The WWD coverage of China in the month of April revealed a tumultuous U.S.-China relationship with many textile and apparel industry leaders calling for fresh safeguards against Chinese imports to U.S. markets. Here is the day-by-day WWD coverage of China for the month of April.
- April, 29, 2005
CITA Takes on China With Safeguard Review
An interagency U.S. government panel agreed to consider requests to impose safeguard quotas on seven categories of imported Chinese textiles and apparel. The decision by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements was the second victory in as many days for domestic manufacturers, who argue that restrictions on China would stem the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
- April 28, 2005:
Court Lifts China Safeguard Injunction
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit lifted a four-month-old preliminary injunction, freeing the government to review threat-based safeguard petitions and setting the stage for fresh quotas on China’s apparel and textile exports.
- April 28, 2005:
China Imports Continue to Rise
Other imports being reviewed for safeguard protection include knit shirts, bras and dressing gowns. China agreed to the safeguard provision when it joined the WTO in 2001. (with tabular data)
- April 26, 2005:
EU, WTO Squabble Over Safeguards
The war of words over the use of safeguard quotas to restrain Chinese exports flared, with European Union trade officials vowing to push forward with their review of whether to impose limits on China.
- April 25, 2005:
EU Triggers China Safeguard Investigation
European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson authorized safeguard investigations on nine Chinese textiles and apparel product categories following a surge in imports. The increases in imports from China ranged from 51 to 534 percent during the first quarter compared with the same period a year ago.
- April 21, 2005:
Congressional Group Pushes Bush on Trade Policy
Thirty-five members of the House and Senate, the Congressional China Currency Action Coalition, refiled an unfair trade practices case with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to demand action against China’s alleged currency manipulation.
- April 19, 2005:
Mills Adapt to Trade Shift
Chinese textile manufacturers are expressing mixed opinions about the state of their industry more than three months into the post-quota era.
- April 19, 2005:
Quota Concerns in China
Chinese textile manufacturers expressed mixed opinions about the state of their industry more than three months into the post-quota era.
- April 14, 2005:
Latest China Data Shows Surge
China’s market share in the categories of goods for which the U.S. may impose safeguard quotas continued to surge, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Commerce Department. (with tabular data)
- April 13, 2005:
China Steams Along
Apparel imports from China jumped a record 199 percent in February over a year ago as the U.S. is to begin reviewing 10 China safeguard petitions that seek to impose quotas on $2 billion worth of goods. The government data released Tuesday came amid complaints that imports from China — unrestrained since the nations of the World Trade Organization dropped quotas on Jan. 1 — are taking a heavy toll on manufacturers in the U.S. and in the developing world. (with tabular data)
- April 08, 2005:
Bill Targets China Currency
A bill introduced in the House would make it easier for U.S. companies to file for relief against subsidized imports from China. Many trade experts and politicians hope that floating the yuan will cause it to rise in value from its current level of 8.28 yuan to the dollar.
- April 07, 2005:
Coalition Files Market-Disruption Petitions Against China
A coalition of U.S. textile and fiber producers filed seven China safeguard petitions, seeking the imposition of quotas on $1.45 billion worth of shipments the group alleges are decimating the U.S. manufacturing base.
- April 07, 2005:
EU Sets China Safeguard Guidelines
The European Union published the long-awaited guidelines it will use in determining whether to slap temporary safeguard quotas on rising Chinese imports, following the Jan. 1 abolition of textile and apparel quotas.
- April 05, 2005:
U.S. ‘Self-Initiates’ Safeguard Review
The Bush administration Monday said it would begin a review of surging Chinese apparel and textile imports to consider whether to impose temporary safeguard quotas on $624.5 million worth of shipments. Trade experts suggested the move was intended to help the administration persuade GOP textile-state lawmakers to back the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement.
- April, 04, 2005:
Import Surge Takes Toll on Industry Jobs
The U.S. Commerce Department released preliminary first-quarter import data, stoking the flames of controversy over China’s rising economic dominance. Apparel and textile imports from China exploded in key categories in the first three months of the year, prompting the domestic textile industry to intensify the pressure on the Bush administration to impose China quota safeguards to save U.S. jobs.
- April 04, 2005:
China’s First-Qtr. Surge
Explosive growth in imports, particularly from China, contributed to the acceleration of job losses in textile and apparel manufacturing, which lost a combined 7,600 jobs in March. The Commerce Department initiated a textile monitoring system that provided industry import data for the first quarter and is expected to give the textile industry the evidence it needs to file market disruption cases. (with tabular data)