President Barack Obama’s commitment to double US exports by 2015 has been welcomed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which has unveiled a ten-point plan to help make it a reality.

A response to a call for comments on the National Export Initiative (NEI) made by the US Department of Commerce, the plan addresses a number of key export-related issues.

These include the need for small and medium-sized companies to have access to credit; the need to pass trade promotion agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea; the importance of technological developments and intellectual property protections; and the conclusion of the Doha round of WTO trade negotiations.

“As an industry that makes everywhere and sells everywhere, the US apparel and footwear industry stands behind the National Export Initiative,” said AAFA president and CEO Kevin Burke.

“We cannot afford to leave any option off the table. Whether improving access to export financing, continuing to open new markets, improving existing trade agreements, or even facilitating imports, every component is critical to realising the final goal.”