Customs & Trade Working Group

Calls and Events

Hot Topics & Docs

March 13, 2018: FDRA Call on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Topics covered: New Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum, 301 Investigation, 201 Trade Action, NAFTA, GSP, MTB

January 2018: FDRA Congressional Preview Webinar

Topics covered: Events that will shape 2018, election landscape, key players in the Trump Administration, state of tax and trade, footwear items on the horizon

Washington, DC

Thursday, May 3 2018

 A one-day summit (9am-4pm) for executives, directors, and managers. This year will feature keynotes and industry panels on how changing consumer demand is causing retail shifts, as well as politics and trade keynotes. Last year’s event had nearly 200 attendees.


FDRA’s Asia Footwear Production Summit

Shenzhen, China

June 20-21, 2018

This special event for factory executives and footwear company professionals in Asia will cover the shifting sourcing landscape, innovations and automation taking place in factories, and compliance and quality control best practices driving factory improvements.


FDRA’s Footwear Sourcing Innovation Summit

New York, New York

July 23-24, 2018

This summit will help sourcing and supply chain execs, directors and professionals understand shifts to footwear production from experts and industry leaders. This year will focus on factory automation and innovations changing the footwear development and production process.


Shoe-Thru’: An Educational Tour of the Portland Footwear Scene

Portland, OR

August 2018

This is a one-day event where attendees hit the road to discover and uncover the many unique and innovative locations in the Portland shoe scene.  We will load up a tour bus to see U.S. factories in action and tour several headquarters to get insights into our dynamic industry. Along the way, attendees will receive key briefings and updates on supply chain, sourcing, customs and trade issues, and get best practices on how to adapt.

Footwear Trade Distribution and Customs (FTDC) Conference 2018

Long Beach, CA

October 21-24, 2018

The largest and longest running footwear conference in the USA. This event includes 3 days of in-depth discussion on supply chains from ports and service providers, trade and import compliance, and a full day on customs classification issues and sample classifications. If you import shoes, you cannot afford to miss this event.

Customs and Trade Working Group Background


FDRA has various working groups focused on specific issues and segments like footwear product safety, innovation, factory compliance, and sourcing. This working group is focused on global footwear trade issues including import rules and restrictions, customs issues and classifications, legislation and trade agreements.

This working group will be THE conduit for footwear industry collaboration and information sharing on global footwear trade and customs.



To be the footwear industry’s cooperative platform to speak on behalf of the industry related to footwear trade, import and customs issues, as well as shape policy initiatives to help reduce barriers to footwear trade globally.



To drive thought leadership and enact policy actions to help lower footwear trade barriers and costs, increase the speed and efficiency of global footwear supply chains from factory to consumer.

Specifically, this group will:

  • Guide FDRA as it develops legislative proposals aimed at lowering U.S. duties on footwear and simplifying the footwear tariff code.
  • Inform FDRA on challenges related to footwear importing and customs so that FDRA can engage with U.S. and foreign officials on how to address these challenges.
  • Guide FDRA on developing key training needs and trade tools essential to helping the industry better understand global customs compliance.
  • Be a discussion platform for the industry.

The group accomplishes its mission through:

  • Quarterly conference calls
  • Meetings, workshops, and lobby days
  • Full Engagement and advocacy in Washington, DC
  • Giving input to FDRA on challenges and helping develop innovative solutions