• 2021 USITC Global Value Chain Symposium, December 6-7

    USITC’s Global Value Chain (GVC) Working Group cordially invites you to attend at the upcoming virtual GVC Symposium on December 6–7, 2021. Links to register for each of the two days can be found below. You can see the full program with bios here and presentation abstracts here. Once registered, you will receive a calendar invite with a link to the day’s program (each day is a separate registration and link).

    Please feel free to share this information and invitation with colleagues who might be interested in joining us. Note: the GVC Symposium will be off the record to facilitate a frank and open discussion.


    Day 1: Reshaping and Building Resilience of Global Value Chains (1:00pm–4:30pm, December 6).

    Register for Day 1

    Session 1: Reshaping and Strengthening Global Value Chains

    Chad Bown (Peterson Institute), Gary Gereffi (Duke GVC Center), Timothy Sturgeon (MIT), and private sector panelists

    Session 2: Responding to Challenges Facing Global Value Chains

    Caroline Fruend (UC San Diego), Christine McDaniel (GMU), Sébastien Miroudot (OECD), and private sector panelists


    Day 2: Creating Inclusive, Sustainable Global Value Chains (9:00am-12:30pm, December 7)

    Register for Day 2

    Session 3: Creating Inclusive Global Value Chains

    Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester), Jason Judd (Cornell University), Victor Stolzenburg (WTO), Joseph Wozniak (ITC Geneva), and private sector panelists

    Session 4: Creating Sustainable Global Value Chains

    Paul Brenton (World Bank), Alexander Kasterine (ITC Geneva), Ben Shepherd (Developing Trade), Daria Taglioni (World Bank), and private sector panelists

    We hope you are able to attend. If you have any questions, or run into problems with the event registrations, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 2022 Istanbul Apparel and Fashion Fair

    The Istanbul Apparel and Fashion Fair will be held at the Istanbul Expo Center, February 9-11, 2022. Visit their website for more details.

    Istanbul Apparel and Fashion Expo 2022

  • ATS Virtual Trade Show: Trade Policy & Sourcing Panel

    On September 14, President Julie Hughes headlined the Trade Policy & Sourcing panel at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Show, along with speakers Rich Harper, Director of Government Affairs for the Outdoor Industry Association and Dr. Sheng Lu from the University of Delaware.

  • CBP & EPA Schedule Webinar on American Innovation and Manufacturing Act This Thursday

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a joint webinar this Thursday, November 18, to provide an overview of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. The AIM Act directs the EPA to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% by 2036. New requirements for HFCs go into effect starting January 1st. The EPA has a fact sheet for importers available here. The webinar will take place at 2:00 PM EST November 18, 2021. Register online here.

  • CBP Announces Webinar on Reconciliation

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today in a message (CSMS #51568660) an upcoming webinar for the trade community on Reconciliation. CBP says the webinar will cover “reconciliation fundamentals and provide insight to the various issues the trade community and CBP Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers) experience when filing and processing reconciliation entry summaries (entry type 09).” It will take place at 1:00pm Eastern on May 12, 2022. CBP will share the webinar link and dial-in information in a subsequent CSMS message. Those interested in posing questions in advance should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a subject line title of “Reconciliation webinar question.”

  • CBP Announces Webinar Series on ACE

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold a series of webinars on navigating the ACE Secure Data Portal and running ACE Reports. The webinar will include a demonstration of ACE capabilities and useful tips and best practices. The webinars will run June 22, 23, 29 and 30. See the full schedule and registration links here.

  • CBP Changes Time for Tomorrow’s HFCs Webinar

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today a time change for tomorrow’s (December 9th) webinar held jointly with the Environmental Protection Agency on the upcoming requirements for imports of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), including filing requirements in ACE. The webinar will take place at 3:00pm EST. Click here to register.

  • CBP Open Registration for 2021 Virtual Trade Week

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has opened registration for the 2021 Virtual Trade Week, taking place July 20-22, 2021.Registration is available here.  CBP has also posted the agenda, which includes sessions on the 21st Century Customs Framework, Forced Labor, and CTPAT.

  • CBP to Host Section 337 Enforcement Seminar

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will host a Section 337 Enforcement Seminar on September 14-15, 2021. The seminar will include discussions on preparing for an Exclusion Order, Exclusion Order Enforcement, and the Administrative Rulings process. Learn more about the seminar here.

  • COAC Schedules June Quarterly Meeting

    U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT. Comments must be submitted in writing no later than June 22nd. Those interested in participating must register online by 2 PM on June 22nd at Discussion topics will include an update on the progress of the White Paper on the Implementation of CTPAT Trade Compliance Requirements for Forced Labor, an update on the progress of the E-Commerce and 21st Century Customs Framework Task Forces, updates from the Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Working Group, and an update from the USMCA Working Group. More information is available in the Federal Register.

