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United States of America - Pandemic restrictions slow growth of retail imports
Growth in imports at the U.S.’ largest retail container ports has slipped from double to single digits as a result of continued pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, according to the National Retail Federation’s Global Port Tracker report, writes ILM.
Argentina - Beef export ban has helped no one.
The restrictions on the export of beef from Argentina, which was due to run out on August 31, has been extended until October 31, writes The Sauer Report. The ban restricts the export of beef to 50% of the volume exported the prior year and was implemented to stop the price rises of beef for the domestic population, but it is reported to have done the opposite.
Raw Materials - U.S. Cattle Hide Value Declines Significantly in Wake of COVID-19
The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has hit almost every market fast and hard. The United States Hide, Skin & Leather Association has reported an alarming impact on both the hide and leather industry, as well as agriculture. Before the crisis, the supply chain was already dealing with a lull in demand and declining prices, but the credit value for animal by-products, particularly hides, has now dropped to an all-time low. Report by One 4 Leather
Microplastics - Pollution in the Environment and Food Chain
Microplastic pollution in Europe is far more extensive than we previously thought. Sustainable Apparel Coalition/Higg MSI and other 'sustainability' tools continue to ignore the latest science.
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