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March 1, 2012         
                    Issue #308


                              Intimate Apparel

US & EU Organic Trade Pact
The US and European Union (EU) have signed what is being described as a "historic" partnership on organic trade after agreeing to recognize each other's organic certification on a range of products including cotton.
The pact which was signed February 15, means organic goods produced and certified in Europe or the US can be sold as such in either region, eliminating the double set of fees, inspections, and paperwork currently required by companies and growers. The new rules will apply from June 1.
"This agreement comes with a double added value," said Dacian Ciolos, the EU Commissioner responsible for agriculture and rural development.
"On the one hand, organic farmers and food producers will benefit from easier access, with less bureaucracy and less costs, to both the US and the EU markets, strengthening the competitiveness of this sector. In addition, it improves transparency on organic standards, and enhances consumers' confidence and recognition of our organic food and products."
US deputy agriculture secretary Kathleen Merrigan also expects the partnership to open new market opportunities for organic farmers and companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
The US and EU are the two largest organic producers in the world with a combined value or around EUR40bn (US$52bn).
The new rules state all products traded under the partnership must be shipped with an organic export certificate to show the production location, the organization that certified the organic product, verify that prohibited substances and methods weren't 
used, certify that the terms of the partnership were met, and allow traded products to be tracked.
The European Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program - which oversees all US organic products - will both take on key oversight roles.
The most recent figures show the global organic cotton market grew by 20% to an estimated $5.61bn in 2010 - with forecasts from Textile Exchange projecting growth to $6.2bn market in 2011 and $7.4bn in 2012.

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MOMENTUM Conference
     To Make Waves 
The 2nd annual MOMENTUM Conference will take place in Washington DC from March 30th through April 1st, 2012. The conference will be held at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan Airport. MOMENTUM brings together the best people in their fields of the LGBTQ, sex-work, BDSM and non-monogamous communities. Speakers will discuss ways to bridge the baffling dichotomies our culture creates around sexuality. 
Abortion laws, restrictions on gay marriage, abstinence programs, medicalization of sex, fear of pornography and prosecutions for teenage sexting are examples of one side of the spectrum. The discomfort that strives to make us keep our sexuality hidden conflicts with the use of sex — especially the female body — to sell everything from food to cars to “performance enhancing” products.
The opening Keynote Plenary Panel is moderated by the legendary Dr. Carol Queen and features esteemed panelists Bill Taverner, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, author and sexuality educator, Dr. Logan Levkoff, founder and director of the Red Umbrella Project, Audacia Ray, and university professor and Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations, Charlie Glickman, PhD. Our Closing Plenary features author of the international bestseller Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel, and journalist, Lara Riscol. The conference will kick off with an exclusive meet & greet and performance by comic Maria Falzone.
MOMENTUM is geared toward anyone interested in intelligent conversations about the influence of new media on sexuality. After a sold out first year in 2011, MOMENTUM has expanded its space, presenters and sessions, with over 40 sessions and 60 presenters.
MOMENTUM will cover a wide range of viewpoints on sexuality, and the program is sure to have something of interest to everyone.
Each participant in MOMENTUM will leave the conference with new perspectives, new connections and a plan to carry the MOMENTUM forward into 2012 and beyond.
Pre-registration is required to attend MOMENTUM. Go to or  for registration.
For more information, please contact Brian Gross, BSG PR, (818) 340-4422. Email:  Twitter: @bsgpr

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Trade Pact Between 
      Korea & US
The free trade agreement between the US and South Korea is due to take effect in the middle of the month, after the two countries this week completed the necessary legal requirements for the pact to come into force.
"Entry into force of this agreement will open up Korea's $1 trillion economy for America's workers, businesses, farmers, and ranchers while also strengthening our economic partnership with a key Asia-Pacific ally," said US trade representative Ron Kirk.
The agreement means that from March 15, US exports of consumer goods and footwear, hides and skins, and cotton to Korea will become duty-free.
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  Revolution Capital 
  Purchases LSSM
Private equity firm Revolution Capital has bought ribbon manufacturer LSSM and its subsidiaries from the Mor San Corporation for an undisclosed sum.
LSSM was founded in 1918 and head quartered in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and includes a sales and marketing office in Manhattan, New York, a dye house in Allentown, Pennsylvania and manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Newville, Pennsylvania.
It makes ribbons, bows, ties, straps, webbing and over 500 additional woven, fabricated materials for more than 1,000 customers worldwide.
"We are proud to acquire a business with such a rich history that services a diverse and wide customer base," said Cyrus Nikou, Revolution's founding partner. "Our team is excited to begin the process of driving growth and penetrating further into the sectors that LSSM serves with its well-established core of product offerings."

