• USFIA Joins Multi-Industry Letter on WCO Electronic Transmissions & WTO Moratorium

    On November 26, 2018, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined a multi-industry association letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Treasury, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) urging the Administration to block the World Customs Organization’s plan to implement a customs duty moratorium on electronic transmissions. Led by the United States Council for International Business, the letter says the action “is contrary to the long-standing agreement by World Trade Organization (WTO) members not to apply customs duties to cross-border electronic transmissions and prejudices ongoing discussions at the WTO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This action will harm U.S. goods and services exporters of all sizes in nearly every sector and threaten American jobs.” The letter is available here.

  • USFIA Joins Statement Ahead of WTO Ministerial

    The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined with international business and retail associations in sending a statement to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and other world leaders to show continued support for the WTO agenda. The letter calls on the leaders to “safeguard to the WTO system,” “progress on agriculture and fisheries subsidies,” and “take account of the new trade environment.” The statement is available here. The 11th WTO Ministerial takes place next week in Buenos Aires.

  • USFIA Urges WTO Members to Ratify TFA

    This month, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined letters to each of the World Trade Organization (WTO) countries that have not yet ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The letters were organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and are available here. The last countries to sign the TFA in late July were Mexico, Peru, and Saudi Arabia, bringing the total to 89; 2/3 of WTO members are required to ratify the agreement for it to go into effect.