AWA Focuses on Tariffs, Education, and Gray Market

"The year 2002 promises to be an eventful one for the watch industry in Washington, D.C.," said Robert Filotei, American Watch Association chairman and president and chairman of Piaget USA, in his spring address. The AWA is the lobbying arm of the U.S. watch industry. Watchmaker education, counterfeiting, tariffs, mercury in batteries, and regulations on products using endangered species (such as watch straps) are the focus of AWA lobbying this year. Many of its initiatives should "come to a head" this year, said Filotei. Education. AWA and other organizations are trying to help U.S. schools that teach watchmaking attract more and better-qualified students and reduce a shortage of qualified U.S. watchmakers. It is working with Jewelers of America, the American Watchmakers Institute, and individual watch companies on a package of promotional materials, including a video that high scho
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