By  on February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday to help accelerate and streamline the processing of imports and exports at U.S. ports.

The action should help apparel, textile and footwear importers and exporters cut through red tape and process their cargo to and from U.S. ports more quickly. Retailers and brands imported a total of $104.7 billion of apparel and textile products to the U.S. in 2013, according to the Commerce Department. The U.S. exported $23.6 billion in textile and apparel products to the world last year.

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