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Sourcing, Supply Chain and Compliance Working Group Background



FDRA has various working groups focused on specific issues and segments like footwear customs, innovation, factory compliance, and sourcing. This working group is focused on global footwear sourcing and enhancing factory compliance and worker conditions worldwide.

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



To be the footwear industry’s cooperative platform to exchange information on sourcing shifts and changes, including automation, supply chain challenges from factory to port, and production issues such as wages, working hours and conditions.



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
  • Forming strategic partnerships with other groups to help inform our industry