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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2005
  Contact: Victoria Park
(202) 482-3809

COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
EXTENDS CHINA SAFEGUARD DECISION

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) today announced that it is extending the period for making a determination on whether to request consultations with China regarding imports of cotton and man-made fiber curtains and drapery (Category 369 Part/666 Part). CITA is continuing to evaluate production data for cotton and man-made fiber curtains and drapery and is therefore extending the determination period to November 30, 2005. CITA may, at its discretion, make such determination prior to that date.

Background:

On June 22, 2005, the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association and UNITE HERE filed a request for safeguard relief with respect to imports of cotton and man-made fiber curtains and drapery from China. On July 19, 2005, CITA published a notice in the Federal Register establishing a 30-day public comment period concerning the industry request.

CITA's procedures state that it 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 a notice to be published in the Federal Register that includes the date by which it will make a determination.

CITA will publish shortly a Federal Register notice corresponding to today's announcement. For more information, please visit: http://otexa.ita.doc.gov.

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