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EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES EXTENDING DUMPING DUTIES ON CHINESE & VIETNAMESE LEATHER FOOTWEAR FOR ANOTHER 15 MONTHS
The European Commission issued a proposal to the European Union's (EU) 27 member states today, October 13, that would extend the current anti-dumping duties on EU imports of Chinese and Vietnamese leather footwear for at least another 15 months (April 2011). The current anti-dumping duties on European imports of leather footwear from China (16.5 percent) and Vietnam (10 percent) are due to expire January 3, 2010. The proposal was issued as part of the Commission's "expiry review" of the dumping duties, which had already extended the dumping duties for 15 months beyond their original October 2008 expiration date. While it appears that a majority of the 27 EU member states oppose any extension of the dumping duties, the Commission hopes to persuade enough EU member states to support the proposal ahead of an expected vote on the proposal in November. The 27 EU member states must vote on any proposal made by the Commission. A simple majority vote carries the day, regardless of the size or relative economic power of an individual EU member country. If a majority of the 27 EU member states vote against the proposal, the European Commission must end the current dumping duties on January 3, 2010 unless they can convince a majority of member states to support a new proposal in time. (Nate Herman)
SOUTH AFRICA DOUBLES IMPORT DUTIES ON APPAREL
Under intense political pressure from trade unions, South Africa announced October 9 that it has raised tariffs on all South African imports of apparel to 45 percent from 20 percent and 40 percent, respectively. AAFA will work with the US government to oppose this decision as an egregious violation of international trading rules. (Nate Herman)
AAFA URGES CPSC TO TAKE RATIONAL, OBJECTIVE APPROACH TO CIVIL PENALTIES
AAFA submitted comments October 1 to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on its proposed ruling on the factors the CPSC will use to determine civil penalties for product safety violations. In its comments, AAFA expressed concern that an undue reliance on civil penalties as an enforcement tool could have a negative effect on a company's willingness to report a potential product hazard. However, in the cases that appropriately warrant civil penalties, AAFA and its members support an approach to assessing civil penalties that is flexible, clear, comprehensive and fair. While the CPSC's Interim Final Rule does allow for flexibility and rejects a matrix approach that may limit the CPSC's ability to comprehensively approach and analyze the unique circumstances surrounding a violation, AAFA urges the CPSC to provide further guidance to limit confusion and provide transparency in the civil penalty assessment process. (Rebecca Mond)
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2008 US APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR IMPORTS REMAIN DOWN JANUARY-AUGUST AMID ONGOING RECESSION & INVENTORY TIGHTENING
US apparel imports (actual data) declined 7.9 percent to 13.6 billion square meter equivalents (SME) in quantity terms and 12.5 percent to $41.1 billion in value terms during January-August 2009, compared to January-August 2008, while US footwear imports (actual data) fell 11.2 percent to 1.4 billion pairs in quantity terms and 9.4 percent to $11.8 billion in terms of value. For a more detailed summary of the trade numbers, please go to AAFA's website. (Nate Herman)
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APPAREL EMPLOYMENT SLIGHLY LOWER IN SEPTEMBER AS FOOTWEAR EMPLOYMENT SURGES IN AUGUST
According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics October 2 release of September 2009 (August 2009 for wholesale apparel trade and footwear) employment figures, US total apparel manufacturing employment inched down by 0.1 percent to 168,300 employees in September after growing by 1.1 percent in August. Apparel manufacturing employment has remained relatively stable since April 2009 but was nonetheless 16.0 percent lower in September than in September 2008. August US apparel wholesale trade employment increased for the second straight month, up by 0.6 percent to 138,500 from July, but was still 7.5 percent lower than in August 2008. US footwear manufacturing employment was especially robust in August, surging by 8.1 percent to 14,700 from the previous month after experiencing a 2.9 percent decline during the previous month. August footwear employment was still 7.5 percent lower than in August 2008 but was just 1.3 percent lower than in November/December 2008. US textile mill (yarn, fabric, etc.) employment increased by 0.9 percent in August and 0.2 percent to 123,300 in September but was still 17.0 percent lower than in September 2008. For its part, US textile product mill (sheets, blankets, towels, curtains, auto/furniture upholstery, etc.) employment rose 1.6 percent to 126,600 in September, but was still 13.0 percent lower than in September 2008. Total non-farm employment fell by 263,000 workers on a seasonally-adjusted basis in September and the unemployment rate edged up from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent. Please note that the manufacturing figures include total employment (distribution, management, sales & marketing, R&D, administrative, etc., as well as production workers) at all US apparel, footwear and textile manufacturers. (Nate Herman)
