U.S. Trade Ambassador: L.A. Apparel and Textile Companies Key to Boosting Exports

The Obama administration wants the Los Angeles apparel and textile industry to help the country double its exports by the end of 2014. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis made his first trip to Los Angeles as a member of the Obama administration, visiting key apparel and textile factories on April 2 and then holding a round table with about 30 apparel and textile executives to urge them to take advantage of the various free-trade agreements negotiated by the U.S. government.

“The whole point of my being here is to talk to the industry about how to take advantage of the ‘Made in USA’ label and how do we use our trade agreements to help the industry export,” said Marantis, who was named Deputy U.S. Trade Representative in 2009. He has been active in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a regional trade agreement between the United States and eight other countries—Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore.

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