January 15, 2010
The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's
Import Retail Cargo Volume
The volume of import cargo at major retail container ports in the US is expected to rise for three consecutive months
in early 2010, putting an end to more than two years of declines.
The forecast, which was made in the most recent monthly Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and
IHS Global Insight, is good news because it suggests retailers are starting to import more merchandise because
they expect to be able to sell more.
"We've been seeing hints of a turnaround in our past few reports but this is starting to look like a clear trend,"
said Jonathan Gold, NRF vice president for supply chain and customs policy.
US ports surveyed handled 1.18m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in October, up 4% from September as retailers
hit their busiest shipping month of the year as the holiday season approached.
Nonetheless, this was still down 14% from October 2008.
November was estimated at 1.09m TEU, down 12% from last year, and December is forecast at 1.05m TEU, down 1% from
January 2010 is forecast at 1.02m TEU, down 4% from January 2009, and the 31st month of year-over-year declines.
However, the trend is expected to be broken in February 2010, when cargo is seen rising 16% on the same month a
year earlier. Growth is also set to continue in March (up 6%) and April (up 9%) the research says.
"While improving, import container traffic is projected to be weak through March due to the traditional slow season
combined with the weak pace of economic recovery," cautions IHS Global Insight economist Paul Bingham.
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Pakistan Limits Cotton Yarn
Pakistan's government has imposed ceiling of 50,000 tons per month on the export of cotton yarns from the country.
The ceiling will be effective from January 1, 2010.
In addition the government also announced a 2% cash rebate on cotton yarns sold to the domestic downstream textile
industry for value addition.
The move comes after ready-made garment makers held widespread protest rallies against ongoing price hikes and
the shortage of cotton yarns in the domestic market - and threatened a mass closure of all factories unless an export
ban was imposed.
Pakistan's cotton yarn exports jumped more than 50% to 63,000 tons during the month of December 2009.
Gohar Ejaz, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) in Punjab, told just style that the
quota restrictions on the exports of cotton yarn are against the mechanisms of a free market.
He said the government should instead focus on providing an uninterrupted supply of electricity and gas to the textile
industry rather than imposing bans on the textile exports.
Former central chairman of the Pakistan Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
(PRGMEA), Ijaz Khokhar, welcomed the quota restrictions, however.
He said the decision would allow the country to meet its textile export target of US$25bn by the year 2015.
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China's Exports Down 11.4%
China's textile and garment exports fell 11.4% year-on-year
in the first 11 months of 2009, according to figures released by the Ministry of Industry and Information
The Ministry blamed the decline on weak global demand, but said growth is accelerating at the country's largest
textile firms which remain "an important force in the international market."
It said exports at firms "above a designated size" rose 7.8% year-on-year in November to US$66.6bn - the highest
level of growth since May last year.
This represents the second consecutive month of growth, after exports rose 0.1% in October - and is a marked
improvement on the drop of 8.4% in March and 7% in June.
The country's garment production saw a 10.9% year-on-year increase in November, compared with a 17.9% decline in
In the first 11 months of the year China's textile sector saw its value-added output climb 9.1% from the same period
of last year, the Ministry said.
Pakistani Textile Makers
Endure Gas Cut-offs
Gas supplies to all textile plants in Punjab, the
North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Azad Kashmir, where over 75% of Pakistan's textile industry is located, have
been suspended since January 11, for an indefinite period.
The move conflicts with a decision by the Cabinet Committee on Gas Load Management, which promised suspensions would
only take place for two days a week.
Over 70% of Pakistan's textile industry runs on self-generated electricity from gas-based power systems.
Gohar Ejaz, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab, has urged the Ministry of
Petroleum and Natural Resources to intervene and direct the gas company to immediately restore supply to the textile
industry on a priority basis.
Apparel Industry Rallies
Support For Haiti
Apparel firms with ties to Haiti have rallied with offers of support for local colleagues and suppliers after an earthquake devastated the country's capital city late on Tuesday January 12.
But they also admit the impact the earthquake has had on the region means it is likely to have lasting economic impact - not least for the clothing industry which is the single largest sector in the Haitian economy.
"It could be some time before we are able to make full assessment about the status of Haiti's important apparel industry, which will be vital to rebuilding Haiti after this devastating event," said Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).
Before the disaster, Haiti was the seventeenth largest supplier by volume of apparel products sold in the United States, with imports valued at $412m in 2008.
In January to October 2009, the country's market share of apparel imports into the US jumped 22% to $424m, helped by its close proximity to its main customer and its low-cost production.
The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has also benefited from the HOPE II Act (Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Engagement) of 2008, which provides Haitian apparel exports duty-free access to the US market.
And a campaign launched in October earmarked $2m to help kick-start the country's garment sector with a five-fold hike in exports planned.
Tuesday's disaster is a severe setback for Haiti's 25 garment factories and their more than 24,000 workers.
For now, the focus is on "reaching out to members who are active in Haiti," Burke says.
"At this time, our members are focusing on the safety of their workers and supporting rescue and relief operations to help the people of Haiti."
The American Apparel Producers' Network has also been tracking the whereabouts of its members through its AAPN Tactical Network, asking them "to pull out all stops to get information from Haiti."
And Canada, Montreal-based T-shirt and clothing maker Gildan Activewear says it is still gathering information "in order to fully evaluate the impact of the Haiti earthquake on the operations and employees of its sub-contractors in the country."
The firm, which uses Haitian workers to sew some of its fabrics, says initial indications are that two out of its three contractor facilities are intact, while the third and smallest contractor facility has suffered substantial damage.
At T-shirt and underwear maker Hanesbrands, which uses Haiti for "a small percentage of its overall production," the most immediate problem is to the local infrastructure near the country's capital near Port-au-Prince, including ports, roads, bridges and power systems.
It says three of its four sewing contractors in the country were hit by the disaster, but that it is switching production to the Dominican Republic and Central America to avoid disruption to its supply chain.
Governments and aid agencies from Beijing to Grand Rapids began marshaling supplies and staffs to send there, though the obstacles proved frustrating just one day after the powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit. Power and phone service were out. Flights were severely limited at Port-au-Prince’s main airport, telecommunications were barely functioning, operations at the port were shut down and most of the medical facilities had been severely damaged, if not leveled.
A Red Cross field team of officials from several nations had to spend Wednesday night in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to gather its staff before taking the six-hour drive in the morning across the border to the earthquake zone.
Aid agencies said they would open their storehouses of food and water in Haiti, and the World Food Program was flying in nearly 100 tons of ready-to-eat meals and high-energy biscuits from El Salvador. The United Nations said it was freeing up $10 million in emergency relief money, the European Union pledged $4.4 million and groups like Doctors Without Borders were setting up clinics in tents and open-air triage centers to treat the injured.
This has been the worst earthquake in the last 200 years. The magnitude of the earthquake was a 7.0. and the exact number of fatalities is still unknown. Death toll estimates are around 50,000 but some range higher then 100,000 people.
If you would like to donate to the Haiti Relief and Development Fund
thru the Red Cross click on the Red Cross Banner to the left, click
here or go directly to www.redcross.org
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