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August 1, 2011
Issue #294 The
McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
Upcoming Events in NYC
During Market Week
For everyone who will be in New York City during market week, there are a few options to see your favorite designers, and to meet new ones.
Private Showings - by appointment only
Patricia Fieldwalker will be at the Kimberly Hotel from Sunday July 31 to Tuesday August 2, to show her elegant line. To set up an appointment contact
email@example.com or go to the website,
Between the Sheets will be showing their new FW11 Collection, along with a sneak peak of the SS12 colors at the Bryant Park Hotel from Saturday afternoon to Wednesday.
Go to www.btslingerie.com for more information or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
CurveNY is from Sunday July 31 to Tuesday August 2 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. For more information, pre-register for a badge, view a complete list of exhibitors or make appointments, go to
The New York Intimate Apparel Boutique Show will be running from Sunday July 31 to Tuesday August 2 at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel. Dirty Dolls Lingerie, Cotton Club,
Argentivo, Christies, RocketWear, Verena and Carlton Hall are a few companies exhibiting at this show. Appointments are suggested but not necessary. For more information email
The Lingerie Journal's Designer Showcase is premiering at the AKA Hotel from Saturday July 30 to Tuesday August 2. Clare Bare Lingerie, Ombrato and Fun Factory are scheduled to exhibit. For more information on the Designers Showcase or to register go to
WTO Talks Frozen
Global trade talks are now in "paralysis," World Trade Organization
(WTO) chief Pascal Lamy declared on July 26,as gridlock largely by China and the US over cotton and tariffs
tanked hopes a small package to benefit the poorest countries can be reached by December.
"What we are facing is the inability of the WTO to adopt and adjust to emerging global trade priorities," Lamy said.
Bangladesh's ambassador Abdul Hannan, speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), said they are willing to talk
to those countries with sensitivities - especially apparel in case of the US - but
emphasized what they are seeking is "long overdue."
The idea to go for a small package which included duty-free quota-free access (on 97% of tariff lines) simpler rules of
origin for exports from LDCs, and a "step forward" on cotton, was floated in the spring.
It was hoped that this would act as a salvage operation after major powers gave up on a global trade deal being clinched in
The Obama administration has pressed China to commit to slashing cotton subsidies and high tariffs on cotton, but Beijing has not
Meanwhile, China's ambassador, Yi Xiaozhun, said it will honor its commitment to raise the level of duty-free quota-free
(DFQF) access for LDC products from the current level of 60% to 95%.
A Chinese official said many LDC textile and apparel products
already enter duty-free, but in-quota LDC cotton imports are subject to 1% duty which rises to 40% on out-of-quota imports.
Cotton would not be part of the 95% DFQF lines, he added.
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India Restores Cotton
Export Tax Incentives
The Indian government has restored tax incentives for raw cotton
and cotton yarn exports following a review of the sector over the past few days.
The duty drawback on cotton yarn exports - which offers exporters a refund of import duties - is being backdated to April 1, 2011
and on raw cotton to October 1, 2010.
"I have taken a composite review of the cotton and cotton yarn industry," said newly-appointed textiles minister Anand Sharma,
who is also the minister for commerce & industry.
"Both of these segments have faced huge fluctuation in international and domestic prices," he added.
The minister said that cotton exports were "dis-incentivized" in
the last cotton year by the imposition of an export tax, which has since been dismantled.
The government action comes after cotton prices endured a period of huge volatility, peaking at INR62,500 (US$1,400) per candy in
March before slumping to about INR34,500 now.
Calls for government support have been widespread in the Indian spinning sector, which has resorted to strikes and shutdowns in a
bid to reduce cotton stockpiles. An industry association now says the cotton yarn situation is easing.
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USITC Studies Duty-Free
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is to assess the likely economic impact of allowing products, including apparel
and textiles, from the world's poorest countries to enter the United States duty and quota free.
The investigation was requested by the US Trade Representative (USTR) last month, with the final report submit released in
February 2012. Its results will not be made public.
The report on the 'Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free, Quota-Free Treatment for Imports from Least-Developed
Countries,' will specifically address changes since the USITC's last report 2007.
Significantly, it will also evaluate articles in chapters 50 through 63 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) - which covers
yarns, fabrics and apparel.
The aim here is to identify products not currently imported from LDCs for which imports could potentially increase if duty-free,
quota-free access to the US was granted.
Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed in December 2005 to provide duty-free, quota-free market access to products
from least-developed countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations. Least developed apparel exporting nations include
Bangladesh, Cambodia and Laos.
