The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has joined a national campaign aimed at opposing tariffs and highlighting the benefits of international trade to the US economy.

In an announcement, USFIA said it has joined Americans for Free Trade, a multi-industry coalition of which 80 organisations – including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) – are already members.

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“The fashion industry is pleased to join with a wide range of industries and organisations across the country to fight the proposed tariffs, which will amount to an additional tax on consumers and limit consumer choices,” said USFIA president Julia Hughes. “As we explained to the Trump Administration last week, the proposed additional 25% duties on consumer products will not achieve the stated goal of eliminating China’s troublesome intellectual property and technology transfer practices.

“Furthermore, the tariffs will harm American consumers at all income levels—from the  single  parent  struggling  to  make  ends  meet  as  they  purchase  back-to-school  necessities  for  their  kids,  to  the  consumer  of  high-end  fashion  manufactured  in  the  United  States,  and  every  American  family  in  between—by  imposing  a  substantial  regressive  tax  on  basic  household  purchases of clothing, footwear, back-to-school items, and home goods.”

Founded in 1989, USFIA works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States. Today, it represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally.