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NEW YORK — The threat of war between the U.S. and Iraq has sourcing managers re-assessing their use of Middle Eastern factories. Iraq’s neighbors — Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — exported $2.1 billion worth of garments and textiles to the U.S. over the last year. Apparel executives said they’re not pulling orders out of the region yet, though they are cutting back on travel and putting contingency plans in place. But instability in one part of the world can effect other areas. While the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation, above, has moved on from the port of Hong Kong, left, where it stopped in November on its way to the Arabian Gulf, the U.S. Customs Service has stepped up the attention it pays to cargo loaded at that port and others, as part of a concern that shipping containers could be used in a terrorist attack.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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