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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


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


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


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


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


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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