By Kristi Ellis

Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, said apparel importers welcome the streamlining of import processing.

“There have been port inconsistency problems,” Hughes said. “If one port interprets the rules differently than others, it creates havoc. In the old system, the port director had the final say. By changing the structure, the center is where the decisions will be made.”

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