RILA Statement in Support of Friends of the TPP Caucus
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 agreement.”
NOTE: RILA member companies blanketed the Hill last month stressing the importance of flexibility in TPP apparel rules. Read more: http://bit.ly/1ac19pC.
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.