Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials oversees programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of U.S. textiles, apparel, consumer goods, metals and mining forest products, and chemicals and plastics manufacturing sectors and industries. The DAS develops sector specific market access and promotion strategies to increase opportunities for U.S. industry in foreign markets and increase U.S. exports. The DAS evaluates industry positions on international trade issues affecting these industries and provides advice for trade policy development and participates in international consultations and negotiations of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements. The DAS administers the implementation of trade agreements affecting these industries, formulates trade policy, performs research and analysis, compiles industry data, and promotes U.S. trade events for these industry sectors. The DAS serves as Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel agreements.

Office Director

The Director of the Office of Textiles and Apparel undertakes general management and administration of the Office and the textile program budget. The Director assists the DAS in establishing goals and priorities for the Textile and Apparel program. The Director oversees the development of information, options, and recommendations on a broad spectrum of issues for consideration by the DAS, including CITA policy, trade negotiations, export program priorities, and administration of funding for technology grants. The Director acts as CITA Chairman in DASís absence.

Director, Export Promotion/Strategic Business Alliances

The Director, Export Promotion/Strategic Business Alliances is a business relations coordinator, consulting with U.S. textile and apparel companies, retailers, and importers to cultivate international business opportunities and identify and address problems affecting their international business. The Director collaborates with textile and apparel industry, including importers and retailers, and other agency stakeholders on new programs to develop matchmaking projects to emphasize U.S. textile and apparel products in the international market. The Director develops information on design, supply chain, retailing, and other topics that may facilitate U.S. textile and apparel companiesí participation in international markets and directs dissemination of such information to assist the industry in the promotion of their business.

Eastern/Western Hemisphere Teams

The Supervisor manages a Team that develops and makes policy recommendations affecting trade in textiles and apparel and participates in multilateral and bilateral trade agreement negotiations and consultations relevant to countries in each region. The Team provides information on topics that impact the textile and apparel industries, such as IPR, Customs procedures and documents, international transportation of goods, international finance, tariffs and taxes and the dissemination of such information to assist the industry in the promotion of their business. The Team develops trade promotion events to inform stakeholders of benefits of free trade agreements (FTAs), potential markets for business, and the creation of new business opportunities for U.S. companies. The Team conducts research into U.S. access to foreign markets, reviews potential barriers to compliance with existing trade agreements, and initiates textile-specific market access and compliance cases. The Team develops plans to collaborate with U.S. industry on identifying and addressing trade problems affecting the U.S. textile and apparel industries.

The Eastern Hemisphere Team evaluates the current state of the domestic fiber, textile, and apparel industries, develops and maintains economic data and information concerning these industries and markets, evaluates legislation that impacts the textiles and apparel industries, including the Berry Amendment, monitors the textile and apparel provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), administers safeguard provisions under regional FTAs, administers the process to amend the FTA rules for commercial availability concerns, and responds to inquiries on general textiles and apparel trade issues in the eastern hemisphere region.

The Western Hemisphere Team administers provisions under regional FTAs and preference programs, including commercial availability (short supply), safeguards, and the Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP) credits. The team also performs certain data analysis, monitors textile Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) applications, and responds to inquiries on general textile and apparel trade issues in the western hemisphere region.

OTEXA Staff Telephone List

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Textiles and Apparel
Room H30003
14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230