One of the most senior figures involved in formulating the US government's textile and apparel trade policies, James C Leonard III, is retiring this month.

Leonard, deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, was also chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, or CITA.

In the latter role, he helped carry out the textile and clothing industries' trade policies at the head of the inter-agency group.

Some of the policies he was involved in included overseeing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), plus 25 free trade agreements drawn up in the years of the Bush administration.

Leonard was also involved in the development of the imposition of quotas on Chinese imports of textiles, clothing and footwear.