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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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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.


Ciel Textiles among nine new ZDHC affiliates 3 Jul 2018

Ciel Textiles and Raymond Uco Denim are amongst nine new companies and associates to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.


Amfori strengthens supply chain partnership work 2 Jul 2018

Brussels based business association Amfori, formerly known as the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), has strengthened its sustainability partnerships over the last year, as well as introducing a new governance structure and continuing its work to help companies improve working conditions in their supply chains.


New ZDHC guide to wastewater treatment technologies 28 Jun 2018

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has published guidance on wastewater treatment technologies as part of its goal of achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear supply chain.


EU tackles record number of trade barriers in 2017 28 Jun 2018

Export restrictions on hides, skins and wet-blue leather from Turkey were among the trade barriers resolved by the European Commission in 2017.


EU sets earlier date for retaliatory US apparel tariffs 21 Jun 2018

The European Commission has brought forward plans to implement higher duties on US products, including clothing, in response to the punitive tariffs by the Trump administration on imports of steel and aluminium.


EU under fire on Bangladesh trade policy 11 Jun 2018

A group of labour rights organisations has lodged a complaint against the European Commission, claiming it is not taking into account its human rights obligations regarding trade policies towards Bangladesh, and is not transparent about doing so.


Chemical firms call for review of ZDHC programme 14 May 2018

A group of nine leading textile dye and chemical companies is calling for the industry to align behind one discharge standard for the elimination of hazardous chemicals in the supply chain, voicing concerns the ZDHC Foundation may not fulfill its intention to drive the sector towards convergence.