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More Safeguards Protection Sought By Industry

James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

A  coalition of fiber, textile and apparel manufacturers has petitioned the government to extend for another year import quotas imposed last December on two product categories using the safeguard mechanism in China's accession to the World Trade Organization agreement. Extensions of quotas permitting 7.5-percent annual growth are being sought for knit fabric and dressing gowns and robes. A petition covering a third product category brassieres is expected in the near future. In addition, the coalition has petitions covering eight more product categories pending before the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. CITA currently is seeking public comment on those petitions. China and US importing interests are expected to challenge the extensions and the other petitions that have been filed on the basis of a threat of market disruption.

December 2004