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  June 1, 2010                                                 Issue #266
     The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

Obama Signs Haiti Textile
            Trade Bill
US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to extend duty-free benefits for some knit and woven apparel products imported into the US from Haiti in an effort to aid reconstruction in the earthquake-torn country.
The Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act will extend the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) and the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Engagement Act (HOPE Act) until September 30, 2020.
The CBTPA is currently set to expire on September 30, 2010, while key provisions of the HOPE legislation expire at the end of next year.
US trade groups have welcomed the pact.
The American Apparel and Footwear Association, whose members include major US retailers and importers, has described the legislation as a "positive step forward toward a long lasting economic recovery for the people of Haiti."
"Because the apparel industry will be important to Haiti's overall recovery, renewing and expanding preferences for Haiti's apparel industry will bring needed certainty and predictability in recovery efforts," said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M Burke. 
Under the proposed legislation, 200m square meter equivalents (SMEs) of Haitian knit and woven clothing products would qualify for US duty-free treatment regardless of the origin of the inputs. This is nearly three times the 70m SMEs that currently benefit.
The bill also extends until December 30, 2015 the value-added rule that provides duty-free treatment for apparel made in Haiti.
"We are confident Haiti will now be able to attract substantial investment that could create tens of thousands of jobs," said Ron Sorini, principal of trade consultancy Sorini, Samet & Associates.
He also believes HELP could accelerate 'Plus One for Haiti,' an initiative of US Trade Representative Ron Kirk that calls on the US apparel industry to source one percent of its imports from Haiti to help jumpstart the country's factories after the quake.
"The HELP legislation makes it more cost effective for companies to participate in Plus One for Haiti," he explained.

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US April Retail Sales Show
US retail sales continued their upward climb in April, with the latest figures showing evidence of a much more confident consumer compared to this time last year. 
Data released by the US Commerce Department show total retail sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as autos, gasoline stations and restaurants) increased 0.4% over March and 9.3% year-on-year. 
According to the National Retail Federation, April retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) increased 0.5% over March and were 4.6% higher than April last year.
With a constantly-shifting Easter holiday, retailers typically look at March and April sales combined to gauge consumer spending. 
Sales for the two months increased 5.6% over last year. 
"The slow road to recovery is turning into a sprint as retailers experienced a nice bounce in April," said NRF president and CEO Matt Shay. 
"But maintaining this sales momentum will be challenging. Until our economy begins to create jobs and reduce unemployment, the breadth and sustainability of this recovery remains uncertain." 
Rosalind Wells, chief economist for NRF, added: "Spring shopping and seasonal weather helped boost sales last month. "Spending on discretionary items had fallen by the wayside these last few years and we are encouraged to see consumers dipping into that pot once again." 
Clothing and clothing accessory store sales decreased 1.0% seasonally adjusted from March, but increased 5.4% unadjusted year-over-year.

