CITA ANNOUNCES DELAYED, STAGED ENTRY PROCEDURES TO APPLY FOR OVERSHIPMENTS OF 2008 QUOTA EXPORTS FROM CHINA

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) announced that any shipments of quota textile and apparel from China that are exported in 2008 in excess of the 2008 agreed quota limits are in violation of the terms of the U.S.-China Bilateral Textile Agreement which is due to expire December 31, 2008. CITA reserves the right to implement delayed, staged entry for overshipments of the 2008 agreed quota limits.

The procedures for delayed, staged entry are listed below.

  • Entry will not be allowed until one month after the December 31, 2008 expiration date. Therefore entry will not be allowed until February 1, 2009.
  • At that time, only 5% of the 2008 base limit will be allowed entry for a one-month period beginning on that date
  • An additional 5% will be allowed entry monthly until all overshipments are allowed entry.

Chinese quotas are calculated by date of export and not date of entry. A properly completed electronic visa transmission (ELVIS) is required for all shipments of goods that are subject to these quotas and are exported prior to January 1, 2009.