Copyright 2015, Agathon Associates, Consultants in Textiles and Trade, Blog by David Trumbull
Friday, May 30, 2014
NE AATCC Annual Golf Outing & Banquet - June 20th
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wool Rules Changes Explained
Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor may view an annotated version of the announced changes by CLICKING HERE and scrolling down to the link "Revised Rules Effective Mid-2014 (Annotated by Agathon Associates)." You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at email@example.com. The document contains the full text of the FTC Federal Register notice in the left column with running commentary in the form of explanatory notes by David Trumbull in the right column.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
ATHM Reception in New York City
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history. Read the New York Times review of the exhibition.
Please RSVP to Sally Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.441.0400 x241 if you would like to attend the New York reception.
FTC Approves Final Amendments to Wool Products Labeling Rules
The agency now has amended the Rules to conform with the 2006 amendments to the Wool Act and the amended Textile Rules. The changes include incorporating the Wool Act’s new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools, clarifying descriptions of products containing virgin or new wool, and allowing certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product’s full fiber content. The changes will become effective 30 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.
Children’s Pajamas Recalled by Empress Arts Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standards
Hazard: The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.
Consumer Contact: Empress Arts toll-free at (844) 295-8181 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT daily or online at www.empressarts.com Then click on “Product Recall” for more information.
Units: About 1,400
Description: This recall involves Empress Arts 100 percent cotton children’s two-piece pajamas sets, sold in boys and girls sizes 12 mos. to toddler size 4. The pajama sets were sold in four styles: Blue Dot, Blue Stripe, Pink Dot and Pink Floral. “Empress Arts” is on a label at the back of the neck of the tops and the center back of the waist on the bottoms which have an elastic waistband and drawstring.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Remedy: Consumers should take the pajamas away from children and return them to Empress Arts for a $36 online credit at www.empressarts.com plus free shipping.
Sold at: Children’s boutiques nationwide and online at www.empressarts.com from December 2012 to April 2014 for about $36.
Manufacturer: Empress Arts Ltd. of Valencia, Calif.
Manufactured in: China
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Kravet Files FTZ Application for Fabric Samples
Components and materials sourced from abroad (representing 20% of the value of the finished product) include:
- vinyl-based decorative wall coverings;
- imitation patent leather, PVC-based and polyurethane-based decorative upholstery products;
- analine dyed leather hides;
- leather hides for upholstery use;
- decorative wallpapers;
- silk-based fabrics for upholstery or drapery use;
- wool-based, horsehair-based and striped cotton decorative upholstery fabrics;
- boucle-style cotton/poly decorative upholstery fabrics;
- printed cotton and embroidered satin twill decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- sheer cotton decorative drapery fabrics;
- cotton-based, cotton-texture, cotton twill, printed cotton-blend, cotton-blend and cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- printed and embroidered cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- plain textured cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- cotton denim decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton texture and velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
- printed and embroidered cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- cotton blend decorative drapery fabrics;
- cotton blend textured or embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- cotton blend satin decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- embroidered linen decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton blend ottoman decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- cotton blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton, cotton-blend, cotton-texture, and cotton blend textured decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton and silk blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton and linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- cotton and linen blend printed decorative upholstery fabrics;
- embroidered linen decorative drapery fabrics;
- linen blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
- cotton blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
- linen and linen blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- raffia decorative wallcoverings;
- grasscloth decorative wallcoverings;
- hemp, jute and/or cellulose blend decorative wallcoverings and fabrics;
- cellulose raffia decorativewallcoverings;
- polyester decorative drapery fabrics;
- outdoor decorative upholstery fabrics;
- embroidered polyester decorative upholstery fabrics;
- nylon-based faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
- polyester decorative upholstery, multipurpose and drapery fabrics;
- viscose or polyester blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- polyester sheers/casements decorative drapery fabrics;
- polyester blend decorative drapery, multipurpose and upholstery fabrics;
- polyester blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- embroidered polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- polyester blend chenille decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- viscose or rayon blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- rayon blend decorative drapery fabrics;
- rayon/viscose blend textured decorative upholstery fabrics;
- rayon/viscose blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- viscose/silk blend sheer/casements decorative drapery fabrics;
- rayon/linen blend embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- linen/viscose blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
- cotton/poly blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- poly/linen blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- polyester or poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- acrylic or acrylic blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- poly/acrylic blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- poly/cotton blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- viscose/linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- polyester and poly/linen blend sheer/casement decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- polyester/wool blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- polyester/linen blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- acrylic/wool blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- viscose blend velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
- viscose decorative upholstery fabrics;
- viscose or rayon blend decorative upholstery, multipurpose or drapery fabrics;
- viscose or polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- rayon/poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- viscose/linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- viscose blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
- polyester or poly blend faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
- flocked decorative wallpaper;
- nylon or poly blend faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
- decorative trimmings;
- mohair, chenille, silk velvet or velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
- sheer poly decorative drapery fabrics;
- velvet and/or chenille decorative upholstery fabrics;
- sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- decorative tapes;
- metallic silk sheer decorative drapery fabrics;
- embroidered or crewel decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- linen or cotton blend embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- quilted decorative upholstery fabrics;
- vinyl decorative upholstery goods;
- decorative textile wallcoverings;
- high-durability decorative upholstery fabrics;
- blackout/lining drapery fabrics;
- faux fur decorative multipurpose fabrics;
- sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
- velvet/faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics; and,
- decorative glass bead trimmings
(duty rate ranges from duty-free to 25%).
