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AAFA signs East Africa best-practice initiative Michelle Russell | 22 Feb 17

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has entered into a partnership agreement with the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub to ensure best-in-class manufacturing of goods destined for the US market from East Africa.

US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes Ed Zwirn | 15 Feb 17

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.

Sourcing at MAGIC to tackle trade, Africa and speed to market Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 17

The impact of the new Trump administration on international trade, the potential border adjustment tax, and the shift to Africa as an apparel sourcing destination are some of the topics being discussed at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show later this month.

Global labour standard prepares for pilot launch Michelle Russell | 9 Feb 17

The American Apparel & Footwear Association and yoga wear brand Lululemon Athletica are among new signatories to the Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), bringing the total number of signatories to 100 in its first year, as the initiative prepares to launch its pilot standard. 

US apparel industry commends Alibaba counterfeit re-listing Beth Wright | 23 Dec 16

The American apparel and footwear industry has commended the US Trade Representative (USTR) for its decision to re-list Chinese online retail giant Alibaba's Taobao platform as a "notorious market" for the continuation of its counterfeit selling. 

USTR to reconsider GSP decision on travel goods Leonie Barrie | 26 Aug 16

The US Trade Representative’s office is considering extending duty-free benefits to travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligible countries after facing criticism from lawmakers, importers and retailers.

Shippers seek start to West Coast port contract talks Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 16

More than 110 US-based industry groups are again urging West Coast port stakeholders to start negotiations on a new labour contract for dockworkers in order to avoid the disruption seen last year. 

US groups "stunned" at GSP travel goods decision Leonie Barrie | 6 Jul 16

A group of US trade associations says it is "stunned" at the recent US decision to offer duty-free benefits for imported travel goods to just a small number of countries.

US and EU footwear groups urge end to trade barriers in TTIP Leonie Barrie | 14 Jun 16

Three trade associations representing the footwear industries in the US and Europe are pushing for the elimination of trade barriers on footwear under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

Legislation to eliminate duties heads to President Leonie Barrie | 11 May 16

Legislation that paves the way for US apparel and footwear brands to reduce tariff costs on inputs and other articles no longer available in the US will now go to the president’s desk for his signature.

AAFA releases latest update to restricted substances list Leonie Barrie | 11 Apr 16

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released the 17th edition of the Restricted Substance List (RSL), listing banned or restricted chemicals and substances in apparel, and footwear products around the world.

AAFA names industry leaders to board of directors Leonie Barrie | 22 Mar 16

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has named executives from New Balance Athletics, VF Corporation, Gerber Childrenswear and Advent International to its board of directors for the coming year.

ANALYSIS: New safeguard concerns hit US apparel sector Leonie Barrie | 15 Sep 09

The decision by President Barack Obama to impose tariffs on imported tyres from China has raised fears that clothing and textile imports into the US could be the next in line to face restrictions. But while the likelihood of such measures is slim, there’s plenty firms can do to prepare, as Leonie Barrie reports.

US: Updated restricted substances list adds CPSIA standards | 26 Aug 09

An updated list tracking all regulated chemicals that go into apparel and footwear products has just been published by The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

COMMENT: Leather exposé could foster environmental talks | 29 Jul 09

Moves by Nike and Adidas to stop sourcing leather from farms linked with Amazon deforestation highlight how the industry’s complex supply chains exacerbate the challenge of raising environmental standards. However, the Greenpeace report on which their decisions were based could also be a catalyst for multi-stakeholder dialogue, writes Ben Cooper.

US: CIT wards off bankruptcy with $3bn loan | 21 Jul 09

Troubled lender CIT Group, one of the key financiers to the apparel and retail industry, has warded off an imminent bankruptcy threat by agreeing a $3bn loan and begun plans to restructure its liabilities.

In the money: CIT financial woes add to US apparel pain | 16 Jul 09

Hopes that the US government would hand out emergency federal assistance to CIT Group Inc, a major source of financing for small and mid-size apparel firms, have been dashed after talks ground to a halt yesterday (15 July).

US: Alternative lab tests suggested for CPSIA | 15 Jul 09

A formal request has been submitted to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) calling on it to approve some alternative lab testing procedures that could save apparel manufacturers millions of dollars.

HONDURAS: US textile, apparel groups call for “stability” | 14 Jul 09

Trade groups representing US textile and apparel importers and retailers have sent a letter to President Barack Obama emphasising the need for “predictability and stability” in Honduras.

US: New calls for renewal of Burma import ban | 8 Jul 09

Calls are mounting again for Congress to renew an import ban on products from Burma which is due to expire on 26 July.

US: Tenenbaum confirmed as CPSC chair | 23 Jun 09

The US Senate has confirmed Inez Tenenbaum as chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the watchdog that oversees the safety of products including clothing and footwear sold in the US.

US: Apparel execs speak out against Design Piracy bill | 18 Jun 09

Representatives from the US apparel and footwear industry have spoken out again against a bill that would provide fashion designs with three years of copyright protection - and say they will continue to vigorously fight its passage.

US: House passes Pakistan aid bill | 12 Jun 09

The House of Representatives yesterday (June 11) passed a bill that would grant duty-free access for certain apparel and textile items imported into the US from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

US: Footwear trade group strengthens ties with Morocco | 12 Jun 09

The footwear trade between the US and Morocco received a boost this week after two associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to open up business opportunities between their members.

US: Apparel groups call for changes to Pakistan aid bill | 11 Jun 09

Trade groups representing apparel retailers and importers are urging members of Congress to revamp pending legislation being debated today (11 June) that would grant duty-free access for certain products imported into the US from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

US: Obama expands product safety team, funding | 6 May 09

President Barack Obama revealed plans yesterday (5 May) to fill two top posts at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the controversial watchdog that oversees the safety of products including clothing and footwear sold in the US.

US: Fashion copyright bill back on track | 1 May 09

A bill that would provide fashion designs with three years of copyright protection was reintroduced yesterday (30 April), less than a year after progress on an earlier version of the legislation ground to a halt.

US: Group urges reform of trade preference programs | 29 Apr 09

A group of trade and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including those representing apparel manufacturers, retailers and importers, is calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to reform US trade preference programs in a bid to help the world’s poorest countries.

US: Trade group hits out at fashion copyright bill | 28 Apr 09

A US trade group has spoken out against the expected re-introduction of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, which it said would “stifle the creativity that drives the fashion industry forward.”

US: Wolverine wins AAFA lifestyle prize | 20 Apr 09

US footwear company Wolverine World Wide will receive the "Excellence in Lifestyle Branding Award" at the American Apparel & Footwear Association's (AAFA) annual awards next month.







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