Developing countries have expressed alarm over what they see as the increasing use of anti-dumping measures and environmental standards to restrict textile exports.

A statement issued at the end of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau meeting in Hanoi last week noted "with grave concern the pressures being exerted on their governments by protectionist interests and their apparent predisposition to employing trade remedy instruments such as anti-dumping and countervailing measures after the elimination of quota restrictions from 1 January 2005".

The council said developed countries should resist protectionist pressures and comply with their obligations under the WTO, in particular the agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC).