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Textile talks stall as Doha Round suspended | 25 Jul 06

The Doha Round of world trade talks has broken down amid accusations of inflexibility and deep divisions between the key negotiating partners. The treatment of textiles and apparel within the discussions has been a particular area of contention – and response to the current stalemate suggests a solution will be hard to find.

US: FTA talks with Malaysia make good progress | 24 Jul 06

The United States and Malaysia made what they described as “solid progress” in the second round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations in Washington last week, and said talks will resume in Malaysia in September.

HONG KONG: Industry leaders prepare for next Prime Source Forum | 20 Jul 06

Apparel industry leaders are set to meet again in Hong Kong next year to take part in the second Prime Source Forum.

US: New prisons act could open up military manufacturing | 13 Jul 06

Legislation passed yesterday (12 July) by the House Judiciary Committee could open up new opportunities for apparel firms to make US military uniforms.

NICARAGUA: Conference stresses CAFTA collaboration aims | 21 Jun 06

The apparel industry in the CAFTA-DR area has the potential to grow its share of the US market from 10% to 20% – but only if the countries involved start working together, according to speakers at the recent Apparel Conference of Americas.

US: Normal Trade Status for Vietnam divides textile industry | 14 Jun 06

Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to extend “permanent normal trade relations” (PNTR) to Vietnam, a key part of a US deal paving the way for that country to join the World Trade Organisation.

US: Sue Schwab named new trade representative | 9 Jun 06

The US Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Susan C Schwab as the new United States trade representative.

US: Trade group calls for renewed import ban against Burma | 7 Jun 06

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging Congress to renew import restrictions against Burma which are due to expire on 31 July.

US: AAFA footwear division president Fawn Evenson to retire | 22 May 06

Fawn Evenson, president of the Footwear Division of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, is to retire. Ms Evenson, who is also AAFA vice president, Global Initiatives, is due to step down on 1 June after 32 years of service.

US: AAFA to co-sponsor workplace safety week | 27 Apr 06

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will co-sponsor a special week-long observance this spring to increase public awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health.

US: Trade groups launch Apparel Conference of the Americas in Nicaragua | 26 Apr 06

Five US organisations have joined together to launch the Apparel Conference of the Americas, which is being hosted by ProNicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua from 5-7 June.

Are EU shoe duties an economic mistake? | 3 Apr 06

The decision to impose protective duties on imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam into the European Union has been slammed by leading footwear retailers, importers and trade groups as a costly economic exercise. But just how real are fears of price hikes, job losses and even suggestions that the move will pave the way for import tariffs on other goods from China? Leonie Barrie reports.

Anti-counterfeiting bill closes legal loopholes | 17 Mar 06

There’s no doubt that apparel companies take counterfeiting extremely seriously, and with $16.1bn worth of knock-off apparel seized in the US alone last year, there’s a lot at stake. Leonie Barrie looks at the latest move by the US government to stem the increased tide in shipments of fake products.

US: Jones Apparel’s Wes Card to continue as AAFA chairman | 28 Feb 06

Wes Card, chief operating and financial officer of Jones Apparel Group, has agreed to continue for another year as chairman of the board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

Industry groups warn against EU shoe duties | 6 Feb 06

As the deadline for a decision by the EU on whether or not to impose tariffs or quotas on leather footwear imports from China and Vietnam draws nearer, trade groups from Europe and the US are warning of economic chaos, rising prices and shoe shortages.

USA: Congress agrees to end anti-dumping trade law | 3 Feb 06

US Congress on Wednesday (1 February) approved a budget bill that will end a controversial anti-dumping trade law, known as the Byrd Amendment, in October 2007.

US: Conference to explore ‘boomers and zoomers’ | 16 Jan 06

With annual spending power exceeding US$2tn and average household incomes over $45,000, today’s Baby Boomers – and upper income “Zoomers” – are a powerful market of consumers who increasingly care about how they look and how they dress.

US: Avery Dennison offers cut-price RFID for AAFA members | 9 Jan 06

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has signed a deal with Avery Dennison Retail Information Services to provide sharply discounted rates for Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) labels to AAFA member companies.

US: Retail conference to explore branding, sourcing strategies | 9 Jan 06

A one-day conference that explores the importance of developing a sound brand strategy that responds to changing consumer needs and preferences is taking place on 19 January 2006 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

US: Congress OKs clauses to help military apparel makers | 23 Dec 05

The US Congress yesterday (22 December) approved provisions in the 2006 Defense Authorization conference report that will improve opportunities for US manufacturers that supply apparel and footwear to the United States armed forces.

US: Apparel groups praise WTO trade liberalisation plans | 21 Dec 05

The decision by trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation’s sixth ministerial meeting in Hong Kong to provide duty-free and quota-free access for most of the products produced by the world’s poorest countries has been praised by trade groups representing US apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies and their suppliers.

US: Trade group urges EU countries to oppose shoe duties | 14 Dec 05

Members of the European Union are being urged to formally oppose anti-dumping duties now being considered by the European Commission (EC) for European imports of footwear from China, Vietnam and India.

USA: Footwear execs oppose EC anti-dumping cases | 12 Dec 05

US footwear industry executives last week held a meeting with European trade officials to express their opposition to European anti-dumping cases against imported footwear from China, Vietnam and India.

USA: Apparel Training Clause In Defense Authorization Bill | 18 Nov 05

The Defense Authorization bill, S 1042, approved by the Senate on Wednesday, includes an amendment to help ensure that apparel products purchased for the US armed forces are made in the United States.

USA: Brand Protection Council Set Up To Battle Fakes | 17 Nov 05

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has launched a new Brand Protection Council to help protect US branded products against cheap imitations that are flooding the marketplace.

US-China deal to smooth textile trade | 14 Nov 05

After more than a year of uncertainty, during which time US textile groups have filed a barrage of safeguard petitions seeking curbs on Chinese imports of textiles and clothing, the newly-negotiated deal signed by the US and China last week will bring some much-needed stability to bilateral trade. From 1 January 2006 to the end of 2008, new limits have been imposed on US imports of Chinese textile and apparel products in all or parts of 34 categories.

USA: Conference To Examine Global Brand Counterfeiting | 19 Oct 05

A two-day conference is taking place in New York City next month to examine the global issue of counterfeiting and its impact on the sewn products industry.

USA: AAFA Seeks CAFTA-DR Implementation Czar | 23 Sep 05

The head of a US trade association is calling on the Bush administration to appoint an official to oversee and co-ordinate implementation efforts for the US/Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).

USA: Senate Introduces Anti-Counterfeit Bill | 16 Sep 05

New legislation to plug loopholes in US anti-counterfeiting laws was introduced yesterday. S 1699 – the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act – aims to provide additional tools for US law enforcement officials to stop the trafficking of counterfeit goods in the country.

USA: 'Sizing It Special' Seminar Promises Fitting Experience | 12 Sep 05

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Center for Professional Studies (FIT) and the National Retail Federation (NRF), is holding a special forum on shape and fit later this month.







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