As you know, the United States is considering a new “short supply” proposal for textiles and apparel in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This proposal includes two short-supply lists: one temporary, three-year list, and one permanent list. Many USA-ITA member companies have already submitted short supply requests to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and we know others plan to before the March 31st deadline. During the recent negotiations in Singapore, we were told that negotiators from the participating countries will exchange short supply specific requests and continue the textiles and apparel discussion in more detail in Lima.
Whether you have been following the TPP negotiations closely, or whether you are curious if you should, review our webinar featuring USA-ITA Washington Counsel David Spooner of Squire Sanders and USA-ITA President Julia K. Hughes for an update on where TPP stands today and what to expect in the near future, particularly on the short-supply process. Laurie Goldman, Head of Global Trade Policy for Levi Strauss & Co.,also joins the call to provide her perspective based on her experience at the negotiations with the TPP Apparel Coalition. The speakers will answer your questions including:
What is the status of the TPP negotiations, particularly for our industry?
What is the TPP short-supply process, and how can I participate?
What has the U.S. government said so far about the short-supply requests?
Will the negotiations really conclude in October 2013?
And much more!