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New research adds to Xinjiang forced labour concerns Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 19

New research has added to worries that imports of clothing from China could have links to forced labour, prompting the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers to express its concerns at the situation.


AAFA CEO Rick Helfenbein to stand down Beth Wright | 4 Sep 19

Rick Helfenbein is to step down as president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association at the end of this year – with AAFA executive vice president Stephen Lamar stepping into the role.


US goes ahead with new tariffs on China clothing and footwear Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 19

The US and China have both gone ahead with threats to impose new levies on another tranche of imports – with the US move meaning around US$31bn in textile, apparel and home textile products from China are now subject to an additional tariff of 15%.


The Grinch to American retailers – no more love! Guest author | 1 Sep 19

A new round of US tariffs kicks in today (1 September) that will result in a direct tax on 92% of all apparel products and 53% of all footwear items imported from China. Here Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), explains the industry's concern at the likely impact of this tariff manoeuvring, both now and into the future.


US delays tariffs on some apparel and footwear items Beth Wright | 13 Aug 19

The US tariff saga continues to unravel, with the latest move seeing some items of footwear and apparel among a number of imported Chinese products on which an additional tariff of 10% is to be delayed for 105 days until 15 December. 


US trade groups urge Congress to approve USMCA Leonie Barrie | 25 Jul 19

Amid ongoing frustration that the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has still not been signed off by Congress or President Trump, groups representing US apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers have joined calls for the trade pact to be made into law.


US textile, apparel trade bodies voice concerns over Trump tariffs on Mexico Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jun 19

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organisations have penned a letter to US President Donald Trump expressing their concern regarding the recently proposed tariff hike on Mexican imports and warning the move will hurt US workers and consumers.


US footwear industry unites to oppose China tariffs Leonie Barrie | 31 May 19

More pressure is being piled on Donald Trump not to impose new tariffs on US shoe imports from China after five trade groups representing the entire US footwear industry wrote to the President to oppose the plans.


Apparel groups outline US-China trade deal priorities Beth Wright | 26 Apr 19

Amid reports the United States and China are edging closer to a trade agreement, a group of US business associations – including those representing apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers – have set out what they see as priorities in a deal to reset US-China trade relations.


Apparel groups urge talks on India GSP withdrawal Beth Wright | 16 Apr 19

European and international business associations representing apparel and footwear brands and importers have voiced concerns over the US's plans to terminate India's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status and urged it to extend talks to reach a "mutually agreeable" solution. 


Apparel groups again urge Cambodia to tackle labour issues Beth Wright | 5 Apr 19

European and international business associations representing apparel, footwear and travel goods buyers have voiced concerns at the labour and human rights situation in Cambodia, noting the potential withdrawal of EU EBA benefits and US GSP benefits are "worrying developments" for companies that source from the country.


China and changing consumer top of mind for US apparel execs Whitney Pipkin | 22 Mar 19

Taking the theme ‘Demand and Deliver,’ this year’s annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Executive Summit mulled American trade policy, along with finding creative ways to thrive amid an ever-changing retail landscape.


China trade – Hoping for a Mar-A-Lago miracle? Guest author | 19 Mar 19

While we wait for news of the next trade summit between the United States and China, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), mulls the consequences of President Trump’s flawed trade strategy – including long-lasting damage to global supply chains.


Gary Simmons named new AAFA chairman Beth Wright | 19 Mar 19

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has named Gary Simmons, director of US fashion firm Intradeco Apparel, as its new chairman.


US, Canada retailers call for swift ratification of USMCA Hannah Abdulla | 5 Mar 19

US and Canadian apparel trade bodies and brands are pushing for swift ratification of the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade pact, adding the agreement — which replaces the 25-year old NAFTA free trade pact — allows apparel and footwear companies access to the "diverse supply chains" which are required to meet the expectations of customers in today’s retail environment.


Calls for US-UK trade pact to reduce access costs Beth Wright | 21 Jan 19

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) says a trade agreement between the US and the United Kingdom must ultimately expand trade between the two countries while reducing regulatory and market access costs currently associated with those trade links.


New health and safety tool for denim finishing workers Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 19

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released a new tool for its members setting out health and safety guidelines to protect workers in the denim finishing industry.


How Trump's "Tariff Man" tweet roiled the markets Guest author | 14 Dec 18

Fascinating – just a few words escaped from the President's twitter feed and global markets start falling. Given his love for the Christmas season, his love for Brexit, his love for figgy pudding, it's not surprising that he reached for a Beatles song to express his views on trade when he grabbed "I Am The Walrus," writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


China trade war truce welcomed by US associations Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 18

The US and China have declared a 90-day trade war ceasefire, a move welcomed by US industry trade bodies.


Buried clause in USMCA pact could hurt duty-free imports Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 18

Trade associations from the US apparel and footwear industry are appealing a clause in the new US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement to lower the duty-free import threshold, arguing it would hurt the industry.


123 apparel and footwear firms ink pact against forced labour Beth Wright | 23 Oct 18

PVH Corp, Nike, Ralph Lauren and VF Corp are among 123 companies that have signed a new commitment to prevent forced and unfair labour practices in global apparel, footwear and travel goods supply chains. 


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."

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