The American Apparel & Footwear Association and the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import & Export of Textiles & Apparel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, according to the AAFA.
In a statement, AAFA Chairman Rick Helfenbein said, “The U.S./China trade relationship will grow in importance in the coming years, with manufactured and [designer] fashion product flowing in both directions. This MOU ensures that we will be at the center of the discussion.”
Jiang Hui, chairman of CCCT, added, “We look forward to strengthening trade and investment ties with the U.S. through this partnership with AAFA.”
The agreement, signed during a half-day seminar on U.S./China trade relations in Washington, D.C., is expected to facilitate the exchange of trade and investment information between the two groups. It also will create a forum to discuss issues of concern, including product safety, labeling and intellectual property.
“Through this MOU, we will amplify our voice and our global reach as we help our members and U.S. policy makers understand what is happening with our industry in China,” said Juanita Duggan, president and CEO of the AAFA. “It’s a huge deal.”