On August 1, 2013, USA-ITA joined four other trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), urging his team to “construct a balanced approach for apparel–one that recognizes all viewpoints and also ensures that meaningful trade and investment opportunities can be created for apparel under this agreement.” The letter discusses the problems with a yarn-forward Rule of Origin and urges USTR to opt for a more flexible rule for textiles and apparel in the final agreement.