WASHINGTON — President Bush has still not signed off on granting apparel duty breaks to three of the four Andean countries currently eligible, even though they were to take effect on Oct. 1 as part of a comprehensive trade bill passed this year.

Apparel importers, who wrote a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, said they are concerned the President has not signed a proclamation granting expanded benefits to Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, which have all met the criteria to be beneficiaries. Ecuador has not yet met the criteria.

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