Global Trade

  • USFIA Testifies on U.S.-Japan Negotiating Objectives

    On December 10, 2018, USFIA President Julia Hughes testified at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s hearing on the negotiating objectives for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. She spoke in support of a trade agreement with Japan, an important trading partner for retail as the third-largest consumer market in the world, as well as an important sourcing destination for high-quality textiles increasingly demanded by consumers. She also called for the elimination of the very high import duties on fashion products; a flexible, simplified, 21st-century Rule of Origin for apparel; harmonized and streamlined customs procedures; and, harmonized rules and regulations governing issues like product safety and labeling. The testimony is available on our website.

  • USFIA Urges GSP for All Travel Goods

    On March 25, 2016, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined a letter to Aimee Larson, Director for GSP at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), urging Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits for all eligible travel goods. The signatories, including many industry associations and member companies, explained that including backpacks, purses, luggage, wallets, key cases, and cosmetic bags in the GSP program “creates the maximum benefit for the United States and the developing world.” The letter is available here.

  • USFIA: New Tariffs on China Won’t Bode Well for Skirting Trade War

    Following our testimony at USTR’s Section 301 hearing on new tariffs on China, USFIA President Julia Hughes published an op-ed in Sourcing Journal, New Tariffs on China Won’t Bode Well for Skirting Trade War. She writes,

    While no one knows what the next executive order, or tweet, will bring in terms of trade policy, those of us in the fashion industry do know a trade war with China—and specifically, new tariffs on fashion and apparel products manufactured in China—will raise prices for American families, harm jobs in the United States, and won’t do anything to solve concerns about China’s IP policies and practices.

    In 2017, U.S. apparel imports grew just over 3 percent in volume and about 1 percent in value. China remains the dominant supplier of these products, supplying 49 percent of total textile and apparel products, and just over 40 percent of apparel, without any clear contender to replace China should the much-hyped trade war become reality. (The No. 2 supplier of apparel, Vietnam, is far behind, shipping just 13 percent of our apparel products.)

    Click here to read the op-ed on the Sourcing Journal website.