Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Philippines seeks duty-free access to US for apparel goods
Philippines seeks duty-free access to US for apparel goods
19
Dec '13
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of the Government of Philippines is seeking duty free access and preferential treatment for garments to be exported to the US, particularly apparel products that are manufactured from areas devastated by the typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name ‘Haiyan’).
 
Gregory L Domingo, Secretary of DTI, told reporters that Philippines will ask the US Government to grant duty-free entry for some goods, especially apparel, produced in areas affected by the typhoon, as part of the Filipino Government’s efforts for rehabilitation in these areas.
 
The DTI Secretary explained that he on behalf of DTI has already discussed the proposal with Philippines Ambassador to Washington Jose Lampe Cuisia, for the possibility of drafting a bill to allow preferential access on some export products, including garments, to the US market over a limited period of time.
 
The objective of seeking duty-free access to US is to encourage labor-intensive industries, like the garments sector, to set up factories in storm-ravaged areas, such as in Tacloban, Leyte, to generate much-needed employment for affected residents, he added.
 
Mr. Domingo said, the DTI is currently in talks with garment firms to set up manufacturing facilities in these areas, and the entrepreneurs have expressed interest but their concern is the wage difference, as the minimum wage in Samar and Leyte is around 225 Philippine Pesos, and to make these apparel firms in the typhoon affected areas more competitive the wage should be about 200 Philippine Pesos.
 
The apparel firms would need some form of subsidy per worker to bridge the wage gap, and the DTI would look into the matter and figure out measures to bridge the gap, he added.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Creora

Textiles | On 28th Mar 2017

Hyosung holds Creora workshops in China, HK & Taiwan

South Korean specialty fibre producer Hyosung held a series of...

Apparel/Garments | On 28th Mar 2017

US withdrawal from TPP to not impact Vietnam garment exports

A high ranking official of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel...

Apparel/Garments | On 27th Mar 2017

NYCEDC announces $51mn package for NYC garment industry

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in...

Interviews View All

Abhishek Ganguly
Puma India

‘As a brand, Puma is always looking for new and innovative ways to inspire ...

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Karan Toshniwal
Orange O Tec

Contemporary industry is paying more and more attention to the...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search