Several Federal Registers were posted this week that relate to the textile and apparel safeguard provisions, which will expire at midnight, Jan. 1, 2005. A couple of them follow.
Solicitation of Comments on Request to Limit Imports from China. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) received a request asking them to impose a textile and apparel safeguard action on imports from China of men?s and boys? wool trousers on the grounds that an anticipated increase in imports of these items after Jan. 1, 2005, would threaten to disrupt the U.S. market in this area. The request is available at: Request.
CITA has determined that the requestors have provided adequate information for the request to be considered. Therefore, CITA is soliciting public comments on the request, particularly in regard to if there is a threat of disruption to the U.S. market for these items and, if so, the role Chinese-origin trousers play in that disruption.
Comments must be received no later than Jan. 10, 2005. Full details on the submission of comments can be found at: Comment Information.
Entry of Apparel in Excess of 2004 Limits. CITA was made aware that some textile and apparel products may have been shipped in excess of agreed quota limits in 2004 with the expectation that they would be allowed entry into the United States upon the expiration of the limits on Jan. 1, 2005. CITA noted that these shipments are in violation of the terms of those agreements.
Therefore, CITA issued a notice that shipments violating these agreements will not be permitted entry until late January or early February, depending on the shipment. Then, entry will only be permitted in an amount equal to 5 percent of the applicable 2004 base quota limit until all shipments in excess of the quota limits have been entered.