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Country Profiles

Unveiled June 4, 2012, AAFA's members-only country profiles are a direct response to input from AAFA members who are ready to expand their business internationally, and may need additional help navigating the complicated tangle of international rules and requirements.  Each profile addresses the key features that are unique to a country but necessary for foreign businesses to understand when looking to sell textiles, apparel, or footwear within that country’s borders.  Additional country profiles will continue to be unveiled over the next several months.  AAFA will create profiles for countries that are of interest to AAFA members, whether they are a current trading partner or a country with untapped potential for consumer growth.

Each profile outlines certain key features that must be addressed before market penetration is possible:

  • Notable preferential treatment agreements that may affect duty rates and the import process.

  • Market access including tariffs and fees; import procedures such as required documents for customs declarations, import licenses, and relevant cargo certifications; and, any import restrictions that are in place including tariff and non-tariff barriers.

  • Labeling requirements for both apparel and footwear as well as the relevant legislation for compliance.

  • Product safety and restricted substances including a link to AAFA’s Restricted Substance List and global drawstring chart.

  • Intellectual property rights focusing on trademark registration for foreign bodies.

AAFA continues efforts to promote the success and competitiveness of its extensive membership, and, for this reason, only AAFA members will be granted access to this valuable resource.  The profiles will be a living document on the AAFA website and updated frequently as international rules and standards are constantly evolving.  Additionally, each profile provides a list of useful links to the government and standards setting body of the country in question.

 

 

 

Argentina

Argentina

 

 

 

Australia

Australia

 

 

Brazil

Brazil

 

 

 

Canada

Canada

 

 

China

China

 

 

EU

European Union

 

 

India

India

 

 

Japan

Japan

 

 

 

Mexico

Mexico

 

Russia

Russia

 

SouthAfrica

South Africa

 

SouthKorea

South Korea

 

UK

United Kingdom

 

 

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