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Key Officials Depart USTR Now That TPP Deal Near Done

Trade ministers said Monday they had reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and on Friday reports said several Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives are leaving their posts now that negotiations are done.

According to the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Gail Strickler, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles during the Obama Administration will leave the office in favor of a private sector role.

In her current role, Strickler oversees negotiations related to textiles and apparel products, advises on textile sector trade policy matters and works to expand the U.S. apparel industry’s foreign market access.

Wendy Cutler, who serves as acting deputy USTR and who spearheaded TPP negotiations and bilateral relations with the agreement’s member countries, specifically overseeing engagement with Japan on the trade deal.

Also on the list of departures, Douglas M. Bell, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics, will leave his post. Bell coordinated the market access, customs and rules of origin for the TPP deal.

The timeline for their departures has not yet been made public.