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December, 19 2000 |  Share

U.S. Military and Retailers Profit Supporting Brutal Military Dictators in Burma


On October 19, 2000, the U.S. Military's Army and Airforce Exchange Service (AAFES) imported over 10,420 pounds of clothing made in Burma at the Newest Garment Manufacturing Company in Yangon.The clothing arrived at the port of Los Angeles with a landed Customs value of $138,290.(The AAFES is among the largest retailers with 1423 retail outlets on military bases around the world, 50,000 employees, 8.7 million customers, $7.3 billion in sales, $342 million in profit, using 13,000 contractors which in turn subcontract with multiple factories.Recently the AAFES drastically increased its production in a Taiwanese-owned sweatshop, Chentex, in Nicaragua after 700 workers were fired and blacklisted when they asked for an 8-cent wage increase.)

Seven Cents an Hour--the lowest wages in the world

Factory workers in Burma earn just seven cents an hour, $3.23 a week (for a 48-hour work week), $14 a month and just $168 a year.These are the lowest wages in the world.The highest factory wage in Burma is 23 cents an hour, or $10.85 a week.

AAFES and Other Major Retailers in Joint Ventures with Burmese Military and Drug Lords

The Burmese regime does not permit wholly-owned foreign subsidiaries.All factories must operate in joint ventures with military holding companies (accounting for 90 percent of cases) or with well-connected and protected drug lords.

Workers Face Imprisonment and Torture

Any worker daring to defend his or her basic rights will be fired, imprisoned by the military and most likely tortured.Dissent is not permitted.The military regime rules through arbitrary detention, rape, murder, torture, forced labor, child labor and ethnic cleansing.All political, human and worker rights are suppressed.

Major U.S. Retailers Profiting from and Supporting the Burmese Dictators include:

 

  • Kenneth Cole
  • Fubu
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Jordache
  • Williams Sonoma

 

  • Kohl's
  • Karl Kani
  • BugleBoy
  • Kasper
  • Dress Barn
U.S. Imports from Burma Soar 130 Percent!

Following sanctions imposed by President Clinton in May of 1997 barring all new U.S. investment in Burma, U.S. apparel companies responded by increasing their imports from Burma by 49 percent in 1998 and another 45 percent in 1999.

In the first nine months of 2000, U.S. companies have increased their imports from Burma by a staggering 130 percent!U.S. companies will import more than $400 million worth of clothing made in Burma this year, which is an 800 percent increase over 1995 imports.

 U.S. Apparel Imports from Burma

· 1995 — $50 million

· 1996 — $83.3 million

· 1997 — $85.8 million

· 1998 — $128 million

· 1999 — $185.1 million

· 2000 — $401 million (estimated)

(In the first 9 months of 1999 U.S. companies imported $130.833 million worth of clothing made in Burma. For the same nine month period in 2000, apparel imports soared 129.82 percent to $300.684 million.)

 

U.S. Military through AAFES and Major U.S. Retailers Provide Key Source foreign currency to the Burmese Dictators

Apparel accounts for 86.1 percent of all U.S. imports from Burma.These joint ventures provide much needed foreign currency —U.S. dollars — to prop up the Burmese military.The military uses a portion of these revenues to purchase weapons in China to turn on their own people.

The democracy movement in Burma has asked for international economic sanctions to drive the military from power and restore Burma to its people.  

 


 

 Shipping information based on U.S. Customs documents

Shipper
PHEE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING (MYANMAR
LTD. AS AGENT FOR ACS ON BEHALF OF
NEWEST GARMENT MANUFACTURING CO.,LT
YANGON,MYANMAR.

Consignee
AAFES LOGISTICS
,OAKLAND DISTRIBUTION
NO 803, 2498 W 16TH STREET,OAKLAND
CA.94607,U.S.A.

Packaging Information
Weight: 4727 KG
Quantity: 1337 CTNS
Description: Garment

Shipment Detail
Country of Origin: BURMA
US Port: 2704 LOS ANGELES
Estimated Value: $138,290.00
Arrival Date: 10/19/2000

 

Consignee 
TO THE ORDER OF FLEET BANK
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

Total Metric Tons
1,918.72 

 


 

Shipper
VICTOR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD.
NO.219/A, MINGALAR ST,KYAUK YE DWIN
QUARTER, NORTH OKKALAPA TOWNSHIP,
YANGON,MYANMAR. 
Notify Party
MONTGOMERY WARD,LLC,WARDS
DISTRIBUTION CENTER 1100 W. 115TH
STREET,ROMEOVILLE IL.60446

Metric Tons
108.58

Product Description
GARMENT


 

Shipper
NEWEST GARMENT MANUFACTURING CO.,
NO.54,11TH STREET, LANMADAW TOWNSHI
YANGON,MYANMAR.

