19 Apr Japan’s Entry Would Raise New Footwear Issues In TPP Talks
Japan’s potential entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations would raise a host of new issues for U.S. companies involved in trade of textiles, apparel and footwear, as Japan has a small textile sector that it may seek to protect and also maintains tight limits on certain leather footwear imports, according to industry sources…
In an interview, FDRA President Matt Priest acknowledged that there are a variety of different dynamics at play for the footwear industry in TPP, but said he views these two issues as separate. He said Japan’s entry provides an opportunity for the entire footwear industry to be united in seeking the elimination of Japan’s quota, but that this does not mean his group will lose sight of its “main goal,” which is to achieve meaningful duty elimination for footwear made in Vietnam….
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