Sourcing trends, customs policies, logistics challenges, and global expansion will be among the topics discussed at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) conference in Washington DC next week.

The 'Strategic Sourcing, Customs, and Logistics Integration Conference' gets underway on 14 April and draws sourcing executives from apparel and footwear companies to hear from one another and directly from policymakers.

Featured speakers include: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, deputy US Trade Representative; Mario Cordero, chairman, Federal Maritime Commission; Sandra Bell, deputy assistant commissioner, Office of International Trade, US Customs and Border Protection; and Duncan Scott, VP of external products for New Balance Athletic Shoe.

The event comes on the heels of recently announced progress on the West Coast ports labour dispute, and as Congress is engaged in a national debate on US trade policies.