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AAFA Offers New Online Chemical Management Tool

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) launched Tuesday a new web-based collaboration solution designed to assist U.S. apparel and footwear industry companies better exchange important environmental and chemical management information through a Voluntary Product Environmental Profile (VPEP) with their partners along the supply chain. The tool, which is …

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AAFA Names New Chairman, International Trade Policy

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Arlington, VA— American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announced Thursday that Rick Helfenbein, president of TellaS Ltd, Luen Thai USA, has been named its new chairman. Helfenbein takes over from Philip Williamson, chairman/president/ ceo of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., as part of the Association’s annual officer rotation process. ‘Robust Trade Agenda’ …

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Trade Groups Support Expanded Imports in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Washington—Building on the momentum of President Obama’s Trade Africa initiative, a new trade alliance will promote Africa as a reliable sourcing destination for international buyers and explore opportunities to promote U.S. trade and investment in Africa. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Apparel & Footwear Association …

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Trade Associations Urge End of Cambodian Unrest

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Arlington, VA—The six leading North American trade associations representing apparel and footwear brands and retailers, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Fashion Industry …

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AAFA Releases ApparelStats, ShoeStats 2013 Reports

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today released its ApparelStats 2013 and ShoeStats 2013 reports, serving as snapshots of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2012. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the latest business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports and retail …

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AAFA Welcomes Bill to Add Travelgoods to Duty Benefit

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed a new measure which would make U.S. imports of travelgoods such as luggage, backpacks and handbags, eligible for duty benefits. Introduced in the U.S. Senate, the GSP Update Act–full name Generalized System of Preferences Update for Production Diversification and Trade …