Notify Party
MONTGOMERY WARD,LLC,WARDS
DISTRIBUTION CENTER 1100 W. 115TH
STREET,ROMEOVILLE IL.60446

 

 

 

 

Metric Tons
93.34

Product Description
Garment

 

Consignee
JORDACHE LTD.
JERSEY CITY, N.J 07305 U.S.A.
112 PORT JERSEY BLVD

Total Metric Tons
48.16

 

 


 

Shipper
PHEE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING (MYANM
LTD. AS AGENT FOR ACS OBO-KITTENISH
KNITTING CO.,LTD. YANGON,MYANMAR.  

Notify Party
JORDACHE LTD.
112 PORT JERSEY BLVD.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. 07305 U.S.A.  

Metric Tons
48.16

Product Description
GARMENT

 

 

 

Consignee
WILLIAMS SONOMA, INC.
3250 VAN NESS STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 94109, UNITED STATES
6169212 439-8159

Metric Tons
10.50

 

 


 

Shipper
SUN MYANMAR ELEPHANT HOUSE CO., LT
NO. 12, INYA ROAD, KAMAYUT TOWNSHIP
YANGON YANGON
MYANMAR  

Notify Party
V. ALEXANDER & COM
1787 SENTRY PKWY W. SUITE 18-460
BLUE BELL, PA - 19422
UNITED STATES  

Metric Tons
10.50 

Product Description
RATTAN WARE

 

Consignee
KASPER A.S.L.,LTD.
1412 BROADWAY 6/F, NEW YORK,
ATTN: IMPORT DEPT. N.Y. 1001 U.S.A.
201-864-0328

Total Metric Tons
11.75

 


 

Shipper
LTD. PYIN MA BIN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE,
HTAUK-KYANT P.O.,MINGALADON TSP,
YANGON, MYANMAR.
Notify Party
FARRELL FORWARDING COMPANY INC.
150-30, 132ND AVENUE, JAMAICA,
NEW YORK, 11434.

Metric Tons
11.75

Product Description
GARMENTS (ONE BLAZER AND ONE SKIRT)

 

Consignee
TOTES ISOTONER
9842 INTERNATIONAL BLVD
CINCINNATI, OH, US 45246-485

Total Metric Tons
3.20

 


 

Shipper
JONG LIH INDUSTRIES COMPANY LIMITED
NO.168, INDUSTRIAL ZONE(4), HLAING
THARYAR TOWNSHIP,YANGON,MYANMAR
Notify Party
TOTES ISOTONER 9842 INTERNATIONAL BLVD,
CINCINNATI, OH 45246, U.S.A.

Metric Tons
3.20

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee
BUGLE BOY INDUSTRIES, INC.
2900 MADERA ROAD
SIMI VALLEY CA 93065
5821010 522-1212

Total Metric Tons
2.89

 


 

Shipper
7 STAR COMPANY 710 WOODBINE ST
RIDGE WOOD NY 11385
Notify Party
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHI 100 WEST 33RD STREET STE1012
NEW YORK NY 10001-2900

Metric Tons
2.89

Product Description
KIDS KNIT VEST

 

Consignee
FRITZ CO., BALTIMORE
7463 NEW RIDGE ROAD
ATTN: NANCY LONG HANOVER, MD 21076

Total Metric Tons
13.64

 


 

Shipper
JEWOOD MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
MYANMAR RAVEN INT'L LTD. ROOM # 527
NO.277 BOGYOKE AUNG SAN RD, CORNER
OF 38TH STREET, KTDA TOWNSHIP
YANGON, MYANMAR. TEL:254491,254492
Notify Party
THE BON TON STORES,INC 600 MT ZION ROAD
YORK, PA 17405
ATTN: ROBERT HOOK

Metric Tons
13.64

Product Description
GARMENTS POLYESTER MICRO ANTIPILL FLEECE

 

Consignee 
TO THE ORDER OF FLEET BANK
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

Total Metric Tons
1,918.72

 


