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Leonie Barrie | 15 Sep 2009

The decision by President Barack Obama to impose tariffs on imported tyres from China has raised fears that clothing and textile imports into the US could be the next in line to face restrictions. But while the likelihood of such measures is slim, there’s plenty firms can do to prepare, as Leonie Barrie reports.


just-style.com | 29 Jul 2009

Moves by Nike and Adidas to stop sourcing leather from farms linked with Amazon deforestation highlight how the industry’s complex supply chains exacerbate the challenge of raising environmental standards. However, the Greenpeace report on which their decisions were based could also be a catalyst for multi-stakeholder dialogue, writes Ben Cooper.


just-style.com | 16 Jul 2009

Hopes that the US government would hand out emergency federal assistance to CIT Group Inc, a major source of financing for small and mid-size apparel firms, have been dashed after talks ground to a halt yesterday (15 July).


just-style.com | 30 Nov 2007

The changing dynamics of apparel production and consumption came under the spotlight at the recent International Apparel Federation’s 23rd World Apparel Convention in Taiwan. Delegates argued that in the future, Asia will not only be the major region for textiles and clothing but will also be the world’s largest consumer market. Vicky Sung reports from Taipei.

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Leonie Barrie | 13 Dec 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 12 Dec 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 12 Dec 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 15 Nov 2017

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.


Leonie Barrie | 3 Nov 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 18 Oct 2017

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.


Leonie Barrie | 4 Oct 2017

A group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers has submitted a number of suggestions to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on how to reduce regulatory burden without harming consumers, including exempting spandex from flammability testing standards.


Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2017

Ten business groups – representing companies from across the textile and apparel supply chain in Canada, the US, and Mexico – have urged negotiators to preserve Tariff Preference Levels (TPLs) in the NAFTA negotiations.


just-style | 11 Sep 2017

The second in a series of expert panel discussions exploring the challenges and opportunities facing today’s textile and apparel industry is now available to watch on demand – exclusively on just-style.


Leonie Barrie | 14 Jun 2017

Two pieces of pending legislation in Cambodia that relate to the minimum wage and arbitration of worker-employer disputes are causing concern for US apparel and footwear buyers.


Michelle Russell | 24 May 2017

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has reinforced its opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) provision, which it says will increase prices for consumers and hit jobs.


Michelle Russell | 17 May 2017

A group of US retail and apparel industry associations is urging the newly appointed US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to take a cautious approach to renegotiating NAFTA and ensure renegotiation does no harm to existing supply chains.


Beth Wright | 15 May 2017

E-commerce retailer JD.com has joined the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in a move it claims is a first for a Chinese e-commerce company.


Beth Wright | 12 May 2017

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released industry guidelines establishing testing standards for legwear, hosiery, and socks.


Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 2017

US apparel and footwear companies are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reconsider the appropriateness of its 2014 guidance on "conflict minerals" given its cost to brands and lack of impact to date.


Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 2017

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has entered into a partnership agreement with the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub to ensure best-in-class manufacturing of goods destined for the US market from East Africa.


Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2017

The impact of the new Trump administration on international trade, the potential border adjustment tax, and the shift to Africa as an apparel sourcing destination are some of the topics being discussed at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show later this month.


Michelle Russell | 9 Feb 2017

The American Apparel & Footwear Association and yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica are among new signatories to the Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), bringing the total number of signatories to 100 in its first year, as the initiative prepares to launch its pilot standard. 


Beth Wright | 23 Dec 2016

The American apparel and footwear industry has commended the US Trade Representative (USTR) for its decision to re-list Chinese online retail giant Alibaba's Taobao platform as a "notorious market" for the continuation of its counterfeit selling. 


Leonie Barrie | 26 Aug 2016

The US Trade Representative’s office is considering extending duty-free benefits to travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligible countries after facing criticism from lawmakers, importers and retailers.


Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 2016

More than 110 US-based industry groups are again urging West Coast port stakeholders to start negotiations on a new labour contract for dockworkers in order to avoid the disruption seen last year. 


Leonie Barrie | 6 Jul 2016

A group of US trade associations says it is "stunned" at the recent US decision to offer duty-free benefits for imported travel goods to just a small number of countries.


Leonie Barrie | 14 Jun 2016

Three trade associations representing the footwear industries in the US and Europe are pushing for the elimination of trade barriers on footwear under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).


Leonie Barrie | 11 May 2016

Legislation that paves the way for US apparel and footwear brands to reduce tariff costs on inputs and other articles no longer available in the US will now go to the president’s desk for his signature.

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Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2017

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.

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