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September 1, 2005
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
ANNOUNCES CHINA SAFEGUARD DECISIONS
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) today
announced affirmative decisions in two textile safeguard cases.
CITA determined that the U.S. market for other synthetic filament fabric
(category 620) and brassieres and other body-supporting garments (category
349/649) is being disrupted and that there is a threat of further disruption.
CITA further determined that the imports in these categories from China
play a significant role in the existence and threat of market disruption,
and that this situation threatens to impede the orderly development of
trade in these products. As a result of these determinations, CITA has
requested consultations with the Government of China on these products
and has put in place quotas that will limit the growth in imports of the
"Today's announcement demonstrates this Administration's commitment
to leveling the playing field for U.S. industries by enforcing our trade
agreements," said Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Leonard.
"We will continue to consult with the Chinese government to find
a solution that will permit the orderly development of textile and apparel
CITA also announced today that it is extending until October 1, 2005 ,
the period for making a determination on whether to request consultations
with China regarding imports of cotton and man-made fiber sweaters (category
345/645/646), cotton and man-made fiber dressing gowns and robes (category
350/650), men?s and boys? wool trousers (category 447), and knit fabric
(category 222). CITA will continue to evaluate the market conditions for
these four categories.
CITA's decision to invoke safeguards on imports of these Chinese origin
textile and apparel products that are contributing to the disruption of
the U.S. market is in accordance with the textile safeguard provision
in China's Accession Agreement to the World Trade Organization.
For more information, please visit: http://otexa.ita.doc.gov.
CITA Decision Fact Sheet
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