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US Votes to Renew Burma
The US Senate passed legislation renewing a ban on all US imports from Burma.
The same bill, which received an overwhelming vote of 97 to one, was approved by the US House of Representatives
last month by a vote of 423 - 2.
The bill, which is called the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, now goes to President Bush for his
The measure was first passed by Congress in 2003, and renewal required annual congressional approval for three
This latest renewal for another year is aimed at putting pressure on Burma
to improve its human rights record, and in particular, release all political
According to a report in 2004, the Burmese Government “continued to restrict severely freedom of speech,
press, assembly, association and movement.”
Furthermore: “Forced or compulsory labor remained a widespread and serious problem...”
The situation is so bad that Aung San Suu Kyi, the only true elected leader of Burma, has called on all
countries to impose sanctions against this regime as the most effective means to help the Burmese people win
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and chief executive officer Kevin M Burke stated that:
“US sanctions alone will not work. Therefore, we urge President Bush to
actively seek similar steps from other countries.
“We hope that we can work together with the Bush administration to press
our allies in the region and around the world to impose similar sanctions against
this brutal regime. Only when this regime faces a world united against it will freedom truly come to the Burmese
Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, noted however that the US ban on Burmese imports has forced a number
of Burmese garment factories to close with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.
China Stops Export Duties
China will scrap export duties on 17 types of textile goods which are subject to EU quotas, according to the
Ministry of Finance.
The move will come into effect on August 1.
The 17 categories include men's and ladies' woolen trousers, and woolen, cotton and chemical
fiber ladies' shirts among other goods.
China agreed to restrict export growth of certain textile products to the EU to 7.5% to 12.5% annually
after exports surged following the end of global quotas at the start of 2005.
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Slimma Acquires Beau Bra
Ladies’ wear maker Slimma PLC has bought the Beau Bra
lingerie brand for an unspecified amount, making Beau Bra part of the Frank Usher Group.
The acquisition was paid for from through Slimma’s existing facilities.
India to Launch
Chinese yarn producers are steeling themselves for a new
anti-dumping probe by India.
The Chamber of commerce for the Import and Export Textiles is said to be in negotiation talks with
the Indian government, which has not yet specified which products will be targeted.
India already started an investigation earlier on in July over exports of silk yarn from China.
Romania's Clothing Exports
Romania's exports of clothing dropped 2.4% to €1.34 billion during the first five months of 2005, according
to data from the National Statistics Institute cited by media reports.
Clothing imports decreased 2.1% to €179.5 million during the same period.
Romania’s textile and clothing makers reportedly make 91.2% of their yearly turnover through exports.
China Dispute Good for Indonesia Shoe Makers
Indonesia’s government is appealing to branded footwear
manufacturers who decide to move away from China to select Indonesia as a production base.
Ongoing tensions between China and its western trading partners may cause companies to look elsewhere for
manufacturing locations, and the Indonesian government hopes to present the country as an alternative.
The Minister of Trade Mari Pangestu as said that key US and EU producers are now considering multiple bases, and
that if footwear makers transferred to production to Indonesia, then non-branded shoe
manufacturers were likely to do the same.
Mari said that the government would publicize improvements made to the Indonesia’s
labor and taxation services, as well as its infrastructure, which have all
hampered the countries’ attraction to companies in the past.
Indonesian Footwear Association has reported that six Chinese shoe-makers have decided to shift production
there early in 2006, bringing with them 25,000 new jobs.
Liberty Bans Fur Items
Up market department store Liberty has announced the
banning of fur items from its store following mounting pressure from animal rights campaigners.
The store, which is located on in central London, sent an email to the Campaign to Abolish the Fur Trade after
hundreds of activists launched a protest last November against the company’s use of fur.
A revival in the use of fur on the catwalk in recent seasons has reawakened efforts by anti-fur protesters to
make fashion houses to stop using it and retailers to stop selling it.
Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks, House of Fraser and Debenhams have already boycotted fur products.
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Schiffer is the New Face of
German supermodel Claudia Schiffer was unveiled as the new face of
Spain's leading fashion chain, Mango.
The 34-year-old model, who has two children and is married to British film producer Matthew Vaughn, is the star of Mango's autumn and winter collection.
She wore a Victorian-style lace blouse and jeans for the launch at the chain's flagship store in London's Oxford Street.
Schiffer, who is modeling for leading French fashion houses, replaces Mick Jagger's daughter Elizabeth as the face of the chain.
A Mango spokesperson said: "Claudia perfectly reflects the spirit of Mango - an attitude that is not subject to a specific age." - Sapa-dpa
Adria Hosiery Plant Axes
185 workers have been laid off from the Adria textile factory in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, as the
future of the company hangs in the balance.
The factory’s management attribute the lay offs to an especially difficult international trading environment.
Adria added that the redundancies were fewer than originally expected, partly because of better trading
since the start of 2005. The company remains optimistic over its long-term existence in the town, and said it
anticipated keeping on approximately 300 workers.
Adria makes ladies, men’s and children’s hosiery goods in Northern Ireland, Turkey, Italy and Colombia. The
company is the biggest provider of hosiery to UK retail giant Marks and Spencer and the Victoria's Secret
lingerie and hosiery specialist chain in the US.
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