  • Demystifying the Made in USA Labeling Requirements

    January 19, 2022
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

    Hear from the experts directly! OTEXA and the Textile, Apparel, and Sporting Goods Team (TAS) at the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration are hosting a webinar to help guide companies on proper Made in USA labeling for textile, wool, and fur products. Gain insights from the Federal Trade Commission on the essentials of Made in USA labeling as well as California's statutory requirements. The webinar is free to register. Reserve your spot today!

    Register here.

  • Invitation: Improving Working Conditions in Supply Chains

    The ILO Office for the United States and Canada, alongside the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at Texas A&M University, is hosting a hybrid event on Improving Working Conditions in Supply Chains on May 4th. Special guest speakers include U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and the Labor Department’s Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee. Please register here and indicate whether you want to attend in person or via zoom. The full agenda is listed below:



    The Ongoing Challenge of Labor Compliance in Global Value Chains

    Ms. Thea Lee - Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (in-person)



    Current Challenges and Responses

    Moderator:  Ms. Gabriela Inchauste – Lead Economist, Poverty, and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

    Professor Raymond Robertson – Director, Mosbacher Institute, The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University

    Professor Kelly Pike – School of Human Resource Management, York University

    Ms. Gale Raj Reichardt - Research Fellow, WZB

    Ms. Fabiola Mieres - Technical Officer, Labour MigrationILO



    Moderator:  Professor Raymond Robertson – Director, Mosbacher Institute, The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University   

    Ambassador Katherine Tai – United States Trade Representative (in-person)

    Mr. Kevin Cassidy – Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations, ILO Office for the United States and Canada



    Looking Forward: New Approaches and Opportunities

    Moderator:  Ms. Deborah Albers – Vice President of Operations, Responsible Business Alliance (invited);

    Mr. Josh Kagan – Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor, Office of the United States Trade Representative

    Mr. Peter Young – Deputy Head of the Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

    Mr. Scott Nova – Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium

    Professor Jodi Short – Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Law, UC Hastings Law

    Ms. Arianna Rossi – Senior Research and Policy Specialist, Better Work, ILO

    In-person location: The Bush School of Government and Public Service, 1620 L Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

    Virtual: via Zoom

  • Sustainability in the Textile, Apparel and Free Trade Zone Industry of El Salvador

    Please find the following invitation from our friends at Camtex. 

    For years, our industry has been working on various initiatives to incorporate the necessary environmental considerations into the supply chain and, above all, to offer more sustainable products reflecting the needs of today's market. Our industry has demonstrated progress and continues to work on this global commitment.

    Join us this upcoming June 24, 2021, when CAMTEX will be hosting the first sustainability event of the textile, apparel and free zones sector.  We will have the participation of leaders and experts on sustainability issues from both the public and private sectors, such as:

    • Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC),
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
    • Cotton Incorporated,
    • The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO),
    • Cotton Council International,
    • Hilasal,
    • Pettenati
    • Hanes Brand Inc.,
    • CS Central America 

    We aim to increase our knowledge on the best sustainability requirements and practices at both national and international level, so that the efforts and resources employed by our industry in sustainability and environmental issues can be most effective in contributing to local and global sustainability goals. 

    We look forward to your participation in this event. Please find enclosed the invitation card and agenda.

  • WTO Public Forum: Develop a More Sustainable and Transparent Apparel Supply Chain in the post-COVID World

    Apparel is a $2.5 trillion global business, involving over 120 million workers worldwide and playing a uniquely critical role in the post-COVID economic recovery. This session intends to facilitate constructive dialogue regarding the progress, challenges, and opportunities of building a more sustainable and transparent apparel supply chain in the Post-COVID world, which matters significantly to ALL stakeholders, from fashion brands, garment workers, policymakers to ordinary consumers.

    The session will help you understand:
    1) Why building a more sustainable and transparent apparel supply chain matters in the post-COVID world? Who the stakeholders are, and what the impacts are?
    2) What significant progress has been achieved in making the apparel supply chain more sustainable and transparent? What key challenges remain and why?
    3) What needs to be done further to make the apparel supply chain, sourcing, and trade more sustainable and transparent, particularly in the setting of the post-COVID world?



    Forum Video

  • WTO Webinar on Improving Utilization of U.S. Trade Preference Programs

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is hosting a free webinar on July 27th at 10:30am eastern, How Can Exporting Countries Improve Utilization of U.S. Trade Preference Programs? A Conversation on U.S. Trade Preference Programs and Rates of Utilization. The event includes a case study discussion with USFIA member PVH Corp.