Exporters Should be Prepared for Subsidy-free Regime

Editor-NCMFor certain developing countries, which include India, the general prohibition on export subsidies does not apply until: (1) per capita GNP reaches a designated threshold of $1,000 per annum or (2) 8 years after the country achieves “export competitiveness” for a particular product. Article 27.6 of the SCM Agreement defines export competitiveness as the point when an exported product reaches a share of 3.25 percent of world trade for two consecutive calendar years. In February 2010, the United States formally requested the WTO SCM Committee Secretariat to compute the export competitiveness of India’s textile and apparel sector. The Committee’s calculations revealed that India had reached export competitiveness in the textile and apparel sector. On the basis of this, the United States has been pressing India to identify the current export subsidy programs and commit to a phase-out schedule to end all such programs to the extent they benefit the textile and apparel sector. In response, India has raised certain technical questions as to the appropriate definition of “product” and the precise starting point of the phase-out period under Articles 27.5 and 27.6. Continue reading

Needs of Society Are Changing Consumers’ Demands & Producers’ Business

Editor-NCMA new breed of NGOs or ‘not-for-profit’ organisations has mushroomed all over the globe claiming to represent the society and influencing consumers’ demands from producers keeping in mind the future needs of the coming generations of world citizens with regard to the fast depleting natural resources. They are working for what is called “sustainable” growth in terms of production, consumption, and work practices. Hundreds of organisations – both commercial and social – have evolved ‘rigorous’ social and environmental best practices encompassing almost all spheres of human activities and insist that consumers as well as producers/providers must follow these standards to save the planet from extinction. These organisations have their own “certification” the process of evaluation and award of which varies widely. The certification is for a wide ranging areas like fair trade, social and environmental performance, natural, organic or green production, carbon foot print, safety, sustainability and numerous other activities. The final outcome is expected to be the overall improvement in the quality of life in our communities and the future generations. Continue reading

What Does EU’s GSP+ Status for Pakistan Mean?

Editor-NCMFinally, the EU has granted Pakistan the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status from January 1, 2014 for four years till 2017. The EU is Pakistan’s largest trading partner. In 2012 total EU-Pakistan trade amounted to EURO 8.2 billion. GSP+ will reduce tariffs to zero on over 90 per cent of all product categories being exported by Pakistan to the EU. The newly acquired status would also enable Pakistan to compete with those of regional rivals like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which already have duty-free access to the EU market. All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has expressed the hope to double the textile exports to $26bn in four years. The association has projected the textile exports to rise by 3pc above the target of $14.2bn for the current fiscal to $14.6bn and by 5pc to $16.3bn during the next financial year. Continue reading

Clothing Waste Recycling Trends

Editor-NCMIt should be possible to make the textile industry a waste-free sector because theoretically 97% of textile waste can be recycled. But in actual practice the process of textile recycling is quite complicated in terms of its availability, consistency of waste supply and the current uncertainty of ready market for recycled materials. Generally, apparel cuttings waste available with the manufacturers is new and clean and may be processed for recycling without any special treatments thereby which makes recycling quite feasible economically. The foremost step in the entire recycling process is the waste collection and it’s sorting according to color and fiber content. Continue reading

Europe’s Firm Grip on Technical Textiles

Editor-NCMDespite the dramatic overall decline of the European textile industry in the last 30 years, Europe still stands on firm feet as a world leader in the technical textiles field which is growing at an amazing rate. There is a big competition in price, thanks to the globalisation. The main cost factors in textiles are labour cost, energy cost and capital cost. It is estimated that the labour cost differentiates between countries 1:40, energy cost 1:4 and capital cost also 1:4. But for Europeans the textile industry does not mean only textile production. It also means textile machinery, textile distribution and fibre. The high segment of the ring spinning machinery area is also dominated by two European machine producers – Rieter and Saurer – accounting for about 50 % of the high segment of the ring spin-, rotor- and air jet-machines. Continue reading

FONG’S Organizes “Indian Customer Day” in China

From 13 to 16 August 2013, with the full support of Indian agent A.T.E. Enterprises Private Limited, FONG’S hosted the 2013 FONG’S Indian Customer Day in China, aiming to update and share Fong’s modern and complete one-stop dyeing and finishing solution to our esteem customers from India. Most participants were factory owners, technical experts and industry professionals such as Arvind, Mafatlal, Shahi Export, MI Industries… Continue reading