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Canadian Garment Industry
on Chinese Imports
The Canadian garment industry is urging the government to take
steps to halt soaring imports of Chinese garments.
The appeal from the union representing clothing workers in Canada comes a week after the Canadian International Trade Tribunal threw
out a complaint filed last July to try to limit Chinese clothing imports surging into the Canadian market.
“Countless Canadian jobs have already been lost in the 15 months it has taken for them to decide to do nothing and thousands more jobs
are at risk,” said Alex Dagg, National Co-Director of Unite Here Canada.
Unite Here Canada filed a complaint with the CITT on July 7, 2005, in an attempt to protect the country’s tenth largest manufacturing
In the meantime, the US, European and South Africa have adopted measures to limit clothing imports.
“Governments of the largest consumer markets in the world have taken action to ensure their domestic industries are not swamped by
Chinese imports. Why not Canada? We're calling on the government of Prime Minister Harper to adopt these WTO-sanctioned safeguards,”
Since global quotas on imports were dropped at the beginning of 2005, it is estimated that more than 50,000 jobs have been lost in
Canada’s clothing industry, the majority of them in Quebec.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Lina Aristeo, director of Unite Here’s Quebec Council, said: “Without government action,
Montreal’s status as the third largest clothing manufacturing centre in North America is threatened.”
Bangladesh's July Exports
Shipments of knitwear and woven garments boosted Bangladesh's
exports during the month of July.
According to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), exports of woven garments during the month reached US$451.91m compared to $362.79m
in the corresponding period of the last financial year, up 24.57%.
Meanwhile, export of knitwear products grew 31.19% during the
period, fetching $452.94m, compared to $345.25m in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.
The country showed overall export growth of 26.4%, helped by increased exports of leather and home textiles too.
UK Factory Workers Protest
Workers from a Burberry factory in Treorchy, south Wales, have been
demonstrating against the planned closure of the site, which also contains a warehouse at the Welsh Assembly Government in capital
The company is in talks to shut the site by the end 2006 as it shifts manufacturing to lower-price countries. 309 jobs could be
lost if the closure goes ahead.
Mervyn Burnett, from Britain’s General Union (GMB), said: "This is the next step in the GMB campaign to gather support from elected
representatives and others to maintain Burberry production in South Wales.
"We will maintain our campaign to ‘Keep Burberry British’…and I will be meeting my trade union colleagues from Burberry factories
throughout the country to discuss the campaign."
Campaigners have already held protests at the factory itself and outside the company’s London store.
However, whether Burberry – which has already held a year-long review of its operations – will respond to
workers' calls is doubtful, some would argue.
The company said the site, which makes polo shirts, is no longer commercially viable.
A Burberry spokeswoman stated the closure was not yet definite but she added that the company could transfer production to Asia or
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19,200 Pairs of Counterfeit
Columbia Shoes Seized
Active outdoor outfitters Columbia Sportswear has announced the seizure of 19,200 pairs of counterfeit Columbia shoes made in
The shoes, which were stopped by Greek customs authorities, had been en route to an importer in Greece. The footwear will now be
destroyed in accordance with legal sanctions.
Columbia said it has increased the seizure of fake goods by nearly ten-fold since 2003 with the help of customs authorities.
"The assistance of customs officials around the world has been instrumental in identifying counterfeit shipments as they cross
borders," said Tim Boyle, president and CEO of Columbia.
According to a recent European Commission survey, Hong Kong and China are the world’s worst hotspots for counterfeit clothing and
Nordstrom's Factories Receive FLA Accreditation
Nordstrom has become the first retailer to have its
labor compliance program accredited by the Fair Labor Association.
The compliance program for factories making the company’s private label apparel was accredited last week after undergoing a 2-3 year
implementation period lasting several years.
This extensive performance review is based on independent factory monitoring and verification reports of supplier facilities, and a
thorough audit of the required monitoring protocols, training programs, and auditing systems.
The Fair Labor Association also reaccredited Reebok Footwear’s labor compliance
Reaccredidation, which occurs every two years, signifies that labor standards continue to meet FLA requirements.
Reebok Footwear’s labor compliance program was the first program to achieve accreditation in 2004 and is now the first program to be
reaccredited by the FLA.
The FLA’s Workplace Code of Conduct is based on labor standards established by the International Labor Organization. It bans forced
labor, child labor, harassment, abuse, and discrimination, and requires that companies promote health and safety, freedom of
association and collective bargaining, payment of wages and benefits, and appropriate compensation for overtime.
China & Bangladesh Sign Garment Cooperation Deal
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
(BGMEA) has signed a cooperation deal with Shanghai Garment Machinery Zone
(SGMZ) on October 21.
One of the terms of the deal is that SGMZ will train Bangladeshi garment machinery repair and maintenance technicians to give them
the skills they need to progress.
Hoque explained the need for the agreement: "Our technicians are not trained up. They have achieved some knowledge in trial-and-error method."
The agreement read: "Both parties are willing to, in the long term, act as strategic business partners, carefully observe the
development of global clothing industry and garment machinery industry, whole-heartedly share and exchange industry information."
Has Soared Over Five Years
About 8,000 people have become jobless in Zimbabwe's textile sector
in the past five years, textile industry executive Jane Mutasa was reported
Moreover, 16,000 more workers face an uncertain future because of the barrage of cheap Chinese imports harming local industry, said
Mutasa, president of the Indigenous Clothing Manufacturers Association.
Mutasa said employment levels fell from 24,000 workers in 2001 to 16,000 this year. Companies are warning they
could face closure because of shortages in raw material and foreign currency, she added.
"This shows the rapid deterioration that we are grappling with.
Companies have no fabric, manufacturing chemicals, dyes, spares and raw materials," Mutasa was reported was as saying.
"Even if we get the fabric it is very expensive, which makes operations unviable. People's capacity to buy clothes has been
wiped away by inflation."
Domestic firms need cheap working capital injections to boost their capacity, she recommended.
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Net Enforcers & Gobi Fight
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forces in the fight against counterfeit goods.
Net Enforcers is a leader in online brand monitoring and counterfeit detection, while Gobi International offers a full range
of private investigative services mostly dealing with counterfeit detection.
The partnership is "a very large step in the fight against counterfeit goods" sold by street vendors on online, said the
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The solution aims to give users a better understanding of where goods were created and how they ended up being on sale.
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Jones Apparel Drops 18%
Jones Apparel Group reported an 18% drop in third quarter profit to
US$63m, which it has blamed on the sale of the Polo Jeans Company business during the first quarter of 2006 – but raised the
quarterly cash dividend payable to shareholders.
Sales during the three-month period were down 6.8% to US$1.24bn, from $1.33bn in the same period last year. Polo Jeans Company
contributed $78.4m in revenues during the prior-year comparable period.
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