The United Kingdom starts to consider whether it has joined the customs union after Brexit

According to reports in the Financial Times, British Prime Minister Mehmet Etienne personally assessed whether the United Kingdom could reach an agreement with the European Union for a customs union. If left in the customs union, the ability of the United Kingdom to separate itself in the future will be greatly limited.

Senior British officials believe that this move will reduce the trade losses to the EU after Brexit, and that it will be able to reduce complicated new customs procedures and help solve the Irish border issue. A British official stated that if the United Kingdom can maintain trade in the Customs Union and retain certain independence (especially the service industry), Britain should consider adopting this approach.

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond and Commercial Minister Greg Clark both supported the maintenance of close customs relations with the EU after Brexit. However, Trade Minister Liam Fox of the European Union does not support staying in the customs union. He believes that if Britain stays in the customs union, it will need to rely on the terms of trade negotiated by the EU and comply with its trade policy. This conflicts with the development of an independent trade policy by Britain.

The United Kingdom needs to leave the customs union to seize the opportunity to trade with fast-growing markets, and one of Brexit’s exits in Europe is that it is impossible to continue to use the single market tax rate because it wants to take back the main control. However, Mey did not rule out the possibility of remaining in the customs union, saying that the goal after Brexit is to ensure that the United Kingdom can reach the best agreement with China and other countries in the world. If Britain remains in the Customs Union after Brexit, it will continue to seek agreements with non-EU countries because it cannot continue to enjoy trade agreements between the EU and the Third Nations. However, countries that have signed agreements with the European Union can already sell goods to the UK market through customs unions, so the UK’s ability to negotiate in this area will be limited.

The United Kingdom can still negotiate independent agreements in the services sector (accounting for about 80% of the British economy), but the practice of signing trade agreements only for service industries is relatively new and may deviate from the global economy. A spokesperson for the British government stated that Britain hopes to achieve the smoothest possible trade arrangements, but it also needs freedom to sign trade agreements with the world.

ATTENTION! The collective wage increase in textile wages in Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and other countries!

According to “Fortune,” this year, workers in the Southeast Asia region who had the minimum wage successfully obtained higher basic wages, causing factories and manufacturers to either increase investment in the region or seek lower-cost solutions. Malaysian, Thai and Burmese workers have been able to get a 50% salary increase this year.

When it comes to the well-known representatives of China’s manufacturing industry, basically everyone first thinks of Foxconn, which is famous for the OEM of Apple. Foxconn is one of the largest manufacturing companies in China and has a million employees in mainland China. It is only 2016. Its total import and export accounted for 3.6% of China’s total import and export volume. It is not an exaggeration to say that he is one of the representatives of Chinese manufacturing.

Recall that two years ago, there were once famous manufacturing companies fleeing China and setting up factories in Southeast Asia. According to news reports at the time, world-renowned companies like Uniqlo, Nike, and Foxconn opened new factories in Southeast Asia and India. Accelerated the pace of evacuation in China. The reason at that time was that as China’s labor costs continued to rise, the cost of land became increasingly high. Choosing to set up factories in these underdeveloped countries in Southeast Asia could result in lower costs and more profits. Profits, so these profit-making companies have chosen to move some of China’s factories abroad, laughing to make more profits.

However, just over two years have passed since the time. Those enterprises that feel that they have escaped from China’s economy may not be able to laugh because Southeast Asia has also started to increase wages.

Increasing Southeast Asian wage costs

However, all this has changed since the first decade of the 21st century. At that time, the first time there was a labor shortage in the Guangdong region of China, the migrant workers who had arrived cheaply everywhere could not even be recruited, and companies were at train stations and bus stations. A recruitment contract was set up and all methods were used to recruit workers. However, many companies still did not recruit enough employees. At this time, people realized that China’s labor bonus was subsiding and that relying on the demographic dividend to eat this kind of low-end manufacturing food had changed. It was difficult to sustain. After 10 years of support, a large number of enterprises in 2015 began to flee the country just as they did in the past from Europe, America and Japan to China. They have developed economies in Southeast Asia and are even less developed, resulting in lower labor costs. The country set up factories, thinking that it can take advantage of the demographic dividend of Southeast Asia to eat a decade or two of economic high profits.

However, it is not a long time. According to “Fortune,” this year, workers in the Southeast Asia who have the minimum wage have successfully obtained higher basic wages, causing factories and manufacturers to either increase investment in the region or seek more. Low-cost solution. Malaysian, Thai and Burmese workers have been able to get a 50% salary increase this year.

