CAFTA Sourcing Show Showcases Sourcing Opportunities

GUATEMALA CITY — March 19, 2012 — The Apparel Sourcing Show (APSS) returns to Guatemala City this
year with a special focus on how the CAFTA region can help apparel executives find sourcing
opportunities. Now in its twenty-first year, APSS is scheduled for May 22-24, 2012 at the Grand
Tikal Futura Hotel & Convention Center. The annual Apparel Sourcing Show is hosted by the
Guatemalan Textile and Apparel Industry Commission (VESTEX).

Last year’s Apparel Sourcing Show attracted more than 4,500 participants from 14 different

APSS is the ONLY sourcing show in the CAFTA-DR region to bring together the full range of
CAFTA suppliers all in one place. In 2012, APSS will include shoes and accessories for the first
time. The show is arranged to guide you through the CAFTA supply chain, including:

  • Textile mills
  • Full package services
  • Machinery
  • Services and trimmings
  • Footwear and accessories

This year’s show focuses on how CAFTA-DR can provide an integrated platform for sourcing
textiles, apparel, footwear, and accessories. The global economy may remain unpredictable for some
time, but Central American countries offer stable, duty-free access to the U.S. market. As we see
the economic recovery continue to keep the apparel industry guessing, new customers are taking
advantage of the CAFTA region’s close proximity to the U.S. market, while former customers hit by
the downturn are returning to the booming region. The CAFTA industry’s reputation for flexibility
in volume and designs offers the ideal solution for today’s market demands.

APSS also will feature panels of experts discussing the issues that affect apparel sourcing
in 2012 and into the future. Planned workshops will cover technical advances, new trends, labor and
regulatory compliance, market and commercial developments, as well as evolving trade policy.

The 2012 Apparel Sourcing Show, “CAFTA-DR: Thriving on Global Changes”

Additional information is available at the Apparel Sourcing Show website:

Endorsed by the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel (USA-ITA)

Posted on March 20, 2012

Source: VESTEX