NEW YORK — Manufacturers of lingerie, sleepwear and robes are bracing for 2005, when quotas on all garments and fabrics are scheduled to be terminated among World Trade Organization countries.
China, whose imports of apparel and textiles have exploded 140 percent over the past year with a 15 percent share of the U.S. market of foreign-supplied textiles and apparel, is poised to gobble up more production from around the globe. Innerwear companies have come to rely on more than half of their total fabric sourcing and manufacturing in China.
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