United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Associate Members include service providers, manufacturers, and academic organizations doing business with the U.S. fashion industry and supporting the association’s mission. As an Associate Member, your company will receive most benefits of membership as well as the opportunity to get your name in front of our brand, retailer, importer, and wholesaler members and stay one step ahead of your competitors. USFIA Associate Members receive a wide variety of benefits including:
- Opportunities to get your name in front of our members, which include decision makers in sourcing and compliance roles, by sponsoring an event or hosting a webinar.
- Exclusive publications and educational events, plus full access to USFIA’s website and publications archives.
- Opportunities for continuing education and professional development through our conferences, seminars, and webinars, as well as sourcing and compliance events hosted by members and contacts in our wide, collaborative network.
- Networking opportunities with fellow members as well as U.S. and international government officials and key stakeholders across the value chain.
- Ability to work one-on-one with USFIA’s expert staff and counsel and support our policy advocacy work.
Requirements for Associate Membership
- Company must be a service provider, manufacturer, or academic organization doing business with the U.S. fashion industry, as described below.
- Company must support USFIA mission to remove barriers to global textile and apparel trade.
- Company must be based in the United States and/or have a subsidiary in the United States. For example, the company may be based overseas but maintain a regional headquarters office or significant operations/tax status in the United States.
Service Providers include consultants, customs brokers, freight forwarders, law firms, logistics providers, steamship lines, and testing and certification companies that help fashion brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers successfully do business.
Manufacturers include companies that manufacture finished products and/or inputs for finished products. These companies may or may not import textile inputs for finished products, but regardless, support our mission to remove trade barriers.
Academics include academic institutions related to textiles, apparel, fashion, or trade, as well as individual schools within those institutions and the educators.
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A Partner for Growth
USFIA Associate Members have many opportunities to get your name in front of our brand, retailer, importer, and wholesaler members and stay one step ahead of your competitors. We invite Associates to host an event or webinar and showcase your expertise in front of sourcing and compliance decision makers from the leading U.S. brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers, while providing information and education to USFIA members and other industry leaders.
News & Information
USFIA Associate Members gain access to our exclusive members-only publications, which are especially useful for employees in customs compliance, logistics, supply chain management, and sourcing. These publications include:
- Regular updates a few times each week on important trade and customs issues by USFIA’s expert staff and counsel.
- Monthly Customs Overview by USFIA’s customs counsel.
- Twice-monthly members-only newsletter with member news, long-form feature articles, and more.
- Full access to the USFIA website and publications archives.
Education & Professional Development
USFIA Associate Members—including all employees at member companies—have the opportunity to participate in educational events including our annual conference, regional full-day seminars, and regular educational seminars and webinars throughout the year, with significant members-only discounts on registration fees. USFIA Associate Members are also invited to participate in sourcing and compliance events around the world hosted by members and those in our wide network, and of course, work one-on-one with USFIA staff and counsel to navigate the complex rules and regulations of our industry.
USFIA Associate Members have opportunities to connect with fellow members as well as U.S. and international government officials and key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and international service providers, suppliers, and industry groups. USFIA also regularly works with suppliers, supplier groups, and promotional agencies all over the world to bring new sourcing opportunities to our members.
Hiring? USFIA can members find the right candidate from our large network of textile and apparel importing professionals. USFIA members are exclusively able to post job lists in our Career Center—and many of our current members have found jobs this way, too.