Trade Issues Facing the U.S. Apparel and Retail Industry


  • Steve Lamar, Executive VP at the American and Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA)
  • Jon Gold, VP of Supply Chain and Customs Policy at the National Retail Federation (NRF)
  • Robert Antoshak (Host), Managing Director at Olah Inc.

Topic discussed

  • Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Trump’s trade policy agenda
  • What’s going on in the retail market?
  • Technology and the future of apparel supply chain
  • US labeling requirements and a return of Made-in-USA

Author: Sheng Lu

Professor @ University of Delaware

One thought on “Trade Issues Facing the U.S. Apparel and Retail Industry”

  1. In the interview it was said that the US would like to see the yarn forward RoO go away so we could truly see what the global supply chain looks like and I completely agree because with the yarn forward agreement it limits the US within limits of where we can import and export textiles and apparel from which could be holding us back at times. John and Steve also recognized NAFTA in a good light and that it is a good regulation for the supply chain and will not change which is a good thing. My biggest takeaway from this video and discussion was how with the talk of the Trump Trade policy agenda, is that John is concerned with it but just does not want people to think that we can switch and make everything here in the US, because we can’t as that is why we have to keep ties with other surrounding countries and keep the yarn forward and NAFTA agreements in tacked and stable.

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