 

Shipper
VICTOR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD.
NO.219/A, MINGALAR ST,KYAUK YE DWIN
QUARTER, NORTH OKKALAPA TOWNSHIP,
YANGON,MYANMAR. 
Notify Party
DRESS BARN, INC.
30 DUNNIGAN DRIVE SUFFERN,
NEW YORK 10901 AND AMERIC
SHIPPING CO - 140 SYLVAN AVE.,1ST
FLR,ENGLEWOOD CLIFF NJ

Metric Tons
16.31

Product Description 
POLYESTER COTTON KNIT PULLOVER

 


 

Shipper
SUCCESS CREATOR CO., LTD.
NO.35, FIRST FLOOR, 3RD STREET
LANMADAW TOWNSHIP YANGON, MYANM
474

Notify Party
DRESS BARN INC.
30 DUNNIGAN DRIVE, SUFFERN, NY
10901 AND AMERICAN SHIPPING COMPAN
140 SYLVAN, 1ST FLOOR ENGLEWOOD
CLIFFS, NEW JERSEY

 

 

 

 

Metric Tons
16.12

 


 

Shipper
NANN YAR INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
NO-311, LOWER KYEEMYINDAING RD,
AHLONE T/S, YANGON, MYANMAR.

Notify Party
DRESS BARN INC.14.75 6.00 2
30 DUNNIGAN DRIVE, SUFFERN, NY
10901.

 

 

 

Metric Tons
14.75

Product Description
LADIES' NYLON WOVEN REVERSIBLE

 

Consignee
DRESS BARN
30 DUNNIGAN DRIVE
SUFFERN, NY, US 10901
P O BOX 500

Total Metric Tons
6.05

 


 

Shipper
GOLDEN TRIANGLE GARMENT CO.,LTD.
291-C, SHWE DAGON PAGODA ROAD,
DAGON TOWNSHIP,YANGON,MYANMAR
Notify Party
DRESS BARN INC.
30 DUNNINGAN DRIVE SUFFERN
NEW YORK 10901 AND

Metric Tons
6.05

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee 
BY DESIGN
2400 83RD STREET
ORTH BERGEN, NJ, US 07047

Total Metric Tons
43.70

 


 

Shipper
ORIENTAL GARMENT CO.,LTD.
OFFICE NO.19, KYUNTAW ROAD,
SANCHAUNG TOWNSHIP,
YANGON,MYANMAR.
Notify Party
BY DESIGN L.L.C.
2400 83RD STREET,
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.07047, U.S.A.

Metric Tons
12.59

Product Description 
GARMENT 

 


 

Shipper
MOON CRAB CO.,LTD.
NO.42/103,KANAUNG MINGYI ROAD,
SHWE PYI THA INDUSTRIAL ZONE,
YANGON,MYANMAR.

Notify Party
BY DESIGN L.L.C.
2400 83RD STREET,
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.07047, U.S.A.

 

 

 

Metric Tons
12.28

Product Description 
GARMENT

 


 

Shipper 
SHWE DAGAR MANUFACTURING CO.,LTD.
NO.1, MIN KYAUNG STREET,
MAYANGONE TOWNSHIP,
YANGON,MYANMAR.

Notify Party
BY DESIGN L.L.C.
2400 83RD STREET,
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.07047, U.S.A.

 

 

 

Metric Tons
10.06

Product Description
GARMENT

 

 


 

Shipper
TRI DIAMOND TRADING CO.,LTD.
YANGON,MYANMAR 

Notify Party
BY DESIGN L.L.C.
2400 83RD STREET,
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.07047, U.S.A.  

Metric Tons
8.77

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee
CHERRY STIX, LTD.
1407 BROADWAY, SUITE 1503
NEW YORK, NY 10018
2216551

Total Metric Tons
0.30

 


 

Shipper
CARGO SYSTEM SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.
OCBC CENTRE
65 CHULIA STREET, #42-00
SINGAPORE 049513
3240006 4378399

Notify Party
CHERRY STIX, LTD.
1407 BROADWAY, SUITE 1503
NEW YORK, NY 10018

Metric Tons
0.30

Product Description
GDSM GDSM

 

Consignee 
STRETCH O RAMA INC
5 PADDOCK STREET AVENEL, NJ 07001
PO BOX 497 732-8551400X128

Total Metric Tons
64.25 

 


 

Shipper
CROCODILE TRADING CO.,LTD.
NO.78-82, ROOM NO.101-102, BOTATAUN
ZAY ROAD, BOTATAUNG TOWNSHIP,
YANGON, MYANMAR.

