The US apparel sector commends President Biden's bid to strengthen supply chains with the creation of the White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience, however concerns remain over his lack of commitment to global trade policies and tackling domestic forced labour.

Isatou Ndure | November 28, 2023

US apparel sector urges Biden to take supply chain resilience plan further

With an election year looming and consumers troubled over the state of the economy, Gherzi partner and apparel industry expert Robert Antoshak told Just Style he was not surprised by the administration’s attempt to fix the US supply chains.

Antoshak explained: “Disruptions caused by the effects of shutdowns during the pandemic and supply and demand imbalances helped set the stage for global inflation. So, Biden has a political objective in his sights, but he also wishes to address ways of containing inflation for the health of the economy.”

Biden’s actions to strengthen US supply chains have been deemed a “positive step” by Julia K. Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), who explained that during these uncertain times, it is important for the administration to remain committed to a “whole-of-government effort” to prioritise supply chains resilience.

Hughes referenced the uncertainties within the supply chain to be significantly affecting fashion companies and their consumers.

“We appreciate the Administration’s emphasis on promptly addressing future disruptions in the supply chain, which will facilitate the timely and cost-effective delivery of goods to our customers,” said Hughes.

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