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  • Korea’s Sae-A now employs 10,000 in Haiti

    Sae-A, the Korea-headquartered global rival to China’s Dishang Group as the world’s largest independent apparel exporter, revealed in a press release about its philanthropy that it now has 10,000 employees in Haiti, where it first opened in 2012.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • US and Guatemala exchange arguments over labour rights claims

    US submissions in its long-standing labour rights dispute with Guatemala came to light in February

  • US government auditors criticise labour rights in free trade agreements

    “in Colombia and Guatemala, violence against union leaders” among complaints inadequately investigated, says Government Accountability Office

  • US publishes labour abuse case against Guatemala-

    The US filed on November 3 its submission in its case against Guatemala at the international panel investigating alleged Guatemalan foot-dragging over labour law enforcement.

  • August trade slowdown creates first Bangladesh import fall since 2012

    With slowing growth in the volume of garments the rich world imported in August, imports from Bangladesh showed the first year on year fall since before the Rana Plaza collapse.

  • US resumes legal case against Guatemala over labour rights

    United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced on September 18 that the US is resuming enforcement action against Guatemala over its inadequate response to labour abuse claims.

  • Texas cotton growers sell off the former Koramsa as Delta Apparel moves fabric production from US to Honduras

    Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), a US cotton growers’ cooperative said on June 9 it “looked forward to refocusing our efforts on our core businesses of cotton marketing, warehousing and software services for our members and customers” after selling the Denimatrix denim factory in the US and the jeans factory formerly called Koramsa to a newly formed US acquisitions vehicle owned by private equity.

  • Texas cotton growers sell off the Guatemalan apparel making business formerly known as Koramsa

    Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), a US cotton growers’ cooperative “looks forward to refocusing our efforts on our core businesses of cotton marketing, warehousing and software services for our members and customers”, which implies running a Guatemalan jeans factory and a US denim mill were a distraction from servicing its members’ administration needs.

  • Korean investors start worrying about Guatemala

    Blaming “falling exports to US” on higher Guatemalan minimum wage and loss of tax concessions. The fall is not immediately apparent in US imports

  • US gives Guatemala ultimatum over labour abuse issues

    The Guatemalans have got till April 25 to sort themselves out:

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • Political disputes underpin most current developing world violence

    Disturbingly similar, deep rooted, tensions – seldom directly linked to garment industry issues – are at the root of most violence recently disturbing Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Egypt, and Malaysia. There are interesting questions about why similar problems have not hit other major garment manufacturing centres – but at the end of 2013, political violence was probably looking a greater risk for many garment buyers than risks from bad weather, ethical concerns or unpredictable shifts in input prices.

  • US ratchets up pressure on Guatemala over labour rights – a bit

    The US has responded cautiously to what it sees as Guatemala’s footdragging over labour rights.

  • US keeps up pressure on Guatemala over worker rights

    You wouldn’t have thought there’d be many votes in it either way. But interesting that the US Administration is taking Guatemala worker rights more seriously than Japan’s barriers against US-made footwear, or Pakistan’s claim that the War on Terror would be more successfully fought if Pakistani goods had freer access to the US.