AAFA Weekly Brief
February 27, 2018

Newsletter at-a-glance

AAFA has released the 19th edition of its Restricted Substance List (RSL), which is available for all industry professionals (see Supply Chain and AAFA News). Also, a new government report flags mounting challenges for U.S. agencies and businesses in the effort to protect consumers from potentially dangerous goods (see Brand Protection).

February 26: President Trump called it the worst trade deal in American history and has threatened repeatedly to blow it up. Yet more than a year into his presidency, NAFTA is alive. And it's poised to survive. (Source: CNN Money)
February 25: White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who was sidelined last year after repeatedly clashing with President Donald Trump’s more moderate advisers, could soon be granted a title change that would give him more direct influence over the administration’s trade agenda, according to three people familiar with the issue. (Source: Politico)
February 25: ... an official with knowledge of the trade discussions told me the White House is preparing to impose tariffs on a "shit ton" — meaning, potentially hundreds — of Chinese products. (Source: Axios)
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Supply Chain
February 26: ... But while Americans are still buying lots of clothes, they’re actually spending less of their income on them, in part because they can. (Source: Quartz)
February 23: Maintaining compliance for apparel, footwear and home textile products could become more seamless with the latest information on restricted chemicals. (Source: Sourcing Journal - article unlocked)
February 22: A first-of-its-kind research project led by Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) in partnership with Fashion Revolution and C&A Foundation gives the most comprehensive picture yet of the living and working conditions faced by female garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India. (Source: Sustainable Brands)
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Brand Protection
February 26: Federal investigators purchased counterfeit popular products, including cosmetics and electronics, on some of the biggest and best-known e-commerce websites, according to a new report. (Source: CBS News)
February 23: In a new documentary, Highsnobiety explores Moscow's growing obsession for fake goods from designers including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Adidas. (Source: Business of Fashion)
February 19: ... An online portal will allow consumers to check whether sellers of luxury goods are certified businesses, as well as checking the expert appraiser’s qualifications. (Source: Securing Industry)

Updated RSL now available: The 19th edition of AAFA’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) – the industry’s chemical management resource listing banned or restricted chemicals and substances for finished apparel, footwear, and home textile products around the world – is now available. The RSL is an open-industry resource made available for all industry professionals so no login is required to access. 

Made in USA labeling clarity: On February 28, AAFA submitted comments to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging greater clarity and more realistic Made in USA labeling requirements to support U.S. manufacturing. 
#AAFASummit18 this week! Kicking off tomorrow, AAFA will host the two-day AAFA Executive Summit alongside the annual Spring Board of Directors Meeting at The Watergate Hotel here in Washington. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram with #AAFASummit18 to see what’s happening.

See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.

Congress and government agencies solicit comments on a range of issues that may affect your business – find a list of comment opportunities here.
AAFA Events
February & March
Feb. 28 Board of Directors Meeting and Capitol Hill Visit 
Feb. 28 - March 2 AAFA Executive Summit
March 7 Webinar: When Technology Meets Fashion Sustainability
March 15 Member-Only Webinar: Pivotal 2018 Mid-Term Elections & What's at Stake
March 28 Webinar: Chemical Management - Why Should I Care? 
Visit our events calendar for all AAFA webinars and industry events.

D.C. is the place to be this spring!
AAFA hosts the industry in Washington again this April 25 with keynote speakers from Chico’s FAS, Inc. and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Learn more!



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