HFPA: Curtain safeguards unnecessary
August 18, 2005-- Home Textiles Today,
NEW YORK -- While U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators work toward consensus on textiles caps -- which could come as early as Aug. 31 -- The Home Fashions Products Association is protesting the U.S. Commerce Department’s potential safeguard action on curtain imports from China.
The organization’s 63 members include the country’s largest curtain producers, representing 90 percent of the curtains made in the United States and 80 percent of the curtains sold here, the HFPA noted in a letter to Commerce’s Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
The HFPA argues that the petition requesting safeguard provisions on curtains was not filed on behalf of the majority of the nation’s curtain suppliers. It also contends there has been no market disruption on the category since quotas were lifted in January 2002.
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