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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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WTO Rules Against Colombia's Apparel Duties

17 June 2016

The World Trade Organisation Appellate Body has confirmed that Colombia's compound tariff system on apparel, footwear and textile made-ups results in certain circumstances in duties in excess of the b...Read More

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Notification Deadline Looms for Certain Substances Found in, Among Others, Gloves, Leather and Textile Articles

10 June 2016

On 25 May 2016, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) warned in an announcement addressed to companies that a deadline concerning substances in articles is fast approaching. ECHA has stated that, by 17...Read More

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TPP Expected to Have Modest Positive Impact on U.S. Economy; Could Displace Some Imports from Mainland China

3 June 2016

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued on 18 May its much-anticipated report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy as a whole as well as on specific industr...Read More

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CPSC Denies Petition to Amend Flammability Test Procedures for Clothing

20 May 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has denied a petition submitted on 4 February 2015 by the International Association of Users of Artificial and Synthetic Filament Yarns and of Natural Silk (U.N....Read More

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All Textiles and Apparel May Be Imported from Cuba but High Duty Rates Remain

6 May 2016

As of 22 April persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction may import coffee (HTSUS heading 0901) and additional textiles and textile articles (wool and cotton fibres, yarns and woven fabrics of HTSUS Chapte...Read More

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