Education & Training Committee

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to the education and training of the industry, to ensure our members have access to the most current information and best practices as well as the continued success of their companies and individuals’ career growth potential.  In a period of marked lack of skilled labor, especially in supply chain, global trade, logistics, and customs management, it is important to offer this additional benefit of membership. 

To deliver this promise to our members, we launched our Education & Training Committee in January 2016 with the dual purpose of providing guidance on USFIA’s educational activities, as well as improving educational opportunities for the broader industry.

This committee is co-chaired by a Brand/Retailer Member and Associate Member, and includes volunteers representing our members' vast interests. 

Committee Composition: Representatives from USFIA Brand, Retailer, Importer, & Associate Members

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


Amber Road's Global Trade Academy

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Amber Road's Global Trade Academy is your premier source for comprehensive training and professional development in the areas of customs and trade compliance, import/export management, global logistics, risk assessment and international commerce.  We offer educational and development training courses and trade advisory services designed to meet the needs of your global trade operations.

Amber Road's Global Trade Academy offers a variety of training programs including instructor led in-classroom and web-based training designed for international trade professionals located around the world, such as:

  • Certification Programs: Certified Classification Specialist™ (CCLS™), Export Control Specialist ™ (EXCS™)
  • Broker (CHB) License Exam Prep
  • Public Seminars covering topics such as:
    • Classification of Textiles
    • Country of Origin
    • NAFTA and FTAs
    • C-TPAT 
    • Incoterms
    • Duty Drawback
    • ITAR
    • e-Learning Courses and On-Demand Webinars 
    • Corporate Training - Designed to Meet a Company's Specific Needs

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View Global Trade Academy's 2016 course schedule for a list of courses and dates. To learn more about Amber Road's Global Trade Academy, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.AmberRoad.com/Global-Trade-Academy

e-Learning Courses Subscription – 20% Discount for USFIA Members! 

Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy e-Learning Courses are designed to address your company’s global trade related training and compliance needs. Offered in a corporate annual subscription, our learning management program enables you to provide global trade compliance related training to your employees around the world covering US, EU and other Customs regulations and export controls.

An e-Learning Courses subscription offers your organization and employees:

  • Focused learning tracks to keep employees driving towards student goals and certifications
  • 24 x 7 access to our growing library of Global Trade Compliance topics
  • The ability to monitor employee progress, run reports and assess compliance through your company’s designated administrator

All USFIA members will receive a 20% discount on a 12-month subscription to Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy e-Learning Courses. Register today to subscribe and claim your 20% discount! 

Premier Partner for 2015 - PwC


The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is excited to announce our Premier Partner for 2015 to help us deliver essential information and innovative programing to our members. 

PwC’s Customs and International Trade Practice, comprising an expansive global network of dedicated customs and international trade specialists located in over 60 countries, has been selected as the USFIA Premier Partner for 2015. PwC (www.pwc.com) 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. 

Since joining the association in 1999, PwC’s experts have spoken at our events and hosted webinars on topics like First Sale, sourcing diversification, and importing and retailing in China, Taiwan, and Japan. This year, we will work closely with a global partnership team and utilize the breadth and depth of the firm’s resources in many issue areas to develop innovative educational content and networking opportunities, as well as work to enhance both organizations’ visibility in the United States and abroad. 

As our Premier Partner, PwC will:

  • Deliver a panel discussion presentation at the USFIA West Coast Seminar on February 19th in San Francisco, California, featuring PwC practitioners and importers discussing the practical implications of implementing and maintaining compliant First Sale programs and also reacting to recent developments impacting such programs.
  • Host bimonthly webinars featuring experts from across the firm, including the Customs & International Trade Practice, the Retail & Consumer Practice, Global Operations Consulting, and more. The first webinar will take place on February 12, 2015, and focuses on the EU labeling requirements for garments, footwear and (leather) accessories. Speakers include Jos Verstraten, CIT Director for PwC Netherlands, and Claudia Buysing Damste, CIT Sr. Manager PwC Netherlands.
  • Additional webinars will include:
    • April 2015: Hot Topics Related to Importing/Distributing in China, with Damon Paling, CIT Partner, PwC Shanghai
    • June 2015: Foreign Trade Zone Usage for Fashion Distribution, with Dom Gambardella, CIT Partner, PwC US
    • August 2015: Driving Supply Chain Transparency while Reducing Inefficiency, with Carla DeSantis, Partner, PwC Advocacy
    • October 2015: FCPA, GSC, & Conflict Minerals Compliance
    • December 2015: FTA & Special Preference Program Compliance – A Global Perspective, with PwC Representatives from the United States, Canada, EU, and Asia
  • Participate in the 27th annual conference in New York in November as a featured speaker and exhibitor, as well as develop a half-day program for conference attendees to take a deeper dive into critical international trade and customs issues.
  • Invite USFIA members to participate in other PwC-sponsored educational and networking opportunities around the world.

USFIA’s Partners support us in our mission while helping us amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues and keep our members informed about the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow.

Customs Broker Partner for 2015 - OHL


OHL (www.ohl.com) has been selected as the United States Fashion Industry Association's Customs Broker Partner for 2015, the first partner of this kind. 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. 

OHL has been a member of the association since its inception and their experts have spoken at our events and contributed to our publications on topics like informal entry and how to enhance your partnership with CBP. This year, OHL will serve as a key point-of-contact on critical customs issues and offer a series of in-person seminars, online webinars, as well as reports and other communications. 

As USFIA's Customs Broker Partner, OHL will:

  • Deliver a presentation at the USFIA West Coast Seminar on February 19th in San Francisco, California, on U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) recent update to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), and what does it mean to an Importer. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from OHL leadership, clients, and other experts on how these changes affect how you do business. Speakers for the presentation will include Mary Jo Muoio - OHL Senior Vice President, Sandra Coty - OHL Vice President, and Dan Strick, ACE Ambassador for U.S. Customs & Border Protection. 
  • Deliver a one-hour, online training session in late February/early March on ACE.
  • Provide information on topics like Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), keeping your company’s manifest information confidential, and tariff engineering for accessories—which helped one OHL customer save $1.5 million.
  • Participate in the 27th annual conference in November as a panelist and featured exhibitor.
  • Invite USFIA members to participate in other OHL-sponsored educational opportunities.

USFIA’s Partners support us in our mission while helping us amplify the industry’s voice on the critical issues and keep our members informed about the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow.

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