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2021 trade priorities for US apparel and footwear industry Beth Wright | 19 Mar 21

Renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) are on the list of pressing trade matters presented by the US apparel and footwear industry to newly-appointed US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.


US apparel industry applauds tariff relief on PPE Hannah Abdulla | 8 Mar 21

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has applauded a decision by US President Joe Biden to extend tariff exclusions on personal protective equipment (PPE).


Calls to add US port workers to vaccine priority list Leonie Barrie | 18 Feb 21

Essential US port workers should be given priority during the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine to protect vital supply chains, according to a group representing apparel and footwear importers and retailers.


Ocean carrier violations adding costs and delays Leonie Barrie | 16 Feb 21

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is being urged to take action over a spike in contract violations and detention and demurrage charges hitting apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers.


US apparel groups urge "clear and decisive action" on Xinjiang Michelle Russell | 28 Jan 21

Groups representing the US apparel, footwear and retail sectors have written to Congressional leaders calling for "quick, clear, implementable and decisive action" to address forced labour in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and combat the import of products connected to it.


US urged to hold online marketplaces liable for fakes Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jan 21

Online marketplaces could be held liable for fakes sold on their platforms, should a call for the introduction of legislation for secondary trademark infringement liability in the US be heeded by government.


US apparel industry welcomes Notorious Markets review Michelle Russell | 18 Jan 21

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed the publication of a Notorious Markets review by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), which identifies and flags platforms for counterfeit products.


US apparel sector rebukes pro-Trump supporter chaos Michelle Russell | 7 Jan 21

The US apparel and manufacturing industries have rebuked efforts by pro-Trump supporters to disrupt American democracy after hundreds of the President’s supporters stormed the Capitol building resulting in four deaths.


US apparel sector calls for proper Vietnam investigation Michelle Russell | 23 Dec 20

The US apparel sector is one of a number of industries calling on the Trump Administration to conduct a proper investigation into Vietnam's recent designation as a currency manipulator by allowing the public to respond.


US apparel, retail sectors welcome government stimulus package Michelle Russell | 22 Dec 20

The US retail and apparel industries have welcomed the passage of the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020; one of two bills passed this week providing around US$900bn in funding to address the Covid-19 pandemic.


H&M Group's new membership brand to sell clothing at cost Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 20

Apparel giant H&M Group has soft-launched a new membership-based brand that sells apparel and home products at the price they cost to make.


Surge in fakes as more US shoppers turn to online marketplaces Hannah Abdulla | 10 Nov 20

Concerns are being voiced over the rising volume of fakes entering the United States as the number of Americans relying on e-commerce grows in response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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.

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