On August 13th, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined 6 other fashion and retail associations in the United States and Africa in releasing a statement calling for immediate renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA). In the statement, the groups also call for long-term renewal of at least 15 years, as well as long-term renewal of the third-country fabric provision and application of the provision to all AGOA beneficiaries. The statement will be posted on all organizations' websites and distributed to the media, as well. Following the recent U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., AGOA continues to be a top priority for USFIA and many of our members and we will remain engaged on the issue. The full statement is available here and our press release is available here.