related issues for the supply chain. 

Myanmar looks to Taiwan to help build vertical industry
Myanmar is counting on investors from Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance – including in textile and garment production – even as its beneficial trade access to the European Union (EU) is under review.

Why tariff barriers remain a key challenge for apparel sourcing
The average import tariff rate for clothing products worldwide stood at 17.0% in 2018 – almost twice as high as the rate for all manufactured goods combined. And as Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, explains, the costs and complexities pose major challenges for apparel sourcing. 

Sourcing giant Li & Fung names new group president
Executive promotions at global sourcing giant Li & Fung have seen Joseph Phi named as the company's group president, responsible for leading its supply chain solutions operating groups, replacing Marc Compagnon who has moved to the Fung Group as senior advisor.

What the new US Farm Bill means for hemp apparel
Hemp is back – removed from the US Schedule 1 controlled substances list and available for broad cultivation. But what's an opportunity for its use in apparel, and what's just hype? Writing exclusively on just-style, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, takes a closer look.

PVH commits to recycling label programme
US apparel giant PVH Corp has become the first clothing company to commit to using How2Recycle labels on its packaging.