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How An Uncertain Trade Environment is Impacting the Industry of Apparel and Footwear

November 11, 2020
11:45  -  12:30
Enterprise Connect

Since 2018 the U.S. and China have engaged in a trade war that has resulted in increased costs, unpredictability, depressed job growth and a lack of innovation for many U.S. companies…  While both countries concluded a “Phase One” deal providing some relief, current tariffs on apparel, footwear, backpacks have helped lead to a $2.5B increase in tariffs in 2019.  This session will explore opportunities to deal with the impact and uncertainty moving forward.  Join Rich Harper, Manager of International Trade at Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) on the economic impact of increased tariffs and how businesses are responding, including embracing various tariff mitigation strategies and exploring sourcing options in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) countries and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners.

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