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.

 

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

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Customs & Logistics

Given the volume of trade conducted by the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, it is important to fully understand all of the issues and processes for moving product in and out of the country. Transportation is a critical issue for the clothing and shoe business, and includes any and all factors dealing with moving products within and outside the U.S., through ports, highways, rail, and sea.

Footwear Textile Outsole

Rules regarding the use of textile (fabric) outsoles on footwear to lower import duties.

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Proposed First Sale Repeal

For the purposes of collecting customs, the values of imported goods have historically been determined by the price paid for the good at its “First Sale” for export.

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Customs Reauthorization

In order to further the trade facilitation function (vs. security) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Congress has initiated discussions involving possible Customs Reauthorization legislation.

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Textile Enforcement Legislation

In the 113th Congress, and in the previous two Congresses, Members of Congress have introduced legislation that seeks to strengthen enforcement of U.S. customs and trade laws with respect to textile and apparel products

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Domestic Freight Rates

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association's (NMFTA) Commodity Classification Standards Boards (CCSB) changed their classification for clothing and footwear products.

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Port Trucking Issues

Recent efforts have been made to change federal trucking laws and allow local ports and municipalities to regulate interstate trucking for environmental reasons.

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Maritime Transportation

Ocean carriers maintain antitrust immunity that often leads to anti-competitive shipping practices on maritime cargo.

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Hours of Service Proposals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued changes to the federal Hours of Service regulations which put limits in place for when and how long commercial motor vehicle drivers may drive.

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De Minimis

De minimis shipments, or currently shipments valued under $800, are shipments able to enter the United States under simplified procedures that provide significant savings to shippers, particularly small and medium shippers.

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Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEEs)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the process of establishing Centers for Excellence and Expertise (CEE) for various industries.

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Port Labor

Union contracts between port labor and employer associations are a special concern because of the implications of an expiring contract for the ability of apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers to import and export whole and component products.

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