U.S. ON TRACK FOR ELIMINATION OF CHINESE QUOTAS

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has issued a directive to U.S. Customs and Border Protection canceling the Electronic Visa Information System requirements for textiles and textile products produced or manufactured in China and exported on and after January 1, 2009.

This directive is consistent with the terms of the bilateral agreement on textiles and apparel between the Governments of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China that was signed on November 8, 2005.

The ELVIS requirement and quota requirements will continue to remain in effect for goods exported from China prior to January 1, 2009, even if entered in 2009.

Information on this and other recent developments can be obtained from our technical consulting group.