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US steps up efforts to stifle counterfeits Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 20

The trade body representing the US’s apparel and footwear sector has welcomed the latest moves by the government to stop counterfeit trafficking on e-commerce platforms.


US apparel industry welcomes CBTPA trade pact extension Beth Wright | 12 Oct 20

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has underlined the importance of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) after President Donald Trump extended the trade pact for another ten years this weekend.


US apparel industry concern at potential new Vietnam tariffs Beth Wright | 5 Oct 20

Plans by the US Trade Representative to launch a Section 301 investigation on Vietnam – a move that could pave the way for imposition of new punitive duties on US imports from the country – have been met with dismay by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


Groups urge EU and US to add apparel to new duty cut Hannah Abdulla | 5 Oct 20

Euratex and the AAFA have bemoaned the "small scope" of a new tariff agreement between the EU and US, particularly the fact it does not include textiles and apparel.


US apparel industry urges Trump to sign off CBTPA amid expiry Michelle Russell | 1 Oct 20

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AFFA) has urged President Donald Trump to sign the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which expired yesterday (30 September), into law as a matter of urgency.


US lawmakers vote for action against Xinjiang forced labour Hannah Abdulla | 23 Sep 20

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – a move US apparel industry executives have previously warned would cause massive upheaval and supply chain disruption.


US clothing retailers back new fake goods task force Hannah Abdulla | 18 Aug 20

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is one of several trade bodies to join a new task force aimed at cracking down further on the marketing and sale of counterfeit and stolen goods on the US market.


US apparel industry calls for national face mask guidelines Beth Wright | 14 Jul 20

The US footwear and apparel industry has urged the Trump administration to institute federal face mask guidelines to assist retail stores as the country continues efforts to safely reopen.


US apparel and footwear industry welcomes USMCA implementation Michelle Russell | 1 Jul 20

The US apparel and footwear industry is the latest to issue its support for, and welcome the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which comes into force today (1 July).


Calls begin for renewal of African Growth & Opportunity Act Leonie Barrie | 19 Jun 20

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) does not expire for another five years, but calls for its renewal, along with a higher third-country fabric provision cap, are now being made.


Reshoring possible as US firms look to shorter, faster supply chains post-pandemic Hannah Abdulla | 2 Jun 20

US clothing brands and suppliers are likely exploring ways to make their supply chains faster and more nimble as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – which could involve many looking to shift parts of their production to the US, Central America and Mexico.


US fashion industry ramps up calls for more duty delays Ivan Castano Freeman | 30 Apr 20

The US fashion industry is ramping up efforts to obtain billions of dollars in tariff relief and stimulus aid from Washington as it moves to provide an oxygen tank for battered retailers and save jobs.


US apparel & footwear firms urge support for virus impact Hannah Abdulla | 23 Mar 20

US industry representatives have called on the Treasury to offer more support for clothing and footwear brands to manage their operations during the coronavirus crisis. 


US retail sector calls for swift move on stimulus efforts Michelle Russell | 23 Mar 20

A coalition of retail industry groups has called on the US government to ensure stimulus efforts to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus are "swift and flexible" enough to keep businesses afloat.


Trade groups want China tariffs scrapped to offset virus impact Hannah Abdulla | 16 Mar 20

A number of US trade bodies – including those that represent the clothing and footwear industries – have joined forces in urging the US government to scrap tariffs on Chinese goods as part of its "emergency response" in fighting the negative impact to the US economy of the coronavirus impact.


Industry voices concern over Xinjiang labour abuses Hannah Abdulla | 11 Mar 20

A coalition of trade bodies representing US apparel and footwear brands and retailers has expressed its concern over continuing reports of alleged forced labour practices in China's Xinjiang province – and is calling on the US government to help find a solution that protects the right of workers and the integrity of global supply chains.


AAFA issues 21st edition of Restricted Substance List Beth Wright | 3 Mar 20

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released the latest version of its Restricted Substance List (RSL), listing banned or restricted chemicals and substances in apparel, footwear, and home textile products around the world.


US apparel group berates proposed EU tariff hike Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 20

A US apparel trading association has expressed its disapproval at a threatened tariff hike of apparel and accessories from the EU over an ongoing aircraft subsidies dispute, warning of its impact on American workers and consumers.


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.

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