The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has released its first annual report on textile and apparel imports from China as part of a request made by a US lawmaker back in 2008.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Charles B Rangel called for the formal textile and apparel import monitoring programme prior to the lifting of safeguard quotas on 31 December 2008.

The aim was to watch import levels and prices in a bid to pre-empt any sudden surges in imports when restrictions were lifted.

The data has since been published on a bi-weekly basis, and the latest report - 'Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2009' - is a compilation of these bi-weekly bulletins.

The data is shown on an annual and quarterly basis, by category and by Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 10-digit subheadings.

By category, annual data is provided from 2003 through 2009, and quarterly data is provided from first quarter 2008 through fourth quarter 2009. By HTS10 subheading, annual data are provided from 2007 through 2009, and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2008 through fourth quarter 2009.

Click here to view the report 'Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2009.'