On April 7th, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) joined other North American apparel and retail associations in sending a letter to the Bangladesh government urging them immediately eliminate duties on the imports of building and fire safety equipment. Currently, duties and other taxes are as high as 61.09 percent on fire doors and 31.07 percent on sprinkler systems, which the letter says are not only “a significant deterrent for factories to make necessary investments, but these significant duties also drain away much needed capital from our common goal—improving worker safety.” USFIA President Julia K. Hughes also met with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) about the issue during Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong.