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information on this page may be outdated by the time you read the
details. When researching trade agreements it is very important
that you visit the official government websites for the most current
details. This information below is for historical reference
and a general guide for our industry.
originally posted April 2015. We will try to make updates when
What does the
mean for the fashion industry?
The Transatlantic Trade
and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is an ambitious, comprehensive,
and high-standard trade and investment agreement being negotiated
between the United States and the European Union (EU). T-TIP will
help unlock opportunity for American families, workers, businesses,
farmers and ranchers through increased access to European markets
for Made-in-America goods and services. This will help to promote
U.S. international competitiveness, jobs and growth.
The U.S. and EU
economies are two of the most modern, most developed, and most
committed to high standards of consumer protection in the world.
T-TIP aims to bolster that already strong relationship in a way that
will help boost economic growth and add to the more than 13 million
American and EU jobs already supported by transatlantic trade and
investment. T-TIP will be a cutting edge agreement aimed at
providing greater compatibility and transparency in trade and
investment regulation, while maintaining high levels of health,
safety, and environmental protection. T-TIP presents an
extraordinary opportunity to strengthen the bond between vital
strategic and economic partners.
So, what does the
Transatlantic Trade and Investment
Partnership mean to the apparel industry?
Re: Textiles and
The goal is to seek and obtain fully reciprocal
access to the EU market for U.S. textile and apparel products,
supported by effective and efficient customs cooperation and other
rules to facilitate U.S.-EU trade in textiles and apparel.
U.S. textile and
apparel manufacturers sold nearly $2.4 billion worth of products to
the EU last year (2014). Eliminating the remaining duties on
US exports will create new opportunities for integration into
European supply chains and to sell high-quality “made-in-USA"
garments to European consumers. Enhanced U.S.-EU customs
cooperation will also help ensure that non-qualifying textiles and
apparel from third countries are not being imported into the United
States under T-TIP.
For more information on
textiles and apparel trade, visit https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/textiles-apparel.
USTR's Special Textile
Negotiator's office is responsible for international trade
negotiations affecting textile and apparel products, at the
multilateral, regional and bilateral level, including a particular
emphasis on opening foreign markets to domestic producers.
The office is also
responsible for ongoing liaison and contact with domestic
stakeholders and Congress, many of whom have divergent interests, on
the Administration's trade policy decisions and trade negotiations
affecting sector products.
The office works
closely with United States trading partners to fully implement USA
trade agreements, and work on ways to maximize our industry's use of
existing agreements, as well as in furtherance of common interests
in the sector. They also monitor developments in the USA partner
markets to ensure compliance with our countries trade agreements as
they affect the sector.
Finally, the office
provides technical and policy advice to other USTR offices and other
Administration offices on trade policy issues affecting the textile
and apparel sector.
In an effort to
continue providing the public with information on T-TIP, this Office
of the United States Trade Representative website includes a number
of resources, they include a
summary of U.S. objectives,
negotiating round and public forum information,
T-TIP blog posts,
You may be interested
in the following news posted April 15, 2015:
Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael
Froman on the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and
“We're pleased to see
Congress moving forward with bipartisan trade legislation that will
help support more good jobs at home and strengthen the American
middle class. This is a time for America to choose to lead, not
stand on the sidelines. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade
Priorities and Accountability Act will provide an important set of
new tools to fight for American values and American interests.
The Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act represents
the most significant upgrade to our approach to trade in over four
decades, including the requirement that labor and environmental
protections be fully enforceable; new requirements for taking on
unfairly subsidized foreign state owned enterprises; strong and
balanced intellectual property protections; and new consultations
and transparency requirements. These provisions put American workers
first and reflect the seismic shifts we have seen in the global
economy since 2002, when Congress last passed trade promotion
TPA will move us one step closer to delivering trade agreements like
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (T-TIP) which will open growing markets to
“Made in America" exports, protect our workers, and ensure that
America, not our competitors, sets the rules of the road on trade. I
look forward to continuing to work with Congress to pass TPA, along
with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and a renewal of the African
Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Generalized System of
Preferences (GSP), with bipartisan support."
You may also want to
visit the United States
Office of Textiles & Apparel website.
apparel factories in the United States in
our manufacturers guide section.