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AAFA Welcomes Warner Letter on TPP Negotiations

May 1, 2012

Arlington, VA –American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today welcomed a letter sent to U.S. President Barack Obama by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and 14 other U.S. senators urging for a commercially-meaningful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.  This bipartisan letter comes just before the next round of TPP negotiations being held May 8 – 18, 2012 in Dallas, TX.

“When we get dressed each day, we wear more than just clothes and shoes.  We wear the four million U.S. jobs that made those clothes and shoes possible through design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and more. 

“Representing nearly every region of the United States, I applaud Senator Warner and his colleagues in the Senate for their bipartisan leadership in ensuring the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a commercially-meaningful and robust agreement that promotes further growth for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry.

“As negotiators from TPP countries prepare to meet in Dallas next week, I urge the Obama Administration to carefully consider the new approach outlined in this letter and work with our trade partners to achieve an agreement constructed with rules that will work today and tomorrow for U.S. workers, U.S. businesses, and the U.S. economy.”

In releasing the letter, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said, “Our bipartisan approach urges the Administration to continue in a productive dialogue with participating TPP countries about a modern approach for apparel trade that reflects today’s commercial realities.  This more flexible approach will allow immediate market access that can lead to increased jobs, trade and investment here in the United States.”

A similar letter, which is available on the TPP Apparel Coalition Web site, was sent by 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on October 25, 2011.


About AAFA

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.  AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.  Learn how AAFA wears our mission at

TPP Apparel Coalition

The TPP Apparel Coalition, of which AAFA is an active member, supports the negotiation of a 21st Century TPP agreement that generates new trade and investment opportunities for the benefit of workers, businesses, and families. These opportunities include buying and selling goods and services, sustaining and growing well-paying U.S jobs, and providing high added value for the U.S. and TPP economies.