Public comment is invited from interested parties and the closing period for their receipt is July 28, 2014.
Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor may view a detailed report CLICKING HERE. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at email@example.com.
CBP Publishes Panama TPA Rules and USTR Officials to Meet in Panama on the Free Trade Agreement
On May 28, 2014, Assistant United States Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere John Melle and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central America and the Dominican Republic Leslie O’Connor will travel to Panama for the first meeting of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Free Trade Commission. A press conference will be held in conjunction with the meeting.
Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor may view detailed reports on the Panama Trade Promotion Agreement by CLICKING HERE. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Buy a Poppy for a Disabled Vet
In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The Torch: be yours to hold it high! If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. —John McCrae (1872-1918)
Each year I see fewer and fewer men on the street wearing remembrance poppies on Memorial Day, since 1971 celebrated on the last Monday in May. One year I couldn't even find anyone selling "Buddy Poppies," the paper replica flowers that the Veterans of Foreign Wars sell to raise money for disabled veterans.
For more than 80 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents. In February 1924, the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy.
When you buy your Buddy Poppy to wear this Memorial Day you will be giving material aid to a disabled veteran. And when you wear your Buddy Poppy you will remind everyone who sees you of the meaning of Memorial Day.
The American Legion also sells crepe paper poppies for Memorial Day. That is another fine organization worthy of your support.
Although the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states "The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day" many of us do join our friends from the British Commonwealth nations in wearing the red poppy of remembrance on November 11th as well. (Speaking of the British, this year America's Memorial Day falls on the same day as the Spring Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom.)
This Memorial Day remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to cause of liberty.
EU Publishes T-TIP Position Papers
- motor vehicles
- pharmaceutical products
- textiles and clothing
Current EU and US regulations on chemicals differ significantly. So neither harmonisation nor mutual recognition are feasible. The EU sees scope for working together in four areas, within the limits of our respective rules, to:
- prioritise chemicals for assessment and agree on how best to test them
- classify and label chemicals
- identify and address new or emerging issues
- share data and protect confidential business information more effectively.
Doing so could make our systems more efficient and thereby cut firms' costs.
The paper builds on work which EU and US regulators already undertake jointly. It proposes working together to:
- recognise each other's lists of permitted or banned substances
- recognise each other's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
- develop and use alternatives to animal testing
- harmonise our methods and requirements for testing products
- align each other's requirements for labelling
- work more closely together in the International Council on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR), which brings together regulators from the EU, the US, Canada and Japan.
3. Motor vehicles
For cars and trucks, EU and US technical requirements differ. But on both sides they aim to ensure high standards of health, safety and environmental protection. This paper sets out our aim: to achieve compatibility without lowering standards on either side. As such it identifies two main objectives:
- recognising each other's existing standards and regulations
- working together more closely to draw up regulations in future, especially on new technologies.
Closer EU-US cooperation within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) could also help to set new global regulations. Agreement in these areas could lower costs to manufacturers and ultimately to consumers.
In this area regulators on either side of the Atlantic already work closely together. The paper proposes several areas for further joint work. These are:
- recognising each other's Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspections of manufacturing plants, to avoid duplicating work
- exchanging information
- harmonising our requirements for approving 'biosimilars' - products similar to already-licensed biological medicines, such as vaccines
- streamlining systems for authorising generic drugs
- harmonising the terms we use, and carrying out more joint assessments
- working together to revise the paediatrics guidelines issued by the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH).
5. Textiles and clothing
The paper proposes strengthening existing EU-US cooperation in three main areas:
- labelling - including mutual recognition of care instruction symbols and aligning our names of new textile fibres
- product safety and consumer protection – including working jointly to:
- clarify requirements on fire safety of fabrics,
- align the list of substances whose use in textiles is restricted, and
- set technical standards for protective clothing and other specialist products.
