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October 1, 2012
Issue # 322
Port Strike Threats Recede
The prospect of a possible strike by dock workers at US East and Gulf Coast ports ahead of the busy holiday season
has temporarily receded after management and union representatives agreed to extend the existing contract by
The extension will provide both sides with more time to hammer out a final contract.
Crucially, it should "provide for a stable holiday shipping and shopping season over the next few months,"
said Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation (NRF).
The current contract has been due to expire on September 30, but US retailers and importers remain concerned at the
likelihood of supply chain disruptions or delay until a final contract is ratified.
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EU & US Cancel Orders
Over Safety Fears
Garment firms in Pakistan are facing cancelled export orders and problems in securing new orders from the EU and
US following safety concerns after a factory fire earlier this month killed more than 289 workers.
Some orders have reportedly been shifted to Bangladesh in the wake of the disaster.
Retailers and brands sourcing from the country are now concerned over the lack of safety measures in garment
factories, where owners do not implement health and safety regulations and government agencies do not check for
compliance with safety rules.
Health and safety laws are also outdated. The enforced Factory Act was introduced in 1934 and the penalty of
non-compliance is just PKR500 (US$5.25).
The gutted factory, Ali Enterprises, produced garments for German low-cost retailer KIK. There were no measures to
evacuate workers who were trapped behind locked doors and barred windows. There was only one unlocked exit at the
time of the fire, forcing dozens to jump from upper stories to escape the flames.
Ejaz Khokhar, the former chairman and chief coordinator of the Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (PRGMEA), said this type of industrial accident can happen anywhere and in any industry.
He is calling for an independent and fair enquiry to the incident with participation of the industry association to
prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future.
In particular, he believes government departments have been negligent for not enforcing the rules, adding that
all the required laws for worker health and safety are available as well as 29 inspection agencies to check these
measures at manufacturing plants.
He said the industry is currently processing the export orders for Christmas season which will be shipped in
October/November. But many garment buyers left the country without placing new orders.
It is likely that Pakistan will see more exports orders being cancelled in coming months - and could result in a
15-20% reduction in garment exports from the country.
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This year, Esty Lingerie has teamed up with The Breast Cancer
Partnership, a division of Cancer Recovery, to raise money for the charity but more importantly to raise awareness of what women can do to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
As part of this exciting campaign, Esty Lingerie and six of its designers have created a total of 16 beautiful handmade lingerie items, including one-off designs made especially for this campaign.
Fancy getting your hands on one-off lingerie pieces and doing your bit for charity at the same time?
The lingerie will be auctioned off in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with between 25% and 100% of the sale price of each item being donated to the charity.
From vintage-inspired nightwear to bondage-style lingerie, and from a decadent corset to luxury eye masks, there is something in the auction for everyone to love!
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Auction opening date - October 21, 2012
Esty Lingerie will also be donating up to 20% of every purchase through its website to The Breast Cancer Partnership this October, as well as publishing simple lifestyle tips that its fans and customers can follow to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer.
EU To Reinstate Burma Duty-free Trade Preferences
The European Commission took a step towards reinstating
trade preferences for Burma/Myanmar, in a move that would give products such as clothing duty- and quota-free access
to the European market for the first time since 1997.
The plan is to bring the country back under the so-called 'Everything But Arms' trade regime, which is part of the
EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). It applies to Burma because it is classified as a Least Developed
Country (LDC) by the United Nations.
"Since Myanmar/Burma started to open up earlier this year I saw the need to underpin such deep and important changes
with real economic support once key improvements for the workforce had been met," explained EU Trade Commissioner
Karel De Gucht.
"Trade is fundamental to supporting political stability and the EU's trade preferences mean we will give this
reform-minded country priority access to the world's largest market."
The move should give a boost to Burma's clothing exports, which accounted for most of the country's EUR169m
(US$221m) shipments to the EU in 2011. The EU, however, makes up just 3% of Burma's total exports, and 0.01% of
the EU's total imports.
