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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.


US apparel groups urge resumption of port talks Michelle Russell | 6 Mar 18

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.


US apparel group calls for 'Made in USA' labelling clarity Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 18

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.


AAFA and WRAP to offer guidance on labour issues Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 18

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.


US apparel importers welcome Trump call to "fix trade" Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 18

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.


Apparel groups urge NAFTA negotiation on rules of origin Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 18

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.


US apparel importers welcome Long Beach rail facility Michelle Russell | 22 Jan 18

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.


US apparel group queries child labour list methods Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 18

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.


US groups urge passage of tariff bill by year-end Leonie Barrie | 13 Dec 17

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.


US apparel industry calls for shipping charge rules Michelle Russell | 12 Dec 17

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.


AAFA to honour PVH CEO Chirico and Camuto Group Beth Wright | 12 Dec 17

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.


US trade associations call for NAFTA to keep trucking rules Beth Wright | 15 Nov 17

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.


US GSP footwear bill edges forward as expiry looms Leonie Barrie | 3 Nov 17

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.


Cambodia drops contentious clauses from wage law Michelle Russell | 18 Oct 17

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.


Reducing the CPSC regulatory burden for apparel firms Leonie Barrie | 4 Oct 17

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.


Industry groups call for TPLs to continue in NAFTA Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 17

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.


Kingpins Goes to DC – Apparel retail, global supply chains, Trump, trade and NAFTA just-style | 11 Sep 17

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.


Why US innovation is vital to global value chains Guest author | 21 Jul 17

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.


US apparel buyers concerned at Cambodia legislation Leonie Barrie | 14 Jun 17

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.


AAFA sets out argument against border adjustment tax Michelle Russell | 24 May 17

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.


US apparel groups urge caution on NAFTA renegotiation Michelle Russell | 17 May 17

A group of US retail and apparel industry associations is urging the newly appointed US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to take a cautious approach to renegotiating NAFTA and ensure renegotiation does no harm to existing supply chains.


JD.com joins American Apparel & Footwear Association Beth Wright | 15 May 17

E-commerce retailer JD.com has joined the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in a move it claims is a first for a Chinese e-commerce company.


AAFA releases testing standards for legwear, hosiery and socks Beth Wright | 12 May 17

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released industry guidelines establishing testing standards for legwear, hosiery, and socks.


Call for review of "poorly designed" conflict minerals guidance Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 17

US apparel and footwear companies are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reconsider the appropriateness of its 2014 guidance on "conflict minerals" given its cost to brands and lack of impact to date.

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