Making decisions in an uncertain trade environment

January 1st, 2020

By Marie O’Mahony Editor’s note: The issue of U.S. trade is unusually dynamic and evolving today. The majority of this article represents information available when the speakers presented at IFAI Expo in October 2019.  With current international trade in a persistent state of flux, it’s tempting for the advanced textiles industry to stand by and […]

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U.S.-Mexico trade agreement

October 12th, 2018

The United States and Mexico have reached a preliminary agreement in principle, subject to finalization and implementation, that supports North American manufacturing and mutually beneficial trade. The new agreement will create more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports high-paying jobs for Americans and grows the United States and Mexican economies. The new rules for textile products […]

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Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

August 2nd, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to finally review this important matter,” […]

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Action urged on trade deficit

June 30th, 2017

Four U.S. textile trade associations, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), and United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), have outlined the causes of the $95 billion U.S. trade deficit in textiles and apparel. They also have suggested remedial actions for the Trump administration to boost […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement made available

November 16th, 2015

The United States recently concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific rim nations including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Industrial Fabrics Association International’s United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) advocated for a yarn-forward rule of origin and […]

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U.S. Commercial Service offering seminar on export controls

November 9th, 2015

The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a one-day program Dec. 10 in Sandy, Utah, covering the most up-to-date information on U.S. export controls, including export control reform issues as well as obligations under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Office of Foreign […]

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