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Apparel benefits most from EU GSP trade schemes 30 Jan 2018

A new report into the European Union's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) trade initiative – under which textiles and apparel make up nearly half of all imports – suggests it continues to have a positive impact on developing economies, but that most beneficiaries still have areas requiring further improvement.

EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply chain 23 Mar 2017

The European Commission (EC) is being urged to bring forward legislation to enhance due diligence for apparel supply chains – and to introduce European Union (EU) tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles and garments.

Digitisation to drive new apparel-making models 20 Oct 2016

Clothing manufacturing will be completely transformed by the internet and digital printing over the next five to ten years, according to industry experts speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on European Textiles: Going Digital – Going High-Tech.

EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts 20 Sep 2016

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada, despite widespread protests in Germany over the weekend.

EU trade trends show 10% rise in clothing imports last year 30 Jun 2016

The latest EU trade trends point to a 10% rise in clothing imports into the EU-28 last year, with double-digit growth for the top two suppliers, China and Bangladesh.

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Alternatives to fluorine textile coatings may be no safer 3 Dec 2018

Findings from a three-year EU life cycle assessment study into the effect fluorine-based product alternatives for textiles has revealed they may be no safer than their original counterpart.

Workshop to tackle child and forced labour in cotton industry 19 Nov 2018

Stakeholders from across the cotton industry will tomorrow (20 November) convene in Brussels to discuss ways to tackle the issue of child and forced labour in cotton production.

Call for UK to remain in REACH to avoid chemicals chaos 22 Oct 2018

A coalition of European chemicals industry bodies is calling for the UK to remain within the REACH chemicals regulatory system after the country has left the European Union.

EU-Canada trade deal delivers apparel export gains 1 Oct 2018

One year into the EU-Canada trade agreement and the results are apparent, with EU clothing exports up by 11% new figures show.

Huntsman launches water-blown soling system 18 Sep 2018

Huntsman Polyurethanes has developed a new water-blown soling system it says creates a better quality footwear finish and is compatible with standard polyurethane processing machines.

Rules of origin blocking trade growth for SMEs, says Amfori 7 Sep 2018

The heads of both Amfori, formerly known as the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), and EuroCommerce, have warned that the complexity of rules of origin is blocking trade growth, particularly for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Solvay warns on polyamides disruption 22 Aug 2018

International chemical and fibres group Solvay has warned it expects its polyamide activities to be temporarily impacted as a result of low water levels along the Rhine river thanks to warm weather in central Europe.

WCO publishes global standards on e-commerce 11 Jul 2018

The World Customs Organization Council (WCO) had adopted a framework of standards on cross-border e-commerce designed to help members develop strategic and operational e-commerce frameworks in cooperation with stakeholders.

ZDHC releases wastewater public disclosure portal 9 Jul 2018

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has released an online tool designed to help brands and facilities identify gaps and drive performance in meeting the requirements of its wastewater guidelines. 

BCI inches closer to mainstreaming Better Cotton 6 Jul 2018

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says Better Cotton now accounts for 14% of global cotton production – representing a 2% increase on 2016.