300 This marks the 300th issue of McPete Sez. My father, Peter McKeown would
have been so proud.
A version of McPete Sez was originally created when Peter was a sales representative
in New York. He sent flyers to his customers a few times a year - news, gossip, announcements and jokes. It was a a great way for
him to keep in touch with his customers before the internet and email existed. I can still remember the entire family sitting around the coffee
table in the living room, stuffing all of those envelopes.
When he sold his sales business, McPete Sales, he looked for a way to keep in touch with all of his friends and 'lingerie family' he made
throughout the years. McPete Sez was born.
Pete launched his first official online issue in April 1, 1999. Over 12 years later we are still going strong.
Throughout the years, the site has changed and evolved- and we aren't done yet. We've added
professional photographers, awesome contributors, videos and giveaways, all the while
maintaining Pete's original concept and feel of the newsletter.
Thank you so much for being loyal readers and fans.
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Trade Pacts Extended
A new 12-month extension has been agreed for apparel made under the regional fabric provision of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug
Eradication Act (ATPDEA) to qualify for duty- and quota-free imports into the US.
A Federal Register notice from the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) said qualifying apparel articles from Colombia
and Ecuador will benefit from preferential treatment until September 30, 2012.
For the period from October 1, 2011 until September 30, 2012, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under
the regional fabric provision is 1,341,021,673 square meters equivalent. Apparel articles entered in excess of this quantity will be subject to
otherwise applicable tariffs.
Under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), certain apparel articles qualify for duty and quota-free treatment if they are assembled in ATPDEA
beneficiary countries from regional fabric and components.
The Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA), which expired earlier this year, was renewed and extended through July 31, 2013 earlier this month.
US & Egypt Trade Talks The US and Egypt are looking at ways of boosting bilateral trade and
investment, with talks between officials earlier this week set to continue
in Washington next month.
Among this issues under discussion are increased cooperation to facilitate
trade at the border and to reduce regulatory barriers, joint support for small- and medium-sized exporters, ways to create a welcoming
environment for investment, intellectual property rights protection to encourage
innovation, and deepening ties between the American and Egyptian private sectors.
The US says it is keen to help the Arab country complete its transition to
democracy, and believes efforts to strengthen economic policies that enhance trade and investment integration between the two economies and
with the region more broadly, can help support this goal.
"We are working hard to fulfill President Obama's commitment to enhance our bilateral trade and investment ties with Egypt and the broader North
Africa and Middle Eastern region," added deputy US trade representative Miriam
As part of these plans, the US earlier this month re-launched bilateral trade and investment talks with Tunisia in a bid to support the North
African country's transition to democracy and an open economic system.
Two-way goods trade between the US and Egypt was valued at $9.1bn during 2010, an increase of more than 30% over 2009.
Total textile and apparel imports into the US from Egypt rose 13.7% during
the period to $1011.9m, up from $890.3m the year before. In the first eight months of this year, textile and apparel imports have risen 7.35% to
$746.9m. Within this, shipments of apparel are up 9.1% to $619.2m.
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US, Colombia, Panama &
Korea FTAs As expected, President Barack Obama signed long-awaited legislation
implementing the recently passed free trade agreements between the US and Colombia, Panama, and South Korea on October 21.
The three agreements were approved by Congress earlier last month, along with other trade measures, including renewal of the Generalized System of
Preferences, the Andean Trade Preferences Act, and Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The move has been welcomed by retail, apparel and footwear firms.
"Today's action by President Obama represents the largest market opening for US goods and services since the North America Free Trade Agreement
entered into force more than 15 years ago," said Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
"The permanent two-way trade flows that will be created once these agreements are fully implemented will directly support more than four
million US apparel and footwear industry jobs and spur opportunities to create more."
Rules on Content and Labeling New European Union rules on textile labeling are set to come into force
next year which combine three existing laws into one unified piece of legislation.
The new regulation allows for the addition of new textile fiber names and covers the related
labeling and marking of the fiber composition of textile products. This is designed to make it easier for companies to
launch new fibers,
Another change that will impact on retailers and suppliers is a need to label animal inputs such as leather and fur. Any animal-derived materials
will have to be clearly stated on textile product labels with the words "contains non-textile parts of animal origin."
The regulation will become effective from May 8, 2012, and any goods placed on the market after that date will need to comply with the new
rules. There will also be a transition period for all products placed on the market before then, which will last until November 9, 2014.
To see a complete list or for more information go to http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:272:0001:0
Two Engineering Students Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied,
"Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
"The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."
US Push for Changes to TPP A group of US lawmakers is calling for a "fresh approach" to textiles and
apparel in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, as the ninth round of talks gets underway in Lima, Peru.
30 Members of Congress have sent a letter to Trade Representative Ron Kirk, urging the US to leave "outdated and inflexible rules" on textiles
and apparel out of the TPP.
The 15 House Republicans and 15 House Democrats also argue that a more flexible approach on textile and apparel rules would help provide leverage
necessary to achieve the best possible agreement for US economic interests.
Groups representing American retailers, apparel brands, manufacturers and importers under the banner of the TPP Apparel Coalition have welcomed
"The TPP Apparel Coalition seeks a TPP agreement that creates opportunities to maximize our innovative strengths and generates US jobs
along the full range of activities that American firms and American workers do to bring a product from its conception to the final customer,"
says Stephanie Lester, vice president of international trade at the Retail
Industry Leaders Association.
"This includes activities such as design, production, marketing, distribution, retail and support to the final customer.
"When considering ways to create new opportunities in the TPP for apparel,
our negotiators should focus on the US value and US jobs created throughout the entire value chain, not just factory production."
Julie Hughes, president of the US Association of Importers of Textiles and
Apparel (USA-ITA), adds: "We urge US negotiators to move the ball forward and to work with industry to develop a new and flexible proposal that
would jumpstart the negotiations and spur new trade and investment in apparel."
As it stands today, textiles and apparel are treated differently than other products in the TPP.
One of the main issues is the restrictive "yarn forward" style rule of origin - which requires all the materials that go into a garment to
originate and be assembled in a TPP country to receive tariff-free treatment.
Requiring apparel to be sewn from fabric woven from yarn spun in the country or countries covered by the agreement is unworkable in today's
global value chains, US apparel and retail industry stakeholders claim.
Past FTAs with TPP countries have shown that such an "all or nothing" approach does not spur new US exports or new apparel trade, they add.
US textile makers support the yarn forward rule and other restrictive rules, claim that they protect US jobs.
But the National Retail Federation counters that most of the apparel products in question are no longer made in the United States, so the
restriction merely drives up prices while doing little or nothing to create jobs.
In addition, it adds, the yarn-forward rule has failed to generate significant new trade and investment in textiles and apparel under other
free trade agreements, including increased exports of US yarns and fabrics.
And finally, only a comparatively small percentage of the value of any given piece of merchandise goes to the factory where it is made, with the
majority of the price going to US designers, marketers and others along the supply chain.
The US and eight Pacific Rim nations are formally involved in the multi-lateral trade talks, including Vietnam, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand,
Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Peru.
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