The U.S. placed embargoes on seven categories of apparel-related imports in 2002.
The biggest and most controversial quota action was on cotton trousers from Bangladesh. That country overshipped its 3.8 million dozen quota limit on cotton trousers for the year by about 5 percent and the U.S. embargoed the category in July. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, weighing pleas from retailers including Sears, Target and Wal-Mart, allowed the country to ship an additional 175,230 dozen pairs of the trousers with a penalty of three times the amount this year. This category is expected to fill early this year since 525,690 dozen has been be deducted from Bangladesh’s cotton trouser quota allocation for 2003.