Burma was suspended from the GSP scheme in 1997 as a result of its "serious and systematic" violations of core
international conventions on forced labor.
In June this year, the International Labor Organization (ILO) concluded that significant progress had been
achieved by Myanmar/Burma, although some residual problems with forced labor
persist. On this basis, EU law foresees that preferences should be reinstated.
The proposal now needs the approval of the EU's 27 member states and the European Parliament.
The latest efforts to do business with Burma come after the European Union (EU) in April decided to suspend most
of its trade and economic sanctions against the country.
The US, meanwhile, is moving more slowly than the EU in lifting sanctions.
Earlier this year it decided to ease financial and investment restrictions against the country in response to
reforms over the past year, thereby allowing the first new US investment for nearly 15 years.
But last month it renewed trade sanctions on Burma for another three years. The import ban has been in place
since 2003 to prevent goods from Burma entering the US market, but the latest legislation gives the
Administration the authority to waive or terminate the import sanctions.
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supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Lula Lu Petite Lingerie’s Kallie Lace Bra in Mulberry. Throughout
the month of October, Lula Lu Lingerie will donate 10 percent of the pink bralette sales to the “Save the
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Activists Call for Uzbek
Activists from Uzbekistan are calling for an extension to an international boycott of Uzbek cotton and textiles as
part of efforts to ramp up pressure on the government to end the use of forced and child
labor in the country's cotton fields.
Led by the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, they say that even though more than 80 international
brands and retailers have banned the use of Uzbek cotton, this pressure "remains imperceptible" to the government.
In particular, difficulties in identifying the country of origin of cotton in a huge trade flow make it hard to
enforce the ban.
For this reason, the activists now want the boycott of Uzbek cotton and textiles extended to include the
companies that use them, as well as foreign investors and partners in Uzbek textile companies. They also want the EU
and US to cancel trade benefits for Uzbek textile manufacturers provided by the General System of
According to the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Korean companies are the largest buyers of Uzbek
cotton and textiles, led by Daewoo International and its subsidiaries, Hain Tex and Senas Textile.
Turkey is the second biggest investor, it says, the largest of which is Osborn Textile, owned by Tarmac Group.
According to data from the human rights group, more than 250,000 tons of cotton
fiber is sold annually in Uzbekistan to locally-based textile companies backed by
foreign capital. Their products, such as yarn and fabrics, are intended for export to global textile and apparel
supply chains, from where they enter Europe and the US.
The latest reports this month point to forced mobilization of students, doctors, teachers and other groups for the
"The boycott of Uzbek cotton and companies using it should continue until the International
Labor Organization has completed its monitoring and Uzbekistan ends the practice
of forced labor," the human rights group implores.
Free Trade Agreement Between Canada & Jordan
A Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Jordan is set to come into effect on October 1.
From the beginning of October, producers and exporters across Canada will benefit from reduced or eliminated
tariffs on nearly all of the country's current exports to Jordan, the Canadian foreign affairs office said.
The Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF) welcomed the move, emphasizing that the agreement contains "commercially
viable" rules of origin for apparel. The agreement contains a "cut and sew" rule for apparel, which means
that it qualifies under agreement if it is cut and sewn, or knit to shape, in either Jordan or Canada from raw
materials sourced from anywhere in the world.
"Our industry wants to see rules of origin in trade agreements that are practical given the circumstances of
our trading partners, and this agreement does so," CAF executive director Bob Kirke said.
The federation emphasized that in previous agreements, a so-called "yarn forward" rule of origin for apparel has
"severely limited the benefits of various trade deals Canada has signed in previous years".
The CAF also called on the Canadian government to move forward with other agreements of importance to the sector,
including the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Trans Pacific Partnership which
Canada is likely to join later this autumn.
Little Johnny's Numbers
The teacher asked little Johnny if he knows his numbers.
"Yes," he said. "My dad taught me."
"Good! Can you tell me what comes after three."
"Four," answers little Johnny.
"What comes after six?"
"Very good," says the teacher. "Your father did a good job. What comes after ten?"
"A jack," says little Johnny.
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