Trade war truce? This past weekend, President Trump announced a ‘cease-fire’ in the trade war with China following a dinner with President Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina. AAFA's statement is available here.
AAFA's Rick Helfenbein appeared on CNBC on Friday, November 30 to preview the talks and what the industry was looking for as a result:
AAFA President and CEO Rick Helfenbein on CNBC’s Closing Bell. Watch now.
AAFA/WRAP Working Hours Best Practices: Just published for AAFA members is the Working House Best Practices guidance (member login required) to help companies achieve greater transparency into the actual hours being worked by employees in supplier factories and address root causes that lead to excessive working hours. Download now! Contact Nate Herman for further details on this project or for other matters related to AAFA’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, including the AAFA-Fair Labor Association Commitment to Responsible Recruitment (now with 127 signatories).
NAFTA termination threat: Over the weekend, AAFA cautioned the Trump administration against terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement prior to the ratification and implementation of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following reports that they will give a formal termination notice to Congress.
Protecting duty-free benefits: On November 29, AAFA’s Steve Lamar testified at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative urging the Administration to keep travel goods imported from Thailand and Indonesia duty-free under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Why this is so important:
AAFA Executive Vice President Steve Lamar discussing the importance of GSP
benefits for the travel goods industry. Watch now.
AAFA at JAPBI: In Cherry Hill, New Jersey last week, AAFA participated in full force at the Defense Department’s Joint Advanced Planning Brief for Industry (JAPBI) conference for the government contractors who supply uniforms to American war fighters. For more information about how AAFA supports our government contractors, contact Christina Mitropoulos.
See all of AAFA’s latest letters, comments, and testimony here.