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Bush Administration Delivers on Commitments to U.S.
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Grant Aldonas today announced two new developments to help the U.S. textile industry remain competitive in the global marketplace. First, he announced the conclusion of the first stage in a textile marker project to help fight fraudulent foreign trading practices that harm the U.S. textile industry. Aldonas also announced procedures for safeguard actions on textile and apparel imports from China. The announcements were made at the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) Annual Meeting in Coral Gables, Fla.
Textile Marker System
"The Bush Administration is working hard to level the playing field for the U.S. textile industry as it competes in the global marketplace," said Aldonas. "Oak Ridge has identified three technologies that show promise in the fight against fraudulent textile imports."
Safeguard Actions on Imports of Textiles and Apparel From China
"The procedures provide a clear road map for firms, trade associations and workers who believe imports from China are disrupting their markets," said Aldonas. "The Bush Administration made a commitment to the textile industry and its workers to enforce trade agreements - this action is one more example that we are keeping that promise."
These procedures implement a special safeguard provision for textiles
and apparel that is part of China's agreement for accession to the World
Trade Organization (WTO). Under this safeguard provision, the United States
retains the right to impose quotas to address surges in imports of textile
and apparel products from China that have been "integrated"
(i.e. removed from quota) into the WTO trade regime. The China textile
safeguard will remain in effect until December 31, 2008.
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