Export Quality Management

A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Exporters - Second Edition

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This publication seeks to provide small- and medium-sized exporters in developing countries and transition economies with a comprehensive understanding of crucial quality-related issues linked to the quality infrastructure. Structured in a question and answer format, the book answers 95 frequently asked questions by exporters about quality, technical requirements (standards, technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures), management systems, conformity assessment (testing, inspection, certification), metrology, accreditation, and the WTO Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

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Which standards are required to export textile products?

Considering the broad span of textile producing and manufacturing activities, it is useful to make a distinction between those that can easily be conducted by SMEs, and those that need a large amount of finance and technology. For natural fibres the activities include: (i) growing and harvesting; (ii) ginning or other preparation of the fibres to make them suitable for use in spinning; (iii) spinning of the fibres into yarns; (iv) weaving of the yarns into fabric; (v) manufacture of final product (e.g. blouse, tablecloth); and (vi) labelling and packaging. The activities covering synthetic (man-made) fibres are similar, except forthe fact that the fibres do not come from plants that have to be grown and harvested. Many textile products are combinations of natural and man-made fibres.

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