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April 15, 2011                                            Issue #287    The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

                  Editor's Notes
McPete Sez has been growing and changing the past year. We've added a few new contributors - Treacle (Addict Expose), Kerri Renae (Create Lingerie), Serene Martinez (Pink Bunny Pleasures), Mandie Mutchie (Lipgloss&Lace) and we happily welcomed back Patricia Fieldwalker (Undercover). We have included a Videographer to the mix - Fernando Cuestas (NandoVision), and now another new writer, Ali Cudby for Fab Foundations on page 3. 
I was lucky enough to meet Ali Cudby during my last trip to New York. She is the author of a forthcoming book focusing on bra fit along with being the owner of an intimate apparel consulting company, Fab Foundations. I hope you enjoy her column as much as I do.
Lets not forget to thank our long term regular contributors - the Gozooko Guys (Business & Technology) and Luis Paredes (Intimate Graphics) along with our regular photographers - Jerome Hamilton and Russell VanBrocklen. 
As always if you have any questions, press releases, or would like to contribute to McPete Sez, please email 

US-Colombia Trade Pact
     Moves Forward
Negotiators from the United States and Colombia have reached a deal on labor and judicial reforms in Colombia in a move that paves the way for the long-pending free trade agreement between the two countries to move forward for Congressional approval.
The pact also opens the door for Congressional action on the pending agreements with Panama and South Korea. 
The announcement is a "very positive step towards getting US trade policy back on track for exponential growth," according to Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, which represents apparel and footwear firms and their suppliers.
The US - Colombia Free Trade Agreement has languished in uncertainty since it was concluded back in 2007. 
Outstanding issues relating to labor law and violence against workers mean it has been unable to move forward until now. 
President Obama, however, called for these issues to be resolved this year as part of his goal of boosting the US economy by doubling the country's exports by 2014 and creating new jobs.
"Upon its implementation, this trade agreement provides US companies unfettered access to nearly 45m new consumers," Burke continues. 
"In addition, the US textile, apparel, and footwear industries, along with our workers and consumers, stand to benefit from improved and permanent two-way trade flows."
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) agrees that lowering trade barriers is vital to the American retail sector.
"Domestic economic growth and job creation here at home are dependent upon open access to new markets and new sources in the global economy," notes RILA president Sandy Kennedy. "Tearing down trade barriers will create thousands of new jobs as American businesses compete to buy and sell goods and services to customers around the world."

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Indian Government Lifts Cotton Export Restrictions
The Indian government has decided to lift restrictions on exports of cotton yarn, in a move that means overseas shipments will no longer need government permission.
The country, the world's second-biggest producer of cotton, imposed a ceiling of 720m kg on cotton yarn exports back in December in an attempt to meet growing domestic demand and to halt soaring prices.
The lifting of restrictions on yarn exports, which came into effect on April 1, has been welcomed by the EU Textile and Clothing Industry.
Describing it as "a positive step taken by India," Alberto Paccanelli, president of EURATEX, the European Textile and Apparel Confederation said: "This decision by the Indian authorities is a positive sign to the market, and we hope it will contribute to alleviate the pressure and speculation that we have been witnessing in these last months."
EURATEX said the Indian quotas had contributed to rising prices, lack of availability and "severe disturbances" in the EU textile and clothing supply chain.
It also said the restrictions were "poisoning" business relations with India and casting a shadow over the EU-India FTA negotiations in textiles and clothing.
"We hope that in the near future the restrictions on exports of cotton fiber will also be lifted," Paccanelli added.

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China Plans to Build 
    Cotton Reserves 
The Chinese government is to begin building up the country's cotton reserves in a move designed to boost domestic cotton production and help avoid fluctuations in cotton prices.
The cotton purchasing and reserve program will begin on September 1, and will run for seven months until the end of March.
The government has committed to buy standard cotton at CNY19,800 (US$3,027) per ton - around 30% below current futures prices - in 13 cotton producing areas in China.
It will step in to make its purchases if market prices fall below this state purchase price for five working days. Purchases will be conducted by the National Cotton Reserves Corporation.
The plan has been devised by the National Development and Reform Commission, a top economic planning body, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The agency says that while the country has carried out cotton purchase and reserve programs in the past, this is the first time it has announced a purchase price before the initiative gets underway.
Chinese farmers are currently preparing to begin this year's cotton planting, but a recent survey by the Ministry of Agriculture showed the growth in acreage is likely to be just 5.4% higher than last year.