Notify Party
STRETCH-O-RAMA,
100 WEST 33RD STREET STE 1110,
NEW YORK N.Y. 10001
1-212-947-4090

Metric Tons
30.29

Product Description 
POLYESTER KNITTED

 


 

Shipper
GRAND SPORTS INT'L LTD.
NO.78-82, ROOM NO.101-102,
BOTATAUNG ZAY ROAD, BOTATAUNG
TOWNDHIP, YANGON, MYANMAR.

Notify Party 
STRETCH-O-RAMA,
100 WEST 33RD STREET STE 1110,
NEW YORK N.Y. 10001
1-212-947-4090

Metric Tons
18.16

Product Description 
POLYESTER KNITTED TOP

 


 

Shipper 
SWA MINK MFG: CO.,LTD.
NO. 669(C), MYA KANTHA LANE,
PYAY ROAD, KAMAYUT TOWNSHIP,
YANGON.

Notify Party
STRETCH-O-RAMA,
100 WEST 33RD STREET STE 1110,
NEW YORK N.Y. 10001
1-212-947-4090

Metric Tons
6.34

Product Description
POLYESTER KNITTED

 

 


 

Shipper
CORCODILE TRADING CO.,LTD.
NO.78-82, ROOM NO.101-102,
BOTATAUNG ZAY ROAD, BOTATAUNG
TOWNSHIP, YANGON, MYANMAR. 

Notify Party
STRETCH-O-RAMA,
100 WEST 33RD STREET STE 1110,
NEW YORK N.Y. 10001
1-212-947-4090  

Metric Tons
2.82

Product Description
828 CTNS 40% POLYESTER

 


 

Shipper
WA MINK CO.,LTD.
NO. 669-C,MYA KAN THA LANE,
PYAY ROAD, KAMAYUT TOWNSHIP,
YANGON, MYANMAR.

Notify Party
STRETCH-O-RAMA,
100 WEST 33RD STREET STE 1110,
NEW YORK N.Y. 10001
1-212-947-4090

Metric Tons
2.74

Product Description
60 % COTTON 40% POLYESTER

 

Consignee
ONE STEP UP LTD
1407 BROADWAY STE 3205
NEW YORK NY 10018 Tel. 212-398-1110

Total Metric Tons
1.02  

 


 

Shipper
CARGO SYSTEM O/B OF
GOLDEN TRIANGLE GARMENT CO.,LTD.
291-C, SHWE DAGON PAGODA ROAD,
DAGON TOWNSHIP, YANGON, MYANMAR.
Notify Party
ONE STEP UP LTD.
1407 BROADWAY, SUITE 3205 NEW YORK,
NY 10018, U.S.A.

Metric Tons
1.02 

Product Description
LADIES KNIT TOP

 

Consignee 
THE APPAREL ZONE
1407 BROADWAY SUITE 920
NEW YORK, N.Y.10018

Total Metric Tons
41.57

 


 

Shipper
LINN HTET HOTEL & TRADING INT'L
CO.,LTD. NO.231, AHLONE ROAD,
YANGON,MYANMAR.
Notify Party
THE APPAREL ZONE
1407 BROADWAY, 30TH FLOOR,
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10018.

Metric Tons
16.07

Product Description 
GARMENT 

 


 

Shipper
PHEE INT'L SHIPPING (MYR) LTD
AS AGENT OF ACS ON BEHALF OF
R & T MANUFACTURING CO.,LTD.
YANGON,MYANMAR. (A)

Notify Party
THE APPAREL ZONE
1407 BROADWAY, 30TH FLOOR,
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10018.

