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Amazon listed in US notorious markets submission Michelle Russell | 2 Oct 18

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has included certain Amazon marketplaces in its submission to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying foreign markets that facilitate the sale of counterfeits.


US apparel industry welcomes new trade pact with Mexico, Canada Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 18

The North America Free Trade Agreement is to be replaced by a new deal after Canada, the United States and Mexico successfully concluded more than a year's worth of talks – with the new pact called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


New China tariffs will create supply chain chaos Beth Wright | 18 Sep 18

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain.


US retailers welcome US Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Beth Wright | 14 Sep 18

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has commended President Donald Trump on signing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018 into law.


Calls for trilateral trade pact to replace NAFTA Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 18

Calls are mounting for any new trade pact that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to be trilateral, involving the three current partners: the US, Canada and Mexico.


Trump to the American retail consumer – "You're Fired" Guest author | 30 Aug 18

We are all trying hard to rationalise or explain what the Trump administration is trying to do, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Apparently, we are attempting to stop unfair trade practices – promoted by China – by taxing ourselves and taking money out of our own pockets. Makes sense, right?


New US-Mexico deal could replace NAFTA Beth Wright | 28 Aug 18

The US has reached a preliminary agreement regarding a new trade accord with Mexico that could replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including stronger textile provisions than the original trade pact, and are designed to incentivise greater US and Mexican production in textiles and apparel trade.


President Trump, farmers and the anti-gravity tariff machine Guest author | 26 Jul 18

On Tuesday the Trump administration sought to buy votes and silence farmers by offering them $12 billion to stop complaining about lost business due to tariffs. But while those in our industry who focus on global supply chains can easily empathise with the farmers...the difference is that the US government won't bail us out, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


US and EU to hold talks on removing trade barriers Beth Wright | 26 Jul 18

The American apparel and footwear sector has welcomed the news that the US and the European Union are to hold talks to "work toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies."


Textiles subject to new US tariffs on Chinese imports Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 18

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has hit out at the US government's move to up the ante in its trade war with China by slapping tariffs on an additional US$200bn worth of Chinese imports, including textiles and accessories.


Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates Leonie Barrie | 1 Jun 18

The European Union (EU) has moved ahead with its plans to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made clothing in response to punitive tariffs by the Trump administration on imports of steel and aluminium – a decision that has been slammed by the US clothing sector.


Connecticut reconsiders microfibre labelling plans Leonie Barrie | 17 May 18

The US state of Connecticut is understood to have shelved plans for microfibre labelling in garments, but will instead set up a working group to study the issue of synthetic clothing and microfibre pollution.


Innovation sharpens US clothing sector's competitive edge Whitney Pipkin | 2 May 18

Innovation and new technologies are helping pave the way for the US apparel industry to become faster and smarter – and sharpen its competitive edge in commercially uncertain times – according to speakers at the annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Sourcing Conference in Washington DC last week.


Brands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility Whitney Pipkin | 1 May 18

The uncertainty of potential tariffs affecting the clothing and textile sector – and a Trump administration that appears poised to levy more of them – loomed large over the latest annual Sourcing Conference organised by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in Washington DC. But speakers also talked about the need for brands to forge intimate relationships with suppliers as the industry moves towards a future in which trading relationship lines are more blurred and customers expect products to be delivered more quickly and intuitively.


Relief as China apparel and footwear avoid Trump tariff Michelle Russell | 4 Apr 18

Groups representing US apparel and footwear brands and retailers have welcomed the decision by the Trump administration to exclude apparel and footwear from proposed new tariffs on products imported from China.


Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 23 Mar 18

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the punitive tariffs President Donald Trump is preparing to impose on Chinese imports into the United States – which could include apparel and footwear – and the potential winners and losers in the global garment trade, how Vietnam's apparel sector is set to reap the benefits oft he Comprehensive and Progressive Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and former New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen is to replace Esprit chief Jose Martinez later this year.


Concern over Myanmar labour law reform process Michelle Russell | 19 Mar 18

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) have welcomed the labour law reform process underway in Myanmar, but say it needs to lead to the implementation of laws and regulations for the country's garment and footwear sectors.


US apparel groups urge resumption of port talks Michelle Russell | 6 Mar 18

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers is urging port management and labour groups to resume talks and conclude a contract before the current East Coast port labour contract expires.


US apparel group calls for 'Made in USA' labelling clarity Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 18

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide greater clarity and more realistic ‘Made in USA’ labelling requirements to support domestic manufacturing.


AAFA and WRAP to offer guidance on labour issues Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 18

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has joined forces with social compliance specialist Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) to provide its members with guidance on a wide range of social responsibility issues.


US apparel importers welcome Trump call to "fix trade" Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 18

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has welcomed President Donald Trump's call during his State of the Union Address to improve trading relationships and training opportunities for American jobs.


Apparel groups urge NAFTA negotiation on rules of origin Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 18

A cohort of apparel industry associations have joined forces to urge NAFTA trade ministers to negotiate rules of origin that preserve existing flexibilities, avoid new restrictions, and include new provisions that expand trade.


US apparel importers welcome Long Beach rail facility Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 18

A group representing US apparel and footwear brands and importers has thrown its support behind a proposal by the Government to build a rail support facility at the port of Long Beach.


US apparel group queries child labour list methods Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 18

The US footwear and apparel industry has questioned the US Department of Labor over its methods for compiling its bi-annual list of goods produced using child or forced labour.


US groups urge passage of tariff bill by year-end Leonie Barrie | 13 Dec 17

A diverse group of more than 200 American companies and organisations is urging Congress to approve a bill before the end of the year that would temporarily reduce or suspend duties on certain raw material imports.


US apparel industry calls for shipping charge rules Michelle Russell | 12 Dec 17

The US apparel and footwear industry is calling on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish rules that will stop charges to shippers that also prevent companies from retrieving their cargo in a timely manner.


AAFA to honour PVH CEO Chirico and Camuto Group Beth Wright | 12 Dec 17

The CEO of US apparel giant PVH Corp, Manny Chirico, is among those to be honoured by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) at its American Image Awards next year.


US trade associations call for NAFTA to keep trucking rules Beth Wright | 15 Nov 17

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the American Cotton Shippers Association are among 100 state and national trade associations to sign a letter calling on the US government’s trade agency to preserve trucking provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during modernisation negotiations.


US GSP footwear bill edges forward as expiry looms Leonie Barrie | 3 Nov 17

Legislation that could add certain footwear to the US’s duty-free Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme has been introduced in the Senate – as calls mount for the overall scheme to be renewed before it expires at the end of the year.


Cambodia drops contentious clauses from wage law Michelle Russell | 18 Oct 17

Cambodia's Labour Ministry is to drop two contentious clauses from a proposed minimum wage law that would have prevented independent research into the annual negotiation process and established labour courts to resolve disputes.

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