The Malaysian government has not announced the minimum wage for 2018. However, the Thai government is considering raising the minimum wage in 2018 by 3%.

In order to obtain the support of the garment workers’ voters in next year’s general election, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the minimum wage for workers of shoe-making and garment factories will increase from US$153/month to US$165/month in the next year, plus Hun Sen’s request for an additional US$5 for next year’s minimum wage. Determined at $170/month, the pay rise is 11%.

On March 5, the cost of labor in Myanmar is expected to rise 33% this year, and purchase costs may also rise. The National Minimum Wage Commission has agreed to increase the daily wages of workers from the current 3,600 kyat ($2.66) to 4,800 kyat ($3.55), a rise of 33%. This is based on 8 hours a weekday and 6 days a week. Burmese garment workers earn a minimum wage of 85 US dollars a month.

Although this increase may appear to be a large percentage, it is lower than the 55% increase required by workers and unions, and the demand for workers and unions has risen to 5,600 yuan ($4.14 per day, $99 per month). U Ye Naing Win, a secretary of the Union of Trade Unions (CCTU) and a former worker representative of the Central Labor Dispute Arbitration Committee, said that they are not satisfied with the K4800 kyat daily salary set by the committee. We (workers) demand a raise because of hunger. They should not ask for discounts.

However, the trade union federation of the country opposed the increase of the wage rate to 4,800 kyats despite the fact that Myanmar’s 2013 Minimum Wage Law requires a review of the wage rate every two years.

At present, the trade unions in Myanmar require the government to consider the actual cost of living when assessing an appropriate salary increase, especially if the upcoming rent increases. Although the payroll group has already determined its gains, the committee will make recommendations and objections within the next few weeks and determine the final figure within 60 days. In other low-cost purchasing countries, such as Mauritius, Mexico, and Cambodia, the recent wages are also rising, and the corresponding labor costs will also increase this year.

Although this increase in wages is indeed a certain gap from the wages of Chinese workers, rising wages will inevitably increase the manufacturing costs of enterprises. Those enterprises that had escaped from China suddenly found themselves as if they had no place to go except for East Asia. Outside of these countries in Southeast Asia, it is almost impossible to find workers with a large population, such as Asian countries, who abide by labor discipline and who are still hard working. (The dilemmas of Indian workers and African workers are still very large in East Asia and Southeast Asia.)

Rely on the low cost of labor production is not sustainable

Even if you moved your company to a low-cost region like Southeast Asia, you must endure the pressure of rapid rising labor costs in a few years. Because of the low cost of labor, high-volume Chinese companies have chosen to substitute low-cost labor. Advanced technology, however, only the core technology is the first productive force. Now Chinese companies must realize that only if they have done a good job of technology, only by raising the level of automation of their own enterprise is the real foundation because it comes from the scope of the whole world. Look, with the more developed human economy, the cost of the labor force must show a rapid rise. However, from the point of view of advanced technologies such as computers, the cost of using automation technology and robotics technology will surely become lower and lower. Therefore, Chinese companies must abandon the inherent low-cost thinking of the labor force to truly realize their own technological advancements.

In addition, it is very necessary to investigate and explain the reasons for the divestment. However, it should be noted that “It’s the weather to rain”, the normal industrial gradient transfer, the inevitable, unstoppable thing, it goes with it. China has a vast territory and a large gap in cost structure. Since the reform and opening up, the internationally transferred industries have remained in China long enough. Some industries, we do not want to stay! Shanghai is not through the illegal removal of construction, governance group rent and other means to control the population, industrial adjustment it!

It should also be noted that the “sounding words” spoken from the side of a company or business organization are not necessarily true and “excuses” are not necessarily credible. Not that there are paragraphs to say: Why do beautiful women in the costume drama always say to the benefactor: “The little woman does not have to report, only the physical aspect of the promise”, is this phenomenon really existed in ancient times? Nonsense, it is because she likes him . If she doesn’t like it, she would say: “The little woman can’t be considered for the report. Only she can make a cow and come back to her in the next life.”

With Southeast Asia’s rising wages, Foxconn could not laugh. Actually, this is not a bad thing. Chinese textile companies are also just awake.

From “re-definition” to “re-creation”, what “new ideas” are emerging in Chinese Garment industry in the new era?

