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EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers

21 April 2017

Eight years after the initial imposition of the anti-dumping duties on fasteners from mainland China, the EU Court of Justice – in its judgment released on 5 April 2017 – annulled the anti-dumping dut...Read More

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AAFA Releases 18th Edition of Restricted Substances List

13 April 2017

The 18th edition of the AAFA RSL covers 12 categories with more than 250 chemicals and is updated to reflect additions or changes to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals in appa...Read More

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European Parliament Wants Enforceable Provisions on Textile Trade

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development adopted a Draft Report requesting a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on an EU flagship initiative in the garment sector....Read More

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China – Update of the National Standard for Down and Feather

5 April 2017

The revised standard GB/T 17685-2016 will go into effect on July 1, 2017 and will replace GB/T 17685-2003. The revisions focus mostly on down and feather penetratio...Read More

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China – Update of the Textiles Standard for Hosiery

5 April 2017

Textiles standard FZ/T 73001-2016 was approved and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, and was implemented on April 1, 2017. This ...Read More

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EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More

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Court Rules Wearable Blanket Not Classified as Garment

3 March 2017

The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on 10 February that a polyester fleece knitted article known as a Snuggie® is properly classified as a blanket under HTSUS 6301.40.00 (8.5 percent duty)....Read More

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Argentina Further Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

17 Feb 2017

The Argentinean government has amended through Resolution 70/2017 the recently revamped sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, appa...Read More

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EU Hails OECD Support While Promoting Sustainable Trade in Shoes and Clothes

10 Feb 2017

On 6 December 2016, the EU and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) co-hosted a meeting in Phnom Penh addressing sustainability and the protection of human rights in the ga...Read More

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China New Product Standard: GB/T 32614-2016 Outdoor Sportswear-Water Resistant Garment

26 Jan 2017

GB/T 32614-2016 Outdoor sportswear-Water resistant garment was implemented on 1 November 2016. It is the first product standard for outdoor sportswear. This standard applies to water resistant garment...Read More

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Argentina Issues Updated Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

6 Jan 2017

The Argentinean government recently updated through Resolution 404/2016 the existing sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel...Read More

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European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Clothing Registers First Participants

9 Dec 2016

On 10 November 2016, the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), a Europe-wide initiative promoting environmentally sustainable clothing which was launched in May 2016, announced that five clothing bran...Read More

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Colombia Replaces Compound Tariff System for Apparel and Footwear with High Ad Valorem Rates

2 Dec 2016

The Colombian government has replaced the compound tariff system on apparel, footwear and textile made-ups that was successfully challenged by Panama at the WTO with ad valorem rates of (i) 40 percent...Read More

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German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and Minimum Standards Gain Importance and Increased Global Reach

25 Nov 2016

Hong Kong traders of consumer goods destined for the EU market may recall that on 12 October 2016, at the occasion of the European Parliament’s “Fair Trade Breakfast” in Brussels, the EU Commissioner ...Read More

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Vietnam Eliminates the Requirement on Textiles for Azo Dyes and Formaldehyde

18 Nov 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade issued Circular No. 23/2016/TT-BCT which announced the revocation of Circular No. 37/2015/TT-BCT, effective 26 November 2016. Therefore, ...Read More

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Many Woven Apparel Classifications Modified to Implement Recreational Performance Outerwear Provisions

23 Sept 2016

The tariff classification of many woven apparel products, including recreational performance outerwear as well as a broad range of items that do not fall within the scope of that term, was changed as ...Read More

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Import Fee on Cotton and Cotton-Containing Products to Be Decreased

26 Aug 2016

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a direct final rule lowering the assessments paid by importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under the Cotton Research and Promotion Ord...Read More

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Mainland Chinese Clothing Maker Fined for Evading U.S. Customs Duties

29 July 2016

U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement reports that a mainland China-based apparel importing and manufacturing company has agreed to pay a fine of nearly US$13.4 million after admitting to viola...Read More

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Cotton Import Fee Exemption Removed

30 June 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective 15 July, will remove the cotton import de minimis provision, which exempts importers from pa...Read More

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Mexico Amends Minimum Estimated Prices for Textiles and Apparel

30 June 2016

The Mexican government recently amended the minimum estimated price mechanism it established in February 2015 on imported textiles and apparel by setting new estimated prices on a range of items, effe...Read More

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