Restrictions on Trade of Second Hand Textiles

Discussion: There are approximately 30 countries around the world that restrict imports of second hand textiles. Some of these countries ban such imports outright while others have adopted punitive tariffs and/or non-tariff barriers to trade. SMART opposes restrictions on trade of second hand textiles because we believe that:

  1. Global commerce is facilitated with open borders;
  2. Restrictions limit consumer choice; and
  3. Black markets can flourish when restrictions are in place

SMART Position: SMART supports countries that accept exports of second hand clothing and actively seeks opportunities in which the U.S. government — as well as any government outside the U.S. in which our members operate — can place pressure on foreign countries to remove restrictions on imports of second hand textiles.