NEW YORK — More than two months have passed since the World Health Organization reported the appearance of a strange new pneumonia in Hong Kong and the well-worn passports of sourcing managers are starting to gather dust.

The WHO has lifted its recommendations against traveling to all but two of the 30 countries that have reported cases of SARS. Unfortunately for apparel importers, those two countries are China, including Hong Kong, and Taiwan, which together supplied more than one-fifth of the apparel and textiles imported into the U.S. during the year ended March 31.

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