Is a costume, or a cultural journey; is a fashion company, or a photography studio … … With the change of ideas, technology, models, the clothing industry also played a “face change.” The traditional definition is being broken, and the boundaries of the industry are increasingly blurred.

In the process of “re-defining” and “recreating”, the Chinese clothing industry is rejuvenated. At the China Garment Forum hosted by the China Garment Association recently, industry scholars and entrepreneurs began to talk about the “new ideas” of the industry.

Redefinition: Breaking Traditional Impressions

“When sharing clothes and buying clothes can arouse people’s beauty, I learned photography and got a picture salon. I asked every employee to be both a designer and a photographer and a fashion editor.” Women’s brand white-collar chairman Miao Hongbing started this forum.

In his opinion, the fashion store is no longer limited to selling clothes, but should be a place to show creativity and deliver dreams. Clothing companies also need to provide consumers with better enjoyment than clothing.

The root of clothing is culture, and the ultimate product is experience. Behind these seemingly “unprofessional” changes is the need for constant escalation.

In the new era, the ever-increasing material and cultural needs and spending power are superimposed. Above the commodities, people expect more expression of the industrial expressions of cultural heritage, life concepts, and aesthetic values. From the manufacturing to the fashion, from the tangible products to the service experience, the garment industry has developed new connotations.

In the name of lifestyle, clothing brand Jiangnan Puyi has started to launch a family line; to increase leisure experience, many designer brands have opened cafes… Looking around, more and more companies are seeking inspiration and growth points from their culture and lifestyle. Consumers find more sense of identity.

If we say that culture “reshapes” the industrial connotation, technology will “define” the mode of production.

“In the new era, garment companies will become data companies.” Xia Guoxin, chairman of womenswear brand Ge Lisi, said at the forum that the personalized production and in-depth interactive production methods are being pushed into the industry, and refined supply and coordinated manufacturing. The shared design has become a new trend. The ability to obtain large quantities of orders is no longer a fundamental measure of the quality of apparel companies.

“Connotation and ‘redefinition’ of production create a multiple development path and broaden the space for development,” Sun Ruizhe, president of China Textile Industry Federation, said at the forum.

Recreating: Reconstructing Industry Logic

Behind the value system is the industrial ecology. Rooted in the manufacturing of China’s garment industry, we cannot abandon our manufacturing advantages. With the upgrading of consumption, more environmentally friendly, more quality, more stylish clothing industry needs to rely on a more modern manufacturing chain. “Creative” manufacturing is emerging.

Many brands started to “add” to the research and development of yarns and fabrics, extending the industrial chain layout. In the manufacturing sector, different trends have emerged. Some brands have begun to “return” to find quality manufacturers in advanced manufacturing clusters such as the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, or simply establish modern, scientific, green, and stylish factories in developed regions.

Song Yuhui, vice president of underwear brand love, said that the core of manufacturing is talent. In the future, a modern factory with smart manufacturing must be the mainstream. The establishment of a fashion factory in the core location, complemented by a full range of supporting measures, will help attract talents to better manage product lines and improve product quality.

On the other hand, the notion of shared collaboration also helps companies “lose” unnecessary links and intensively cultivate efficiency.

“Technology forces turned ‘I am all’ or ‘I am the majority’ into ‘I would like to share the world with you’.” Zhao Shanghao, founder of Chain Shangwang, said at the forum that the emergence of industrial service platforms, collaborative manufacturing systems, etc. With breakthroughs in manufacturing and interest boundaries, companies have more choices and industries have more room. In the past year, the chain has expanded from a platform model to in-depth services, with a turnover of 10.7 billion yuan.

The transformation of downstream channels such as renting rental clothing has made precision supply a “fashion” and “opening up” the niche consumer space; some big data service companies have been born to provide support for smart manufacturing and precision design… From manufacturing to creative manufacturing, Chinese clothing Industry is reshaping industry logic.

Refinding: Seeking New Values

The process of “redefining” and “recreating” is the process of seeking new advantages. In breaking through its boundaries, realizing value extension, and expanding the industrial structure, the new competitiveness of the industry has gradually emerged.

Use integration to create integrated competitiveness. The combination of new retail, new manufacturing and new technologies has created a “multiplication” effect. Some companies stated that the benefits brought by the integration have greatly increased in the proportion of brand development.

