GUATEMALA CITY — April 25, 2012 — Only a few weeks away, the 21st annual Apparel Sourcing Show
(APSS) in Guatemala is one stop for insider knowledge on the textile and apparel industry. With a
focus on the special benefits in CAFTA-DR, APSS promises a wealth of information on how to use
CAFTA-DR as an ideal platform for sourcing opportunities.
On Tuesday, the show will start with an overview of the CAFTA region’s offerings, including a
panel on the product capabilities in CAFTA-DR with experts from El Salvador and Guatemala,
moderated by Walter Wilhelm, CEO of WWA. In addition, Cotton Incorporated will present the latest
information on the cotton market for 2012 and beyond.
At the heart of the show, the CAFTA-DR Forum includes industry representatives from the
public and private sector across the region to discuss the following topics:
- CAFTA-DR Opportunities-Want to know how government is supporting your business? U.S. Department
of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel Kim Glas will talk about the
evolving CAFTA-DR public-private trade relationship. She will be joined by Maria Luisa Flores, Vice
Minister of Trade and Commercial Integration, and Claudia Del Aguila, Vice Minister of Investment
and Competitiveness, from the Guatemalan government.
- Supply Chain-Learn how U.S. retailers are implementing sustainable supply chain strategies with
CAFTA-DR. Ken Mangone, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Design, and Sourcing for JC
Penney, will provide his insight on how retailers utilize CAFTA and support a balanced sourcing
strategy in the Western Hemisphere. CAFTA is the place to build a sustainable future for apparel
- Hear Gail Strickler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, talk about the role
CAFTA plays in retailers supply chains. She will be joined by the representatives from major
retailers including Target, Liztex, PVH, and Li & Fung. This session will be led by Carlos
Arias, President of Denimatrix.
- U.S. Trade Policy-How will the New FTAs and Trade Negotiations Impact CAFTA? Hear what you need
to know about the latest developments in trade policy from legal and policy experts. Jon Fee,
Partner at Alston & Bird, and Julia K. Hughes, President of the United States Association of
Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA) will talk about the global challenges and
opportunities for the industry.
The show will conclude on Thursday with a day focused on product safety and compliance
issues. Jon Fee and BJ Shannon from Alston & Bird as well as representatives from Fruit of the
Loom and Crowley Liner will be on hand to talk about U.S. testing and certification requirements.
Posted on May 1, 2012
Source: Apparel Sourcing Show