The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America has applauded the reintroduction of the Affordable Footwear Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., and Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., as well as 28 co-sponsors.
If passed, H.R. 1708 will eliminate a hidden tax on about one-third of all footwear. It will eliminate about $800 million in import duties on lower-priced children’s footwear, outdoor shoes and some athletic shoes.
About $2.3 billion in duties were paid in footwear in 2012, according to the trade association.