A leading South African trade association boss believes the end of quotas in 2005 will have little impact on the country's clothing and textile industry.

The response came after Eurotex, the European apparel and textiles body, invited stakeholders in the local clothing and textiles industry to a meeting in Geneva this month to address concerns about the scrapping of the quota system.

Brian Brink, the head of the Textiles Federation of SA, said South Africa exports under free trade agreements with the European Union and with the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.

He added that South Africa was never part of the multifibre arrangement which gave developed countries powers to impose import quotas for firms in smaller developing countries - and said the invitation to attend the Geneva meeting has been "reluctantly" turned down.