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Outcome of seventh round of TPP talks
Jun '11
As the seventh round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concludes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the TPP Apparel Coalition, a group of U.S. apparel and retail industry stakeholders, expressed strong support for a 21st century agreement that helps to create and sustain U.S. jobs, U.S. exports, and U.S. value-added; spur innovation and investment; facilitate trade through harmonized and simple customs rules; and generate trade-based economic growth throughout the region.

As part of that effort, the coalition called for TPP negotiators to work towards an agreement that results in meaningful market access for apparel and accommodates today's global value chains that create and sustain millions of well-paying American jobs.

The coalition – a group of U.S. apparel and retail industry stakeholders including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the National Retail Federation, the Outdoor Industry Association, the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the United States Association of Importers of Textile and Apparel – issued the following statement:

“It is clear that the apparel rules of origin are a key element in the overall success of the Trans- Pacific Partnership. Without a solid agreement on apparel that generates new trade and investment opportunities, U.S. workers, businesses, and families will not be able to realize the full potential of the TPP.

“To ensure that all voices were represented in last week's negotiations on textile and apparel provisions of the TPP, key stakeholders representing the full spectrum of the U.S. apparel and retail industry were on site in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss with negotiators and local industry the various aspects of our industry's modern global value chain.

“Coalition members met with TPP delegations and stakeholders. They were pleased to hear strong support for a simple, flexible, and predictable approach that will create new trade and investment opportunities for companies in all TPP countries importing and exporting textiles and apparel, and for customs procedures that will facilitate trade.

As part of announcement, the TPP Apparel Coalition released the following position paper to TPP negotiators and stakeholders.

TPP Apparel Coalition

The TPP Apparel Coalition includes American retailers, apparel brands, apparel manufacturers, and importers, and the millions of American workers they employ. Our member companies design, market, and retail products manufactured in and imported to the United States, as well as market and retail products throughout the TPP partner countries.

We support the negotiation of a 21st Century TPP agreement, which offers a potential growth platform for economic integration, trade and investment that could provide tremendous new opportunities for our members to buy and sell goods and services and to sustain and grow well-paying U.S. jobs and provide high value add for the US and TPP economies. We endorse the fifteen core negotiating principles developed by the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP.

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