Coalition files more safeguard petitions
September 23, 2005,
WASHINGTON – Textiles trade groups and the industry union filed four new safeguard petitions. They hope that if the next round of negotiations between the United States and China fails to produce an agreement, the new safeguards would slow imports going into 2006.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department’s preliminary report for August shows that imports of cotton sheets and pillowcases continue running strong, up 93 percent and 77 percent, respectively, for the first eight-month period of 2005. Year-to-date imports of terry towels grew at a less feverish pace, up 35 percent.
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