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For 25 years, the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel worked to eliminate barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets. On November 6th, 2013, to kick off our 25th anniversary year, we launched a new brand—including a new name, mission statement, and values statement—that more clearly communicates our purpose and direction for the future. We invite you to explore our new brand, which was developed over 10 months with input from our members and trusted network, and see how our work makes a positive impact on our members and the broader fashion industry.

And we want you to know that we’re still the same organization you know and trust—but in a better outfit.

 

About Us

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders.  With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and international service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.

 

Mission Statement

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to the removal of barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets.

 

Values

USFIA was instrumental in eliminating the global apparel quota system. As our industry increasingly globalizes, new challenges arise every day. To remain focused and ensure that our work makes a positive impact on our members, we keep the following five values in mind with every decision we make.

Integrity

Our members tell us that we listen to them, support them, and defend them—while our government partners tell us that we work with them to find creative solutions.

Substance

We maintain and articulate a deep understanding of the industry and challenges most important to our members—the sourcing and compliance executives who make tough decisions every day on how to address these challenges.

Focus

We keep a laser focus on our mission, which allows us to be agile and quickly seize upon opportunities to move the needle.

Collaboration

Our members collaborate to share best practices and amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues, putting aside marketplace competition to work together toward common goals.

Foresight

We keep our members informed not only about the regulatory challenges today, but also the regulatory challenges of tomorrow—and as our industry globalizes, we likewise expand our reach.

 

What is the fashion industry? Click here to find out.

 

 

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