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April 15, 2011
Issue #287 The
McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
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
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
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
"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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For more information http://www.tgsdconf2011.com/anasayfa
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 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
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
"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
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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