AAFA draws USTR’s attention to pressing trade issues affecting sector

Davida Erdahl

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) not long ago wrote to US Trade Agent Katherine Tai, drawing her interest to urgent trade problems impacting their sector like substantial tariffs, lapse of two important trade desire programmes, the ‘on-yet again, off-again’ nature of the African Advancement and Option Act (AGOA) […]

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) not long ago wrote to US Trade Agent Katherine Tai, drawing her interest to urgent trade problems impacting their sector like substantial tariffs, lapse of two important trade desire programmes, the ‘on-yet again, off-again’ nature of the African Advancement and Option Act (AGOA) programme and rigid rules of origin in the Western hemisphere.

The punitive tariffs ensuing from the Portion 301 investigation on China have emerged as a big expense stress with extreme consequences. These have resulted in selling price increases for US individuals, American work losses and other irreversible economic problems to the United States, the AAFA letter stated.

“We do not feel these tariffs align with the employee-centric trade coverage agenda of the Biden Administration. While we urge the swift removal of all punitive tariffs, we recognize that a complete China coverage overview is underway. In the meantime, given the urgency of this subject,…we are requesting the elimination of tariffs on reusable surgical and isolation gowns and health-related scrubs, the retroactive extension for item exclusions that expired in 2020, and the implementation of a new, extra transparent item exclusion method,” AAFA president and main government officer Steve Lamar wrote.

“We value the tariff suspensions on the Airbus-Boeing dispute, but it is important that the functions access an accord inside of this time body to stop even more damage to unrelated industries. We also welcome the administration’s commitment to take part in the multilateral method at the Business for Economic Cooperation and Advancement (OECD). A negotiated agreement in this problem in the future number of months is very important as various countries have indicated they will impose a DST [electronic companies tax] this summer time in the absence of an worldwide framework,” he wrote.

Two important trade desire programmes—the generalized procedure of choices (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB)—lapsed at the conclude of 2020, imposing a tax enhance on American personnel, individuals and corporations at a time when they can minimum manage it.

AAFA asked for Tai to support Congress for the swift reauthorisation and retroactive renewal of both programmess to minimise the problems.

Businesses are poised to diversify out of China with Africa getting a logical geographic region for reinvestment for many. The ‘on-yet again, off-again’ nature of the AGOA programme in advance of the 10-year renewal has proven particularly disruptive, in the end preventing the business from getting full gain of the initially fifteen years of the programme, AAFA wrote.

The certainty gained from renewing AGOA this year for a further 10 years would give providers clarity on the timeframe they will need to build a vertical, accountable and competitive business in Africa up to and past 2025, it added.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

The American Apparel and Footwear Association not long ago wrote to US Trade Agent Katherine Tai, drawing her interest to urgent trade problems like substantial tariffs, lapse of two important trade desire programmes, the ‘on-yet again, off-again’ nature of the African Advancement and Option Act programme and rigid rules of origin in the Western hemisphere.

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