The Trump administration is working on a plan to make clothing and accessories available to retailers, officials said Tuesday, adding that the move would be implemented through the end of the year.
The department’s Office of the Secretary for Commerce has been developing a “skinny minimum” policy that will allow retailers to offer clothing with no visible body seams and that will not include any items that have been labeled as “Made in the USA.”
“The Office of Secretary is working with the Commerce Department’s Office for National Trade Policy (ONT) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) on a proposal that will provide a minimum of clothing that does not require a visible body seam,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
“This is a win-win for consumers, manufacturers and retailers alike.
It will also help the economy in the long run.”
This is NOT a new concept.
In 2013, President Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker were pushing for a nationwide standard for garment manufacturers to be “made in the United States” with a goal of allowing them to compete in the international market.
In the interim, the United Nations issued a “Made In The USA” certification for apparel and footwear manufactured overseas, and several countries around the world have adopted similar policies.
The Trump government has not yet announced a final policy, but it’s expected to be finalized in the coming months.
The new rules will require clothing and other products that are sold in retail stores, and include clothing and footwear that are intended to be worn by the public, but can be worn as an accessory by the individual.
Currently, retailers can sell “Made for Sale” items, such as clothing, but cannot sell “made for purchase.”
The proposed rule would also require clothing to be available in retail and online stores, as well as online and offline stores.
Under the new rules, a “made-for-sale” garment would need to be made of materials that are “compatible” with the garment, as determined by the retailer.
It would also be a “good faith” belief that the product is made in the U, “compatible with the textile industry,” and “in the best interest of consumers.”
The rule would apply to “good” faith-based claims, such a claims that a product is manufactured in the country, and not made in a factory, a statement of value, or the product being sold as a fashion accessory.
The regulations would also include rules for clothing and apparel products that were intended to appear to be a fashion item but are not intended to look like a fashion product.
Under this rule, a product would be deemed to be in “good cause” for its packaging and labeling, and would have to include a “statement of purpose,” which is required to be placed on the product.