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New Label on Polyester Clothing Would be Required Under California Bill

16 March 2018

A new bill in the California State Assembly (AB 2379, introduced on 14 February) would require all clothing made from fabric that is more than 50 percent polyester to bear a conspicuous label warning ...Read More


New Law on Textile Fibre Names Introduces Changes in Existing Law

23 Feb 2018

Hong Kong’s textiles and clothing exporters should be alerted to a new law, Commission Delegated Regulation 2018/122, which entered into force on 15 February 2018, and concerns EU legislation on texti...Read More


Textile Rules Amended to Eliminate Obsolete Requirement

2 Feb 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule that effective 22 February will delete an obsolete requirement from the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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