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US Chamber of Commerce
     Pushes Trade Deals
The US Chamber of Commerce is putting pressure on the Obama administration to ratify three pending free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
“When it comes to trade agreements, America is being locked out and left behind,” Tom Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, said in a speech in Washington on Friday, May 14.
“If we don't act, not only will we miss out on opportunities to create new jobs, we will lose existing jobs as well.”
Donohue’s comments came as he released a new study called ‘Opening Markets, Creating Jobs,’ which found that nearly 18m US jobs depend on trade with America's free trade agreement partners.
Crucially, 5.4m of these jobs were created by the increase in trade unleashed by the agreements, the report found.
He also pointed out that trade deals are a key component of the administration's goal of doubling American exports over the next five years.
According to the World Trade Organization, there are 262 free trade agreements in force around the globe today, but the United States has FTAs with just 17 countries.
America is party to only one of more than 100 negotiations of bilateral and regional trade agreements.
“The report the Chamber released today is one more document supporting the case for international trade,” said American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and CEO Kevin M Burke. 
“It makes the important point that jobs and trade are forever linked in the global economy.
He added: “Earning new customers abroad is one of [the US apparel and footwear] industry’s top priorities.
“Passing the pending free trade agreements, as well as negotiating new market openings, will keep our industry competitive and relevant.”
The trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama were signed by President George W Bush but have yet to be sent to Congress for ratification.
India Lifts Cotton Export Ban
India has lifted its ban on the export of raw cotton, but sales abroad are bound with so much red-tape that the resumption of trade could be very slow.
"The ban is still on", said A Sakthivel, president of the Tirupur Exporters' Association, an industry body that has opposed exports to depress local cotton prices. 
And indeed, while the complete ban was lifted on May 22, by the ministry of commerce and industry, exports will henceforth only be allowed with a license from India's directorate general of foreign trade. 
However a senior official in that department could not reveal the details of how to obtain a license, and he said no applications have yet been received.
A Mumbai-based official of the Cotton Corporation of India, a government body that procures raw cotton and an exporter, added: "The procedure of getting the license has not yet been clarified, and whether the [prior] registration [of the exporters] will be needed or not is also not clear."
The ban is a political issue between the Congress-ruled central government and the opposition BJP-ruled Gujarat, a state that accounts for one-third of cotton produce in the country and half of its exports.

Bill to Stop Illegal Imports
More details have emerged on the first textile specific customs enforcement bill which was introduced May 25, by US lawmakers.
The Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010 (TESA) contains more than a dozen measures to help US Customs and Border Protection crack down on customs textile fraud. 
Clamping down on illegal textile imports, it is hoped, will in turn strengthen domestic production.
The bill includes provisions to close the loopholes currently being used by illegal and fraudulent players by providing US Customs with additional resources and expanded authority to better target these bad actors. 
These include plans to:
Establish an electronic verification of textile and apparel imports;
Allow the Department of Homeland Security to use fines and penalties to help pay for investigations and training;
Increase staff at high volume ports for textiles and apparel imports; and
Establish a non-resident importer program to ensure that resident agents are held accountable for products imported under their name.
The legislation has been applauded by US textile firms.
"Textile and apparel fraud is increasing at our ports and borders," says Bill Jasper, president of yarn maker Unifi. "This legislation will provide our US customs with the necessary tools, resources and direction to effectively 
enforce our trade laws and help to bring a level playing field to US workers."
While Anderson Warlick, president of Parkdale Mills adds: "A decade ago, our industry employed more than one million workers throughout the south east.
"Today, we employee just one-half of those employees and I can testify with absolute certainty that our industry was forced to lay off at least half of those employees due to illegal shipments of yarn and fabric entering into the United States through CAFTA and our other preference regions illegally."
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) notes increasing textile fraud is taking place in trade preference and free trade areas - with the Central American Free Trade Zone singled out for its sharp increase in illegal trafficking.
The majority of the US textile industry's $13bn in exports go to free trade agreement (FTA) and preference program partners, so it relies heavily on strong customs enforcement for its livelihood. 
Fraudulent schemes include phony companies that repackage Pakistani and Chinese yarns as US yarns; under valuation of Chinese apparel in order to avoid duty payments; and a flood of Chinese denim through the United States and into Mexico that illegally claims duty-free preferences under NAFTA. 
"This is a case where our US government needs to really evaluate our border security and import verification systems," says NCTO president Cass Johnson.
"By better targeting these shipments and players through an effective risk assessment program, you can better facilitate trade and properly manage enforcement."

200+ Cotton Shipments Stuck 
          at Pakistan's Port
Over 200 cotton yarn export containers are stuck at Pakistan’s Karachi Port due to a new 15% regulatory duty on the exports of all kinds of yarns from the country.
The customs authorities in Pakistan have refused to clear the yarn shipments without payment of the duty.
Gohar Ejaz, chairman of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab said that the stranded containers can neither be exported nor brought back as the foreign buyers have refused to pay the duty or increase their yarn rates.
He said the country would suffer a loss of US$150m a month in exports due to the duty on yarn exports.

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