Blog: Leonie BarrieSafeguard scare

Leonie Barrie | 2 September 2004

So the latest tactic being deployed by US textile groups is to file dozens of threat-based safeguard petitions to try to halt Chinese textile and apparel imports. They’ve already tried – and failed – to get an extension to the lifting of the quotas or even a WTO emergency session to discuss the issue. And with more than 10 years to prepare for quota D-Day, their scare-mongering must be starting to grate a little. The imposition of a safeguard would certainly cause confusion in the global textile industry, but there is absolutely no question that the quotas will be lifted.


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