By Ed Zwirn

The recently rebranded United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) has re-launched itself at its annual meeting in New York, amidst predictions that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement should be completed in early 2014.

Julia Hughes, the president of USFIA, and head of its predecessor the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA), told the Textile & Apparel Importer Trade & Transportation Conference last week: "We are definitely much further along in the TPP negotiations, but we think it's likely to take into next year to really wrap it all up."

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