Fashion Intel & Analysis

While there are no big breakthroughs in the negotiations, the reports from this week’s U.S.-China trade talks have been relatively positive.  These talks are focused on setting the agenda for senior-level negotiations in October.  The Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit some farm states as well, raising hopes that China will purchase more agricultural products.   

Yesterday, USFIA submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in
response to the September 3, 2019 announcement that the Trump Administration would
further ramp up tariffs on consumer goods (as part of the Section 301 case against China). In
the comments, we urge the Trump Administration to remove all apparel products and consumer goods from the list of products subject to tariffs, and the increases, under this Section 301 case. Full comments can be read here

While there are no big breakthroughs in the negotiations, the reports from this week’s U.S.-China trade talks have been relatively positive.  These talks are focused on setting the agenda for senior-level negotiations in October.  The Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit some farm states as well, raising hopes that China will purchase more agricultural products.  

On Thursday, the Under Secretary of Commerce for international trade, Gil Kaplan, resigned. Kaplan was head of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration where he oversaw their global market divisions, industry and analysis bureau, and enforcement and compliance arms.  ITA also includes the Office of Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, and Kaplan was active in discussions about how to return textile manufacturing back to the U.S.  The high profile activities during his tenure were the Commerce Department’s Section 232 investigations into steel, aluminum, autos and auto parts, uranium and titanium sponge. 

Yesterday, USFIA submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in response to the September 3, 2019 announcement that the Trump Administration would further ramp up tariffs on consumer goods (as part of the Section 301 case against China). In the comments, we urge the Trump Administration to remove all apparel products and consumer goods from the list of products subject to tariffs, and the increases, under this Section 301 case. Full comments can be read here