By  on October 10, 2008

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel has asked a federal agency to begin monitoring Chinese apparel and textile imports in a preemptive bid to protect domestic textile industries when quotas are lifted at the end of the year.

In a letter to Shara L. Aranoff, chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Rangel asked that the ITC initiate an open-ended investigation to provide the committee with data on volume, value, unit value and import market share of 34 apparel and textile import categories from China, which were valued at $9.4 billion in 2007 and are currently restrained by quotas. The ITC will provide the committee with Customs data once every two weeks and final census data once a month, in addition to a historical analysis. The data will be published on the ITC Web site. An ITC spokeswoman confirmed the agency would comply with the request.

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