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AAFA and others call for renewal of ATPDEA
Nov '10
Fourteen signatories to urge Congressional Leaders to renew the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) as soon as possible during the post-election session of Congress. The current ATPEA is set to expire on December 31, 2010.

To provide much needed business certainty, we believe this program should be renewed for at least two years, preferably longer.

14 United State textile and apparel Associations:

• American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
• American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
• Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
• Georgia Traditional Manufacturers Association (GTMA)
• INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
• National Cotton Council (NCC)
• National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)
• National Retail Federation (NRF)
• Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
• Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
• South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA)
• Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA)
• Travel Goods Association (TGA)
• US Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA)

Swift action on this initiative is vitally important.

As you may know, the Andean region remains a critical market for U.S. textiles, supporting tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. These export markets function primarily because we in turn provide duty free access to the U.S. market for their textile and apparel products when they incorporate U.S.-made yarns, fabrics, fibers, and other textile inputs.

Exports of U.S. yarns are up 74 percent for the first 7 months of 2010 over the same period in 2009. U.S. fabrics have enjoyed nearly 20 percent growth during that same period.

These gains, however, are at risk if the current trade partnership is interrupted because the Andean program is allowed to lapse.

The sustainable solution to promoting this hemispheric partnership lies in the U.S./Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which has been implemented, and the U.S./Colombia FTA, which has yet to be approved. When fully implemented, these agreements will help create a permanent two-way duty free partnership between U.S. and Andean textile and apparel producers. In fact, we strongly urge that Congress take up and pass the U.S./Colombia FTA at the first available opportunity.

But this long term stability cannot be realized if the United States allows the Andean program, on which much of the current partnership is presently based, to lapse in the meantime.

You can help preserve good jobs in the U.S. textile and apparel manufacturing, wholesale and retail industries by working swiftly to approve an Andean extension now.

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

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