NEW YORK — With the possibility of war between the U.S. and Iraq looming ever larger, sourcing managers from U.S. apparel retailers and vendors are putting together contingency plans to ensure that their goods coming from the Middle East aren’t among the casualties.

Practically, a U.S. attack on that Persian Gulf state wouldn’t have an immediate effect on business. Iraq itself is not a supplier of apparel or textiles to the U.S. and no one is expecting a major naval blockade of commercial shipping lanes or any such direct interference with trade. Importers aren’t pulling their orders out of neighboring Middle Eastern states, like Turkey and Jordan, both of which are significant producers of apparel.

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