American Apparel and Footwear Association

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AAFA is an influential voice for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry on Capitol Hill and around the world.

 

in the spotlight

Check out AAFA's events across the topics of trade, intellectual property and brand protection, supply chain, and more. Events Calendar > 

legislative action

Now is the time to contact Congress to tell them how trade benefits you. Click here to send an email to your elected representatives urging action on trade.

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International Trade

International trade serves an important function for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry both in terms of exports and imports.  We achieve market openings and reductions in trade barriers through free trade agreements, market liberalizing efforts, World Trade Organization initiatives, and other opportunities.

Trade Promotion Authority

Trade Promotion Authority authorizes the President to negotiate international trade agreements which Congress can then approve or reject, but not amend or filibuster.

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World Trade Organization Doha Round

The Doha Round of trade negotiations, under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has attempted to liberalize global trade rules.

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Trade Negotiations

The United States currently has free trade agreements with 17 key partners which provide many options for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry supply chain.

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Preference Programs

Preference programs are used to promote economic development by offering developing nations duty preferences on goods entering the United States.

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Trade Liberalization & Expansion Opportunities

Barriers to trade can often be eliminated or reduced through targeted solutions on specific products.

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Market Access and Trade Disputes

Trade works best with all the rules are enforced fairly. When the rules are broken, trade enforcement actions may be necessary.

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Global Value Chains

Global value chains (GVCs) have become an increasingly important part of the world trade community. GVCs describe the full range of activities and suppliers, spread out across multiple countries, that contribute to a final good.

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