Garment makers have urged U.S. buyers to get fair prices and lower tariffs for Bangladesh garment products.
The call came during a roundtable titled “Seven Years After Rana Plaza: Who’s Doing What? hosted by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC on the 10th today.
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Addressing the program, Faruque Hassan, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), stressed the need for a smoother and more sustainable supply chain and sourcing and called for buyers to minimize multiple factory audits to reduce costs for factory owners. .
Senior US government officials including Christopher Wilson, US Deputy Trade Representative for South Asia; William Jackson, USTR Assistant for Textiles and Jennifer Larson, Director for South and Central Asia at the US Department of State; Maureen Haggard, director for democracy, human rights and labor at the US Department of State; BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali, Ambassador Teresita Schaffer of McLarty Associates, representatives of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Walmart, Target, as well as senior officials from the Bangladeshi Embassy participated in the roundtable.
Bangladesh officials and BGMEA leaders briefed the US government and relevant stakeholders on ongoing efforts to improve factory safety and worker well-being in the Bangladesh garment industry and encourage more US imports of Bangladeshi ready-to-wear clothing.
The United States is a major destination for Bangladesh RMG exports with annual exports of around $ 6 billion. the United States suspended Bangladesh from the GSP in June 2013 following the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013.
Bangladesh has called on the United States to reinstate the Generalized System of Preferences, but the United States has yet to make any announcements on this matter.
Meanwhile, the makers of RMG claim that their operating costs have increased and demanded a fair price and lower tariff costs.