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The Tariff Impact on Safety & Compliance

Explore the tariff landscape, and how to secure your product safety, chemical management, labor rights and compliance systems through best practices.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Current tariff issues are affecting the trusted, verified global supply chains that are in place. As companies adjust to the new reality of tariffs, this means major operational changes that likely involve moving the entire supply chain to new countries and new vendor partners. This webinar will explore the up-to-date tariff landscape, and how to secure your product safety, chemical management, labor rights and overall compliance systems through best practices around selecting and working with new suppliers.

Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Update on tariff issues and its impact on compliance.
  • Current practice to manage or off-set price increases.
  • Working with a lab to review and select new suppliers.



Sandeep Khatua
Global Technical Director

Sandeep is a Product Safety and Business Development Executive in the Consumer Goods Industry. Currently, he is a Global Technical Director with TÜV SÜD where he provides technical leadership to the entire soft lines and hardlines business dealing with North American customers. Sandeep brings 20 plus years of experience leading technical systems improvements, product, and business development activities within diverse industries such as apparel, home goods, footwear, and accessories.  

Prior to joining TÜV SÜD, he worked with Carter’s Inc. as a Senior Manager of Product Integrity and Compliance. Prior to that, he was with Bureau Veritas Consumer Products services as Director of Softlines technical services. 

Sandeep received his Bachelor of Technology in textile engineering at the University of Calcutta, India; his Master of Science in textiles science & engineering at the University of Leeds, England; and his Ph.D. in fiber & polymer science at the University of California, Davis.


Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

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8/15/2019 2:00 PM - 8/15/2019 3:00 PM