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Turkey to Impose Safeguard
The Turkish Council of Ministers has decided to implement provisional safeguard duties on imports of certain woven fabrics and apparel and apparel accessories from countries with which it does not have a free trade agreement.
The decision, formally announced at the end of March, comes three months after the Turkish government initiated investigations on these products under the scope of its laws on Safeguard Measures of Imports.
The investigations are to be completed in nine months, with the possibility of a two-month extension.
The tariff increases are set to come into force from July 21, 2011, and vary by country grouping. Imports originating in the US, for example, would be subject to additional tariffs of 20% on designated woven fabrics and 30% on designated apparel and apparel accessories.
The tariff increases approved by the Council of Ministers are 10% lower than those that had been proposed by the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade (UTF) in January.
Products affected by the ruling include overcoats, suits and jackets, shirts, blouses, underpants, nightshirts, pajamas, T-shirts, pullovers, cardigans, swimwear, as well as fabrics made from wool, cotton and 
man-made fibers.
The US Office of Textiles and Apparel notes that at implementation, importers will be obliged to pay the provisional customs tariffs. However, if further investigations by the UTF and the Council of Ministers determine there is no need for safeguard measures, the provisional customs tariffs collected will be returned in full.
If it is determined that safeguard measures are needed and the safeguard measure is less than the provisional amount, the difference will be returned. If the safeguard measure is determined to be more than the provisional amount collected, the difference cannot be requested from importers retrospectively, only prospectively.
If implemented, the safeguard measure should not exceed four years, including the period during which any provisional measures were taken. Initial safeguard measures can be extended if, at the end of the initial 
period, it is decided that conditions threatening the market still exist.
An extension would require another safeguard investigation, but any follow-on safeguard measures would have to be less restrictive than the initial measures. The total implementation period, including one or more extensions, cannot exceed ten years.

Fashion Apparel Conference 
Around 2000 industry professionals are expected to take part in the fourth Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference, which takes place next month and brings together Turkish textile and apparel manufacturers, retailers, and national and international brands.
The event is being organized by TCMA, The Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association, on May 5-6, and will be opened by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
Minister of State Zafer Çaglayan and EU chief negotiator and Minister of State Egemen Bagis are also expected to attend
Keynote speakers include Paolo Zegna, the CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna; Pier Luigi Loro Piana, the CEO and deputy chairman of Loro Piana Group; Abel Lopez Cernadas, import/export and transport director for Spanish fashion group Inditex; and Don Baum, the senior vice president of sourcing and manufacturing at Polo Ralph Lauren.
As well as raising Turkey's profile, the conference will provide an update on issues of interest to the textile and apparel sectors, including supply chain management, fabrics, and new markets.
Business-to-business meetings are also being scheduled with buying groups from 37 countries who are interested in working with Turkish Textile and Apparel 
manufacturers. Companies represented include El Corte Ingles, Gerry Weber, Carrefour, Kappahl, Levi's, Li&Fung, M&S, Metro Group, Next, Otto and Target.The conference will take place at the Golden Horn Congress Center.
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India's Exports Up 24%
India's apparel exports increased by 24% in February on the same period a year ago, but are only slightly up in the year to date, according to figures from the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC).
The figures equated to a 1.66% increase on January, to US$1.163bn. For the April to February period, exports rose 2.04% in dollar terms to $9.883bn.
Meanwhile, the AEPC also revealed that apparel imports into the US from India were up 22.1% in January to $302m, within the context of an overall import rise from all sources of 22.4% to $6.1bn.
The European Union imported apparel worth $81.8bn during 2010, up 2.6%, of which India's share was $5.56bn, down 1.8%.
Finally, Canada imported $7.5bn-worth of apparel in total during 2010, up 10%, but imports from India were down 9.3% to $274m.

Fairtrade Project
Fairtrade International (FLO), the body that coordinates Fairtrade labeling and sets Fairtrade standards around the world, has embarked on a major project to look at ways of extending the scheme's benefits to workers in the textiles industry.
Under the current Fairtrade cotton standard, textile manufacturers working with Fairtrade cotton must demonstrate efforts to comply with core International Labor Organization labor standards.
But while manufacturers must meet one of eight indicators, such as SA 8000 certification or a letter of endorsement from an ICFTU-accredited union, there are no Fairtrade standards specifically for textile workers.
"With this project, we're hoping to go beyond core labor rights to focus on workers' empowerment. We're exploring things like wage improvement, the Fairtrade Premium, supporting unions and long-term contracts to find out what makes the difference for textiles workers," said Rossitza Krueger, FLO's textiles manager.
The organization is currently overseeing a major project with five parallel pilots to determine how Fairtrade can be implemented in the textile industry and make an impact for workers
In the autumn it plans to study the results of all five projects and determine which tools and standards offer the best benefits to textile workers.

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