The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is considering taking action against Chinese imports of steel wire garment hangers.

Its decision follows an investigation which found that certain steel wire garment hangers from China are being imported into the US "in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products." This flouts a safeguard clause in the US-China agreement relating to China's accession to the World Trade Organisation.

The Commission will submit a report, including its remedy proposal, to the President and the US Trade Representative by 18 February. The President will make the final decision on the type and duration of any response the ITC said in a statement.