December 1, 2013
Issue # 350
Association is to
Close After 108 Years
Faced with global expansion in manufacturing and consolidation among hosiery companies, The Hosiery Association (THA) plans to dissolve as of Dec. 31 following a recent vote by its board of directors.
In a statement by Rich Stober, chairman, and Sally Kay, president, the trade organization that has promoted legwear manufacturers and suppliers for 108 years is calling it quits.
“Economic volatility and increased globalization of the hosiery industry has caused consolidation within the membership. Additionally, the membership demographics have changed. Some companies have diversified the types of products they sell (both hosiery/non-hosiery). Most companies have fewer employees and time for active involvement in association activities has become more challenging. The requested needs and services within the current membership have become decentralized,” according Stober and Kay.
Those factors have resulted in a steep decline in membership and thus a drop in revenue leaving THA
The THA reached out to The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) “regarding opportunities for AAFA to serve THA’s membership in the future. As a result of our talks with them, AAFA is forming a Legwear Committee and has invited all current THA member companies to become AAFA members.”
In addition, the THA’s sock/sheer sizing forms will be transferred to The Hosiery Technology Center (HTC), now known as the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) effective Dec. 1.
“The MSC has long been a champion for the hosiery industry and a valuable partner to THA. The MSC played a vital role in developing the sizing form programs and we are pleased that it will continue this service which is invaluable to the hosiery industry world-wide.”
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Pakistan's Cargo Congestion Continues
Cargo congestion at seaport terminals continues to hit handling of export consignments for lack of space, as the
harbors are expected to take at least a week more to streamline their operations, officials said. A strike by goods transporters left the
harbors congested with around 15,000 of imported container cargoes, which spilled over into space allocated for export consignments.
"Cargo handling continues but at a slow pace which is hitting export operations baldy as there is a very little space left to adjust both import and export
cargoes at the private terminals simultaneously," sources said. The transporters strike called off last Sunday also left
harbors' supply roads clogged with hundreds of loaded trucks. The gridlock still continued for nearly four days by trucks. However, the traffic jam has reduced largely on the seaport roads.
Private cargo terminals are still facing difficulties to handle export cargoes as the imported consignments have stockpiled phenomenally during the 10-day strike for lack of transportation, officials said. Shipping lines had also threatened to stop their operations in Pakistan as they had suffered 50 percent loss in receiving consignments. "Ships were going empty from Pakistani
harbors for want of export goods," sources said.
According to the textile sector, the strike caused at least $36 million loss from textile export halt every day to national exchequer. There are still fears among the exporters of their consignments cancellations ready to ship to EU and the US markets ahead of Christmas and New Year events.
The strike also halted supplies of perishable food, vegetable and seafood export items besides textile, grain, rice, surgical, sports goods etc, at the dry ports and industrial units for nearly 10 days. Shipping activities reduced by 50 percent during the strike as vessels sailed empty from seaports, All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA) said, adding that the decline in operations caused huge financial loss to the shipping companies. There is a huge number of containers waiting for clearance to supply upcountry, source said, adding that the shortage of space increased problems for exporters and cargo handlers at terminals.
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Bangladesh Hopes to Restore GSP Status
BGMEA is hopeful for GSP restoration. The optimism follows their meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Atiqul Islam said in Dhaka on Monday: “We’ve had a good meeting with her. We’re hopeful of getting good news about the GSP.”
He said Biswal had welcomed the hike in minimum wage of ready-made garment factory workers. Atiqul said both sides agreed to work together for Bangladesh’s development.
After the meeting, Biswal said the USA welcomed the opportunity to work together with Bangladesh for its development.
She felt there were ‘important’ opportunities for garment industry owners and workers, civil society and the international community to continue Bangladesh’s progress by improving working conditions.
Biswal said she had ‘very fruitful, nice and open’ discussions with the apparel industry leaders.
The BGMEA President said that apart from requesting Biswal to withdraw the suspension of GSP (Generalized System of Preference) facilities, they sought duty-free access of Bangladeshi readymade garments to the US market.
The BGMEA also voiced its concern over the wave of labour unrest despite the owners agreeing to accept the wage hike proposed by the government-constituted wage board.
An influential rights group, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) appealed in October last year for revoking Bangladesh's GSP facilities arguing that workers’ rights were not being protected in readymade garment, fish processing industries, and in export processing zones.
In one month of their appeal, at least 110 workers died in a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions factory in Ashulia inviting international hue and cry about the workers’ safety issue.
Amid a review of the GSP facilities asked by US President Barak Obama, Rana Plaza at Savar that housed six garment factories collapsed, killing at least 1,130 people, mostly workers.
Later in the middle of this year, Obama suspended the facilities.
Under GSP, Bangladesh used to enjoy duty-free access of around 5,000 products to the US market though they did not include its main export item, readymade garments.
Biswal, who arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a three-day official visit, also met the International Labour Organisation and American Solidarity Center representatives.
She met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia on Sunday night.
Biswal will meet Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque. She will also meet other political leaders, government officials, workers’ leaders and civil society leaders before leaving Dhaka.
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Textile Fraud Bill
A group of 24 House lawmakers reintroduced legislation that aims to crack down on textile import fraud and transshipments.
U.S. textile producers praised the legislation, known as the Textile Enforcement and Security Act, saying it provides more resources to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help fight fraudulent textile imports, particularly goods that come from Central America under the Central American Free Trade Agreement and from Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“Due to the high-risk nature and the prevalence of fraud in textile and apparel imports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection designated the textile industry as a Priority Trade Issue — yet the industry continues to experience serious fraud, particularly in the CAFTA and NAFTA regions,” said Auggie Tantillo, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations.
NCTO said “phony companies” are creating Web sites purporting to use U.S. yarns and fabrics for use in the CAFTA region, and alleged recent data from Mexico shows that a third of denim jeans claiming NAFTA duty-free benefits are illegally using Chinese fabric.
Reps. Tom Graves (R., Ga.) and Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.), lead cosponsors of the bill, said it would provide more tools to Customs officials to enforce trade laws and target fraudulent textile and apparel goods. The bill would increase the number of Customs specialists, clarify that CBP has the authority to seize fraudulent textile and apparel imports, and establish a centralized database and an electronic verification program to track yarn and fabric inputs that enter the U.S. under free-trade agreement rules.
Kevin Burke, president and chief executive officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, raised concerns about the legislation.
“While the legislation is intended to address reports of major fraud and textile transshipment, there is great concern in the industry that the bill could impose burdens on legitimate textile and apparel importers,” Burke said. “We will fully evaluate the proposal and work to ensure that any final bill supports the U.S. textile and apparel industry’s access to global markets and global supply chains on which it depends for its competitiveness.”
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