By  on June 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — As U.S. negotiators open the seventh round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Vietnam on Wednesday, the fashion industry expects the U.S. position on textile and apparel import issues will begin to take shape.

The stakes are high for the industry, which has been shifting more apparel production out of China due to rising labor, raw material and transportation costs, to countries such as Vietnam, a key player in the TPP negotiations that could receive duty free benefits in the trade accord.

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