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  August 15, 2010                                                 Issue #271
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

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              Flooding in Pakistan
The Devastating floods in Pakistan have affected more then 14m people and continue to hit core cotton production areas of the country, losing cotton farmers in the country billions in both output and earnings.
In all, cotton traders believe that the total damage to the country’s cotton crop will reach around 1.5m bales (255m tons), worth around PKR50bn (US$560m).
According to a UN report, the emergency is still evolving, with continued rainfall, more areas at high risk of flooding, and hundreds of thousands of people on the move. They have termed the flood as the worst ever calamity, perhaps even worse than 2004 tsunami and recent earthquakes, after it affected 14m people in Pakistan. Floodwaters have washed away roads, bridges, thousands of acres of standing crops, hundreds of schools and hospitals, and tens of thousands of jobs.
Activities in the textile and clothing trade have been slowed down or halted due to damages to the transportation infrastructure and non-availability of raw materials in the country. Export shipments face severe delays.
According to Punjab Government’s agriculture department, the floods have damaged around 224,000 hectares of cotton planting area, mainly in the Rajanpure, Muzaffargarh, Layya, D.G.Khan, Jhang, and Sargodha districts of the province of Punjab.
The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) estimates total cotton production loss is about 860,000 bales (147m kg) in Punjab province alone. However, production losses in the province of Sindh cannot be ascertained yet as flood water is still passing through this area.
Meanwhile, the country's textile and clothing industry has come up with relief efforts and has contributed millions by sending food items, tents and medicines to fight waterborne diseases.
Gohar Ejaz, chairman APTMA Punjab, said the APTMA welfare foundation has collected millions of Rupees from its members. It has also sent ten trucks of food items to the flood victims and is arranging tents and other essential items for upcoming relief consignments.
He urged the Government to seek special market access in the US and the EU markets, as they did in the case of Sri Lanka after the tsunami. Ejaz also urged the government to make a special cotton import arrangement with the US in order to keep the industry wheels running.
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Industry Pushes For Changes
         on Trade Deal
Five textile industry trade associations and the labor union representing textile and apparel workers are calling on the US government to make changes to the textile portions of the free trade agreement with South Korea in order to avoid large scale job losses.
In a joint letter sent to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the groups urged the US government to fix mistakes made by the Bush Administration in negotiating the textile chapter of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and other groups believe the hurried conclusion of the talks in 2007 led to critical errors that would hurt US textile manufacturers and cause large scale job losses in the United States. The industry points out that as a major supplier to the auto industry it shares concerns regarding the auto text, and that the textiles text is also critically flawed.
NCTO vice chairman Bill Jasper, CEO of yarn maker Unifi Inc, noted his company would be hurt if the Korean FTA passed with the current provisions intact. 
"Today, Unifi, as well as many other textile companies, are hiring back workers and increasing our investments in our US plants and equipment," Jasper said. "However, as they stand now, the textile portions of the Korea FTA are fundamentally tilted in favour of the Korean industry and would hurt my company and many others. 
"We urge the Obama Administration to correct these mistakes and preserve employment in this country."
Three critical errors are claimed:
Large and competitive Korean producers were given immediate and sometimes asymmetric duty free access to the US market in sensitive textile categories;
The customs enforcement text is weak and will encourage massive fraud, and the rule of origin for textiles and apparel gives benefits to China and other countries for a number of important products.
In urging the renegotiation, Jasper explained that "exposing sensitive portions of the industry to immediate duty phase-outs is simply a recipe for rapid job losses and plant closings in the United States."
In a joint letter by NCTO, the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC), the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), the National Textile Association (NTA), the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the group pointed out that the Bush Administration textiles text does not meet the high standards that President Obama has set for a 21st century trade agenda and therefore should be 

