Coalition Files Four Safeguards, Reapplies On Nine
September 26, 2005,
Washington — Although a fifth round of negotiations between the U.S. and China begins today, a coalition of textiles trade groups and the textiles union filed four new safeguard petitions last week.
The U.S. Association of Textiles and Apparel, stanch opponents of safeguards, called the round of filings “not only unwarranted, [but] useless.” Laura Jones, executive director of USA-ITA, commented, “No matter how many times the domestic industry associations seek restrictions on Chinese-made apparel, not one manufacturing job is going to come back here.”
According to recent statistics from the U.S. Office of Textiles and Apparel, the combined value of total U.S. imports for the categories covered by the four new safeguards year-to-date is $1.78 billion, with imports from China accounting for $487 million of that total. The value of U.S. imports for the 16 categories covered under the reapplications is $24.2 billion thus far, with imports from China accounting for $3.4 billion. The value of Chinese imports covered by the petitions amounts to 26 percent of the $13.1 billion in textile imports.
Imports chugging along
Year to date % change through August*
|*Numbers are rounded
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce/Preliminary Data Report for August 2005