Intimate Payments
Legislation designed to combat global copyright infringement has been referred to the European Court of Justice to check whether it complies with EU fundamental rights.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to help countries work together more closely to combat global trade piracy, but has faced mounting protests 
across Europe amid fears it amounts to internet censorship.
EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht now says Europe's highest court needs to assess whether it is incompatible with the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, "such as freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property in case of intellectual property."
The pact has been signed by 22 EU member states, as well as Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US. It has also been passed to the European Parliament for approval.
"A referral will allow for Europe's top court to independently clarify the legality of this agreement," De Gucht said.

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      India in WTO Dispute 
with Turkey over Cotton
India has initiated dispute proceedings with the World Trade Organization in a continuing row over “protectionist” measures taken by Turkey over cotton imports.
The country’s request for WTO consultations over the so-called safeguard measures amounts to a formal initiation of a dispute in the WTO.
The consultations give an opportunity for Turkey and India to discuss the matter and reach a solution within 60 days, after which India could request a WTO panel to adjudicate.
The WTO said further details would be given in the next few days, but Indian officials have been quoted as saying that the safeguard measures could affect exports worth about US$600m a year.
Turkey brought in the measures, which impose additional tariffs on cotton imports, in 2008, out of a desire to protect its own cotton industry from a surge in imports.
The initial measures were enacted for a three-year period, but were renewed and extended last year.

          Industry Against 
Pakistan's Tariff Waiver
The recent decision by the World Trade Organization to let the European Union temporarily lift duties on 75 products from Pakistan - the majority of which are textiles, apparel, and footwear - has been slammed by a European industry group.
Euratex has been fighting the EU's plans for two years, and says the measure "strongly undermines the interests of EU textile and clothing industry in favor of one of its strongest competitors."
The two-year tariff waiver is intended to help Pakistan recover from massive floods in 2010, and follows initial requests from the EU on in November 2010. The measures will be in effect from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013, and will apply to products 
including cotton yarn and fabrics, jackets, T-shirts, anoraks, trousers, shorts, nightwear and underwear.
"We cannot talk about emergency measures almost two years after the floods," Euratex president Alberto Paccanelli points out, adding the EU has already committed to over EUR423m (US$553.5m) in emergency aid to Pakistan.
"The benefits of this waiver will not go to the populations that suffered with the floods but to a group of extremely competitive companies some of them with turnovers in excess of EUR200m," Paccanelli adds.
Under the new rules, customs duties will be exempted on certain products originating in Pakistan which are imported into the EU. In addition, a tariff preference is given for certain textiles and clothing, leather and footwear products. But there is also a tariff rate quota (TRQ) on some products, limiting the amount of exports that are eligible for duty waivers.
The selected 75 product lines on which the waivers apply amount to almost EUR900m (US$1.18bn) in import value, accounting for about 27% of EU imports from Pakistan.
The EU is Pakistan's largest trading partner, receiving almost 30% of its exports. 
Textiles account for over 70% of total Pakistani shipments to the EU, followed by leather products at 13%.
This is another point of contention for Paccanelli, who says: "For 15 products included in the waiver, Pakistan is already above 40% share in extra-EU imports. In some cases we can almost talk about a monopolistic position since the share is well above 80%."
The timing of the waiver is also criticized, coming as the EU continues to battle financial and economic crises and rising unemployment rates.
The EU's request now passes to the WTO General Council for adoption, although Euratex is calling for it to be rejected.
Pakistan's textile and clothing exports reached a record level of US$13.8bn in the fiscal year to June 2011, and some industry observers believe the EU proposals will lift this by up to 1.5% a year. 

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