International technical trade measures in the field of textile and clothing

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April 6, 2011 China National Times
After the outbreak of the financial crisis, countries continue to increase trade protection measures, and the situation of trade protection in the field of textiles and clothing is very serious. The United States and Europe are still the countries that have the greatest impact on China by implementing technical trade measures. Since 2010, the European Commission's rapid warning system for non food products (RAPEX) has announced 1457 recall notifications of seriously dangerous consumer goods, an increase of 14.27 per cent over the same period last year. There were 743 notifications of products exported to China to Europe, an increase of 11.51 over the same period last year. Among them, 230 textile and clothing products were notified to China, an increase of 45.56 percent over the same period last year and nearly 10 times more than in 2008. The textile and clothing products recalled by the European Union and the United States are mainly children's clothing, but they also include some sportswear and special-purpose clothing. The main reasons for the notification are the danger of strangulation, injury, chemical danger, inconsistent flame retardant standards, etc. Among them, strangulation and injury accounted for more than 90% of the safety risk notifications. In addition, South Korea, Indonesia and other Asian countries are constantly strengthening the construction of technical trade measures, which has formed an impact on China's textile and clothing exports.

EU regulations: consumer goods exported to Europe are prohibited from containing specific organotin compounds. Since July 1, 2010, the European Union has restricted the use of tributyltin and triphenyltin compounds in all consumer goods. The limit requirement is that the mass percentage concentration of tin in the goods is less than 0.1. If it is detected to exceed the standard, the batch of consumer goods will be returned or even severely recalled.

Italy: Publication of regulations on the marketing of textiles, leather and footwear. It provides for the establishment of a compulsory labeling system for finished textiles, leather products and footwear for final consumption, so that consumers can obtain sufficient information about the processing of such products, and at the same time clarify the penalties for violations of the regulations.

United States: The United States CPSC stipulates that children's jackets with drawstrings are important dangerous products. Children's jackets with neck or hood drawstring sizes 2T to 12 or equivalent, and with waist or lower drawstring sizes 2T to 16 or equivalent, which do not meet the specified standards, have characteristics that constitute a significant product hazard. Children's jacket products with these characteristics have been implicated in many accidents of death and serious injury due to the entanglement of drawstrings with some facilities, such as playground slides, cribs, and school buses. The proposed rule will help the industry understand the CPSC's regulations on such garments and facilitate the process of obtaining appropriate remedies when such garments are found in the trade.

Other countries and regions: South Korea issued a new safety standard for hazardous substances in children's products. The Korea Bureau of Technology and Standards (KATS) has issued a new safety standard for hazardous substances in children's products, and decided to manage lead, cadmium, phthalates, magnets and other substances. Indonesia's new labeling regulations came into effect on September 1, 2010. All manufacturers or importers of controlled goods traded in the Indonesian market are required to put this Indonesian language label on their products. (Zhonghua Textile Net)