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Fashion retailers cancel nearly $1.5 billion in orders from Bangladesh

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Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector is teetering on the brink of disaster.
In the past week, factories have been facing a crush of daily order cancellations from brands and retailers that manufacture in Bangladesh, and as of Sunday, 490 factories have fielded cancellations affecting $1.44 billion worth of exports.

“Factories are reporting and registering new cases every hour,” Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Rubana Huq told Sourcing Journal late Sunday. The backpedaling on already placed orders could impact as many as 1.2 million workers

Calling on local buying offices in a meeting last week, BGMEA, which represents the country’s clothing factories, advised that no confirmed orders should be cancelled, and that orders retailers hope to postpone should be paid in part ahead of time rather than at point of shipping to help finance workers’ wages in the interim.

“We met with them and have appealed to them to take our goods, which are already produced, even with deferred payment terms,” Hoq said. “We have also appealed to them to kindly also continue with taking orders till July and then adjust inventory later as we need to pay our workers.

“While the brands close stores and recalibrate their exposure, we have a difficult reality to handle at our end,” Huq said, adding that 4.1 million workers “can’t go hungry.”

When orders aren’t cancelled, brands are still pulling back on fabric placements, and now factories are incurring all of the raw material liability.

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