Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hazard: Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation and/or entanglement hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Units: About 420 in the U.S. and 34,357 in Canada.
Description: This recall involves 11 styles of FXR child/youth outerwear jackets and hoodies for both boys and girls. They come in sizes 2 through 12. The jackets and hoodies are made of polyester or a blend of cotton/polyester and they have a front zip closure with knit elastic or Velcro adjustable cuffs. A drawstring is around the neck of the jackets and hoodies. The hoodies come in a variety of color combinations; such as red, purple, grey, red/black/white, green/black, and black. The jackets come in pink/white and in solid blue and pink. The name of the recalled product is located on the content care label which is sewn into the neck area of the garment. It can be found underneath the letters FXR.
Sold at U.S. Snowmobile Dealers and on the firm’s website www.fxrracing.com between August 2008 through January 2014 for about $50 to $110.
Importer: FXR Factory Racing Inc., Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada.
Manufactured in China and Vietnam.
Photo and more information available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/FXR-Factory-Racing-Recalls-Childrens-Outerwear/
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Background: Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (1994), under the Special 301 provisions, USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access for persons that rely on intellectual property protection.
USTR has created a "Priority Watch List" and "Watch List" under the Special 301 provisions. A trading partner’s placement on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country or economy with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Trading partners on the Priority Watch List become the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas.
Dayton Bag and Burlap, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $74,098,240 modification (P00101) exercising the first option period on a two-year base contract (SPM8E6-12-D-0005) with three one-year option periods for acrylic sandbags. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. Location of performance is Ohio with a May 24, 2015 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Monday, April 28, 2014
The report found that AGOA’s impact on foreign direct investment (FDI) has been strongest in the apparel industry.
Although it is difficult to quantify AGOA’s direct and indirect effects on FDI trends, the program’s trade benefits and eligibility criteria appear to have motivated SSA countries, particularly AGOA beneficiary countries, to improve their business and investment climates. Moreover, AGOA has had a positive impact on FDI inflows, particularly in the textile and apparel sector in Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland, and Botswana, and also in South Africa’s automotive industry. However, observers have noted that the uncertainties associated with the short-term renewals of the program, and the changing eligibility of particular AGOA beneficiary countries, have limited AGOA’s impact in attracting new investment to SSA.
The largest categories of U.S. apparel imports under AGOA in 2013 were “bottoms,” including men’s trousers. Roughly two-thirds of total U.S. apparel imports under AGOA were cotton products. Lesotho, Kenya, Mauritius, and Swaziland accounted for the vast majority of all U.S. imports under AGOA in 2013. The NTR rates of duty for these goods range from 2.6 to 32 percent ad valorem.
On April 26, 2013, the United States and Guatemala signed an 18-point Enforcement Plan outlining concrete actions to strengthen labor law enforcement in Guatemala. Guatemala still needs to pass legislation providing for an expedited process to sanction employers that violate labor laws and to implement a mechanism to ensure payments to workers in cases where enterprises have closed, among other steps that remain to be taken. In addition, in the next four months, Guatemala will need to demonstrate that the legal reforms it has undertaken and still needs to undertake are being effectively implemented and leading to positive changes on the ground. The U.S. Government retains the right to reactivate the arbitral panel at any point during the next four months.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately detach the tie from the side seams of the coat to eliminate the hazard, or return the coat to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Sold at Nordstrom Rack nationwide from October 2010 through November 2010 and on-line at www.Zulily.com from September 2013 through November 2013 for about $40.
Importer: Runway Global, of New York, N.Y.
Manufactured in China
Thursday, April 24, 2014
April 25th is also Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
Certain Cashmere Yarns
HTS 5108.10 & 5108.20
100% cashmere 2-ply yarns
Denier and length of staple (the figures below include the +/- 10% variance that may occur after knitting, weaving and finishing)
Weaving Count (single yarn): 22.86-27.94 nm (13.5-16.5 Ne), 25.2-33mm
Knitting Count (two plied): 39.62-48.43 nm (23.4-28.626 Ne), 30.6-37.4mm
Yarn sizes were calculated using a conversion factor of Ne x 1.69336 = Nm
Put up: Cone type packages.
BACKGROUND: On March 18, 2014, the Chairman of CITA received a Request for a commercial availability determination from Kingery, Samet & Sorini PLLC on behalf of Heritage Cashmere Korea Co., Ltd., for certain cashmere yarns as specified above. The due diligence statement accompanying the petition shows an exhaustive attempt to locate potential U.S. producers of this yarn (Agathon Associates assisted with background information on the domestic U.S. wool spinning industry). CITA opened a comment period for interested entities to submit offers to supply the yarn. No interested entity submitted a Response to the Request advising CITA of its objection to the Request with an offer to supply the subject product.
The KORUS rule of origin for wool and specialty wools such as cashmere is "yarn forward" meaning that a garment made in Korea may enter the U.S. duty-free under KORUS provided that all processing, from the spinning of the yarn through the final garment take place in the U.S. and/or Korea. Today's ruling by CITA means that, in the case of yarn of 100% cashmere of the specifications above, the yarn forward rule no longer will apply in KORUS.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed over 1,100 lives and injured thousands more – the worst industrial disaster in the history of the garment industry. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist disaster in the United States over one hundred years ago, Rana Plaza, and the Tazreen factory fire that preceded it in November 2012, have become potent symbols of the significant and unnecessary risks that many workers are still forced to take in order to earn a living and support their families. As we mourn the victims, we are again called to action so that tragedies like Rana Plaza and Tazreen never happen again.
All stakeholders in Bangladesh – including the government, employers, and buyers of Bangladeshi products – bear a responsibility for ensuring safe working conditions and that workers have a voice to protect their interests. To that end, we are working with all stakeholders to implement the Action Plan we laid out after President Obama suspended Bangladesh’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences program last June. We are also closely coordinating with the European Union and the International Labor Organization (ILO), key partners in a July 2013 Sustainability Compact on worker rights and factory safety in Bangladesh.
In the last year, the government of Bangladesh has made progress in some important respects. For example, Bangladesh has allowed over 140 unions to register, permitted re-registration of a leading labor rights non-governmental organization that had been stripped of its registration, agreed to an ambitious plan for safety inspections and factory-level monitoring and remediation across the garment sector in collaboration with the ILO, begun the hiring of new labor inspectors, and conducted preliminary safety inspections.
But there is much more work still to be done. There continue to be concerns about basic worker rights protections under both Bangladesh’s labor law and its special Export Processing Zone law. The Bangladesh government’s hiring of inspectors is lagging, and the results of inspections need to be made publicly available on an easily accessible database. The government of Bangladesh must also do more to ensure protection when workers face intimidation and reprisals for trying to organize. Addressing these issues would help workers secure safer working conditions and better wages and enable Bangladesh to realize its full economic potential.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
"Fablok Mills is a unique and well established company in our industry with a product line that will complement our already broad offering of quality knitted products'' states Joe lurato, Vice President of Milco Industries. "Fablok Mills has distinguished itself as a quality maker excelling in customer service and is a valued addition to our business. We believe our combined capabilities will benefit everyone in the textile supply chain."
According to a company press release "this combination will complement Milco lndustries Textile capabilities with a diversified product line targeted to automotive, health care and government end users."