 

 

 

Metric Tons
15.94

Product Description
GARMENT

 


 

Shipper
MYANMAR UNIMIX INTERNATIONAL LIMI
PYIN MA BIN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX,
HTAUK-KYANT P.O.MINGALADON TOWNSH
YANGON,MYANMAR

Notify Party
THE APPAREL ZONE 1407 BROADWAY, 30TH FLOOR,
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10018

 

 

 

 

Metric Tons
9.57

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee
BLOCK SPORTSWEAR
525 NORTH COLLEGE ROAD
WILMINGTON, NC, US 28405

Total Metric Tons
14.12

 


 

Shipper
EVER GREEN (MYANMAR) OVERSEAS
ENTERPRISE GROUP CO.,LTD. NO.592,
SITHU STREET,PAUKTAW QUARTER,INSEIN
YANGON,MYANMAR. 
Notify Party
BLOCK SPORTSWEAR,
525 N, COLLEGE ROAD,
WILMINGTON, NC.28405

Metric Tons
14.12

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee
EXTRA SPORTSWEAR INC.
1411 BROADWAY 19TH FLOOR NEW YORK,
NY 10018, U.S.A.

Total Metric Tons
12.67

 


 

Shipper
NAY MIN AUNG GARMENT CO.,LTD.
NO.112, AMAYAR STREET, C/INDUSTRIAL
ZONE,NORTH OKKALAPA TOWNSHIP,
YANGON,MYANMAR.

Notify Party
EXTRA SPORTSWEAR
1411 BROADWAY, 19TH FL
NEW YORK, NY, US 10018

Metric Tons
12.67

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee 
48 HOURS SPORTSWEAR COMPANY,INC.
538 HYULER STREET, S HACKENSAK,
NJ 07606, U.S.A.
(TEL)201-931-9000 (FAX)201-931-1284

Total Metric Tons
11.24

 


 

Shipper
CHERRY CO.,LTD.
NO.(128), 41ST STREET, BOTATAUNG
TOWNSHIP, YANGON,MYANMAR.
Notify Party
48 HOURS SPORTSWEAR
538 HUYLER STREET
S, HACKENSACK, NJ 07606 U.S.A.
TEL)201-931-9000 FAX)201-931-1284

Metric Tons
8.30

Product Description
GARMENT

 


 

Shipper
NEWEST GARMENT BOX AND COX SPROTSWEAR CO., LTD.
2FL., 789-13, YOKSAM-DONG,
KANGNAM-GU, SEOUL, 135-080,
KOREA

Notify Party
48 HOURS SPORTSWEAR
538 HUYLER STREET
S. HACKENSACK, NJ 07606 U.S.A.
TEL)201-931-9000 FAX)201-931-1284

 

 

 

 

Metric Tons
2.94

Product Description
GARMENT

 

Consignee
IKEA WHOLESALE INC
5555 EAST JURUPA STREET
ONTARIO CA 91761

Total Metric Tons
20.35

 


 

Shipper
TOCONTAP HOCHIMINH CITY
18 NGUYEN HUE AVE, DIST, 01,
HOCHIMINH CITY, VIETNAM  
Notify Party
EXBARTHCO INT'L
2) IKEA WHOLESALE
C/O DSL TRANSPORTATION INC
12645 6TH STREET
RANCHO CUCAMONGA CA 91730

Metric Tons
20.35

Product Description
Ceramic Ware

 

Consignee
[Oved Apparel]

 


 

Shipper
GOLDEN STONE INTERNATIONAL CO.,LT
NO.46, LATHA STREET, LATHA TOWNSHIP
YANGON, MYANMAR.
C/O. LIMYN CO.,LTD. 
Notify Party
OVED APPAREL CORP.
140, 58TH STREET, NO.A-D1,
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11220.
201 435 7050

Metric Tons
4.65 

Product Description
48 CTNS

 

 


 

 

Companies Producing in Burma
(Source: U.S. Customs Documents, Store Purchase)
AAFES / Army and Airforce Exchange Service
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Fubu
  • Jordache
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Williams Sonoma
  • Totes Isotoner
  • Bugle Boy
  • Karl Kani
  • Kohl's (claims to have pulled out but continues to sell products made in Burma)
  • Adidas (claims to have pulled out but continues to sell products made in Burma)
  • Carters (children's wear purchased at Kmart)
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Dress Barn
  • Kasper
  • By Design
  • Bon-Ton
  • Ikea
  • Cherry Stix, Ltd.
  • Stretch-O-Rama
  • Apparel Zone
  • One Step Up

 

Ties to Drug Lord


Block Sportswear Inc. (which lists its address on shipping documents as 525 North College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405) imported 58.6 tons of clothing in a recent 3-month period from the Evergreen factory in Yangon Burma. The Bankok Nation pointed out on July 13, 2000 that Evergreen owner Lo Hsing-La is on of Burma's most powerful drug lords.

 

 


 


 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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