Because textile and apparel tariff provisions have historically carried high duty rates, companies in this industry have had to look for creative but legal solutions to reduce their duty burdens. Issues specific to the textile and apparel industry include the following.
- Textiles and apparel are one of CBP’s priority trade issues and so receive extra scrutiny for compliance with applicable laws, regulations, quotas, trade preference program requirements, and intellectual property provisions.
- Because of the higher duty rates, textile and apparel importers have an extra incentive to mitigate duties, including Section 301 duties, through strategies such as tariff engineering, first sale, and duty drawback.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has a long history of working with textile and apparel companies.