August 22, 2003
Three of Four Petitions Accepted
The Committee for the Implementation for Textile Agreements (CITA) accepted for further consideration three of the four textile China safeguard petitions filed by the U.S. textile and fiber industry on July 24. The petitions on knit fabric, brasseries and dressing gowns were accepted.
The Committee is soliciting public comments on this petition, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of knit fabric, brasseries or dressing gowns are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products.
Spokesman for the U.S. textile and fiber industries, Lloyd Wood, said on behalf of the petitioners, ?We strongly urge those states, counties, cities, cotton farmers, wool producers and businesses adversely affected by nearly 300,000 textile and apparel industry job losses since January of 2001 to register their comments in favor of the China safeguard petitions.?
Comments must be submitted by Sept. 17, 2003 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements; Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce; 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20230.
Staff contact: Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ext. 29