Promotes Favorable Trade Policies for Industry
Summary of SFIA Activities on International Trade
The sports and fitness industry is growing globally and SFIA works to ensure that the most favorable trade environment for its members. SFIA pursues trade policies that reduce trade barriers and lower the cost of getting products to market.
More Information on International Trade
International Trade Issues monitored by the SFIA include International Trade includes trade policies, tariffs and duties, free trade agreements and Asia trade & currency issues.
Trade Policies & Agreements:
The SFIA is working to eliminate or reduce trade barriers on SFIA Member products through promoting trade agreements with partners that increase market penetration.
SFIA is promoting the industry's interests by supporting free trade agreements with Asian countries.
Negotiators make progress on Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP)
The negotiations to facilitate trade among Pacific-Rim countries continue with the 18th round scheduled for Malaysia, July 15-25, 2013. During the recently completed 17th round of negotiations, the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam successfully advanced work on technical barriers to trade, e-commerce, rules of origin, investment, financial services, intellectual property, transparency, competition, environment and other issues. Negotiators also made further progress on building the comprehensive packages that will provide access to their respective markets for industrial, agricultural, textile and apparel products, services and investment, and government procurement. How TPP addresses athletic footwear tariffs is controversial and yet to be resolved issue.
SFIA recently submitted a letter in support of Japan joining the TPP as the 12th country in the negotiations.
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