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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.


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.


AAFA rolls out 20th edition of Restricted Substance List Beth Wright | 27 Feb 19

The latest version of the American Apparel & Footwear Association's (AAFA) Restricted Substance List (RSL) covers 12 categories with more than 250 banned or restricted chemicals in apparel, footwear, and home textile products.


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).

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