The United States Fashion Industry Association's policy priorities for 2016 include:
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
The United States Fashion Industry Association supported the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the goal to shift to 21st-century rules and improved market access for apparel and footwear. While the TPP remains too focused on the source of the yarns to determine which products are eligible for duty-free access, USFIA supports the aspects of the agreement that will support the industry’s global value chain. We are working with the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration to work toward smooth implementation and expanding the TPP benefits.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the negotiation of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union. TTIP should eliminate all tariffs on Day One of the agreement, and eliminate technical and administrative barriers through regulatory convergence.
Remove Duties on Apparel
American families continue to pay unnecessarily high taxes for babies’ and children's clothing, while the wealthy can import silk scarves with a 1.2 percent duty rate. Let's eliminate regressive taxes on middle class Americans and start lowering prices on basic apparel.
Enhance the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports action to build on the 10-year extension of the duty-free benefits of the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA). We will be working with USAID and with the Obama Administration to enhance and promote AGOA.
Expand the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence & Expertise (CEE)
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports the U.S. Customs & Border Protection initiative to expand the Center of Excellence & Expertise (CEE) for Apparel, Footwear, & Textiles. We will continue to work with the CEE and CBP to integrate the benefits for all companies.
Cumulation for Free Trade Agreements
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports negotiation of cumulation provisions with all free trade agreements. The link between existing FTAs will support sourcing opportunities with key trading partners and will encourage the development of global value chains between FTA partners. The initial action is cumulation between the FTAs with Colombia and Peru.
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) supports initiatives to extend the Tariff Preference Levels that are scheduled to expire (or have already expired) in key FTAs. The Nicaragua TPL expired on December 31, 2014. The Morocco TPLs are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015, and the Bahrain TPLs are scheduled to expire on July 31st, 2016.
Help Companies Source in Cost-Effective, Efficient, & Ethical Way
Our educational events and publications provide the latest information to companies on how to source in a cost-effective, efficient, and ethical way. In addition to providing this education and training, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) will work to enhance the good work our members are already doing by providing information and serving as the link between brands and retailers, manufacturers, governments, NGOs, and other organizations across the value chain committed to human and labor rights and sustainability.