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Since 1989, the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel worked to eliminate barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets. On November 6th, 2013, to kick off our 25th anniversary year, we launched a new brand—including a new name, mission statement, and values statement—that more clearly communicates our purpose and direction for the future. We invite you to explore our new brand, which was developed over 10 months with input from our members and trusted network, and see how our work makes a positive impact on our members and the broader fashion industry.

And we want you to know that we’re still the same organization you know and trust—but in a better outfit.

 

About Us

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders.  With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and international service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.

 

Mission Statement

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to the removal of barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets.

 

Values

USFIA was instrumental in eliminating the global apparel quota system. As our industry increasingly globalizes, new challenges arise every day. To remain focused and ensure that our work makes a positive impact on our members, we keep the following five values in mind with every decision we make.

Integrity

Our members tell us that we listen to them, support them, and defend them—while our government partners tell us that we work with them to find creative solutions.

Substance

We maintain and articulate a deep understanding of the industry and challenges most important to our members—the sourcing and compliance executives who make tough decisions every day on how to address these challenges.

Focus

We keep a laser focus on our mission, which allows us to be agile and quickly seize upon opportunities to move the needle.

Collaboration

Our members collaborate to share best practices and amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues, putting aside marketplace competition to work together toward common goals.

Foresight

We keep our members informed not only about the regulatory challenges today, but also the regulatory challenges of tomorrow—and as our industry globalizes, we likewise expand our reach.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has a number of resources to help you navigate the industry. 

Do you have a question for the United States Fashion Industry Association's staff or counsel? If you have a question about trade policy, customs procedures, or sourcing opportunities, whether general or very specific, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of our experts will get back to you! Please note that questions and answers may be published and/or emailed to members, though you will remain anonymous.

The United States Fashion Industry Association's Board of Directors includes sourcing and compliance executives from the leading American retailers, brands, and importers of textiles and apparel. Below, you'll find recent Board communications and other resources, for Board members only. For more information on the USFIA Board of Directors, click here.

 

Board Communications Archive (Board Members Only)

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is pleased to have partnered with Euromonitor International to bring you exclusive industry analysis.

Events

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) hosts a number of conferences, seminars, and webinars throughout the year, including our annual conference and other events in New York as well as regional and international seminars. In addition, USFIA participates in and promotes a number of relevant industry events and trade shows around the world. You'll find our calendar below, and links to our event pages in the menu bar.

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The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) offers periodic topic-driven webinars on subjects of interest to members and those in the apparel importing community. Hear from experts without leaving the comfort of your desk. Many of our webinars are free to all employees of member companies.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) participates in and promotes a number of relevant industry events, including events hosted by our members and affiliates.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) hosts a number of conferences, seminars, and webinars throughout the year, including our annual conference and other events in New York as well as regional and international seminars. Below, you'll find recaps and presentations from select events.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) offers topic-driven webinars on issues of importance to the textile and apparel importing community. Our webinars offer the opportunity for you to hear from experts without leaving your desk--and you can participate from anywhere in the world. 

These webinars are FREE for USFIA members and affiliates! To access the webinars, please login to the website. If you're not a member, you may click here to purchase a webinar, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Since 1989, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)--formerly the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA)--worked to eliminate barriers that impede the free movement of textile and apparel products to the United States and international markets. We participate in advocacy activities on a number of issues related to our mission in order to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. We encourage you to explore these issues to learn how our advocacy work makes a positive impact on our members.

Click here to read our 2016 advocacy priorities, or keep reading for details on our advocacy activities over the years.

 

Click on an issue to learn more about it, our position, and our coalition and advocacy work related to it.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the negotiation of a high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with 21st-century rules and market access. We especially recommend a new approach to the Rules of Origin for textiles and apparel. Instead of focusing predominantly on the source of the yarns to determine which products are eligible for duty-free access, we ask for a more sophisticated approach to the negotiations that recognizes the importance of the global value chain.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the negotiation of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union. These negotiations should immediately eliminate all tariffs on day one of the agreement. In addition, the TTIP should eliminate technical and administrative barriers through regulatory convergence.

It is simply shameful that struggling American families have to pay high taxes for baby apparel and children's clothing, while the wealthy can import silk scarves with a duty of 1.2 percent. Let's eliminate regressive taxes on middle class Americans and start lowering prices on basic apparel. 

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports an immediate extension of the duty-free benefits of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). We urge Congress to act to extend AGOA as soon as possible.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiative to expand the Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports congressional action to approve Trade Promotion Authority as soon as possible in 2014.

As the fashion industry has learned in recent years, “ethical sourcing” and “compliance” are no longer hot buzzwords—they’re non-negotiable aspects of your company’s operations. United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) members are committed to sourcing at the highest standards, and in fact are the industry leaders in developing and maintaining ethical, compliant operations. While compliance is part of all operations, USFIA and our members are especially focused on the following issues.

On August 5, 2004, the United States signed the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which includes Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. According to USTR, CAFTA-DR is the first Free Trade Agreement between the United States and a group of smaller, developing economies and creates new economic opportunities and market access, especially in the textile and apparel industries.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles & Apparel (OTEXA), Nicaragua was granted a Tariff Preference Level (TPL) that allows apparel made of certain cotton and man-made fiber to enter the U.S. duty free under CAFTA-DR if it’s assembled in Nicaragua, regardless of the origin of the fabrics. The TPL is limited to 100 million square meter equivalent units (SME) per year. The TPL will expire on December 31, 2014. 

In addition, the TPL contains a “unique provision for woven trousers (categories 347/348 and 647/648),” says OTEXA. Nicaraguan trouser producers must use matching amounts of U.S. and foreign fabrics to make the trousers, and the fabrics must be matched one-for-one, and the amount of trousers that can be imported to the United States is capped.

On June 11, 2013, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation (S. 1136) to extend the Nicaragua TPL for 10 years, through 2024.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Customs Committee works with USFIA Customs Counsel John Pellegrini to provide advice and recommendations on technical issues related to the supply chain, security, and all issues controlled by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP). The Committee is regularly asked to review comments filed by USA-ITA and develop recommendations for CBP to consider improving and enhancing public-private sector partnership. The Committee recently reviewed comments on the Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011, and proposals for the development of the appropriate rules of origin for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Committee Composition: Representatives from USFIA Brand, Retailer, and Importer Members.

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Customs Committee Communications Archive (Committee Members Only)

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Trade Policy Committee reviews, discusses, and makes recommendations for association positions on trade policy. This Committee approves USFIA participation in industry coalitions and is often asked to analyze the effect of government actions on the industry. The Committee’s current issues include the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China Currency Legislation, and CAFTA-DR fixes, to name a few.

Committee Composition: Representatives from USFIA Brand, Retailer, and Importer Members.

Staff Liaison: Samantha Sault, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Trade Policy Committee Communications Archive (Committee Members Only)

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) sends a variety of exclusive publications to our members. These publications include:

USFIA Fashion Intel & Analysis contains news memos and analysis by USFIA staff and counsel, sent on an almost-daily basis. FIAs are available exclusively for USFIA members and affiliates.

USFIA Customs Overviews are monthly customs updates compiled by USFIA Customs Counsel John Pellegrini of McGuireWoods LLP. Customs Overviews are available exclusively for USFIA members and affiliates.

OFF THE CUFF is the United States Fashion Industry Association's twice-monthly member newsletter, with featured guest articles, information on upcoming events, member and staff news, and more. OFF THE CUFF is available exclusively for USFIA members and affiliates, though some feature articles are open to the public.

The United States Fashion Industry Association sends a twice-monthly newsletter to our International Affiliate subscribers. These publications are available exclusively for USFIA International Affiliates.

Why Join USFIA?

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry:  textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders.  With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and international service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.

USFIA (formerly the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel) was instrumental in eliminating the global apparel quota system. As our industry increasingly globalizes, new challenges arise every day. To remain focused and ensure that our work makes a positive impact on our members, we keep the following five values in mind with every decision we make.

Integrity

Our members tell us that we listen to them, support them, and defend them—while our government partners tell us that we work with them to find creative solutions.

Substance

We maintain and articulate a deep understanding of the industry and challenges most important to our members—the sourcing and compliance executives who make tough decisions every day on how to address these challenges.

Focus

We keep a laser focus on our mission, which allows us to be agile and quickly seize upon opportunities to move the needle.

Collaboration

Our members collaborate to share best practices and amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues, putting aside marketplace competition to work together toward common goals.

Foresight

We keep our members informed not only about the regulatory challenges today, but also the regulatory challenges of tomorrow—and as our industry globalizes, we likewise expand our reach.

USFIA offers your company a broad range of resources that enable you to better compete in today’s global market. To find out more about the benefits that are designed around your company’s needs, please click on one of the membership benefits options below.

