Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) announced he will be welcoming U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to the upstate on Monday. The pair will be in the Upstate to discuss the importance of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (Cafta) and its positive impact on upstate manufacturing. They will visit with Glen Raven Mills in Anderson and attend a luncheon with area business leaders in Greenville.
"Secretary Gutierrez understands that Cafta will open new markets for South Carolina products, and I'm excited about his visit," said Senator DeMint. "If the U.S. does not strengthen its economic ties with Central America, American manufactures will lose their export customers in the region and lose more jobs to China. We must pass Cafta to open markets, expand our exports, and create opportunities for our businesses and workers: our future depends on it."
Cafta contains several important enforcement mechanisms to prevent illegal transshipment and is backed by the National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO), the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and the National Cotton Council.