AUSTRALIAN WOOL INITIATIVE: Australian Wool Innovation has introduced a guide to sourcing merino wool garments in Bangladesh. The program, called Out of Bangladesh, is a partnership among AWI and five Woolmark-licensed Bangladeshi knitters capable of producing fine-gauge knitwear. The mills are Designtex Sweaters, Meditex Industry, Moni Fashion, Pandora Sweaters and SQ Group.

FUR AND FASHION: Parsons The New School for Design, based in Manhattan, and the Humane Society of the U.S. will work together to address issues surrounding the use of fur with fashion design and marketing students. Topicanimal cruelty, advertising and labeling issues and environmental impact. Andrew Page, senior director of the HSUS Fur-Free Campaign, said prs to be addressed include esentations will be made to students on a regular basis. The presentations will be elective seminars for the students and not part of the core required curriculum, a Parsons spokeswoman said.

CARGO WOES: Cargo statistics have yet to show any evidence of a rebound in the global economy. The number of loaded containers coming into the Port of Long Beach fell 22 percent in May to 208,591 20-foot equivalent units, or TEU. For the year, the number of loaded containers coming into the port has dropped almost 23 percent to 1.7 million TEU.

Similar declines have been reported on U.S. railroads. According to the Association of American Railroads, the number of containers moved by rail decreased 15.3 percent for the week ended June 6 compared with the same week a year ago. For the year, U.S. rail trailer and container traffic was down 16.9 percent to 4.1 million.

A report from the International Air Transport Association estimated that worldwide passenger demand will shrink 8 percent to 2.06 billion passengers and international cargo demand will dip 17 percent in 2009. IATA said airlines are forecast to carry 33.3 million tons of freight, including luxury goods and cosmetics, compared with 40.1 million tons last year. Air cargo is estimated to account for about 35 percent of the value of goods traded internationally and is a leading economic indicator.

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