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A Profile of the Furniture Manufacturing Industry by Susan M. Walcott

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CHAPTER 6

Regulation of the Furniture Industry, Domestic and Global

International, federal, state and local regulations are frequently cited as a major bane of—and marketing benefit to—the U.S. furniture industry. They contribute heavily to costs incurred in making safe, quality products in a setting safer to workers and the environment than that of global competitors, but they also result in products with a higher pedigree, prestige, and desirability for global purchasers willing and able to pay a premium for these attributes.

Major Trade Agreements

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) accelerated the exposure of U.S. furniture manufacturing to global competition. Lack of significant ...

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