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Congress just passed a much expanded version of trade preference legislation for Haiti, called the Haiti Economic Lift Program, or HELP Act. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on May 24th.
The HELP Act expands the preferences for the Haitian apparel and textile sector under the HOPE program put in place in 2006 and expanded in 2008.
Haiti's trade benefits are the most generous in the Western Hemisphere, and a great deal of attention is being focused on sourcing opportunities from Haiti. These include the use of fabrics from anywhere in the world under knit and woven TPLs and a generous wholly assembled rule and other important rule of origin opportunities. Haiti is also implementing a world class labor compliance program under the ILO's Better Work program which will provide enhanced brand protection and reduce buyer audit costs for factories in Haiti.
You can now hear about the details of the legislation and the specific sourcing opportunities it may provide from the experts that represented the Government of Haiti in negotiating this legislation.
Presenters: Ron Sorini and Andrew Samet of Sorini, Samet & Associates have represented the Government of Haiti for the past four years through the development of the HOPE and HELP legislation, and they will provide a summary of the opportunities for sourcing from Haiti, and be available to answer any questions.
John Pellegrini, USA-ITA's customs counsel, will also be available to answer questions during this Webinar.