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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 sourcing 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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


New China tariffs will create supply chain chaos Beth Wright | 18 Sep 18

US President Donald Trump has decided to move forward with a 10% tariff on an additional US$200bn worth of goods from China, in a move the US fashion industry says will considerably disrupt the sector's supply chain.


US retailers welcome US Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Beth Wright | 14 Sep 18

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has commended President Donald Trump on signing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018 into law.


Calls for trilateral trade pact to replace NAFTA Leonie Barrie | 31 Aug 18

Calls are mounting for any new trade pact that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to be trilateral, involving the three current partners: the US, Canada and Mexico.


Trump to the American retail consumer – "You're Fired" Guest author | 30 Aug 18

We are all trying hard to rationalise or explain what the Trump administration is trying to do, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Apparently, we are attempting to stop unfair trade practices – promoted by China – by taxing ourselves and taking money out of our own pockets. Makes sense, right?


New US-Mexico deal could replace NAFTA Beth Wright | 28 Aug 18

The US has reached a preliminary agreement regarding a new trade accord with Mexico that could replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including stronger textile provisions than the original trade pact, and are designed to incentivise greater US and Mexican production in textiles and apparel trade.


President Trump, farmers and the anti-gravity tariff machine Guest author | 26 Jul 18

On Tuesday the Trump administration sought to buy votes and silence farmers by offering them $12 billion to stop complaining about lost business due to tariffs. But while those in our industry who focus on global supply chains can easily empathise with the farmers...the difference is that the US government won't bail us out, writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).


US and EU to hold talks on removing trade barriers Beth Wright | 26 Jul 18

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."


Textiles subject to new US tariffs on Chinese imports Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 18

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.


Clothing caught as EU and US tariff spat escalates Leonie Barrie | 1 Jun 18

The European Union (EU) has moved ahead with its plans to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports of US-made clothing in response to punitive tariffs by the Trump administration on imports of steel and aluminium – a decision that has been slammed by the US clothing sector.


Connecticut reconsiders microfibre labelling plans Leonie Barrie | 17 May 18

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.


Innovation sharpens US clothing sector's competitive edge Whitney Pipkin | 2 May 18

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.


Brands should rethink supply chains in a time of volatility Whitney Pipkin | 1 May 18

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.


Relief as China apparel and footwear avoid Trump tariff Michelle Russell | 4 Apr 18

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.


Top stories this week on just-style... Beth Wright | 23 Mar 18

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.


Concern over Myanmar labour law reform process Michelle Russell | 19 Mar 18

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.

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