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Canada Seeks Input on Ethical Procurement of Apparel

8 Dec 2017

The Canadian government is seeking input from apparel suppliers by 17 January 2018 to develop guidelines and a collective approach for the ethical procurement of apparel....Read More

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Denmark to Hand out Subsidies to Economic Operators for Eco-labelled Products, Including for Clothing and Textiles

1 Dec 2017

On 3 November 2017, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency opened a round of applications for companies wishing to label their products with the Swan label or the EU Flower. The Swan label and the...Read More

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Colombia Extends High Duties on Apparel and Footwear

24 Nov 2017

The Colombian government has extended for a period of two years its current duty regime for imports of apparel, footwear and textile made-ups....Read More

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European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More

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Potential Elimination of Certain NAFTA Flexibilities Could Negatively Affect Mainland China’s Textile Exports to Mexico

27 Oct 2017

Ten trade associations from the United States, Canada and Mexico representing “all parts of the North American textile, apparel and retail supply chains” wrote to the North American Free Trade Agreeme...Read More

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Mexico Amends Care Labelling Standards for Textiles and Apparel

27 Oct 2017

Mexico recently updated its care labelling requirements for textile and apparel products by requiring such products to incorporate the care symbols of NMX-A-3758-INNTEX-2014 rather than those of NMX-A...Read More

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VIETNAM: New Upper Limits Announced for Textile Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines

26 Oct 2017

New maximum formaldehyde and aromatic amines levels have been announced for all textile products sold in Vietnam. According to recently released Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) guidelines, the a...Read More

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System to Obtain ID Numbers Used on Apparel Labels Streamlined

29 Sept 2017

As part of Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s regulatory reform agenda, the Federal Trade Commission has updated the Fur, Textile and Wool Rules to implement web-based electronic filings of reques...Read More

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U.S. Increases Cotton Import Fee

15 Sept 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a direct final rule that will increase the assessments paid by importers of cotton and cotton-containing products under t...Read More

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Brazil Seeks Input on Proposal to Modify Mercosur Labelling Requirements for Textiles and Apparel

15 Sept 2017

Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) is seeking input from interested parties by 28 September on a proposal to modify the Mercosur labelling requir...Read More

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German Body Imposes €10.9 Million Fine for Vertical Price-fixing in the Clothing Industry

8 Sept 2017

On 25 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) fined Wellensteyn, a producer best known for its outdoor jackets, and Peek&Cloppenburg, a retailer based in Düsseldorf, for a competition infrin...Read More

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Textile Products: Criteria for EU Ecolabelling Amended

11 Aug 2017

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that some Hong Kong traders may be aware of, whereby companies are able to label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within ...Read More

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China – Certain Industry Standards Abolished

20 July 2017

According to the No. 23 Announcement issued by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China on June 2, 2017, 2749 industry standards were abolished, including cert...Read More

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Textile, Appliance, TV Labelling Regulations to be Updated

7 July 2017

The Federal Trade Commission is moving to streamline its regulations on textile, appliance and television labelling as part of its regulatory reform initiative. Additional steps to remove or reduce ou...Read More

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EU Restricts Substance ‘PFOA’ Used in Textile Products, Among Others

30 June 2017

On 14 June 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1000 adding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. Hong Kong traders may recall that PFOA had b...Read More

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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

23 June 2017

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China. Products: Children's Robes and Woman's Scarves....Read More

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Australia Revises Children’s Nightwear Safety Standard

16 June 2017

In April 2017, the Minister for Small Business of Australia has updated the safety standard for children’s nightwear – Consumer Goods (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear and Paper Patterns for C...Read More

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China – Update of The Textile Standard for Knitted Workmanship Sweater

16 June 2017

Textile standard FZ/T 73010-2016 Knitted workmanship sweater has been approved and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China. The standard was imp...Read More

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EU Initiates Formal Antitrust Proceedings Against Major Clothing Brand and Retailer

16 June 2017

On 6 June 2017, the European Commission, which is responsible for establishing and enforcing a policy in coherence with the competition law framework for the European Union, initiated formal proceedin...Read More

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EU Lawmakers Push for New Mandatory Law in Garments Sector

2 June 2017

On 19 May 2017 the Council of the European Union published its Conclusions on Sustainable Garment Value Chains (GVC). In its conclusions, the Council seeks the prevention of human rights violations an...Read More

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