By  on January 5, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. apparel, textiles and footwear manufacturers could be hit with tens of millions of dollars in duties on imported components after Congress failed to pass legislation extending hundreds of expiring duty breaks before adjourning for the year.

The so-called temporary duty suspensions, which must be renewed periodically by Congress, are intended to help domestic manufacturers compete by giving them tariff breaks on components such as certain yarns, fibers and footwear parts that are no longer made in the U.S. and must be imported.

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