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ATMI Outlines China Concerns Forms Bobbin Agreement

The American Textile Manufac-turers Institute (ATMI), Washington, D.C., voiced strong concerns about Chinas illegal and unfair trading practices and outlined its conditions for Chinas accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).As negotiations continue between our two governments, the United States must ensure that China participates in the full 10-year quota phase-out schedule for textiles and apparel, which the other WTO member countries have been required to do, said ATMI President Doug Ellis. In addition, China must eliminate or reduce its tariffs and non-tariff barriers so that effective access to its textile and apparel markets will be available to all WTO exporting countries. For decades, the Chinese have been successful in severely limiting access to Chinas immense domestic textile and apparel markets.According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 1998 the U.S. textile and apparel trade deficit with China totaled $5.8 billion. The U.S. textile industry exported more than $8.7 billion worldwide, but Chinas high tariffs and other non-tariff trade barriers have worked to keep the United States out of Chinas market.China must adhere to equitable conditions of competition regarding workers rights, environmental preservation, dumping, subsidies, intellectual property and transparency, Ellis said.Carlos Moore, ATMI executive vice president added: There is no justification for a shorter phase-out period for China, especially since it is the worlds largest textile and apparel producer. China has the production capability, the resources and the will to flood our market with imports and damage U.S. textile production and jobs.ATMI Forms Agreement To Sponsor Trade ShowsThe American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), Washington, D.C., has entered into a formal agreement with The Miller Freeman Bobbin Group, Dallas, to sponsor several trade shows and conferences in 1999.ATMI will be a sponsor of the Fabric Sourcing Expo at Bobbin Americas 99 (September 30-October 2), Bobbin Expo-Mexico and Central America, Bobbin Expo-Brazil and Mercosul, as well as conferences in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Brazil.Companies today have to be able to compete not only in the United States but also in the world marketplace, said Ellis. This partnership helps companies do that by providing them with new trade opportunities in some of the fastest growing markets in the hemisphere.


May 1999




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