Senior trade officials in Indonesia said on Tuesday they were still waiting for an answer to their plea to the US Congress to lift an embargo on its textiles and garments.

The US government refused to allow Indonesian textiles and garments into its market after it discovered that Indonesia had fully utilised its export quota for certain categories for 2001.

Now officials are waiting on a key vote to see if they will be allowed to carry forward the embargoed exports into their 2002 quota. A decision had been expected earlier this month but may now not be forthcoming until early next year.