Fashion Intel & Analysis

Today is World Day Against Child Labor. USFIA would like to share a new ILO report on the impact of COVID-19 on child labor. The ILO estimates that the factors surrounding child labor (access to decent work opportunities, social marginalization, discrimination, etc.) are likely to be exacerbated by the disruptions of COVID-19, making children an especially vulnerable population. To help support children vulnerable to child labor, the ILO suggests a 6-pronged approach:  leveraging field operations, mobilizing global and regional networks, producing knowledge and data, investing in gender-responsive monitoring and compliance solutions, building resilience through social dialogue, and repurposing and innovating current ILO operations. The U.S. Department of Labor also released a statement on combatting child labor in the age of COVID-19 which includes suggested actions for governments and stakeholders. 

 
 Today, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) delivered its preliminary report to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). 581 submissions for textiles, apparel, and footwear were included in the report. The report categorized submissions into three categories "(a) petitions that meet the requirements of the Act with or without modification (Category I, II, III, or IV petitions), (b) petitions that do not contain the information required by the Act or that were not filed by a likely beneficiary (Category V petitions), or (c) petitions that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill (Category VI petitions)." Below is a table that categorizes the 581 petitions submitted for textiles, apparel, and footwear. 
 
 
Total Textile, Apparel, and Footwear Petitions 
581
Petitions that meet the requirements of the Act with or without modification
                 359
Petitions that do not contain the information required by the Act or that were not filed by a likely beneficiary
3
Petitions that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill
219
 
 
 
USITC will re-open its MTB portal on Monday, June 12, 2020, to allow the public to submit additional,  comments on petitions in the preliminary report has included as Category VI petitions (petitions that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill by Congress).

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In a notice posted on their website, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced 33 new product exclusions that appear on List 4A of the China 301 tariffs. Included in the list are several apparel and textile products that are listed below. The product exclusions will apply retroactively from September 1, 2019 and will extend to September 1, 2020.

6116.10.4400, Women's cut and sewn garden gloves, without fourchettes, cut and sewn from preexisting machine knitted fabric of polyester and cotton jersey, containing 50 percent or more by weight of rubber or plastics, clute cut

6116.10.5520, Gloves cut and sewn of machine knitted fabric, without fourchettes, with applied polyvinyl chloride dots, such gloves containing 50 percent or more by weight of cotton, man-made fibers or wool, or any combination thereof and subject to man-made fiber restraints 

6116.10.6500, Gloves, containing less than 50 percent by weight of textile fibers, coated with rubber or plastics designed for enhanced grip 

6116.93.8800, Gloves, cut and sewn of knitted fabric in chief weight of polyester, not impregnated, coated or covered with plastics or rubber, without fourchettes

6216.00.1720, Gloves of vegetable fibers, without fourchettes, with applied dots of polyvinyl chloride 

6307.90.9889, Shells for pillows and comforters made from microfiber fabric consisting of filament yarns not more than 1.22 decitex, such fabric with a weight of at least 55 g/m2 but not more than 155 g/m2

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the most up-to-date Centers of Excellence and Expertise Directory. The directory provides the contact information for each center and individual contact information. You can find the directory here, which includes contact information for the Center of Excellence and Expertise for Apparel, Footwear & Textiles.