02/12/2018 – The EU has notified to the WTO: Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regarding certain substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) category 1A or 1B. The draft regulation would prohibit placing on the EU market certain textile products containing CMR substances above specified concentrations, and would apply to clothing and related accessories, footwear, and other products, which under normal conditions of use, come into contact with the skin. See the draft
annex . Comments on the draft regulation are due by April 2, 2018. See the suggested
guidelines on preparing and submitting comments.
December 2017 Textile and Apparel Import Report
01/17/2018 – The Federal Trade Commission seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act clearances for information collection requirements under the Wool Products Labeling Act and the Care Labeling Rule. See the corresponding
Federal Register notices, dated 01/16/2018
for further information and deadlines for comments.
01/16/2018 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative released the
2017 Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets also known as the Notorious Markets List.
The report highlights 25 online markets and 18 physical markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announces its 2018 Special 301 Review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR)
or deny fair and equitable market access.
Public comments are requested by February 8 and a public hearing will be held on February 27.
Notification of Annual Quantitative Limit for Certain Apparel under Haiti HOPE (Value-Added Quota) for 2017/2018 Annual Period
for the period December 20, 2017 through December 19, 2018, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 361,603,399 square meter equivalents.
Registration is now open
for the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit co-hosted by IFAI and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Summit will take place on April 24, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade
Center in Washington, DC.