AAFA Weekly Brief
February 19, 2019

Newsletter at-a-glance

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February 13: ... The apparel and footwear industry dodged the worst of the first round of tariffs only to see products such as backpacks, handbags, gloves and coats caught in the latest salvo. Some retailers have begun the lengthy process of switching their orders from Chinese factories to suppliers in other Asian countries, said Rick Helfenbein, president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. (Source: Washington Post)
February 13: ... Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro, and Julie Hyman discuss with Rick Helfenbein - American Apparel & Footwear Association CEO and President. (Source: Yahoo Finance)
February 13: ... Washington announced last year that it would review India's eligibility for the GSP program, after complaints from US dairy farmers and medical device manufacturers that India's tariffs had hurt their exports. (Source: CNN)
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Supply Chain & Manufacturing
February 19: Clothing brands and retailers should pay a penny on every garment they sell to fund a £35m annual recycling scheme. That's the view of [British] MPs, who say "fast fashion" is a major contributor to greenhouse gases, water pollution, air pollution and over-use of water. (Source: BBC)
February 15: ... But following the government’s move to increase wages just before the Dec. 30 election, workers say factories have refused to follow the new rules, while businesses have accused unions and workers of vandalizing factories. Police and employers have filed cases against more than 3,000 workers. (Source: Bloomberg)
February 14: Because a microbiome can serve as a unique identifier of a place, Phylagen is gathering data from global factories so brands can better understand where their products are made, and detect if the work is being outsourced to places that rely on slavery or child labor. (Source: Fast Company)
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February 18: The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear whether a trustee’s rejection of a trademark license agreement remains enforceable against the estate in Mission Product Holdings v Tempnology. Tempnology, a developer of cooling fabrics for athletic apparel and accessories, had granted a license to Mission Product Holdings to sell Tempnology’s patented products and to use its trademark. After Tempnology filed for bankruptcy, it rejected the license. (Source: IP Pro Magazine)
February 13: ... The Anti-Counterfeiting Blockathon Forum will be built on blockchain technology and will bring together people and organisations to shape and deliver the future anti-counterfeiting infrastructure. ... The Forum will connect private organisations, enforcement authorities and citizens to support the identification of authentic and counterfeit goods throughout the distribution chain. (Source: Lime Green IP News)
February 12: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced Tuesday the seizure of counterfeit products imported into Puerto Rico via international mail or courier before and after the holidays. ... Among the merchandise CBP officers seized are watches, jewelry, bags, clothing and sunglasses that were illegally using known brands such as Rolex, Hublot, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Pandora, Tous and Nike. (Source: Carribean Business)

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AAFA on potential trade agreement with UK: On February 12, submitted comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding a future trade agreement with the United Kingdom. AAFA also requested to testify on behalf of the industry on March 6.

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

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AAFA Events
February & March
February 20 Webinar: Country of Origin & the New Tariff Environment
March 6 Webinar: New Changes to REACH & What You Need To Know, NOW
March 13 Board of Directors Meeting and Capitol Hill Visit
March 13-15 AAFA Executive Summit
Visit our events calendar for all AAFA webinars, scheduled events, and member/committee calls.
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