TAAT
Textile and Apparel Alliance for 
TPP


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Who We Are

We represent textile and apparel workers from 29 countries around the globe that sell textile and apparel products in the United States.

Our companies employ manufacturing and agricultural workers in the United States, Mexico, South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East.

Over the last thirty years, we have created a global supply chain that accounts for nearly $30 billion in two way trade and which supports the livelihoods of nearly two million workers, including hundreds of thousands of manufacturing workers in the United States.

We are united in urging that the TPP negotiations include forward thinking fair trade rules for textiles and apparel -- rules that promote private industry, entrepreneurship and job growth in the
TPP region….

The Choices for Textiles in TPP

The TPP negotiations will impact trade flows totaling tens of billions of dollars and employing millions of workers.  That includes hundreds of thousands of workers in the United States.  Here are some of the choices negotiators will be making:

  1. Will the textile rules encourage more exports from the United States...or even more imports from China?                                                     
  2. Will private companies get new business opportunities...or will their existing business be lost to government subsidized state-owned conglomerates?                                                                                        
  3. Will more manufacturing jobs be created in the United States and its free trade partners...or will the jobs go to non-market economies in Asia?

 

Our Position

We support trade rules in the TPP that promote private industry, entrepreneurship and job growth within the TPP region and within the free trade areas of the Western Hemisphere and Africa.

These are the same rules that the United States has supported in free trade agreements over the past thirty years.  They include the “yarn forward” rule of origin.

These rules have created an enormous supply chain made up of small and medium sized businesses in the United States and across the globe.  They have fostered billions of dollars of investment into our countries.  They have created jobs for nearly two million manufacturing and agricultural workers.

We oppose new proposals which would give new one-sided benefits to China and other countries that support state-ownership, government subsidies and other free market distorting practices.

Instead, we believe in trade rules that  promote private industry and investment, support entrepreneurship and increase opportunities for small and medium sized business.
 

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