A group of US apparel and retail organisations are pushing for the urgent long-term renewal of the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) and the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Acts to prevent fashion factories and buyers leaving the region.

The letter, which was written by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), National Retail Federation (NRF), Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to the US government, calls for the “immediate and long-term” reauthorisation of the HOPE/HELP Acts ahead of its expiry in 2025.

These trade preference programmes allow duty-free access to certain apparel products from Haiti and the letter highlights renewal will serve as security for both businesses operating in Haiti and Haitians employed within the garment sector.

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