Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

21st March 2007

Vietnam, US Further Extend Garment Agreement

Vietnam and the US announced on December 9 that their garment and textile agreement would be extended until Dec. 31, 2006, unless Vietnam joins the WTO sooner. The new agreement...

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21st March 2007

Americans blast China for “blatant misuse” of free market system

China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) recently approved an application by state-owned China Chengtong Group to spend $618mn on a bailout of troubled China WorldBest, the (also state-owned)...

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21st March 2007

Portman says US will continue to pursue FTAs.

USTR Rob Portman said that the US will decide by the end of the year on whether to launch FTA talks with Egypt, Switzerland, Malaysia, and South Korea The US...

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21st March 2007

CBP eliminates Textile Declarations

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a revised rule, effective October 5, about the country of origin of textile and apparel products. CBP have eliminated the requirement to...

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21st March 2007

AAFA seeks CAFTA-DR implementation Czar

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has called on the Bush administration to appoint an official to oversee and co-ordinate implementation efforts for the US/Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement...

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21st March 2007

Wal-Mart questions motives of labour group lawsuit

Wal-Mart’s response to a lawsuit claming it allowed sweatshop conditions at overseas factories alleged that the labour rights group that filed the lawsuit had ''a history of presenting opinions as...

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21st March 2007

Textile groups call for special treatment

On October 4, the Global Alliance for Fair Textile Trade (GAFTT) called on WTO member countries to insist on a special textile/clothing agreement in the mid-December worldwide tariff reduction negotiations...

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21st March 2007

US/China: What happens next?

China’s first reaction to the collapse of talks with the US was to hint at taking the US to the WTO’s appeals procedures. The official Xinhua news agency cited Mei...

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21st March 2007

Portman outlines trade priorities

In a September 8 interview, US Trade Representative, Rob Portman, laid out the Bush Administration’s trade priorities for this autumn, now that the bruising battle over the DR-CAFTA is over....

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21st March 2007

US Funds Child Labour Attack

The International Labour Organization (ILO) announced on February 16 that the US Department of Labor will help fund a new three-year programme aimed at eliminating child labour in ten hazardous...

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21st March 2007

Will CAFTA Pass?

US President Bush notified Congress on February 20 that he intended to sign the CAFTA Treaty, thus formally beginning the 90-day review period prior to his signature. Congress may then...

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21st March 2007

US penalty list changed

On February 9, US Customs released its latest list of companies convicted, penalized, and/or excluded from entry as a result of illegally transhipping textiles and textile products to the US....

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