The Trump administration’s decision to renegotiate NAFTA has created concerns for U.S. fashion, apparel, and textile companies and their respective supply chains. As with U.S. automakers, NAFTA has allowed fashion, apparel, and textile companies to develop regional supply chains where qualifying U.S. apparel and textiles enter into Canada and Mexico duty-free.

The priorities for fashion

The U.S., Canada, and Mexico officially launched the renegotiation and modernization of NAFTA in August, holding the first round of negotiations August 16-20 in Washington, D.C. and the second on September 1-5 in Mexico City. Negotiators affirmed their commitment to a rapid pace of negotiations and produced a consolidated text to work on throughout the


On July 17, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued the summary of negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA, as required under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (Trade Promotion Authority). The release of the objectives paves the way for formal negotiations to begin on August 16

The U.S. released its negotiating objectives for NAFTA on July 17. In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “Trump: The First Year” series, Robert Holleyman and John Brew, both partners in the firm’s International Trade Group, discuss the objectives and the key takeaways. Robert previously served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and as

On May 18, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) gave official 90-day notice to Congress of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate NAFTA. The USTR also published a request for interested parties to submit public comments on matters relevant to “NAFTA Modernization” for the development of U.S. negotiating positions.

Although the official notice to Congress

Reps from Key Economic Sectors Provide Input to White House

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) held hearings to seek public comment on NAFTA renegotiation from June 27-29. The hearings, chaired by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere John Melle, generated widespread interest. Witnesses comprising most industry sectors testified, including agriculture,