USFIA Virtual Washington Trade Symposium will Cover Updates from the Hill, the Administration, and Key Issues for Compliance

The U.S. fashion industry will meet virtually on July 13 and 14, 2021 for the Virtual Washington Trade Symposium hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). The event will bring together executives working in compliance, logistics, sourcing, supply chain management, government relations, and corporate social responsibility to discuss the latest updates on trade policy, compliance, as well as other issues facing the industry.

Fashion brands, retailers, importers, and service providers will join over two days for discussions on the trade policy landscape, key issues in compliance, and sustainability. Day one will feature presentations from USFIA experts and counsel as well as a keynote from Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye on current supply chain challenges. Dr. Sheng Lu of the University of Delaware will discuss findings from the 2021 Fashion Industry Benchmarking Study.

We will have several off-the-record sessions which include the following:

July 13, 2021

Trade Policy Agenda for the Biden Administration (off the record)

  • Bill Jackson, Assistant USTR for Textiles, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 

July 14, 2021

Update from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (off the record)

  • John Leonard, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade
  • Thomas F. Overacker, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security
  • MaryJo Muoio, Senior Vice President Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Moderator

Trade Policy Agenda for the Congress (off the record)

  • Alexandra Whittaker, Chief Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee 

You can view the full line-up of speakers on our event website.

About the United States Fashion Industry Association (

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to fashion made possible by global trade. USFIA represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989, USFIA works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the voice of 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.