Fiji is negotiating for a better deal for its clothing and footwear firms, the Textile, Clothing and Footwear organisation said.

The country already has a quota-free arrangement with the US, but it is pushing for a duty- and quota-free deal similar to the one that AGOA countries currently enjoy.

The organisation said Fiji should invest in an American political lobbyist to negotiate garment deals with the US Government.

Organisation president, Ranjit Solanki, said the proposal was included in an industry submission to government last month.

Mr Solanki said it's been advised by the former US Ambassador to Fiji, Osman Siddique, to lobby for US reconsideration of its garment trade agreement with Fiji.

The industry is expecting a loss in export earnings of up to 40 per cent due to the effects of the political upheaval last year.