The new study will look at the economic effect of providing duty-free, quota-free treatment for imports from LDCs on
industries in the US producing like or directly competitive products. It will also look at the impact on imports under US
preference programs, and imports from US free trade agreement partners.
Each article in chapters 1 through 97 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) for which US tariffs or tariff-rate quotas remain
will be investigated.
The process will take into account preferential treatment currently being provided to LDCs under the African Growth and
Opportunity Act and the Caribbean Basin Initiative programs, as well as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) if Congress
renews that program.
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June Textiles Compensate
June Textile Factory has agreed to pay compensation to around 4,000 workers after the plant was closed by a fire earlier this
The decision, reported in local media, follows months of protest by the garment workers in Phnom Penh and comes after the Arbitration Council last month ruled on the remuneration package.
Its judgment called on June Textile to compensate workers for a “pre-notice” period ahead of their dismissal of up to three months’ salary.
The factory was also instructed to give workers indemnity payments of 15 days’ wages multiplied by the number of years worked at the factory, with a cap at six years, and to pay out remaining annual leave.
For workers on short-term contracts, the Arbitration Council ordered June Textile to pay out remaining annual leave and indemnity equal to 5% of what the employees earned during the life of their contracts.
EU Scraps Origin Documentation on Local
Clothing and textile exporters in countries with trade agreements with the European Union (EU) are to be exempted from
providing burdensome origin documentation.
The European Commission has asked EU ministers to scrap a rule insisting traders must provide on demand additional
documentation proving EU-destined goods were locally produced. These 1998 rules were to help customs officers monitor lines were deemed
sensitive to EU manufacturers.
However, with today's freer global textile trade, this is unnecessary, the European Commission has concluded.
Asking EU ministers to scrap the requirement, it wrote: "The obligation to provide additional proof of origin on a systematic basis for the textile products...places an unnecessary burden on economic operators."
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'Yarn Forward' Rule in
The US textile industry is supporting a "yarn forward" rule of origin proposed by the US Trade Representative (USTR) during the
latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations.
Nine Pacific Rim nations are formally involved in the multi-lateral trade talks, including the US, Vietnam Brunei, Chile, New
Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Peru.
However, Vietnam presents a "special case", with its "non-market economy and its large state-owned and
state-subsidized textile and apparel enterprises," says Cass Johnson, president of the
National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO).
And because its clothing industry imports cheap yarn and fabric, he is backing a USTR proposal that yarns, fabrics and garments
must be made in the same country to receive TPP duty free benefits. Otherwise, said Johnson US textile producers would be
put at a competitive disadvantage.
"We believe that the yarn forward rule of origin is the best option for the United States, [and] TPP partners," a USTR
US apparel and retail industry stakeholders, however, do not support a yarn forward rule for TPP, and are instead calling for
the inclusion of a market-opening apparel agreement as part of the pact.
Unify Recycles Scraps into
Unifi Inc is taking its Repreve recycling scheme to another level
by teaming up with fabric firm Polartec to turn polyester cut-waste back into its yarns.
In what is described as a first of its kind initiative, the Repreve Textile Takeback Program will recycle various Polartec
polyester manufacturing scraps, including supply chain waste and post-consumer fabrics into a new Repreve 100 branded yarn.
This yarn, exclusive to Polartec, will consist of a blend of recycled bottles and recycled fabrics and will be used to produce
performance fabrics for the outdoor apparel market.
"The industry continues to focus on ways to reduce textile fabric waste throughout the supply chain; however as a bi-product of
manufacturing, waste is still created," explains Roger Berrier, president and COO for Unifi.
"The Textile Takeback Program provides the industry with a responsible and sustainable outlet for this waste, while
expanding the growth and reach of the Repreve brand."
Working with Unifi and Polartec on the Repreve recycled fibers process was military apparel maker Peckham Inc.
"In typical garment manufacturing, 10% to 20% of all fabric produced becomes cut-waste left over after panels are cut," says
Andy Vecchione, president and CEO of Polartec.
"This fabric has historically been down-cycled into batting or simply sent to the landfill. We can now use this waste stream to
create new, first-quality performance Polartec fabrics.
"Polartec has pioneered the recycled fabric category and we continue our commitment to reducing our overall footprint. In
2011, over 40% of our total production will utilize Repreve 100 recycled yarns and we expect that number to grow in 2012 and
Unifi launched Repreve in 2006 and has been investing in its development ever since. Earlier this year it opened an $8m
recycling center to expand production capacities the recycled fiber. And this week it said full-year profit had more than
doubled to $25.1m after sales rose 15% to $708m.
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