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China Import Growth Eases As Many Quotas Fill Slowly

With quotas filling up more slowly than expected, Chinese apparel and textile imports grew 1.9 percent in May to 1.5 billion SME, worth $1.9 billion.

Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, told the panel the textile industry expects apparel and textile exports from Vietnam to grow exponentially, resulting in the loss of more U.S. jobs, if quotas are removed and a stronger safeguard mechanism is not put in place.

U.S. trade officials said they negotiated a strong textile enforcement mechanism in the bilateral deal and they oppose a China-like textile safeguard.

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