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CITA to Impose Quotas On Vietnamese Imports

WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements told WWD it plans to impose quotas on imports from Vietnam within the framework of a bilateral trade agreement. But — despite a request from the American Textile...

WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements told WWD it plans to impose quotas on imports from Vietnam within the framework of a bilateral trade agreement. But — despite a request from the American Textile Manufacturers Institute — it will not single out one category, according to Jim Leonard, deputy assistant secretary of textiles, apparel and consumer goods at the Commerce Department and chair of CITA.

“We are not going to make one quota call,” said Leonard. “When we do start negotiating, it will be on a full bilateral agreement.”

A spokeswoman for Leonard said CITA is still reviewing ATMI’s request and has not formally responded to the lobbying group.

Charles Bremer, vice president of international trade at ATMI, complained that if the U.S. did not impose quotas on Vietnam, its diplomats would lack motivation to negotiate a bilateral trade agreement.

“The only way to make them come to the table is with a quota call,” he said.

Vietnam’s imports in those categories were up strongly in the first five months of the year, but its market share remains small — 0.6 percent of all imports for cotton shirts and 0.2 percent for man-made fiber shirts.

This story first appeared in the July 26, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.