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27th September 2018, Washington, DC

US textiles industry to have a voice on trade matters

US textiles and apparel manufacturers produced US$ 77.9 billion in output in 2017, and the sector’s supply chain employs 550,000 workers from fibre to finished sewn products.President Trump has announced his intention to appoint 2018-19 National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Vice Chairman Don Bockoven to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) for a four-year term. Bockoven is the President and CEO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling, companies based in Wellford and Lake City, SC, respectively.

“NCTO is very appreciative of this announcement. Don Bockoven is highly respected leader in the US textiles sector,” said NCTO President and CEO Auggie Tantillo. “Because the textiles supply chain from fibre production to finished apparel and sewn products is very trade-sensitive, the US textiles industry is grateful for the opportunity to have a voice in formulating America’s trade policy,” he added, noting that nearly 40% of duties collected by the US government are on textile-related goods.

The ACTPN is appointed by the President of the United States and is the principal trade advisory committee which provides overall policy advice on trade matters to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). Established by Congress under the Trade Act of 1974, the committee provides information and advice with respect to US negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements, on the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, and on other matters arising in connection with US trade policy. The ACTPN considers trade policy issues in the context of the overall national interest.

Leigh Fibers maintains over a million square feet of space dedicated to fibre reprocessing, research and development, quality control, warehousing and administration and is capable of handling over 350 million pounds of recycled fibre annually.

ICE Recycling custom designs plans for businesses to divert their waste products away from landfills, specializing in carbon footprint reduction, bailing, grinding and packaging of recyclable materials for repurposing in future manufacturing projects.


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