The 14th Annual Apparel Sourcing Show (APSS) takes place from 3-5 May in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and aims to highlight new sourcing opportunities in Central America. 

Under the theme 'Americas' Speed-to-Market Solution,' visitors can access more than 250 suppliers of textiles, yarns, trimmings, services and machinery representing all aspects of the production supply chain; a Matchmaking Meeting Program to set up appointments between Central American apparel producers and US buyers to explore potential business partnerships; and an Academic Program that includes seminars, conferences and workshops.  

The US-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) will feature prominently on the 2005 APSS Academic Program. 

As well as creating new opportunities for US yarn and fabric producers, CAFTA has the potential to expand the ability of the Central American industry to offer speed-to-market fashion apparel.
 
The 2005 Apparel Sourcing Show also is the first Central American apparel trade show since the January 1, 2005 elimination of the global quota system. As such it hopes to provide an in-depth view of changes in the 2005 apparel sourcing patterns.

Organized by VESTEX, Guatemala's Commission of the Apparel and Textile Industry, the APSS is the major trade show for textile and apparel companies interested in doing business in Central America.

Last year's APSS attracted more than 5,000 attendees from over 20 countries.

Further information is available at the Apparel Sourcing Show website