China is to cut the fee for inspecting textile and garment exports this year by 30% according to local media reports.

The Xinhua news agency said the decision was revealed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Sunday (11 January).

The move is aimed at boosting the country's exports the news service said.

Safety officials in the US and EU have also been concerned about the safety of some Chinese exports, with problems related to chemicals such as AZO dyes and formaldehyde, as well as clothes made with drawstrings that are too long, among the main issues.

In 2007 the EU's rapid alert system detected 23 clothing products made in China that did not meet safety standards.

Most were children's products with parts that could have been easily detached or cords that risked suffocating children.

More than 20 unsafe products from China were also detected last year though the origin of many garments is unknown.

Two years ago children's clothes imported to New Zealand after children's clothes from China were found to contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde