Footwear Makers Battle Over Import Tariffs In TPP

Law360, New York (August 23, 2013, 4:08 PM ET) -- A dispute between sneaker makers heated up Thursday, when companies that manufacture abroad, including Adidas AG, pushed the U.S. to get rid of import tariffs on footwear, while companies that make shoes in the U.S. said some tariffs should stay in place.

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, executives from six footwear makers — Adidas Group, Converse Inc., Saucony Inc., Sperry Top-Sider, Clarks Americas and Black Diamond Group Inc. — said the U.S. should use the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to eliminate...
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