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Trump, farmers and the anti-gravity tariff machine

On Tuesday the Trump administration sought to buy votes and silence farmers by offering them $12 billion to stop complaining about lost busi...

Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates

The European Union (EU) has moved ahead with its plans to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made clothing in response to pu...


Whitney Pipkin | 2 May 2018

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.


Whitney Pipkin | 1 May 2018

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.


Guest author | 21 Jul 2017

A report on just-style last week described as a "missed opportunity" the distribution of a Vietnam-made backpack at the launch of a new multi-million dollar initiative intended to develop US-made high-tech fabrics. But for Stephen Lamar, executive vice president at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the item’s value is overwhelmingly US – and reflects the way supply chains are likely to evolve in the future.


Ed Zwirn | 15 Feb 2017

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector is bracing itself for even greater cost increases to come.

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Beth Wright | 26 Jul 2018

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."


Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2018

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.


Leonie Barrie | 17 May 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 4 Apr 2018

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.


Beth Wright | 23 Mar 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 19 Mar 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 6 Mar 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 2018

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.


Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 2018

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.


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.

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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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