- standards - seeking convergence in certain areas.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Best Chair Seeks Expansion of FTZ Authority for Upholstery Fabrics, Cites Benefit to U.S. Fabric Makers
While upholstered furniture coverings of micro-denier suede fabrics have continued to maintain their popularity within the retail consumer base of Best Chair’s customers, the company’s ability to maintain an economically viable in-house cut-and-sew operation has enabled it to serve as a valuable customer for several domestic upholstery fabric mills. These mills are operated by vendors such as Culp, Dicey, STI, Sunbury, Valdese, and Abercrombie. Consumption of domestically produced fabrics has increased by 21.3% since the beginning of the second quarter when zone activity began to increase. In terms of serving the public interest, the continuation of FTZ production authority on behalf of Best Chair is readily evident.
Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board's Executive Secretary. The closing period for their receipt is June 16, 2014.
Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service may view addition information by CLICKING HERE and entering their ID and password. If you need your ID and password sent to you, email David Trumbull at email@example.com.
Andean Trade Preference Act: Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Andean Drug Crop Eradication
Section 206 of the ATPA (19 U.S.C. 3204) requires the Commission to report biennially to the Congress by September 30 of each reporting year on the economic impact of the Act on U.S. industries and U.S. consumers, as well as on the effectiveness of the Act in promoting drug related crop eradication and crop substitution efforts by beneficiary countries. The Commission prepares these reports under investigation No. 332-352, Andean Trade Preference Act: Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Andean Drug Crop Eradication.
DATES: June 24, 2014: Deadline for filing written submissions. September 30, 2014: Transmittal of Commission report to Congress.
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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Milliken Acquires Westex, Strengthens its Innovative Portfolio of Flame-Resistant Fabrics
Recognizing the need for improved workplace safety, industrial employers and regulatory agencies are elevating the importance for workers to remain protected on the job. Together, Milliken and Westex create an unprecedented ability to provide the most innovative fabrics for the millions of global industrial workers who need protection from arc flash, flash fire, and other thermal hazards.
“We look forward to welcoming the Westex team to Milliken & Company,” said Jeff Price, president, specialty fabrics division, Milliken & Company. “As we look to the future, we are committed to changing the experience for industrial workers with FR innovations that further improve comfort and productivity.”
“All of us at Westex look forward to joining a strong, values-based company with a long heritage of innovation,” said Mike Enright, vice president of sales and marketing, Westex. “Westex has a proven track record of developing FR technology, products, and strong end-user relationships that help customers develop successful programs. By combining our collective R&D talent, deep customer knowledge, and market access, we will strengthen our capabilities and offer workers the highest levels of FR protection and comfort.”
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Their community of innovators has developed one of the largest collections of patents held by a private company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemicals, floor coverings, and performance materials, Milliken works around the world to add value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make the world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com or www.millikenfr.com.
Established in 1919, Westex has over 50 years of experience manufacturing flame resistant fabrics. With a strong commitment to the FR clothing marketplace and a deep understanding of the needs of the FR supply-chain and end users, Westex has launched several successful brands over the years including UltraSoft®, UltraSoft AC®, Indura®, TrueComfortTM, Moda-Quilt® and Vinex®. These brands are specified by many end users globally in the utilities, electrical maintenance, oil & gas and metals industries because of their proven track record of providing an excellent balance of protection, comfort and value. For more information, visit www.westex.com.
H&M Recalls Girls’ Leggings Due to Choking Hazard
Hazard: A metal part on the belt can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Consumer Contact: H&M Customer Service toll-free at (855) 466-7467 from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET any day, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.hm.com and click on “Product Safety Recall - read more” at the bottom of the page for more information.
Units: About 65,000
Description: This recall involves girls’ leggings sold in the following colors: black/pink belt, black/silver belt, black and white stripe/black belt, blue and white stripe/blue belt, blue hounds-tooth/blue belt, grey check/pink belt, grey with dots/pink belt, khaki/pink belt, khaki with dots/pink belt, pink and white check/white belt, purple/purple belt and red and blue plaid/blue belt. The knit leggings were sold sizes 1 ½ to 8 years and have a plastic belt with bow-shaped buckle. H&M is printed on the back of the care label. The care label is either black or white and attached to the waistband in the back of the leggings. The garments have an O/N (order number) and P/N (product number) printed on the top of the care label. The following O/N numbers are included in the recall: 345180, 400690, 400691, 441760, 441761, 441762, 446960, 446961, 446962, 446963, 446965 and 978210.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a choking incident in the United Kingdom, but no reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these products in the U.S.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the belt and remove it from the leggings and contact H&M Customer Service for instructions on returning the belt for a $20 gift card.
Sold exclusively at: H&M stores nationwide and online at HM.com from August 2012 to April 2014 for between $3 and $15.
Distributor: H&M Hennes & Mauritz L.P., of North Arlington, N.J.
Manufactured in: Bangladesh, China and Turkey