News in the Humanosphere: New EU rules could disrupt Bangladesh’s garment industry

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The European Union has slapped new security screening on imports from Bangladesh, a move that is likely to make it costlier for businesses in the South Asian country to sell products to EU nations. Just over half of Bangladeshi exports go to the European bloc, accounting for $18.68 billion in revenues during the last fiscal year. Those shipments, by air or sea, will now have to be screened by bomb-detecting dogs and devices. Bangladesh has none of these facilities, so cargo will have to be routed through a third country where security screening is possible. Siddiqur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association, representing 70 percent of the textiles industry, also described the move as “disastrous.” During fiscal 2015-16, the garment industry exported $17.15 billion in goods to the EU — 60 percent of the industry’s exports”  (VOA http://bit.ly/2s5c4q8)

Election Day in the UK…The vote will decide whether May or her Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn takes control of Britain’s exit from the European Union – a two-year negotiation which will plot a new course for the $2.6 trillion economy. The prime minister called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party. While she is still expected to win, with a lead of between one percentage point and 12 points in polls released over recent days, financial markets are now digesting a bigger range of outcomes than they previously had considered. (Reuters http://reut.rs/2s5vj32)

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