The latest data released by the US Commerce Department shows that US imports of textiles and clothing from China continued to surge in April.

For the first four months of this year, China's exports are up by 1.46 billion square metres (SME) equivalent.
China exported 501 million garments during the month. Exports in key product areas such as cotton trousers and knit shirts continued to increase at 1,500 per cent or more. 

According to figures from the International Trade Commission, Chinese exports of garments have been running at a rate of 16 million garments per day since quotas were removed on January 1st. 

"China has managed to double its share of the US apparel import market in the first four months of 2005 compared to the same time period in 2004," said American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) executive director Auggie Tantillo. 
In an attempt to stem the surge the US last month imposed safeguards on seven categories of Chinese textile and apparel imports. Embargoes in these major categories could come into force as early as July.