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Webinar: Chinese Standards for Textile, Apparel & Footwear

This webinar will highlight recent market trends, high-risk areas for non-compliance, and the current compliance status in China’s textile sector.

Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Textile products in China are subject to numerous quality and safety requirements as outlined through the government's mandatory national standards (GB) and industrial standards (FZ). These standards are implemented and enforced by the State Administration for Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), an agency which also oversees relevant certification procedures.

National GB standards set mandatory legal requirements to regulate product quality, safety, and usage. Product-specific industrial FZ standards are largely voluntary and cover additional quality requirements.

This webinar will identify the applicable Chinese National and Industrial Standards for Textile, Apparel and Footwear products and their relevant requirements. Recent market trends, high-risk areas for non-compliance, and the current compliance status in China’s textile sector will be presented.

Attendees will learn about: 
  1. The system for Chinese Standards and how to identify the mandatory and voluntary standards in China;
  2. The requirements for textile, apparel, and footwear to be imported to China; and
  3. The current implementation of the regulations and the enforcement status.


Karolyn Helda
Managing Director

Karolyn has more than 25 years of experience in the consumer products quality assurance industry. Her knowledge spans softlines, general merchandise as well as consumable consumer goods such as over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty care items. Karolyn’s direct experiences include laboratory management, global compliance program development and management, and protocol development according to international testing requirements.


Steve Lamar
Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, and as liaison to AAFA’s Government Contracts Committee, AAFA’s Government Relations Committee, and AAFA’s Brand Protection Council, Stephen E. Lamar is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering government procurement, counterfeiting/intellectual property rights, international trade, market access, customs, labor, environment, and product safety. In these roles, Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. In addition, Steve serves as the liaison to AAFA’s Legwear Committee. Prior to AAFA, Steve was a trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Commerce Department, Steve served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.

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7/20/2017 2:00 PM - 7/20/2017 3:00 PM