ARLINGTON, Va. — October 29, 2013 — Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued
the following statement commending the Friends of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Caucus and
their efforts to bring increased attention to and support for a successful TPP agreement. The
Congressional Caucus, chaired by Representatives Reichert (R-WA), Boustany (R-LA), Kind (D-WI) and
Meeks (D-NY), will be a sounding board for lawmakers on the critical TPP agreement.
“We support a comprehensive, high-standard TPP agreement that maximizes opportunities to
create new U.S. exports and U.S. jobs, and promotes trade and investment in all sectors,” said
Stephanie Lester, vice president, International Trade for RILA. To that end, RILA is working to
ensure the ongoing TPP talks result in more flexible rules and immediate duty-free market access
for apparel and footwear. We applaud the efforts of Congressmen Reichert, Boustany, Kind and Meeks,
and the Friends of TPP caucus to bring increased attention and support for a successful TPP
NOTE: RILA member companies blanketed the Hill last month stressing the importance of
flexibility in TPP apparel rules.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies.
RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which
together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more
than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
Posted November 4, 2013