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US Govt approves four more safeguards on China, AMTAC 'gratified'

May '05
The US government approved four safeguard cases against China today covering man-made fiber (MMF) shirts, non-knit (woven) shirts, MMF trousers, and combed cotton yarn.

"We are gratified that the US government approved these cases. Failure to act would have cost tens of thousands of US jobs," said American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) Executive Director Auggie Tantillo.

"It is important to note that the cases approved today were filed as threat-based cases in October 2004. Today's approvals validates the US textile industry's prediction that China would surge into the market in a disruptive way," commented Tantillo.

Through April 2005 according to the US Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), the volume of US imports from China had surged:

287 % in MMF trousers
364 % in MMF shirts
293 % in non-knit shirts
78 % in combed cotton yarn

"Unfair trade practices like export tax rebates, non-performing loans, currency manipulation and other subsidies fuels China's export surge. Failure by the US government to discourage these practices would make a mockery of America's free markets," continued Tantillo.

"The US textile industry has six other safeguard cases pending. We urge the US government to approve them under the fastest timetable allowed by the safeguard procedures," stressed Tantillo.

Tantillo concluded by saying, "The US textile industry has been reviewing the data of US imports from China in other categories. Several of them are ripe for safeguard filings and the US textile industry will act soon."

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