U.S. Fashion Industry to meet after the U.S. Presidential Election and discuss Impact on Trade & Business Outlook

Virtual Conference for Global Brands, Retailers, & Service Providers to Cover Trade Policy, Transportation Trends, Conscious Fashion, & More.

– Dozens of global fashion brands, retailers, importers, and industry service providers will convene virtually on November 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2020 for the 2020 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference. Hosted by the U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and American Import Shippers Association (AISA), the event will bring together executives working in compliance, logistics, sourcing, supply chain management, government relations, and corporate social responsibility to discuss the impact of the elections on trade and business, as well as other hot topics.

Some of the featured presentations include:

Tuesday November 10: Politics and Trade Policy

Updates from the Election and Trade Policy Forecast with David Spooner, USFIA Washington Counsel, Partner at Barnes and Thornburg LLP and Scott McCandless, Partner in PwC’s Washington Tax Practice will share their insights and predictions.

Wednesday November 11: Economic Outlook and Sourcing Perspectives

 Keynote: The Future of Retail & The New Normal with Kelly Pedersen, Managing Director at PwC, will focus on planning for 2021 and talk about how COVID-19 and the global pandemic affect the fashion industry. 

 Sourcing Perspectives from an Industry Leader with Jim Schwartz, CEO, MGF Sourcing, who will share his insights on global sourcing today and strategies for successful brands and retailers.

Thursday November 12: Logistics

 Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach and Former FMC Commissioner will give an update on port infrastructure, and port terminal services as well as the major factors which contribute to current port congestion. He will also advise importers and other supply chain stakeholders on how they can speed up container movements from port terminals to distribution warehouses or railheads.

Friday November 13: Conscious Fashion

Conscious Fashion: A Look at Collaboration and Technology this panel discussion, moderated by Tricia Carey, Director of Business Development at Lenzing, will look at collaborations in Conscious Fashion across the industry with Amit Gautam at Textile Genesis and Elizabeth Cabral at SustainChain.

The event will be hosted through our conference mobile platform. Watch live conference sessions, interact with other conference attendees, and meet with virtual exhibitors. Learn more about the conference and our speaker line-up on our conference website.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders.  With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including U.S. and international service providers, suppliers, and industry groups. (www.usfashionindustry.com )

The American Import Shippers Association (AISA) was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit organization to secure, based on the members’ collective container volume,  discounted ocean freight rates and other volume-based incentives for U.S. imports of apparel, textiles, footwear, fashion accessories, and other consumer products. (www.aisaship.com)