Key Issues and Advocacy

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The federal tariff code (USHTS) for footwear is more than 150 lines full of technical details, there are 436 different ways to categorize footwear imports, AND the cliff notes for the U.S. tariff code for footwear is longer than the code itself – causing the industry to enormous amounts of time and money…

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Americans spend $76 billion on shoes every year…There are 333,626 footwear workers nationwide…Average pay for employees in U.S. shoe stores is over $17.00 per hour…The industry is currently facing retail challenges like other industries: how to adapt to rapid consumer demand shifts, discounting and how to develop and implement speed to market strategies. Amid all the changes, footwear retailers continue to thrive…

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The continued safety of footwear is a top issue for FDRA and the entire footwear industry. FDRA is the industry’s leading association on product safety action and intelligence. It helps its members understand and adapt to the changing landscape of…

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Footwear sourcing has become increasingly complex, as footwear manufacturing is shifting around the globe. Social compliance and factory performance issues also continue to be a priority for the footwear industry. As a result, FDRA has developed robust sourcing and compliance…

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Footwear tariffs are the largest inhibitor of design innovation and profit for the footwear industry. These regressive and prohibitive duties were established in the 1930s and average over 11% compared to just 1.3% for all consumer goods, and can can reach as high as an astonishing 67.5%. These duties raise costs on consumers and hinder U.S. footwear job creation…