Tariff testimony and recent comments: Tomorrow, May 16, AAFA President and CEO Rick Helfenbein will testify in a hearing at the International Trade Commission, voicing strong opposition towards tariffs on apparel, footwear, and related products, and to encourage the administration to refrain from adding tariffs on equipment used to make these products in the U.S.
Microfiber labeling legislation:
In a move that could see a similar trend sweep across several state
legislatures, Connecticut passed a bill
that requires the formation of a working group to study the issue of synthetic
clothing and microfiber pollution. Thanks to AAFA’s
work in Connecticut, the version approved by the legislature removed a
labeling requirement and other concerning language from the original bill.
are both considering bills that would require extra labeling for
products with synthetic fibers, identifying them as contributors to microfiber
waste in waterways. Additionally, New York’s legislature is considering product labeling to encourage hand-washing of synthetic garments. AAFA is rigorously working to address controversial
provisions within these bills. Members interested in the impact this
legislation could have on their business are encouraged to connect with Kristen Kern
Protecting Berry Amendment provisions for footwear:
On May 9, AAFA joined with more than a dozen industry groups in expressing concerns
to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership with very strong opposition to anti-Berry Amendment proposals on footwear and components in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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.