Dozens of global fashion brands, retailers, importers, and industry service providers will convene in New York City next month – the day after the US mid-term elections – to discuss their potential impact on trade and business.

Taking place on 7 November and hosted by the US Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA), the 30th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference will bring together executives working in compliance, logistics, sourcing, supply chain management, government relations, and corporate social responsibility.

The agenda will cover challenges created by the US elections on trade and business – and possible solutions – with an array of expert speakers from across the supply chain.

Many discussions will focus on the US-China trade tensions and how companies can mitigate the impact of the Section 301 tariff increases.

Confirmed speakers include Bill Jackson, Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles; David Spooner of Barnes & Thornburg, former Chief Textile & Apparel Negotiator at the Office of the US Trade Representative and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration; Erin Ennis, SVP of the US-China Business Council; and Avedis Seferian, president & CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).

In addition to trade policy, the conference will include discussions on factory safety and compliance, retail, sustainability, and innovation, including experts from Levi Strauss & Co, Macy's Merchandising Group, BSI, Canopy, Lenzing, and PwC. Speakers from The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, The Port of Long Beach, and Geodis USA will also feature.