Membership dues are 95% tax deductible.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA--formerly the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA)--and the American Import Shippers Association (AISA) host an annual conference featuring discussions on customs, supply-chain logistics, transportation, sourcing, and other key issues that affect the textile and apparel importer community. The conference is held every November in New York City. 

The United States Fashion Industry Association's leadership is frequently quoted in articles about trade policy related to the textile and apparel importing industry. USFIA and our leadership and events have been featured in global publications including Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Apparel Magazine, California Apparel News, Just-Style, Fibre2Fashion, and more. In addition, we frequently work with our members to cross-promote our content and events in their publications and blogs.

For all media inquiries, contact Vice President of Communications Samantha Sault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-419-0474.

The United States Fashion Industry Association's (formerly USA-ITA) leadership is frequently quoted in articles about trade policy related to the textile and apparel importing industry. USFIA and our leadership and events have been featured in global publications including Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Apparel Magazine, California Apparel News, Just-Style, Fibre2Fashion, and more. Below, you’ll find a list of recent articles featuring us.

 

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) occasionally sends press releases about our activities and events. Below, you’ll find a list of recent press releases. For all media inquiries or to get on our press distribution list, contact Vice President of Communications Samantha Sault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-419-0474.

PwC

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is excited to announce that we will expand our partnership with PwC’s Customs and International Trade Practice for two more years, helping us deliver timely, critical information to global brands and retailers as well as develop innovative educational and networking events to help advance the industry’s goals.  

PwC’s Customs and International Trade Practice, comprising an expansive global network of dedicated customs and international trade specialists located in over 60 countries, will continue as USFIA’s Premier Partner for 2016 and 2017. PwC will work collaboratively with us to support our mission and activities while helping us keep our members informed about key international trade and customs issues. 

“We are thrilled to partner with PwC for two more years,” says Julia K. Hughes, President of USFIA. “As our Premier Partner in 2015, PwC brought the firm’s wide-ranging expertise to our members by covering topics from customs audits in the United States, to supply chain transparency best practices, to how to understand import requirements in China, Mexico, and the European Union. We’re excited to work even more closely with the global partnership team and utilize the breadth and depth of the firm’s resources around the globe.” 

Below, you'll find links to PwC resources and our joint activities.

In 2016, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) will continue to put a focus on the global customs and logistics issues that impact all of our members, as well as provide education and training in this area. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve selected OHL as our Customs Broker Partner for 2016 and 2017 to help with these endeavors.

OHL is one of the largest 3PLs in the world, providing integrated global supply chain management solutions including transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and import and export consulting services. In November of 2015, OHL was acquired by French-based logistics provider GEODIS. Throughout 2016, the OHL brand will transition to the GEODIS brand.  The combination of these two companies will create a significant global presence to help customers expand where ever their businesses require.

“OHL has been a member of the association since its inception, and as our very first Customs Broker Partner in 2015, provided unique, timely insight on critical issues, including the implementation of ACE, working with the Centers of Excellence & Expertise (CEEs), and ensuring compliance in your customs filings,” says Julia K. Hughes, President of USFIA. “Over the next two years, OHL will continue to serve as a key point-of-contact on these issues, especially as the ACE implementation deadline approaches.”

Below, you'll find links to OHL resources and our joint activities.

Amber Road

In 2016, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) will seek to help our members understand the 21st-century challenges to global trade management, as well as develop innovative ways to educate and train the industry and grow future global leaders. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve selected Amber Road (NYSE: AMBR), a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions, as our Innovation Partner for 2016 and 2017 to help with these endeavors. Amber Road’s GTM solutions automate the global supply chain across sourcing, logistics, cross-border trade, and regulatory compliance activities to dramatically improve operating efficiencies and financial performance. 

“After launching our Innovation Partnership with Amber Road in 2015, we are excited to continue working closely with this innovative company for two more years, bringing GTM solutions as well as educational opportunities to our members,” says Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). 

Amber Road has been a member of the association since 2013. This year, Amber Road will continue to provide subject matter expertise to the member community on utilizing innovative sourcing technologies to ensure compliance across the global supply chain, how to ensure supply chain security and manage risk, among other supply chain challenges. 

If you are interested in learning more about our Global Trade Management (GTM) solutions, please visit www.AmberRoad.com.

Below, you'll find links to Amber Road resources and our joint activities.

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