Blog: Good Morning Vietnam?
Leonie Barrie | 2 February 2007
Last year’s decision by the Bush Administration to monitor US imports from Vietnam as the prelude to self-initiating anti-dumping cases against these products looks set to be one of the main issues affecting the global apparel trade in 2007. And just one month into the year the sniping has started.
The US Commerce Department on 11 January began monitoring imports of five broad groups of products made in Vietnam – shirts, trousers, sweaters, underwear and swimwear – even though the United States Association of Importers of textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA) believes the US apparel industry doesn’t seek or support these moves.
USA-ITA also describes the monitoring process as “backwards,” arguing that the Commerce Department should first identify whether there are any US producers of apparel that compete with apparel imports from Vietnam before deciding which products to monitor. It also makes the point that while the threat of anti-dumping hangs over imports from Vietnam, some US retailers will be forced to abandon factories there.
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