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Covid Joint-Industry Statement April 2020

24/04/2020 11:15 AM
On April 21, VITAS signed the Joint Statement with more than 60 national associations and organizations around the world representing the global textile, footwear, tourism and fashion industries to appeal to governments, stakeholders and supply chain partners, taking responsible action to deal with Covid-19. This Joint Statement is on a larger scale than the STAR Statement.

April 22, 2020


The undersigned organizations, representing the full spectrum of the textile, apparel, footwear, travel goods, and fashion industry across the globe, are coming together in these unprecedented times to make a joint appeal to our governments, our stakeholders, and our supply chain partners.


The COVID-19 Pandemic is a major health crisis that requires the united and undivided efforts of billions of people - including first responders, health professionals, policy makers, essential service providers, and citizens.  Many in our industry have been playing their part by suspending/limiting operations to keep their workers and consumers safe consistent with global health guidelines AND empowering or repurposing facilities, factories, and supply chains to produce and distribute items of personal protective equipment and other urgently needed medical materials.


Working with our friends, families, and our communities, together we can AND will stop this deadly Pandemic.

But this health crisis has also triggered a potentially deadly economic crisis. As businesses have closed, revenues and cash flow have dried up. The resulting liquidity squeeze has adversely hit many companies, their workers, and multiple layers of suppliers all around the world. Contracts are being cancelled, workers are being furloughed, and factories and businesses are being closed. With each passing day, this damage is compounding and harming more and more stakeholders. We need to coordinate and accelerate our efforts to limit and mitigate this damage, and make sure it is not irrevocable.  As we continue to dedicate our efforts to fight this Pandemic, we must also come together to fight the economic crisis that has also been created.


It is with this in mind that we issue this general appeal and set of principles.


       Governments, with the support of international financial institutions, must enact temporary stimulus measures to ensure liquidity.  

o    These measures must be as flexible as possible so that employers across the supply chain can gain access to relief as quickly as possible.

o    These measures should benefit both employers and their workers. o          Although temporary, these measures should be easily extendable, and quickly extended, should the crisis prove more durable than may be currently expected.

       Governments should undertake temporary duty deferral and tariff relief to support liquidity and cash flow, and keep workers employed.  

o    At a minimum, governments should immediately defer collections of duties for a period of 180 days.

o    Where appropriate, such as in the case of items of personal protective equipment or items used by lower income consumers, government should also suspend duties. 

       Governments should refrain from imposing new trade restrictions and should not impede production or delivery of PPE, its intermediate products, and raw materials. 


We welcome the G-20 statement that speaks to many of these items, but it is now up to individual governments – and others who are not part of the G-20 – to implement and follow through on these commitments. Words mean a lot, but the actions will determine how fast and how well we can emerge from this crisis.


In that vein, supply chain partners need to do their part too.  Individual companies should take action that minimize disruptions, facilitate payment for work that has been undertaken, and ensure workers continue to be treated with full respect while ensuring their health and safety.  Companies need to continue working, alone and with their supply chain partners, to ensure that supply chains are best positioned to weather this crisis. 


These actions in the next 90 days will not only help dictate how fast we can recover, but also will say a lot about who we are as an industry and as a people.  Our industry literally touches everybody on the planet, and we have an on-going commitment – to our workers and consumers – to ensure that the industry that emerges from this crisis is responsible, sustainable, viable, and healthy.

Accessories Council 

Karen Giberson, President


American Apparel & Footwear Association

Steve Lamar, President & CEO


American Bridal and Prom Industry Association

Stephen N Lang, President


The American Chamber of Commerce in


Allen Dodgson Tan, President


American Import Shippers Association

Hubert Wiesenmaier, Executive Director 


Apparel Export Promotion Council

Dr. Arumugam Sakthivel, Chairman 


Association des Industries d'Haiti (ADIH)

Georges B Sassine, President


Association of Textile Indonesia (API)

Jemmy Sastraatmadja, Chairman


Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and

Exporters Association

Rubana Huq, President


Bremen Cotton Exchange

Jens D. Lukaczik, President


British Fashion Council

Caroline Rush, CEO


California Fashion Association

Ilse Metchek, President


Cambodian Federation of Employers and

Business Association (CAMFEBA)

