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Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

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Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade

Fashion made possible by global trade


The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to fashion made possible by global trade.

USFIA represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989, USFIA works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, USFIA is the voice of 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.

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2024 Sourcing Trends & Outlook Report

USFIA's 2024 Sourcing Trends & Outlook Report is out. Members can log-in to the website to download it here

The top 5 sourcing trends in this year's report are:

  1. Asian apparel suppliers continue to dominate sourcing.
  2. China maintains its role as the top supplier.
  3. Higher costs are easing with lower average unit values.
  4. New suppliers highlight apparel sourcing opportunities.
  5. Despite high duty rates, FTAs and preference programs remain underutilized. CAFTA remains the major duty-free supplier.

Some of the key data highlights from this year's report are featured below:

Asian apparel suppliers continue to dominate sourcing

                   Top U.S. Apparel Suppliers in 2023 by Quantity

 Top Suppliers by Quantity

Top U.S. Apparel Suppliers in 2023 by Value

Top Suppliers by Value

 CAFTA remains the major duty-free supplier


Chart courtesy of Dr. Sheng Lu, Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware.

2023 USFIA Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study

USFIA's tenth annual Fashion Industry Benchmarking Survey is now available. This year, survey respondents highlight three main topics: sustainability, the economy, and sourcing diversification. Download the complete study here, and see the highlights below:

We asked, How do you anticipate your company's financials (profit margin) this year relative to last year?

Mouse over the chart sections to see the percentages. More respondents have a positive outlook for 2023 than did last year, with over half expecting their company's financials to improve.

U.S. apparel importers are increasingly diversifying their sourcing base, and 2023 is no exception.

Sources of U.S. Apparel Imports (by value)


Virtual Fashion Assessment and Impact Reduction Workshop

 Registration is closed for this event
Hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association and Material Exchange

Special pricing for USFIA members: $95


Earn a certificate of completion at this all-day USFIA x Material Exchange fashion sustainability workshop centered on sharing strategies and solutions to minimize sourcing material and product impacts along the global supply chain.

This remote workshop will focus on specific ways to measure and assess transportation, material and product environmental impacts, as well as explains design strategies that a brand can apply to reduce those impacts. The course will also dig into how a fashion brand can work towards a more circular economy with their product when it reaches the end of its use.

The workshop is geared to fashion brands, designers and apparel-industry professionals who want to learn measurable sustainable processes to reach their corporate-wide climate, energy, water and material-reduction targets and goals.   



9am - Welcome, introduction, learning objectives
9:10am - Assessments, supply chain, sourcing and supply chain mapping with Material Exchange
9:30am - Transportation impacts and emission calculations with Flexport
10:20am - Measuring material & product impacts with HIGG
11:10am - Formatting and visualizing impacts with Material Exchange
11:20am - Break out activity
11:45am - Lunch break
12:15pm - Preferred fibers, certifications & standards for impact minimization with Everlane
1:00pm - Sustainable design strategies and practices with Material Exchange
1:30pm - Take-back, circularity, and end-of-use strategies with JDG Group
2:15pm - Break out activity
2:50pm - Q&A and wrap-up

*schedule subject to change


Workshop instructors

Katina Boutis - Director of Sustainability, Everlane
Jennifer Gilbert - Chief Marketing & Partnerships Officer, JG End-of-Life Consulting
Nina Kaledin - Program Manager, Flexport
Andrea Kennedy - VP of Sustainability, Material Exchange
Stewart Sheppard - Director of Sustainability & Training, Higg Index


January 12th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to  3:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee - Login to Receive USFIA Member Discount $165.00