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Textile Outlook International
Issue 113:
September-October 2004

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios: Restrictions on Textile and Clothing Trade Will Continue Beyond January 1, 2005
World textile and apparel trade and production trends, September-October 2004 (81 pages)
Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2005/06 (16 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Egypt (21 pages)
Profiles of Four Leading Chinese Clothing Companies (29 pages)
Prospects for the Textile and Clothing Industry in Pakistan (43 pages)

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Editorial: Post-Quota Scenarios: Restrictions on Textile and Clothing Trade Will Continue Beyond January 1, 2005
published in Issue 113, September-October 2004  


Efforts at the 11th hour to have the quota phase-out postponed were dealt a final blow at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Council for Trade in Goods (CTG) on November 25, 2004. The meeting ended without reaching any agreement concerning quota phase-out. There seems nothing, therefore, to prevent elimination of quotas on textile and clothing trade between WTO members as planned, on December 31, 2004.

In practice, however, quota restrictions will continue beyond deadline in various forms. For a start, there is no obligation on part of WTO members to eliminate quotas from non-WTO member countries. The most important of these in textile and clothing trade Belarus, North Korea, Serbia and Montenegro, and Vietnam.

In the EU, discussions are under way with a view to removing quotas in the near future on imports of textiles and clothing from Serbia Montenegro and from Vietnam. This would leave only Belarus North Korea subject to restrictions.

The USA intends to leave quotas against non-WTO member countries in force. Such countries include Vietnam, whose shipments to USA grew sharply before quotas were imposed in spring 2003.

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