AAFA urges Congressional approval of Outdoor Act

06 Jan '18
1 min read

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) recently sent a letter to the Senate sponsors of the Outdoor Act urging its swift enactment to lower duties on outdoor apparel and support research programs for the industry. The legislation will help lower business costs for US companies that produce or sell recreational performance apparel.

Recreational performance outerwear is high-tech apparel, specifically designed for outdoor recreation in challenging conditions, such as hiking, biking, skiing or snowboarding, hunting, fishing, mountaineering, and other recreational activities. The high tariffs that remain — some as high as 30 per cent — no longer protect a domestic industry and instead stifle product development and unnecessarily hamper our growth, AAFA said in a press release.

There is no commercially viable manufacturing of recreational performance outerwear in the United States, a 2007 study by the International Trade Commission found.

The Outdoor Act will help make these products more affordable for companies to produce, encourage more Americans to get outdoors and fuel innovation. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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