Apparel and Footwear Industry Applauds Passage of USMCA in Senate and Encourages Seamless Transition

January 16, 2020 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association hailed the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the Senate today and encouraged President Donald J. Trump to sign the bill into law and implement the agreement quickly.
“Trade agreements have often been approved along sharp partisan lines. The USMCA was passed with a strong bipartisan majority in addition to being broadly welcomed by the business community and other stakeholders. Hopefully this is the new normal for trade policy going forward,” said Steve Lamar, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “Thank you to the administration and Members of Congress for their work on this agreement. Once seamlessly implemented, this agreement will be a win for the textile, apparel, and footwear manufacturing and retail industries and the hundreds of thousands of American workers who rely on a vibrant North American trade partnership. With this in mind, we encourage the President to quickly sign this agreement, our trading partners to take the steps they need to implement the agreement, and all three countries to quickly enable it to enter into force.”