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Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreement's Decision
to Extend the China Textile Safeguard Determination on Imports
of Other Synthetic Filament Fabric from China

On July 18, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“the Committee”) extended until July 31, 2005, the period for making a determination on whether to request consultations with China regarding imports of other synthetic filament fabric (Category 620).   Category 620 includes primarily synthetic filament fabrics of nylon and polyester, other than lightweight polyester filament fabric.

Background :   Category 620 is subject to a threat-based request and a market disruption request for safeguard relief that were filed by the domestic textile industry and its workers on November 8, 2004 and on April 6, 2005, respectively.

The public comment period on the threat-based request, which the Committee was previously enjoined from considering, closed on May 17, 2005; the public comment period on the market disruption request closed on June 3.

The Committee's Procedures state that the Committee will make a determination within 60 calendar days of the close of the public comment period as to whether the United States will request consultations with China.

If the Committee is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by which it will make a determination.

The 60-day determination period for the threat case expired on July 18, 2005.   However, the Committee is unable to make a determination at this time.   The Committee is continuing to evaluate conditions in the U.S. market for other synthetic filament fabric and information obtained from public comments on both the threat and market disruption cases.

Next Steps :   The Committee will publish shortly a Federal Register notice of today's decision.

Requestors:   The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association and UNITE HERE.

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