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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

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Issue Summary

On December 14, 2009, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the United States would join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to develop a broad free trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region. The TPP negotiating partners currently include…

USFIA Position

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…

Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Issue Summary

In June 2013, the United States and the European Union announced the launch of negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the goal is an "ambitious,…

USFIA Position

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…

Ethical Sourcing

Issue Summary

As the fashion industry has learned in recent years, “ethical sourcing” and “compliance” are no longer hot buzzwords—they’re non-negotiable aspects of your company’s operations. United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) members are committed to…

USFIA Position

United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) members are committed to sourcing at the highest standards, and in fact are the industry leaders in developing and maintaining ethical, compliant operations. While compliance is part of all operations, USFIA…

Center of Excellence & Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles

Issue Summary

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) developed and is implementing Centers of Excellence & Expertise (CEEs) for all U.S. industries. The goals of the CEEs are: To serve as a single point of processing for businesses enrolled in CBP’s trusted shipper…

USFIA Position

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, and looks forward to continuing to work with CBP HQ…

CAFTA-DR & Nicaragua TPL

Issue Summary

On August 5, 2004, the United States signed the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. According to USTR, CAFTA-DR is the first…

USFIA Position

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.…

African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Issue Summary

The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) was enacted in May 2000 to expand U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa and stimulate the economies of the participating countries. Each year, the President of the United States is eligible to determine the countries…

USFIA Position

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 to encourage companies to continue to…

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

Issue Summary

The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program promoted economic growth in both the United States and the developing world by providing duty-free treatment for approximately 5,000 products imported into the U.S. from the beneficiary countries and…

USFIA Position

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) strongly supports the GSP program, and urges Congress to quickly reauthorize and extend this non-controversial trade program. In addition, USFIA supports the extension of the program to include textiles,…

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

Issue Summary

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) allows Congress and the Executive Branch to share power on international trade, including on trade negotiating priorities and oversight of the process. In TPA legislation, Congress outlines the U.S. negotiating priorities and…

USFIA Position

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports congressional action to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible in 2014. USFIA is a member of the Trade Benefits America Coalition, a wide range of associations and companies…

Benefits of Imports

Issue Summary

It’s clear that imports work for America! A recent study by Moongate Associates, supported by the TPP Apparel Coalition, showed exactly how well these apparel imports work for America. Moongate surveyed seven American apparel brands and retailers that design…

USFIA Position

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…

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