WASHINGTON — The Bangladeshi Embassy has asked the Commerce Department to let it use some of next year’s quota to end a lockout of more than 150,000 dozen pairs of cotton pants, which have been unable to enter the U.S. since the country met its quota for the year.

Retailers and importers have been aggressively lobbying Commerce as wll, since the cap of 3.8 million dozen men’s and women’s cotton trousers filled on July 31. But the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has already denied a request by Bangladesh to allow it to use other available quotas for the pants.

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