US/EU: Groups urge end to apparel duty barriers in TTIP
Both sides in the talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) should agree duty-free access for all apparel and textile products, according to two leading trade associations.
As the fourth round of T-TIP talks begin in Brussels, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and Euratex (European Apparel and Textile Confederation) have written a joint letter to US trade representative Mike Froman and European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht.
“It is our hope and firm belief that the T-TIP has the potential to help the European and US apparel industries grow, and create thousands of new jobs in Europe and the United States to support that growth,” wrote AAFA EVP Steve Lamar and Euratex director general Francesco Marchi.
“Tariffs, however, act as a huge impediment to achieving this goal.
“Just the opposite, tariffs prevent the US and European industry from working together to accomplish this goal.”
The two added that, as well as eliminating duties on all apparel and textile products, the agreement should harmonise and simplify the rules and regulations governing apparel trade in Europe and the US.
- Low labour cost countries linked to highest risks
- Why should brands care about China cotton?
- China cotton: implications and opportunities
- COMMENT: Skills or new technology?
- New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear
- South Africa to grow grass for recyclable textiles
- 30% of Adidas cotton from sustainable sources
- US West Coast port contract reached
- Activewear driving US apparel spend
- Benetton to embark on living wage roadmap
- Myanmar's Garment Sector - Opportunities & Challenges in 2015
- Outdoor performance apparel: peaks, valleys, and green fields
- Global market review of swimwear - forecasts to 2019
- Management briefing: Outlook 2015: Apparel industry issues in the year ahead
- Apparel Retail: Top 5 Emerging Markets Industry Guide