WASHINGTON — President Bush signed a proclamation late Thursday night granting apparel duty breaks to four Andean countries. This made effective a detail of the comprehensive trade bill passed this year.

Apparel imports from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia can enter the U.S. duty free, if U.S. or regional textiles are used. But the growth in shipments from those countries is limited to 2 percent a year, until 2006, when the limit is raised to 5 percent but trade breaks must be renewed.

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