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European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More

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Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More

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China New Product Standard – FZ/T 73058-2017 (Knitted overcoat)

11 July 2018

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a new Industry Standard for knitted overcoats FZ/T 73058-2017 and it was officially implemented on April 1, 2018. The standard app...Read More

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China Implements Revised Product Standard - FZ/T 73032-2017 (Knitted Jeanswear)

10 July 2018

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the newly revised Industry Standard for Knitted Jeanswear, FZ/T 73032-2017. It was officially implemented on April 1, 2018. The ne...Read More

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ECHA Launches Call for Evidence on Substances Found in, Among Others, Textile and Leather Articles

15 June 2018

On 21 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence on the use of skin sensitisers, skin irritants and/or corrosive substances in textile and leather articles, hides and ...Read More

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China Updated Footwear Product Standard – QB/T 2955-2017 Casual Shoes

25 May 2018

On November 7th, 2017 China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued casual shoes product standard QB/T 2955-2017 and it became effective on April 1, 2018. QB/T 2955-2017 replaced its pr...Read More

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State-Level Efforts to Expand Labelling Requirements for Microfibre Clothing Intensify

25 May 2018

State-level efforts to require clothing containing plastic microfibres to include a label with language warning about the environmental impact of such fibres have seemingly intensified in recent weeks...Read More

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Argentina Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

25 May 2018

The Argentinean government has amended in various ways the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel and footwear....Read More

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European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More

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VIETNAM: Deadline for Cut in Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines Levels in All Textiles Postponed Until 2019

8 May 2018

The deadline for cutting the level of formaldehyde and AZO dye-derived aromatic amines in all textile products sold in the country has been extended until 1 January 2019....Read More

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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

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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

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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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EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on a Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More

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Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Add Footwear to GSP Programme

10 Nov 2017

Sens. Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington) and Pat Roberts (Republican-Kansas) on 30 October introduced legislation (S. 2032) to make certain footwear eligible for duty-free treatment under the Genera...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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