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Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

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Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade


The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to fashion made possible by global trade.

USFIA represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989, USFIA works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, USFIA is the voice of 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.

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2023 USFIA Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study

USFIA's tenth annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Survey is now available. This year, survey respondents highlight three main topics: sustainability, the economy, and sourcing diversification. Download the complete study here, and see the highlights below:

We asked, How do you anticipate your company's financials (profit margin) this year relative to last year?

Mouse over the chart sections to see the percentages. More respondents have a positive outlook for 2023 than did last year, with over half expecting their company's financials to improve.

U.S. apparel importers are increasingly diversifying their sourcing base, and 2023 is no exception.

Sources of U.S. Apparel Imports (by value)

This year's survey respondents are taking action on sustainability, and want the government to do the same.

plan to allocate MORE resources towards sustainability and compliance over the next two years

Survey respondents overwhelmingly remain committed to making apparel sourcing more sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible.

want to see the reduction or elimination of U.S. import tariffs for sustainable and recycled products.

The U.S. fashion industry wants to see direct policy support for sourcing more sustainable and recycled textile and apparel products.

2023 Sourcing Trends & Outlook Report

USFIA's 2023 Sourcing Trends Mid-Year Update is out. Members can log-in to the website to download it here

The top 5 sourcing trends in this year's mid-year update are:

  1. China Remains the Top Supplier, but With a Shrinking Share of the Market
  2. Asian Apparel Suppliers Continue to Dominate Sourcing
  3. Average Unit Values for Apparel and Home Textiles Reflect Inflation and Higher Costs
  4. Even with Falling Imports, There Are a Few New Suppliers
  5. Despite High Duty Rates, FTAs and Preference Programs Remain Underutilized

Some of the key data highlights from this year's report and mid-year update are featured below:

2023 Mid-Year Update trend: FTAs and Preference Programs Remain Underutilized

Overall, only 14.0% of apparel imports qualified for duty-free access during the first six months of 2023. This is slightly higher than in 2022, when just 13.1% of apparel imports entered duty-free, but lower than the 14.5% in 2021.

Sourcing Spotlight: Apparel Sourcing Trends from Türkiye

During the pandemic, U.S. imports from Türkiye grew rapidly and now Türkiye ranks as the third largest supplier of textiles and apparel to the U.S. market (compared to ranking sixth in 2021 and tenth in 2020). Türkiye now supplies more than 7% of total textile and apparel imports.

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