The Bush administration said it plans to conduct consultations on whether to seek a broader agreement with China on the US imports of textile and apparel products from that country.
To give the administration time to execute this plan, an interagency group - chaired by the commerce department and the committee for the implementation of textile agreements (CITA) - decided to extend until August 31 the period for making determinations in six textile market disruption cases, the department said on Monday.
Todays decision will allow us time to engage in substantive discussions with our domestic textile and apparel industries and members of Congress on whether there is an interest in a broader textile agreement with China, the US commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez said in a release.
CITA is to decide whether a surge in imports of certain mens and boys woollen trousers, cotton and synthetic dressing gowns and robes, brassieres, sweaters, knit fabric and synthetic filament fabric from China is disrupting the US market.
On the same day, the committee began market-disruption proceedings on imports from China in five other textile and apparel categories, including womens and girls cotton and synthetic woven shirts, nightwear, swimwear, and cotton, wool and synthetic socks.