China and US apparel groups strengthen trade ties
China is a growing market for US-made and branded apparel and footwear
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel (CCCT) have agreed to jointly address industry issues ranging from product safety, to labelling and retail.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during a half-day seminar on US/China trade relations in Washington.
The agreement is designed to facilitate the exchange of trade and investment information between AAFA and CCCT and their respective memberships.
The trade relationship is expected to grow in importance in the coming years, with manufactured and design fashion product flowing in both directions, according to AAFA chairman Rick Helfenbein. "This MOU ensures that we will be at the centre of that discussion."
Juanita Duggan, CEO of AAFA, added: "Through this MoU, we will amplify our voice and our global reach as we help our members and US policy makers understand what is happening with our industry in China. It's a huge deal."
China is the top supplier of both footwear and apparel to the US market. China is also a growing market for US-made and branded apparel and footwear.
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