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May 1, 2011                                            Issue #288    The McPete Sez Lingerie Newsletter & Women's Wear Journal           

                              Intimate Apparel

Korea Trade Deal Challenged 
A group of specialty fabrics manufacturers in the US is stepping up its efforts to stop what it describes as the "unfair" free trade deal with South Korea - as a US delegation prepares to head to Korea later this month to try to move the pact forward.
The United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), a division of the 
Industrial Fabrics Association International, represents nearly 2,000 companies who make a range of technical textiles or specialty fabrics used in everything from fire-resistant protection suits and anti-ballistic vests to airbags and sun shielding structures.
It believes the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (known as KORUS) will lead to factory closures and job losses, and has launched a petition-signing drive to alert legislators to its "negative impact."
The group has also met with lawmakers to highlight the impact of US trade policies on specialty fabrics and on American manufacturing, and say their businesses stand to suffer because trade negotiators don't understand the sector.
"The specialty textile industry can compete with anyone provided we have a level playing field," notes James Egan, president of Graniteville Specialty Fabrics. 
"It is our responsibility as leaders of the industry to educate, communicate, and fight."
Congressman Larry Kissell adds: "No brand is better than Made in the USA, and I will work to defeat any trade deal that offshore American jobs and hinders our ability to better export our top-of-the-line goods.
"The Korea-US Free Trade Agreement uses the same flawed model of CAFTA and NAFTA."
The world market for specialty fabrics is estimated at $123bn in 2010 - $29bn of that in the US. In fact, this is one segment of the domestic textile manufacturing base which now thrives.
But US textile firms fear a rise in imports from South Korea if the free trade deal is ratified could displace domestic production and jeopardize 40,000 technical textile and related jobs.
Their three main concerns are:
The tariff phase-out schedule means many Korean textile products are provided with immediate duty-free access to the US market, while US access to the much smaller Korean market will be phased in over ten years.
The customs enforcement text is weak and will encourage massive fraud, and The rule of origin for textiles and apparel gives benefits to China and other countries for a number of important products and excludes components such as sewing thread, narrow fabrics and pocketing fabrics.
Their worries come as US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke prepared to lead a congressional delegation to Korea at the end of April to highlight its trade benefits and push for its swift approval.
"On this trip, our delegation looks forward to gaining a first-hand understanding of how US exports of goods and services will benefit from the market opening provisions of KORUS, which will translate into more jobs in America," Locke said.

EU's Free Trade Agreement
     with Colombia & Peru 
The European Union has inked a free trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which opens up trade and investment with the two countries and could be worth over EUR60m (US$86.7m) for EU textile and clothing firms.
The pact eliminates tariffs in all industrial products, including finished 
textile products - cutting an estimated half a billion Euros in duties - reduces technical barriers to trade, and establishes common disciplines on intellectual property rights, transparency and competition.
Both Peru and Colombia export finished garments, apparel, footwear and cotton to the EU.
EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht described the package as a "milestone in our trade relations with the Andean region."
The new Trade Agreement will now be translated into all EU languages, before being sent for approval by EU Member States and the European Parliament.

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Panama Trade Pact 
United States and Panama have reached a deal on the exchange of tax information that paves the way for a long-stalled trade pact between the two countries.
A Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) signed April 19, along with steps by the government of Panama to shore up its labor laws, mean the US-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement is now ready to move forward for Congressional approval.
Earlier this month the US and Colombia also said they had concluded discussions on a similar trade deal, while a US delegation is heading to Korea later this month ahead of talks to try to move that pact forward.
However, while the treaties are edging forward, they still have to be submitted to Congress where they still face considerable opposition.

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Macy's to Use Recycled
Macy’s is to use recycled black clothes hangers instead of its current clear plastic ones as one of a number of steps outlined in its new sustainability plan.
The company said it will be asking its apparel vendors to begin shipping merchandise to Macy’s on the recycled hangers in autumn 2011, with the transition expected to be complete in spring 2012.
Another part of the retailer's green plan is to pilot the use of self-serve 
electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside six of its stores.
The company also said it has launched the second phase of a program to install energy-saving LED light bulbs in stores. This year the company plans to install about 280,000 LED bulbs in about 200 Macy’s stores.
“Our company has embraced the principles of sustainability, and we continue to take actions that are tangible, measurable and meaningful in reducing our use of scarce resources and improving the efficiency of our business in serving customer needs,” said Tom Cole, Macy’s chief administrative officer.
“We have made significant progress over the past several years, and we continue to move forward with new ideas in 2011 and beyond.”

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Organic Clothing UP 16% 
US sales of linen and clothing made with organic fibers jumped by 16% last year according to the latest figures from the Organic Trade Association, reaching a value of $605m.
The numbers are in line with “thriving” growth of the organic industry as a whole, which saw sales rise 7.7% to over US$28.6bn in 2010.
Sales of organic fruit and vegetables - which account for 39.7% of organic sales in the market - increased 11.8%, while organic dairy experienced a 9% rise in sales.
“Consumers continue to vote with their dollars in favor of the organic choice,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and executive director. “The good news is that even as the economic recovery crawls forward, the organic industry is thriving.”

New Labeling Law 
A deal on the shape of a new European Union (EU) labeling regulation means that animal inputs such as leather and fur must be mentioned on labels for textile products sold in the EU.
However, the text agreed by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers drops a proposal that non-EU clothing and textiles sold in member states must have origin labels. This issue was pushed into a European Commission inquiry, with a report due by September 2013.
A parliament communiqué said: “Consumers will no longer risk inadvertently purchasing real fur or leather products when they would prefer not to do so.”

Political Correctness 
I think the political correctness is getting ridiculous. Today I overheard a little boy say he was going to go play a game of Cattle Management Specialists and Native Americans.

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