Representatives from the US fashion industry will gather in New York City next month to discuss the latest updates in US-China trade tensions, transportation trends, and compliance, as well as exploring topics including sustainability and innovation.

The 31st Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference will bring together executives working in compliance, logistics, sourcing, supply chain management, government relations, and corporate social responsibility, and is hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and American Import Shippers Association (AISA) in conjunction with host sponsor FIT Baker School of Business and Technology.

Fashion brands, retailers, importers, and service providers will join the day for discussions on retail, sustainability and innovation, including a keynote on 'Macy's Path to Sustainability' by Cheryl Heinonen, senior vice president, corporate communications for Macy's Merchandising Group, and a keynote on innovation and 'Designing the Future at FIT' by Michael Ferraro, executive director of the Fashion Institute of Technology's FIT/Infor DTech Lab. 

Meanwhile, international speakers from China, Turkey, Mexico and Canada will join the conference to provide industry insights on sourcing strategies and managing global supply chains. Confirmed speakers include Moises Kalach, leader of the Mexican Coalition for USMCA and vice president of Kaltex, and Bob Kirke, executive director of Canadian Apparel Federation. 

In addition, discussions will focus on US trade policy and the impact on companies' supply chains. Confirmed speakers include Bill Jackson, assistant US Trade Representative for textiles; David Spooner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Scott McCandless, partner in PwC's Washington tax practice; and John Pellegrini of McGuireWoods LLP. 

The conference will also feature speakers from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Port of Long Beach, and Port Everglades.

The 31st Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference will take place on 7 November at FIT Baker School of Business and Technology.