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AAFA seeks more support to end shipping crisis as inflation hits US

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Jul '21
Pic: Shutterstock
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In a recent letter to President Joe Biden, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) president and chief executive officer Steve Lamar emphasised the need for additional government support to address an ongoing shipping crisis that has caused a ‘destructive cycle of lengthening delays and rocketing costs’. The letter is the second sent by the industry on the issue.

The latest latter follows the June consumer price index report that showed significant inflation among apparel and footwear products.

While Lamar welcomed efforts to pass a comprehensive bipartisan infrastructure bill, as well as the President’s June 9 executive order that directs the Federal Maritime Commission to consider additional rules to counter unfair detention and demurrage costs, he noted that American businesses need assistance now.

“The next several months are critical to the American retail industry, as we prepare for back-to-school and holiday shopping. If action is not taken, we risk empty shelves that would trip up our nation’s economic recovery,” added Lamar in the letter.

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