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European clothing retailers avoid using 'Made in Bangladesh' label

Nearly 70 per cent of the European clothing retailers avoid using the 'Made in Bangladesh' line in the tags. Poor images of the country, stemming from sub-standard workplace safety and low payment to workers are some of the major reasons. Moreover, it is not mandatory in the European Union to state the country of origin of the garment; only the fabric composition and care instructions are needed in the labeling. The same retailers use the countries of origin for others though. It is only in case of Bangladesh that they forfeit transparency.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), however, ruled out the possibility of Bangladesh's garment products being re-branded as another country's in the absence of the 'Made in Bangladesh' line in the tags. Both the buyers and manufacturers have strict tracking system now.

Labeling the country of origin or the country of export is mandatory under the Tariff Act of 1930 in the US, so all American retailers use the 'Made in Bangladesh' line in the tags.

 

 
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