For 25 years, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)--formerly the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA)--worked to eliminate barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets. We participate in advocacy activities on a number of issues related to our mission in order 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. We encourage you to explore these issues to learn how our advocacy work makes a positive impact on our members.
USFIA's 2014 Priorities
The United States Fashion Industry Association's policy priorities for 2014 include:
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the negotiation of a high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with 21st-century rules and market access. We especially recommend a new approach to the Rules of Origin for textiles and apparel. Instead of focusing predominantly on the source of the yarns to determine which products are eligible for duty-free access, we ask for a more sophisticated approach to the negotiations that recognizes the importance of the global value chain.
Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the negotiation of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union. These negotiations should immediately eliminate all tariffs on day one of the agreement. In addition, the TTIP should eliminate technical and administrative barriers through regulatory convergence.
Remove Duties on Apparel
It is simply shameful that struggling American families have to pay high taxes for babies’ and children's clothing, while the wealthy can import silk scarves with a 1.2 percent duty rate. Let's eliminate regressive taxes on middle class Americans and start lowering prices on basic apparel.
Extend African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports an immediate extension of the duty-free benefits of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA). We urge Congress to act to extend AGOA as soon as possible.
Extend Nicaragua TPL
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports S. 1136, the Nicaraguan Tariff Preference Level Extension Act of 2013. We urge Congress to act as quickly as possible to extend the TPL, which is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2014. Uncertainty about whether Congress will extend these CAFTA benefits will hurt Nicaraguan purchases of U.S. fabrics, as well as eliminate a key Western Hemisphere sourcing tool for U.S. apparel brands and retailers.
Expand the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence & Expertise (CEE)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiative to expand the Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles.
Trade Promotion Authority
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports congressional action to approve Trade Promotion Authority as soon as possible in 2014.
Cumulation for Free Trade Agreements
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports negotiation of cumulation provisions with all Free Trade Agreements. The link between Free Trade Agreements will support sourcing opportunities with key trading partners and will encourage the development of global value chains between FTA partners.