In the first briefing of the year we highlight some of the key issues likely to dominate the apparel sector in 2008, such as what could happen when restrictions on imports of Chinese textile and apparel products into the US expire on 31 December 2008 - perhaps the biggest issue facing US-based retailers and importers this year. The briefing also discusses whether Vietnam import monitoring will lead to anti-dumping duties, and if Chinese product safety concerns can be averted. Environmental concerns are also addressed, along with a look at what rising input costs mean for suppliers and buyers.