The eighth threat-based China safeguard petition was filed on Monday by a group of US textile, apparel and fibre producing trade associations.

The filing with the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA)  covers Chinese imports of certain synthetic filament fabric, which were valued at $6.6 million in 2003.

Products included in the filing under 'Category 620, Other Synthetic Filament Fabric' are high-performance manmade fibre fabrics used for the manufacture of industrial fabrics and specialty apparel and non-apparel products.

The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC), National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), National Textile Association (NTA) and the labour union UNITEHERE! said the United States imported $239.8 million worth of other synthetic filament fabric in 2003.

CITA now has 15 working days to accept or reject the petition for consideration for a decision likely to be made in February 2005.

Eight of the ten threat-based petitions announced by the trade groups on 12 October have been filed. 

The petition on wool trousers is expected to be filed shortly. In addition, the reapplications for safeguards on brassieres, dressing gowns and knit fabric also are expected to be filed soon.