S. ROTHSCHILD AND COMPANY, INC. JOINS THE AAFA
S. Rothschild and Company Inc. is a luxury manufacturer of women's and children's coats and outerwear with a tradition of excellence dating back over 125 years. S. Rothschild & Co has an impressive line up of proprietary brands including Larry Levine, L.L. Collezioni, Mackintosh, Rothschild and Maralyn and Me as well as a top-tier stable of licensees that includes Via Spiga, Elie Tahari, Grane and Glo Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger and DKNY offering superior styles and quality to women and children, to infant, toddlers and teens. (Maureen Storch)
AAFAíS CPSIA AND IPR PRESENTATIONS AT MATERIAL WORLD AVAILABLE ONLINE
At Material World West, AAFA presented two seminars featuring panel discussions on two of the most challenging issues the industry is grappling with today: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and California Prop 65, and Intellectual Property/Counterfeiting. The next Material World show is April 20-22, 2010 in Miami Beach. (Susan Lapetina)
K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS HONORS INDUSTRY AT ANNUAL GALA
As a Board member of the Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.), I am very pleased to invite you to join me at the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Annual Gala to be held at the Grand Hyatt, New York City, on November 4. Emceed by Simon Noonan, the gala will honor John Daly, President of Trade Finance, CIT Group, Inc., Andrew Hall, President & CEO, Stage Stores, Inc., Gary Simmons, President & CEO, Gerber Childrenswear, LLC, and Sesame Workshop. Proceeds from this gala evening will enhance the "working for kids" efforts by K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers to provide product to the many needy children and their families across the nation. Please contact Walter Lilly, K.I.D.S., at 212.279.5493 ext.204 for details or to purchase tickets. The children deserve our help. (Kevin Burke)
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Still Fragile, Haiti Makes Sales Pitch
from The New York Times
They came in pinstripes and clutched BlackBerrys that surprised them by going off the same way they did back home. Some said they were taken aback, on the way from the airport to their luxury hotel, by the commotion on the streets and by the obvious poverty of the place. "Donít worry," one of them said he told his wife. "It's no picnic here, but itís not as bad as I thought."
Source: Obama Leans Toward Limited Troop Boost
from Army Times
President Barack Obama is prepared to accept some Taliban involvement in Afghanistan's political future and appears inclined to send only as many more U.S. troops as needed to keep al-Qaida at bay, a senior administration official said.
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Generals Want Faster, Focused Procurement
from Congress Daily via Government Executive
One of the Army's top thinkers wants the service to dramatically change the way it buys equipment, focusing on delivering gear to deploying units rather than locking itself into long-term commitments to field technologies for the entire force.
L.A.'s Garment Industry Goes From Riches to Rags
from Los Angeles Times
The reality television show "Project Runway" this season is putting the spotlight on Los Angeles, where designers toil in a loft downtown, competing to win $100,000 to start their own clothing line. The local industry could use the boost.
AAFA Events & Educational Programs
October 14, 2009
Environmental Committee Meeting
October 15, 2009
Social Responsibility Committee Meeting
October 19-21, 2009
Supply Chain Leadership Committee Meeting
New York City
October 27, 2009
VICS/AAFA RFID Meeting
October 29, 2009
Moving Beyond the CPSIA
FIT, New York City
November 4, 2009
Intimate Apparel Council Program
Union League Club, New York City
November 4-6, 2009
Product Innovation Council Meeting & QVC Tour
Philadelphia Marriott West, West Conshohocken, PA
November 12, 2009
Financial Management Committee Meeting
Phillips Nizer, New York City
November 12 and 18, 2009
Intíl. Product Safety Seminars
New Delhi, India
Complete schedule of events
AAFA Member Partners & Programs
By AAFA partner,
Boxwood Technology, Inc.
Employer and employee
Discounts on webinars and
on-line discussions for
reducing & controlling
chargeback and deductions.
Freight Savings Plan
By AAFA partner, Siriani & Associates, Inc.
Save on shipping costs.
Footwear Testing Services
By AAFA partner, Intertek
Expert resource and discount technical testing
RFID Savings Program
By AAFA partner, Avery Dennison
Negotiated below-market priced labels
By new AAFA partners,
Innov-x and Thermo Scientific.
Identification and quantification of toxic metals in products.
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