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Importers Scramble to Avoid Safeguard Limits

U.S. importers have rushed to beat embargoes on Chinese goods by moving up production, taking to air freight and filling bonded warehouses.

However, after meetings this month, U.S. and Chinese negotiators reported no progress beyond a desire to keep talking.

"If we can reach an agreement with China like the Europeans did, it would help us plan out our business for the next three years," said Joe McConnell vice president of strategic sourcing at Kellwood Co.

For now, importers are switching production to other countries, adjusting fabric contents to get around quotas and paying to warehouse goods that were brought into the country early. There also has been a return to outward processing arrangements, where the components of goods are made in China and put together in another region, such as Hong Kong or Macau, which are both special administrative regions of China and have their imports counted separately.

Pending Petitions

WASHINGTON — Once safeguard petitions are filed, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has 15 working days to decide whether or not to consider the request. If accepted, CITA starts a public comment period that lasts 30 calendar days and is followed by a 60-day determination period, which can be extended if necessary.
This is where the outstanding safeguard petitions stand:

  • STYLE: Cotton and man-made fiber socks
    CITA determination by Friday.
  • STYLE: Knit fabric
    CITA determination by Saturday.
  • STYLE: Other synthetic filament fabric
    CITA determination by Sunday.
  • STYLE: Men's and boy's wool trousers
    CITA determination by Sunday.
  • STYLE: Cotton and man-made fiber swimwear
    CITA determination by Monday.
  • STYLE: Cotton and man-made fiber nightwear
    CITA determination by Monday.
  • STYLE: Cotton and man-made fiber skirts
    CITA determination by Monday.
  • STYLE: Women's and girls' cotton and man-made fiber woven shirts
    CITA determination by Monday.
  • STYLE: Dressing gowns and robes
    CITA determination by Aug. 2.
  • STYLE: Bras
    CITA determination by Aug. 2.
  • STYLE: Cotton and man-made fiber sweaters
    CITA determination by Aug. 2.

Source: Commerce Department

Quota Fills on Chinese Imports

  • STYLE: Cotton knit shirts and blouses
    ALLOWANCE: 4.7 million dozen
    DATE FILLED: July 5
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