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USMCA Takes Effect, Replaces NAFTA

By Dorothy Crouch | July 1, 2020

As a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was implemented July 1.

AAFA’s Lamar Testified on Stopping Chinese Forced Labor

Steve Lamar, the president and chief executive officer of the trade group American Apparel & Footwear Association, testified Sept. 17 on steps American fashion-and-apparel companies can take to stop forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province.

U.S. Apparel Trade Associations Condemn Forced Labor in China

Leading apparel trade associations in the United States made a joint statement July 23 condemning forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. The group also stressed that it is a priority to guarantee that products made by forced labor do not appear in U.S. supply chains.

Supply-Chain Executives Forecast How Technology Amid the Pandemic Can Transform Businesses

Supply-Chain Executives Forecast How Technology Amid the Pandemic Can Transform Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the fashion business upside down and is putting supply chains through a giant stress test, said Neil Soni, vice president of business development and strategy for Omnichain, a Los Angeles–headquartered supply-chain company.

Certain Tariffs to Receive 90-Day Postponement Due to Pandemic

Certain Tariffs to Receive 90-Day Postponement Due to Pandemic

Importers faced with financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic can request a 90-day deferment in payments on certain duties, taxes and fees, according to an executive order signed by President Trump on April 18.

March Volumes Decrease at Major California Ports, but Optimism Abounds

March Volumes Decrease at Major California Ports, but Optimism Abounds

Due to a weak global-trade market resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, loaded container volume declined from 2019 totals during March at the Port of Oakland.

Retail Trade Groups Say Dump Chinese Import Tariffs

On March 19, members of the retail industry’s leading trade groups joined in a letter asking President Trump to suspend U.S. tariffs in place on Chinese imports. The tariff suspension would serve as a tool to blunt the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic, they said.

Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport, Deemed Essential and Will Remain Open

Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport, Deemed Essential and Will Remain Open

As regions of Northern California, including six Bay Area counties, prepared for shelter-in-place orders in response to COVID-19, the Port of Oakland announced on March 16 that it would remain open for business.

USMCA Approved by U.S. Senate, Phase One of China Deal Signed by Trump

USMCA Approved by U.S. Senate, Phase One of China Deal Signed by Trump

In a fast-paced set of events, President Donald Trump signed Phase Oneof the trade agreement between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China on Jan. 15. The next day, the U.S. Senate approved the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, a platform upon which Trump campaigned during 2016 as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

USMCA Trade Deal Approved by Senate Committee

The U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee approved the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement by a 25–3 vote on Jan. 7.

November Trade Deficit Figures Decrease by 5.4 Percent to Lowest Number Since 2017

This week, the United States Census Bureau released its “Advance Economic Indicators Report,” which showed a decrease in the international trade deficit. Numbers for international trade in goods recorded in October 2019 stood at $66.8 billion, while advanced figures fell to $63.2 billion in November, a drop of 5.4 percent.

U.S. Close To Making Trade Agreements After Year of Upheaval

U.S. Close To Making Trade Agreements After Year of Upheaval

After more than a year of headlines on trade wars, the Trump administration, the U.S. Congress and America’s trade partners wrapped up the year with statements and votes promising that trade deals are close.

Tariffs in 2019: As the Trade War Turns

One of the largest newsmakers of 2019 was neither a person nor a company but rather a largely impactful issue faced by the apparel industry. In a rocky 2018, the United States implemented 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in imports from China, and the latter responded with its own reciprocal duties on products from the U.S.

AAFA Echoes Industry Sentiment in Letter to CBP Regarding Proposed Footwear Duty

Escalating current tariff and trade drama, the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection proposed a revocation of two previous rulings on the definition of athletic footwear, widening the range of these types of shoes, which will thereby increase costs for these products that were previously not subject to athletic-footwear duties.

Port of L.A. Working with Danish Port to Strengthen Sustainability

Port of L.A. Working with Danish Port to Strengthen Sustainability

The Port of Los Angeles, ranked as the No. 1 container port in the United States, announced that it has entered into a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Copenhagen Malmö Port AB, which manages ports in Denmark and Sweden, to collaborate on sustainability and environmental issues.

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