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.
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.
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.
We keep a laser focus on our mission, which allows us to be agile and quickly seize upon opportunities to move the needle.
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.
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.
We asked our current members what sets USFIA apart. See what they had to say:
THE voice for all textile matters - from fibers to retail - in the U.S.
Depth of industry experience with partners such as PwC and GEODIS, great connection and partnership with government agencies, and early insights into trade news.
The quality of in-person events and email news updates are immensely helpful to keeping my team informed.
USFIA offers in-depth communications and analysis on customs issues in a way other associations don't.
Membership dues are 95% tax-deductible.