Sandra D'Amico, Vice President


Canadian Apparel Federation

Bob Kirke, Executive Director 


China Chamber of Commerce for Import and

Export of Light Industrial Products & Arts-

Crafts (CCCLA)

Zhongqi Wang, President


China Chamber of Commerce for Import &

Export of Textile & Apparel (CCCT)

Jiachang Cao, Chairman


China Council for the Promotion of

International Trade, CCPIT (CCPIT TEX)

Yingxin Xu, President


China Home Textile Association (CHTA)

Zhaohua Yang, President


China National Garment Association (CNGA)

Dapeng Chen, President


China National Textile and Apparel Council


Ruizhe Sun, President


Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the

Philippines (CONWEP)

Maritess Jocson-Agoncillo, Executive Director


Council of Fashion Designers of America

Steven Kolb, CEO & President


Denizli Exporters Association

Huseyin Memisoglu, President


Egyptian Chamber of Apparel and Home

Textile (ECAHT)

Hany Kadah, Executive Director


The European Apparel and Textile

Confederation (Euratex)

Dirk Vantyghem, Director General


European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA)

Ignacio Sierra Armas, President



European Footwear Confederation (CEC)

Carmen Arias, Secretary General


Fashion Accessories Shippers Association

Sara Mayes, President & CEO


Fashion, Jewelry & Accessories Trade


Sara Mayes, President & CEO


Fondazione Del Tessile Italiano

Simone Canclini, President


Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America


Matt Priest, President & CEO


Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines

Robert Young, Chairman & President


Garment Manufacturers Association in


Mr Van Sou Ieng, Chairman


Gemini Shippers Group

Sara Mayes, President & CEO


German Association of Finishing, Yarn, Fabric and Technical Textiles Manufacturing Industries (IVGT e.V)

Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Kraatz, Director General


Halloween & Costume Association

Michele Buggy, CAE, Executive Director


The Hong Kong Exporters' Association

Benson Pau, Chairman 


Hong Kong General Chamber of Textile

Raymond L F Chu, Chairman


International Apparel Federation (IAF)

Matthijs Crietee, Secretary General International Textile Manufacturers Federation


Mr. Kihak Sung, President


Istanbul Apparel Exporters Association (IHKIB)

Mustafa Gültepe, Chairman


Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association


Kelly Mariotti, Executive Director


Korea Federation of Textile Industries

Kihak Sung, Chairman


Mediterranean Apparel Exporters' Association


Hayri UGUR, Chairman of The Board


Mediterranean Textile and Raw Materials

Exporters Association (ATHIB)

Fatih DOĞAN, Chairman of the Board


North American Association of Uniform

Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD)

Steve Zalkin, President


Pakistan Knitwear & Sweater Exporters

Association (PAKSEA)

M. Siddique, Secretary General


Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers

& Exporters Association (PRGMEA)

Ijaz A. Khokhar, Chief Coordinator


Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA)

Khurram Mukhtar, Patron in Chief


Promotional Products Association


Paul Bellantone, CAE, President and CEO


Spinners & Weavers Association of Korea


Joon Kim, Chairman


Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)

Tom Cove, President & CEO


Sri Lanka Footwear & Leather Products

Manufactures Association

P G D Nimalasiri, President


Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Amina Razvi, Executive Director


Swiss Textiles

Carl Illi, President


Taiwan Textile Federation

Justin Huang, President


Textile Council of Hong Kong, Ltd

Henry Tan, Chairman


Thai Garment Manufacturers Association


Yuttana Silpsarnvitch, President


Travel Goods Association

Michele Marini Pittenger, President


Turkish Textile Employers' Association

Att. Basar Ay, Secretary General 


Uludag Apparel and Clothing Exporters'


Nuvit Gundemir, Board Chairman


Uludağ Textile Exporters' Association

Pinar Tasdelen Engin, Chairman of the Board


U.S. Fashion Industry Association

Julia Hughes, President


Uzbekistan Textile and Garment Industry

Association "O`zto`qimachiliksanoat"

Ilkhom Khaydarov, Chairman



Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Mr. Vo Tan Thanh, Vice President


Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association


Vu Duc Giang, Chairman


World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry

Robbert de Kock, President and CEO

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