By Ed Zwirn

International trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), may well fall by the wayside following the upset victory of Republican Donald Trump for the US presidency, participants at the 28th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference warned yesterday (9 November).

A realignment of power within the Republican majorities within the Senate and the House of Representatives may have a similar effect, they added at the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) organised event in New York City.

"A lot of folks were surprised by the outcome," Julia Hughes, president of USFIA, told a panel discussion the morning after the US election. "We can see we have our work cut out for us," she added. "We're going to be dealing with a lot of unknowns even with the continuation of a Republican Congress."

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