On July 10th, Congressional leaders released a letter backed by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) signed by 167 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including four from Virginia. The letter calls for strong textile rules, including the “Yarn Forward” rule of origin and long tariff phase-outs for sensitive products to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement currently being negotiated by the United States and 11 other nations. Support for the strong textile provisions has more than doubled since 2012 when 76 House members signed a similar letter.
Strong textile rules have made existing free trade agreements successful and mutually beneficial to all participants, helping to spur more than $25 billion in two-way textile and apparel trade annually between the United States and its FTA partners.
The entire letter, and a complete list of signatories, can be found here.