Monday, May 18, 2015

Ever Wonder Just How Much is Being Imported into the U.S. From China?

Now you can see for yourself what those figures look like in relation to textile and apparel imports thanks to the U.S. International Trade Commission’s latest release which compiles such 2014 data in to a single handy document.

The annual report contains a compilation of the statistical reports published every two weeks by the Commission on the volume, value, unit value, and import market share of imports from China that were subject to the provisions of the 2005 U.S.-China Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Trade in Textiles and Apparel (MOU).  This compilation includes official import data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and shows data at the 3-digit textile/apparel category level and by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 10-digit subheadings in these categories.

Want to read through it for yourself?  The Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2014 (Inv. No. 332-501, USITC publication 4535, May 2015) is available on the USITC's Internet site at

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

AVVO Talk: How to Avoid Design Patent Issues When Importing Home Decoration Items?

Question Continued: Can you get sued over design patent issues if you import similar items like examples below? 

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Deanna's Response:

Hello, If you don't have permission from the patent holder, and there is one, then you would absolutely be at risk of an accusation of such unlawful act - by US Customs first and foremost. 

US Customs has its own seizure process on imported goods, so before you even get to an issue with the patent holder as some of the attorneys below have discussed, you need to know that US Customs can seize the goods themselves so you'll never get them. Once the seizure has occurred, then the penalty phase begins and depending on your level of "culpability" (i.e., guilt level - be it negligence, fraud, first time offender, etc.), the penalty amounts can vary but it's never cheap. And yes, because the patent holder would be notified, they too may commence a lawsuit against you as well.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sustainable Fashion Highlight of the Week: Attending CFDA - Fashion Positive - C2C Event

Highlight of the week: Being invited by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to join Fashion Positive C2C​, BIONIC YARN​, Cradle to Cradle​, and a room full of #sustainable #fashion thought makers to discuss #upcycling and creating regenerative products, as well as thinking about global systems to integrate this concept into the fashion industry in a more expansive way.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Who Made Your Clothes?" and Fashion Revolution Day

Did you join the movement and post your selfie asking 
"Who Made Your Clothes?" for Fashion Revolution Day?

As participants in international trade, we have a responsibility to ask ourselves who is making the clothes we facilitate the importation of, whether as buyers, distributors, importers and those "behind-the-scenes" folks like myself.

So - Who Made Your Clothes?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Many Thanks and Happy Earth Day!

A big THANK YOU to our stellar law clerk Sophie from Pace Law School for her wonderful contribution to our office this Spring 2015 semester.  Congratulations on completing your L.L.M. and Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ready to Extend Your Fashion Buying Power?

Want to increase your fashion spending power and confidence in buying? 

Check out the Fashion Planning Hub's upcoming webinar taking place this Friday, April 24th from 1 to 2 pm EST.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Introducing Our New Law Firm Website!

We're excited to announce that we've updated our website at to make it easier to understand the legal solutions we offer for those involved in imports, exports and of course, the fashion industry.

We've also got a great new webinar series via The Fashion Planning Hub for entrepreneurs looking to learn about new subjects or for the executive looking to brush up on one.

We invite you attend our next webinar on a complimentary basis by playing our quiz, so check out and we'll see you there!