Mar 05 2004


U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) applauded the passage of the Miscellaneous Trade Bill, which includes a provision important to Alabama’s sock producers.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that after months of deliberating, we were able to come to an agreement and move this legislation forward. This bill includes an important provision specifying new country-of-origin labeling requirements for imported and domestic socks. I believe that the American consumer will benefit by having the country of origin clearly and conspicuously labeled on the front of the package.”

Senator Shelby first became involved in this issue after the Trade Act of 2002 included language that changed the treatment of the socks, resulting in tremendous damage to sock producers in Ft. Payne, AL. In an attempt to remedy the damage caused by the 2002 trade bill, Senator Shelby placed a hold on the Miscellaneous Trade Bill until there was an agreement to protect domestic sock producers.

“There has been a dramatic negative economic effect on our sock producers since the Trade Act of 2002 was enacted. There are far too many jobs at stake in Alabama for this issue to go unaddressed, and I am pleased that we were able to include much needed assistance for Alabama’s sock manufacturers,” Shelby stated.

Ft. Payne, AL, known as the “Sock Capital of the World,” is home to more than 150 sock mills and over 6,000 jobs.