Free Trade Agreements
RILA supports expanding access for U.S. consumers and manufacturers to goods and markets abroad through open trade relationships. FTAs seek to reduce trade barriers and enhance trading partnerships between nations. FTAs can provide significant benefits to retailers through trade and investment liberalization, transparency in regulatory trade practices, reductions in tariffs and non-tariff barriers and the creation of reliable and predictable sourcing opportunities.
RILA supports a comprehensive, high-standard TPP agreement with a membership and coverage that provides significant market access opportunities in all sectors—particularly for products with high-duties in the United States, such as apparel and footwear. RILA believes that the U.S. should negotiate flexible rules governing trade in apparel and footwear that