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December 15, 2010                                            Issue #279
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel


Israel Eases Export Restrictions
The textile and clothing industry of the Gaza Strip is set to benefit 
from last week’s decision by the Israeli Government to ease export 
restrictions on garment and textile products from the Hamas-controlled 
Palestinian territory. 
The Israeli government’s Security Cabinet has announced in a 
communiqué on December 8, that it had approved measures to expedite 
increased exports from the Gaza Strip with the goal of “assisting its 
economy and easing the burden of the Gazan population under the 
repressive Hamas terrorist regime.”
The export restrictions were initially imposed in 2007, when Hamas 
took control of the area.
The Palestinian garments and textiles sector employs an estimated 
65,000 workers in the West Bank and Gaza and contributes approximately 15% of Palestinian manufacturing output. T-shirts, cotton shirts, and other men’s and ladies’ wear are exported to a number of countries in Europe, the US and Arab countries such as Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt.

Fair Trade Certified Label
          Launched in US
The first Fair Trade certified apparel and home textiles products have 
been launched in the US as part of a two-year pilot test.
Garments include graphic tees by Project Runway's Korto Momolu and 
Bacca da Silva from Liberty & Justice, boxers and organic women's 
undies from Good & Fair, and tees from sustainability pioneer PrAna. 
All have been produced by manufacturing facilities and cooperatives in Costa Rica, India and Liberia.
More lines, sourced from India, Liberia and Peru, will be launched in spring 2011.
"With the Fair Trade Certified label, consumers can now be confident that cotton farmers and factory workers earn more and have safe working conditions, the environment was protected, and the people who made the high-quality product can look forward to brighter futures," explains Heather Franzese, senior manager of apparel and linens at third-party certifier Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA).
The Fair Trade Certified label is intended to make it easy for American consumers to walk into a store and choose an ethical garment. 
The scheme builds on the success of Fair Trade at the farm level, where Fair Trade certified products span more than 20 categories from coffee, tea and cocoa to flowers and wine. 
Factory workers receive direct economic benefits through a Fair Trade premium, between 1% and 10% of the cost of the garment, potentially doubling their earnings on a per-product basis. And cotton farmers receive a guaranteed minimum price to protect them from price fluctuations as well as community investment premiums on every pound of cotton.
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India Trade Pact
EU retailers and importers are hopeful of a swift conclusion to free 
trade talks between the European Union and India, after the two sides 
said they aim to sign the pact next year.
Their optimism comes after Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the 
European Commission, told delegates at the 11th annual EU/India Summit in Brussels that he will “…give a final push to these talks so we can hail an historic agreement when we meet next year in Delhi.”
The EU and India launched negotiations for a trade pact in 2007 but, 
despite several rounds of talks, the discussions have stalled.
Progress has been marred by objections from India (and to a lesser 
extent the EU), and a hiatus during the build-up the election in 2009. 
Although Europe is India’s largest trading partner, many commentators 
also point to the protectionism that occurs in India with respect to 
EU companies operating in the domestic market.
“India is fast becoming an important market for our members, both in 
terms of imports and exports, and a swift conclusion to the troubled 
negotiations is needed,” comments Jan Eggert, secretary general of the 
Foreign Trade Association (FTA) which represents EU retailers and 
“Our members in the retail and distribution field are particularly 
discriminated against by the Indian authorities with restrictions 
placed their operations,” he added, “and so it is essential that the 
negotiations make progress on the liberalization of these services.”
Earlier this year Indian apparel exporters said they expected a free 
trade agreement with the EU add another US$3bn to the country's 
textile and clothing exports.
Bangladesh Garment 
        Factory Fire
A sudden factory fire in Bangladesh is believed to have left around 20 
people dead and hundreds more injured.
The blaze, at a ten-story plant near the capital Dhaka, is another hit 
for Bangladesh's garment industry after widespread protests in the 
country this weekend.
A source in Bangladesh said that the incident, described as "sudden", 
is unlikely to be related to the protests though.
It is estimated that the fire began at 2pm on December 14, with its 
cause currently being investigated by plant owner Ha-Meem Group.
The address of the plant is 145 Narashingharpur, Savar, Dhaka.
Ha-Meem has made no official comment on the reports as yet. The 
company says on its website that it makes 1.8m garments per month for 
brands including American Eagle, Gap, Old Navy, JC Penney, Kohl's, 
Squeeze, Sears, VF Asia, Target Store, Charming Shoppes and Wal-Mart in the US, and H&M, Carrefour, Zara, Hema, M & S Mode, ETAM, Western Store, Migros, Celio and PNC in Europe.
Just two days ago three people were killed in Bangladesh after garment 
workers clashed with police over the implementation of a new minimum 
As of this month, factories are supposed to pay a minimum monthly 
salary of BDT3,000 (US$43) to garment workers, up from BDT1,662 ($24) previously.
The Bangladeshi government has in the past few days been forced to set 
up a committee to oversee the salary changes.

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Lenzing Increases Fiber Prices
Cellulose fiber producer Lenzing Group is to raise the price of its 
products by at least 10% from the beginning of next year, blaming a 
rise in raw material costs. 
In particular, it says, it is facing higher prices for the chemicals 
required to dissolve pulp to make viscose, modal and Tencel fibers.
Earlier this month Lenzing booked a 38% jump in sales of its cellulose 
fibers as textile firms turned to its products as cheaper alternatives 
to cotton and polyester.

5,000 Spanish Firms Bankrupt
Latest figures show that 5,000 Spanish textile and apparel firms have gone out of business in the past five years amid soaring Chinese imports.
According to a fresh study by Spain's EAE Business School, Chinese textiles imports increased six fold during the past decade, accounting for EUR2.1bn (US$2.8bn) from EUR344m.
The majority of the clothing is sold in Madrid and Catalonia, mostly in Chinese shops but also across the low-cost retail chain.
The Spanish textile industry has for years been urging the government to act on the matter but little has been achieved to counter the Chinese imports, which continue to rapidly expand across Spain.
Spain's main fashion retailers such as Inditex, Mango and Cortefiel have flexed their muscle abroad as the safest and most profitable way to grow their businesses. Increasingly, midsize firms such as Desigual and others have been doing the same.

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