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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENT
DECISION TO ACCEPT CHINA TEXTILE SAFEGUARD REQUESTS FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION

On October 5, 2005, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) announced its decision to consider nine requests submitted on behalf of a coalition of textile industry associations and a union representing textile and apparel workers for reapplication of safeguard actions limiting imports of the following products based on the threat of market disruption: combed cotton yarn (category 301); cotton knit shirts (category 338/339); men's and boys' woven shirts (category 340/640); cotton trousers (category 347/348); brassieres and other body supporting garments (category 349/649); underwear (category 352/652); other synthetic filament fabric (category 620); man-made fiber knit shirts (category 638/639); and man-made fiber trousers (category 647/648). The United States previously established limits on imports of these products that extend through December 31, 2005.

CITA also announced its decision to accept for consideration four requests submitted on behalf of a coalition of textile industry associations and a union representing textile and apparel workers for safeguard actions limiting imports of the following products based on market disruption: cheesecloth, batistes, lawns/voiles (category 226); men's and boys' wool suits (category 443); polyester filament fabric, light-weight (category 619); and other men's and boys' man-made fiber coats and women's and girls' man-made fiber coats (category 634/635).

CITA will now solicit public comments on the requests, in particular with regard to whether the U.S. markets for these textile and apparel product categories are disrupted and/or threatened with market disruption, and, if so, the role of Chinese-origin products in that disruption.

Next Steps: CITA will publish notices of today's announcement in the Federal Register seeking public comments regarding the requests, launching a 30-day period during which interested parties and stakeholders may submit comments. In the past, the Chinese government, as well as the textile industry, apparel industry, importers, workers, and other interested parties have submitted comments for the record.

CITA will make determinations on the requests within 60 calendar days of the close of the public comment period on whether to request consultations with China. [NOTE: CITA has the authority to extend this phase if necessary to complete an investigation.] If CITA is unable to make determinations within 60 calendar days, a notice will be published in the Federal Register, including the date by which it will make determinations. If CITA makes a negative determination, this determination and the reasons therefore will be published in the Federal Register.

If CITA makes affirmative determinations that imports of these textile and apparel product categories from China are disrupting or threatening to disrupt the U.S. markets for the products, CITA will request consultations with China, with a view to avoiding such market disruption.

As of the date consultations are requested by the United States, a quota will be put in place to limit U.S. imports from China of the textile and apparel product categories with respect to which CITA has reached an affirmative determination of market disruption and/or threat of market disruption.

Consultations with the Government of China will be held within 30 days of Chinese government's receipt of the request for consultations, and every effort will be made to reach agreement on a mutually satisfactory solution within 90 days of receipt of the request for consultations.

Requestors: The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, SEAMS, and UNITE HERE filed their requests on September 14, and September 21, 2005. (SEAMS is not party to the requests regarding cheesecloth, batistes, lawns/voiles, combed cotton yarn and other synthetic filament fabric, polyester filament fabric, light-weight, other synthetic filament fabric and other men's and boys' man-made fiber coats and women's and girls' man-made fiber coats).


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