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US apparel group berates proposed EU tariff hike

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A US apparel trading association has expressed its disapproval at a threatened tariff hike of apparel and accessories from the EU over an ongoing aircraft subsidies dispute, warning of its impact on American workers and consumers.... read more


New research adds to Xinjiang forced labour concerns

21 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

New research has added to worries that imports of clothing from China could have links to forced labour, prompting the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers to express its concerns at the situation.... read more


AAFA CEO Rick Helfenbein to stand down

4 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Rick Helfenbein is to step down as president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association at the end of this year – with AAFA executive vice president Stephen Lamar stepping into the role.... read more


US goes ahead with new tariffs on China clothing and footwear

2 September 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The US and China have both gone ahead with threats to impose new levies on another tranche of imports – with the US move meaning around US$31bn in textile, apparel and home textile products from China are now subject to an additional tariff of 15%.... read more


The Grinch to American retailers – no more love!

1 September 2019 | Guest author

A new round of US tariffs kicks in today (1 September) that will result in a direct tax on 92% of all apparel products and 53% of all footwear items imported from China. Here Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), explains the industry's concern at the likely impact of this tariff manoeuvring, both now and into the future.... read more


US delays tariffs on some apparel and footwear items

13 August 2019 | Beth Wright

The US tariff saga continues to unravel, with the latest move seeing some items of footwear and apparel among a number of imported Chinese products on which an additional tariff of 10% is to be delayed for 105 days until 15 December. ... read more


US trade groups urge Congress to approve USMCA

25 July 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Amid ongoing frustration that the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) has still not been signed off by Congress or President Trump, groups representing US apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers have joined calls for the trade pact to be made into law.... read more


US textile, apparel trade bodies voice concerns over Trump tariffs on Mexico

6 June 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the National Council of Textile Organisations have penned a letter to US President Donald Trump expressing their concern regarding the recently proposed tariff hike on Mexican imports and warning the move will hurt US workers and consumers.... read more


US footwear industry unites to oppose China tariffs

31 May 2019 | Leonie Barrie

More pressure is being piled on Donald Trump not to impose new tariffs on US shoe imports from China after five trade groups representing the entire US footwear industry wrote to the President to oppose the plans.... read more


Apparel groups outline US-China trade deal priorities

26 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Amid reports the United States and China are edging closer to a trade agreement, a group of US business associations – including those representing apparel and footwear brands, retailers and importers – have set out what they see as priorities in a deal to reset US-China trade relations.... read more


Apparel groups urge talks on India GSP withdrawal

16 April 2019 | Beth Wright

European and international business associations representing apparel and footwear brands and importers have voiced concerns over the US's plans to terminate India's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status and urged it to extend talks to reach a "mutually agreeable" solution. ... read more


Apparel groups again urge Cambodia to tackle labour issues

5 April 2019 | Beth Wright

European and international business associations representing apparel, footwear and travel goods buyers have voiced concerns at the labour and human rights situation in Cambodia, noting the potential withdrawal of EU EBA benefits and US GSP benefits are "worrying developments" for companies that source from the country.... read more


China and changing consumer top of mind for US apparel execs

22 March 2019 | Whitney Pipkin

Taking the theme ‘Demand and Deliver,’ this year’s annual American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Executive Summit mulled American trade policy, along with finding creative ways to thrive amid an ever-changing retail landscape.... read more


Gary Simmons named new AAFA chairman

19 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has named Gary Simmons, director of US fashion firm Intradeco Apparel, as its new chairman.... read more


China trade – Hoping for a Mar-A-Lago miracle?

19 March 2019 | Guest author

While we wait for news of the next trade summit between the United States and China, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), mulls the consequences of President Trump’s flawed trade strategy – including long-lasting damage to global supply chains.... read more


The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.... read more


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


US, Canada retailers call for swift ratification of USMCA

5 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US and Canadian apparel trade bodies and brands are pushing for swift ratification of the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade pact, adding the agreement — which replaces the 25-year old NAFTA free trade pact — allows apparel and footwear companies access to the "diverse supply chains" which are required to meet the expectations of customers in today’s retail environment.... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.... read more


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Calls for US-UK trade pact to reduce access costs

21 January 2019 | Beth Wright

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) says a trade agreement between the US and the United Kingdom must ultimately expand trade between the two countries while reducing regulatory and market access costs currently associated with those trade links.... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


New health and safety tool for denim finishing workers

2 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released a new tool for its members setting out health and safety guidelines to protect workers in the denim finishing industry.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


How Trump's "Tariff Man" tweet roiled the markets

14 December 2018 | Guest author

Fascinating – just a few words escaped from the President's twitter feed and global markets start falling. Given his love for the Christmas season, his love for Brexit, his love for figgy pudding, it's not surprising that he reached for a Beatles song to express his views on trade when he grabbed "I Am The Walrus," writes Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


China trade war truce welcomed by US associations

3 December 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

The US and China have declared a 90-day trade war ceasefire, a move welcomed by US industry trade bodies. ... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


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