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National Breast Cancer
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many companies
are doing their part by promoting breast cancer awareness and raising money for charity.
Good Relations is partnering with the Humboldt Breast Health Project. They are donating a portion of sales along with featuring the art of Mairied Dodd, a breast cancer survivor. The art is celebratory and empowering and features images of survivors thoroughly embracing and living their lives.
Entrenue is donating 2% of their October profits to support Susan G Komen for the Cure. For more information on Entrenue go to
Chelsea Manor Intimates is donating 30% of selected pink items and 20% of all purchases made during the month of October to Save the Ta-tas Foundation.
Eurotique is donating 50% from the sale of their Awareness Corset,
along with 10% of every pink corset sold during the month of
Julie France is donating 2% from all orders marked Passionate for Pink to Susan G Komen Foundation.
These are just a few companies promoting Breast Cancer Awareness
Month. To see more go to the October
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Eight countries have signed up to an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
(ACTA) designed to combat global copyright infringement, with another three parties due to sign in the near future.
Representatives from Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the US were in Tokyo to sign the agreement, while
the European Union, Mexico and Switzerland attended to show their strong support, and should sign it "as soon as practicable".
Described as "a significant achievement in the fight against the infringement of intellectual property rights", the agreement is designed
to help the parties work together more closely to combat global trade piracy.
Once entered into force with all 11 participants, ACTA will provide the legal foundation for what is claimed as a "first of its kind" alliance of
trading partners, representing more than half of world trade.
US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said ACTA would give the Obama Administration a platform to work with other countries to fight
counterfeiting and piracy.
"Protecting intellectual property is essential to American jobs in innovative and creative industries," he added. "Today marks a major
milestone in the process of putting this agreement into force."
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US Renews ATPA & GSP
and Changes to TAA
Along with the passage earlier this week of legislation to implement the
long-awaited free-trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama, the US Congress has also renewed two other trade preference programs.
The Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA) and the Generalized System of Preferences
(GSP), both of which expired earlier this year, have been extended through July 31, 2013.
The move means that under the ATPA, US apparel imports from Andean countries Ecuador, Colombia and Peru will enter the US duty-free if they
use US cotton, yarns, and fabrics. The GSP also which provides duty-free treatment for goods produced in developing countries.
The renewal of these programs will reinstate some certainty and predictability for retailers and importers sourcing from these areas.
Congress also approved reforms to the Trade Adjustment Assistance
scheme, an aid program for US workers.
EU May End EPAS
Eighteen African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have been warned they
could lose their preferential access to the 27-member EU bloc if they fail to sign and ratify Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the
European Union within the next two years.
Brussels set out its plans to withdraw the current Market Access Regulation at the end of last month - and said the 18 out of 36 countries
that have not yet concluded or implemented an EPA now have until January 1, 2014 to do so.
But it also said the change is likely to have just a minimal impact on market access for goods from these countries.
The Market Access Regulation, which grants duty-free and quota-free access to the EU for 36 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, was
intended as a "bridging solution" following the expiry of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement.
But four years down the line the Commission says the countries concerned have had enough time to take steps towards ratifying EPAs with the
EU. "The Regulation was conceived as a temporary solution and not a permanent
facility," it notes.
Eighteen countries - 14 in the Caribbean, along with Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Papua New Guinea - have taken the necessary
steps towards ratification of initialed agreements, and will continue to use the facility.
The other 18 countries now have a choice to go ahead and establish a partnership with the EU - either through ratification of existing EPAs or
by concluding new regional agreements with the EU - or not.
If they decide to opt out of EPAs, 9 countries (Burundi, the Comoros, Haiti, Lesotho, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) are
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and can benefit from duty- and quota-free
access to the EU under the Everything But Arms scheme.
Seven are low-income or lower middle income countries (Cameroon, Fiji, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Swaziland, Zimbabwe) that could benefit
from the Generalized System of Preferences regime, a less advantageous unilateral scheme in place for all developing countries.
The timing of the changes to the Market Access Regulation will match the introduction of the new
Generalized System of Preferences.
The last two countries, Botswana and Namibia, are currently upper middle-income countries and, if this status is confirmed in three
consecutive years, would not qualify for preferential access under the proposed revision to the
Generalized System of Preferences.
The announcement marks the first time the EU has put a clear deadline to the talks. But it is at pains to point out that the move is not
It also says the current situation is unfair towards those countries that have taken the necessary steps to sign a trade pact with the EU, and also
towards other developing countries which do not get free access.
"This is neither a new policy nor a fundamental change of approach," a statement said.
"It has always been a cornerstone of the Commission's strategy to put ACP-EU trade relations on a solid legal footing based on the respect of
WTO and EU law, balance and fairness towards other ACP and indeed non-ACP developing countries."
Labor Violations Questioned
A South African fashion industry consultant has called into
question the strength of the allegations around labor violations among
clothing companies in the Newcastle area of the country.
The comments are the latest blow in what The ReDress Consultancy founder
Renato Palmi describes as the "battle for the sewing machines"
Last week, a number of clothing factories in Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal
province, were raided after allegations surfaced of serious violations of
workers' human and labor rights, the Southern African Clothing and Textile
Workers' Union said.
The Department of Labor claimed there were missing safety guards, safety
exits not being demarcated, no electrical certificates available for
electrical installations, and no soap or toilet paper in toilets.
Local clothing manufacturers responded by locking workers out of the
plants, with some 40 employers locking out up to 7,000 apparel workers in
Palmi says the moves by the South African Department of Labor have done
"irreplaceable damage" to the clothing sector in the area,
particularly the Chinese clothing industry community based there.
He adds that while the Chinese factory owners in Newcastle have become
"despondent for the lack of visible and tangible support from the
industry," behind closed doors they have a "lot of
support", despite few factory owners standing in solidarity with the
He says the way the "conditions" and now "human rights
violations" have been portrayed in the media automatically link the
Chinese factory owners to sweatshops, adding that there has been
"scant unpacking or proper investigative reportage by the media on
the Newcastle raids".
However, he highlights that the Newcastle Chinese Chamber of Commerce and
Industry has mismanaged its communications and public relations
"Shutting down factories for the second time, not pursuing the legal
route to do so has provided further ammunition for the clothing
union," notes Palmi.
He asks whether raids only took place in Newcastle, and questions whether
we are "really to believe" that workers would put up with 60
people sharing a toilet, or whether this is the first time that union or
bargaining councils have noticed illegals or other violations.
US Pushes for WTO Action
The US has described as "intolerable" the number of subsidy
programs it claims to have identified in China and India - and is calling on the
World Trade Organization for help in obtaining more detailed information.
Washington has submitted to the WTO details of nearly 200 subsidy programs that China has failed to notify as required under WTO rules, as
well as 50 subsidy programs in India.
"The situation was simply intolerable," says US Trade Representative Ron Kirk. "Every member of the WTO is required to come clean on its subsidy
programs on a regular basis.
"China has not notified its subsidy programs in over five years. India only recently filed its first notification in almost ten years, and even
then notified only three of the many subsidy programs we know to exist.
"Because China and India have failed to meet their respective obligations, we had to act - as we are entitled to under the WTO rules -
and provide the voluminous information we have developed regarding subsidy programs in these two countries."
Earlier this week the National Council of Textile Organizations listed 30 different subsidies that the Chinese government gives to its
textile export industry.
By far the largest and most damaging is currency manipulation, it claims, adding that the Chinese government gives its textile and apparel
exporters from a 35% to 75% advantage in every textile product they export.
"Over the last ten years, Chinese textile and apparel imports into the US have increased by 489% or nearly $32bn, while imports from the rest of
the world have fallen 10%. Chinese market share increased from ten to 40%," said NCTO president Cass Johnson.
EU Scraps Proof of Origin
The European Union (EU) is to scrap a rule requiring proof of origin
documentation on clothing and textile imports after admitting it places an "unnecessary burden" on traders.
The paperwork was introduced to help customs officers monitor lines imported from countries with trade agreements with the EU, or products
being monitored or under safeguard.
But the European Commission now says the "obligation to provide additional proof of origin on a systematic basis...has become
disproportionate in relation to its aim." It also acknowledges that the textile products in question can already be imported without any
From October 24, most clothing and textile imports into the EU will be exempted from this red tape. However, the country of origin of imported
products will still need to be indicated, and textile and apparel products claiming preferential duty treatment still need a relevant
certificate of origin.
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