By Kristi Ellis

Strengthening cooperation between the fashion industry and U.S. Customs & Border Protection and staking out ground in negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership were key focal points of the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel conference in San Francisco...

Julia Hughes, president of USA-ITA, said improving coordination between the industry and Customs is a top priority for apparel retailers. One area where apparel brands and retailers would like to get involved is in a Customs pilot project, “Centers for Excellence and Expertise,” launched in October in conjunction with the pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

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