The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has agreed to consider a request by a coalition of textile companies seeking safeguard action limiting imports of combed cotton yarn (Category 301) from China.

The Committee will now consider whether imports of combed cotton yarn from China "threaten the US with market disruption and [whether] imports of the subject products from China will play a role in that increase and in the threat of market disruption," as alleged in the request.

A coalition of textile companies, apparel firms and the Unite Here labour union representing US textile and apparel workers want the committee to consider the safeguard restrictions to help prevent monopolisation by Chinese manufacturers when quotas expire next year.

The acceptance automatically triggers a 30-day public comment period followed by a 60-day decision making window on whether to request consultations with China.

To date, the coalition of US trade groups has filed nine safeguard petitions, seven of which have now been accepted for consideration.