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This forum post is in NO way saying that it is more risky to produce clothing In Bangladesh then in other countries. The point is that their is un-anticipated risk when producing garments in "any" country.

Below is a brief comment on a current situation in Bangladesh which can effect the delivery cycle of garments that are currently in production (June 2007)

Due to a cyclonic storm formed by a depression over the Bay of Bengal, heavy downpour for the last 48-72 hours paralyzed business activities in the Port City of Chittagong.

The heaviest rainfall in over a quarter of a century saturated the hillside in and around port city and at least least 95 people were killed and more than 200 injured by electrocution and landslides. Many areas including the commercial offices were out of power which resulted in total shut down of communications.

The railway tracks were reported submerged at a few places disrupting train service between the port city and rest of the country. Movement of cargoes for export shipments on hand is badly suffering as the port remained inoperative yesterday and there was no movement of ships. Almost all Off-Dock Container Freight Stations were also submerged and remained inoperative.

We are sure that Bangladesh will be back on its feet shortly... If you have any comments on issues that can cause production delays in other countries, please keep us advised. This type of information is good to take into account when planning production.

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Just to let everyone know, they are reporting that weather conditions have improved. Hopefully, the backog in production and shipping will be very minor.
Neil - It is always "better" to visit with a factory until you have experience with them. However, for small companies this can be an expensive task (travel to China, hotels, etc.). China has many excellent garment resources. They are capable of producing "any" item. You will find that the country has very good factories and you will also find the country to have some not so good factories. Unfortunately, this is the same issue in any country. The bottom line is that it is "safer" to visit a factory so that you know it is legit. In regard to Global Sources, they are an excellent directory and they have offices in Asia. I would suggest you ask them if they are familiar with the factory or not. Possibly they can give you a recommendation. Keep in mind that just because the factory is listed in the directory, it does not mean that they have done business with them in the past. You may get lucky and they can suggest a company that they have actually visited. Another good resource for China is at the website tdctrade.com Possibly they can recommend a company to you.

At the China page on my other site, look on the right side of the page. About half down on the right, you will see trade associations like Ministry of Foreigh Trade, China National Federation of Textile Industry etc. Maybe these associations can give you a hand.

The other way to check on a factory but not actually visit them is hire a third party inspection company to do an audit for you (this would obviously have a cost). If you need a list of inspection companies let me know. You can then check with them to get an idea of prices.

Bottom line, Yes it is best to visit a factory. However, it is not 100% neccessary. Also, sometimes you have to trust your judgement and take a chance with a factory. Unfortunately, it is NOT easy finding the proper factory.

By the way, you can find Jeans companies by going to ApparelSearch.com then go to the MANUFACTURER section the click link to CMT. In that section you will find Jeans etc.

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