Chinese Safeguard Petitions Considered
April 29, 2005
April 29, 2005 -- On Wednesday, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) agreed to consider requests, submitted on behalf of a coalition of textile companies and a union representing textile and apparel workers, for safeguard action limiting imports of seven categories of textile and apparel products from China. This week's ruling cleared the way to further investigate apparel imports from China.
The same action was requested this week in the European Union (EU). In light of a sharp surge in imports from China during the first quarter, trade commissioner Peter Mandelson announced that he will ask the European Commission to authorize him to launch investigations into nine categories of Chinese textile exports to the EU. In all categories, import volumes from Chinese textiles had risen above the 'alert levels' defined by the guidelines.