China has filled its quota for blouse exports to the EU, with other types of textiles soon to reach their limits too, the European Commission has announced.

EU spokesman Rupert Krietemeyer said that the blouse quota was filled yesterday with a stockpile of almost 55,000 items, and that exports of bras, T-shirts and linen cloth are likely to reach their limits over the next few days.

Krietemeyer said of the blouse quota being filled: "Member states custom authorities will no longer issue import licences for this product".

Quotas for men's trousers and jumpers were also filled earlier on this month, causing goods to become stuck in transit and fears of European retailers having a shortage of stock this autumn and winter.

China agreed to restrict certain exports of textiles to the EU in June after shipments surged since international quotas ended in January.