Textiles: More Lobbying After Loss of Benefits in the US

Efforts are growing to minimize the impact of the possible signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and a tariff reduction program with long deadlines for sensitive products has been proposed.

Monday, September 14, 2015

As negotiations proceed to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the textile industry in El Salvador is stepping up its efforts to maintain the conditions of the CAFTA treaty and minimize the impact that the TPP will have on the sector in the long term. One of the main risks is that "... Vietnam could introduce products from China and then export them tariff-free to the United States, which would give them a huge competitive advantage. "

Patricia Figueroa, executive director of CAMTEX, said that in October she will visit Washington again for a new round of meetings. She clarified that El Salvador is not opposing the signing of the TPP. Rather, what is sought is to ensure that the rule of origin between CAFTA and the TPP of "yarn onwards" be maintained. A particular point of attention is that the list of short supply not be too broad. "

Laprensagrafica.com reports that "... Another request is that there be a rebate program for textiles and clothing with long delays, especially for sensitive goods... The aim is for this to enable the country to work on the implementation of productive transformation programs to increase productivity in the sector. "



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The government is seeking US support in order to improve conditions in the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to minimize the impact it will have on sectors such as textiles.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador (MINEC):

The Minister of Economy, Tharsis Solomon Lopez began a series of meetings in Washington DC with Senators, Congressmen, trade officials from the US Government and private entities, in order to present the position of the Salvadoran government in the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known by its acronym TPP, in relation to the impact it could have on Salvadoran exports carried out under the Free Trade Agreement with the United States, known as CAFTA-DR.

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The president of the Dominican Republic has warned the U.S. government about the impact the Trans- Pacific treaty in the textile sector in the region.

From a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic:

On November 27, President Danilo Medina sent a communication to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in which it reiterated its concern expressed during the meeting held in San José, Costa Rica, in May, in connection with the negative impact which could come from the Trans- Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP) on the textile and clothing industry in the signatory countries of the DR -CAFTA and the region, if certain special concessions that could cause changes in the management and values ​​of hemispheric trade, and on a worldwide level.

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