By Kristi Ellis

“Those orders were generally placed quite awhile ago, and there was concern about what was happening in Bangladesh at the time as part of the efforts by the [Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety],” said Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association. “That may have meant that companies shifted production out, but I don’t know that that will be a permanent shift.”

Hughes said major retailers and brands committed to either the alliance or the accord are not shifting business out of Bangladesh. But smaller companies could be shifting some production out, she added.

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