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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Argentina Reinstates Import Ban on Used Clothing

26 May 2017

Argentina has reinstated for a period of five years a ban on the importation of used clothing, clothing accessories, blankets and travelling rugs, bed linen, table linen, toilet linen, kitchen linen a...Read More


New European Standard for Aromatic Amines Derived from Azo Colorants Released

18 May 2017

The new European standard methods for determining restricted aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textiles has been updated and published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) o...Read More


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


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


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


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


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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