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Bill to Protect Fashion Design
Amended legislation that will provide three years of copyright protection to "unique and original" fashion designs has finally garnered the support of US apparel and footwear manufacturers who had previously vowed to fight it.
The 'Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act' was introduced late last week following a year of detailed negotiations with fashion industry stakeholders, and is now described as "a realistic and 
practical approach" to intellectual property protection. 
The bill is backed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The two groups say the legislation will for the first time allow creative American designers to benefit from legal protection against copying, and at the same time allow them to deliver fashionable and affordable clothing to consumers.
The new bill will provide a short, three-year term of protection to new and original fashion designs, while leaving every design ever created prior to enactment of the bill in the public domain. 
Functional clothing items such as pants, shirts, socks, and underwear wouldn't be covered by the bill. Instead, it targets articles of clothing that are used for artistic purposes such as runway shows. Likewise, a designer cannot "own" a color.
Only deliberate copies that are substantially identical to protected designs will be prohibited by law, and neither consumers nor retailers will be liable for inadvertently buying or selling illegal copies. 
There is also an exception for home sewers who will be permitted to copy a protected design for personal use or the use of a family member. 
As well as its clear, specific, and narrowly tailored scope of protection, the bill includes procedural provisions to discourage frivolous litigation. In 
particular, the plaintiff will have to plead specific facts establishing that he has a case. 
If a dispute does arise, a defendant will be entitled to show that the design in question was created separately and independently from the protected design, or that it was copied from a design already in the public domain. 
Describing the law as providing the "long overdue protection our industry deserves," CFDA executive director Steven Kolb added: "America is the world fashion leader, and yet it is basically the only industrialized country that does not provide protection for fashion design. 
"This bill is good news in that it promotes creativity and thus strengthens the fashion industry's significant contribution to a healthy and working economy."
Earlier attempts to provide copyright protection for fashion designs were said to be skewed towards high-end fashion designers, and would be costly to enforce.
Haiti's Training Center Opens
Moves to rebuild Haiti's textile and apparel industry following the devastating earthquake that hit the country earlier this year have taken another step forward with the opening of its first job training center for garment workers.
The new Haiti Apparel Center (HAC), which was inaugurated on August 11, will train more than 2,000 people a year to help meet the industry's need for skilled workers.
As well as providing vocational training, the facility should also help Haiti to maximize the benefits of the Haitian Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act, which was signed into law in May and improves US market access for Haitian apparel exports.
"The new training center will play a key role in developing Haiti's garment industry and leading the nation to a more prosperous and stable path," said 
Ambassador Kenneth H Merten.
The center is part of a four-year, $104.8m USAID project to improve the manufacturing skills of workers involved in the textile industry, including sewing machine operators and mechanics, and quality-control supervisors. The facility, which is located in the Sonapi industrial park near the garment factories in and around Port-au-Prince, also offers executive seminars to senior managers, factory owners and leaders in the business community.
"In the last 30 years, the number of skilled garment workers in Haiti has dramatically declined, but we hope to reverse that trend," explained Paul Weisenfeld, USAID's coordinator of the Haiti task team.
He added: "The apparel center promotes economic recovery and long-term growth and helps Haiti tap into the tremendous potential of the garment industry. It will provide opportunities to improve the lives of thousands by increasing job skills and enabling Haitians to earn more."
As the single largest sector of Haiti's economy, the apparel industry is seen as playing a leading role in the country's overall recovery from the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the capital Port-au-Prince in January, killing 300,000 people, destroying countless factories and jobs in the process .
Before the disaster, clothing exports to the US were around $512m in 2009, and the industry employed more than 25,000 Haitians.
New laws to help stimulate growth and recovery include the HELP Act, which extends duty-free benefits for some knit and woven apparel products imported into the US from Haiti.
It also promotes investment in Haiti and supports the rebuilding of the garment sector, which is likely to cost $38m to refurbish damaged buildings, replace machinery and train new employees.
However, industry executives said that while Haiti's textile and apparel production has neared pre-earthquake levels, reconstruction efforts remain slow and pose a threat to future competition. They claim a mere 3% of 
the international aid promised in the wake of the disaster has reached the country.

2087 Chinese Companies to
China has ordered the mandatory closure of 2,087 companies in 18 industries – including dyeing and printing – because of their outdated production capacities.
A directive by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on August 8 ordered the companies – which include 200 printing and dyeing mills and 80 tanneries – to be shuttered by the end of September.
Their business licenses will be revoked and they will be denied bank loans and approval for new land and investment projects, if they fail to close down by the deadline.
The move is part of the government's efforts to restructure the economy amid slowing industrial output and meet environmental standards under the current Five Year Plan.
The Ministry said the factories targeted for closure were either highly polluting, highly energy-wasting, or did not meet safety requirements.

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