Build up the core competitiveness with quality. “Quality is the respect for consumers and the foundation for building a brand. The longer the company goes, the more it should go back to the origin and make the clothes better.” Miao Hongbing said that in the process of high quality development, quality will become a new garment industry. The core competitiveness is also the key to coping with trade uncertainty and consolidating irreplaceability.

Use responsibility to release future competitiveness. “Unbounded innovation is behind the ‘bounded’ rule.” Sun Ruizhe said that social responsibility, inclusive growth and sustainable development practices, the construction of a green supply chain, protection of intellectual property rights and consumer privacy, product liability Both consumer and consumer responsibilities should be strictly followed in the integration process of the apparel industry. This sense of responsibility will bring the advantages of sustainable development to the industry.

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Pakistan Textile Industry Association seeks to withdraw restrictions on cotton imports

Aamir Fayyaz, chairman of the Pakistan Textile Industry Association (APTMA), recently urged the government to withdraw the restrictions on imported cotton’s tariffs of 4% and sales tax of 5%, so that the country’s textile industry can meet the demands of international buyers. Textile requirements.

He said that despite the relevant commitments made by the Prime Minister’s export package, the aforementioned restrictions were strongly added.

Pakistani media reported that non-tariff measures for cotton imported from India and Brazil should continue because the industry is in great need of export textiles produced from pollution-free medium-long staple cotton.

So far, the country’s textile industry has only purchased about half of the cotton demand. Due to quality reasons, it has been forced to purchase quality cotton from abroad to meet its demand.

Amir Fayazi added that if such restrictions are continued, it will cause damage to the Pakistani textile value chain.

Turkey begins investigation of textile products from Pakistan and Nepal

According to Syed M Ali Nasir, Acting Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Pakistan’s textile exports to Turkey were affected because the latter increased the tariff from 6.4% to 18-26.4%. Even if Pakistan offers preferential treatment to Turkish industry, it still negates the free trade agreement (FTA) between the two.

A major Pakistani newspaper quoted Nasir as saying that signing a free trade agreement would be useless for the country’s largest export industry. This would be futile. He said that Turkey has provided a general preferential system for many countries, but it is not Pakistan.

In the past few weeks, yarn exporters in Nepal have also faced trouble. Prior to this, Turkey imposed more stringent import regulations on Nepalese yarn, claiming that Nepalese businessmen exported foreign yarns under the name of the Nepalese brand. According to a Nepalese top newspaper report, according to the above allegations, the Turkish government also imposed anti-dumping duties on Nepalese yarn, which caused anxiety to Nepalese yarn producers.

In order to refute the Turkish accusations, the Nepalese Yarn Producers Association and the Nepalese government authorities recently conducted an inspection of the yarn producers and found that Nepalese businessmen and yarn manufacturers have been exporting authentic domestic yarns.

At the same time, the Nepali delegation may soon visit Turkey and discuss the issue with the Turkish authorities.

Vietnam’s total textile and apparel exports increased by 9.5% year-on-year in 2017

In 2017, Vietnam’s clothing exports rebounded. The sharp increase in export unit prices has slowed down, and exports to the EU have increased significantly. It is expected that Vietnam’s clothing exports to the EU will increase significantly with the implementation of preferential policies for the EU’s clothing duty-free access.

According to statistics, the total value of Vietnam’s textile and apparel exports in 2017 was calculated in U.S. dollars, up 9.5% year-on-year, and in 2016 it was only 3.6% year-on-year. From September to November, Vietnam’s textile and apparel exports grew rapidly, achieving double-digit growth.

In Vietnam, approximately 47.2% of Vietnam’s textiles and garments were exported to the United States in 2017, and its export value increased by 7.2% year-on-year, which is expected to gradually surpass China to become the largest supplier of textile and apparel imports to the United States; the EU’s apparel export volume increased by 13.2% year-on-year, becoming the sixth largest in the European Union. Large apparel supplier countries; China’s textile and apparel exports surged by 33.8% year-on-year, mainly due to the surge in cotton yarn export sales; exports to South Korea were very strong, accounting for more than 10% of total textile and apparel exports in Vietnam.

It is understood that due to the shortage of textile workers, the minimum wage level in Vietnam has been further increased since January 1, 2018, and the sharp rise in labor costs has led to a sharp rise in export unit prices. It is worth noting that Vietnam still occupies a decisive advantage in the production of man-made fiber garments, while the production speed of cotton products is relatively slow.

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