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EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers
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 duties imposed on Chinese fastener producers Changshu City Standard Parts Factory and Ningbo Jinding Fastener.
Economists' Pick 21 April 2017
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AAFA Releases 18th Edition of Restricted Substances List
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 apparel, footwear, and finished home textile products. It is intended to provide the industry with information to facilitate compliance in the global marketplace and creating a safer and sustainable supply chain.
Product Industries 13 April 2017
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Cambodia: SEZs in Focus
In search of a location to set up production plants in Cambodia, Hong Kong manufacturers should consider one of the special economic zones (SEZs) scattered across the country, such as the Phnom Penh SEZ and the Sihanoukville SEZ, so as to benefit from better logistics and administrative support, along with investment incentives offered by the Cambodian government.
Economists' Pick 12 April 2017
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So Eco-Chic
On returning to Hong Kong from the United States, eco-fashion entrepreneur Charlotte Tsuei found that there were “great alternatives to eating better and healthier, options for pampering and healthful travels, but not many in retail.”
Economists' Pick 10 April 2017
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European Parliament Wants Enforceable Provisions on Textile Trade
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. This Draft Report takes account of the importance of global value chains in the garments industry and highlights the existence of a link between those global value chains in the textile sector and the violation of human rights, in particular fundamental labour rights.
Economists' Pick 7 April 2017
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China – Update of the National Standard for Down and Feather
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 penetration, dust problems and odour. There will be some changes to the technical requirements of testing methods. These changes will help to improve the quality of the down and feather products.
Product Industries 5 April 2017
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China – Update of the Textiles Standard for Hosiery
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 updated version replaces FZ/T 73001-2008. It’s applicable to identify the quality of men’s and women’s hosiery. It is not applicable to pressure socks, warp-knitted hosiery, sports socks, ladder-proof hosiery or hosiery for infants below 36 months.
Product Industries 5 April 2017
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India’s Changing Retail Landscape
India’s retail sector is projected to be worth US$1 trillion by 2020, with the country’s 13 million outlets being the largest number for any country.
Economists' Pick 28 March 2017
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Spring Sales Fever
The Lunar New Year sales figures of 120 Beijing-based businesses in the retail and services sectors – as monitored by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce (BMCC) – amounted to Rmb4.68 billion, a 9.8 per cent increase year-on-year, representing the highest rate of sales growth in five years.
Economists' Pick 27 March 2017
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Hong Kong International Home Textiles Fair
A sophisticated showcase for stylish, high-quality products, the fair is the region’s only specialised trade show for home-textile buyers during the peak sourcing season.
Economists' Pick 27 March 2017
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Future’s Hong Kong Sourcing Connection Multimedia
Rakesh Biyani, Joint Managing Director of Future Retail Ltd, says Indian companies look to Hong Kong for sourcing value-added products, which will see greater demand from India’s growing aspirational consumers.
Multimedia 24 March 2017
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Vietnam’s Supply-chain Opportunities Spurred by Foreign Investment
Vietnam has number of favourable attributes, including a youthful labour force and relatively low production costs. FDI in Vietnam is not just geared towards the production of labour-intensive goods, but also more sophisticated products like IT equipment and other electronic items. But such production is largely processing activities by nature. As Vietnam still lacks supporting industries, expansion in processing production has elicited vast demand for a variety of production inputs.
Economists' Pick 23 March 2017
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Hard-Pushed Russian Consumers Say No to Further Household Cutbacks
Whether their incomes continue to fall or not, a new report says Russians won't be trimming their budgets in 2017.
Economists' Pick 22 March 2017
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Cambodia: Manufacturing Relocation Opportunities (2)
With production costs rising in China, manufacturers are looking at less costly places to diversify their factory investment, in particular to the ASEAN-CLMV countries. Cambodia, with its preferential trade access to major developed countries and relatively stable economic performance, could potentially play a bigger role in the increasing integrated regional supply chain, despite lingering concerns over soaring labour costs and backward infrastructure.
Economists' Pick 17 March 2017
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Unmasking Opportunities in Clean-air Wear
Chronic air pollution in many Chinese mainland cities has led to rising demand for anti-smog products.
Economists' Pick 16 March 2017
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Cambodia: Manufacturing Relocation Opportunities (1)
With production costs rising in China, manufacturers are looking at less costly places to diversify their factory investment, in particular to the ASEAN-CLMV countries. Cambodia, with its preferential trade access to major developed countries and relatively stable economic performance, could potentially play a bigger role in the increasingly integrated regional supply chain, despite lingering concerns over soaring labour costs and backward infrastructure.
Economists' Pick 16 March 2017
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PHILIPPINES: 2017-19 Investment Priorities Plan Targets Manufacturing and Regional Development
A renewed focus on the manufacturing sector and a push towards shifting investments to rural areas are among the key elements of the government’s Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) for 2017-2019.
Economists' Pick 15 March 2017
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Africa Bids for Apparel Sourcing Success at 2017 MAGIC Marketplace
As well as Africa's hopes to become the new China, the first MAGIC event of the year also had a focus on the rise and rise of wearable tech, while also giving ample space to evangelists of the wonders of 3D-printed clothing and accessories.
Economists' Pick 14 March 2017
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MYANMAR: Work Begins on Delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone Project
Work is expected to commence on the delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) project in south-eastern Myanmar. Initially mooted in 2008, the project has long been beset with financial difficulties.
Economists' Pick 13 March 2017
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EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings
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 impact. These developments include a proposal to amend the criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for textile products and a recently adopted Decision amending the criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for wooden floor coverings.
Economists' Pick 10 March 2017
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