GENEVA — As the final phaseout of quotas on textiles and apparel in 2005 ticks steadily closer, top officials from developing nations that rely heavily on exports of those products fear that wealthy nations may turn to aggressive antidumping measures to limit imports.

Munir Ahmed, executive director of the International Textiles & Clothing Bureau — a group of 24 exporting nations including China, India, Pakistan and Indonesia — said, "There are still apprehensions quotas might be replaced by equally restrictive instruments, like recourse to antidumping measures."

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