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Survey: Local Makers Seen Vulnerable in 2005

NEW YORK — Almost 1 in 5 sourcing managers believe that Western Hemisphere apparel production will not be sustainable after quotas are lifted in 2005, a study commissioned by Unifi Inc. found.<br><br>The survey, based on responses from 35...

NEW YORK — Almost 1 in 5 sourcing managers believe that Western Hemisphere apparel production will not be sustainable after quotas are lifted in 2005, a study commissioned by Unifi Inc. found.

The survey, based on responses from 35 members of the American Apparel Producers Network, found that 19 percent of sourcing managers believe that sourcing programs that currently take advantage of the NAFTA, Caribbean Basin or Andean trade-promotion programs will not be sustainable when the 145 members of the World Trade Organization lift quotas.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents said some Western Hemisphere production will be sustainable, particularly for innerwear and casual apparel. The largest portion, 42 percent, said they did not know what local manufacturing would last post-2005.

Respondents said that outerwear and uniforms were the least likely categories to be made in the Western Hemisphere after 2005.