Keeping tabs on Chinese imports

A special committee is being established to monitor restrictions on Chinese clothing and textile imports, the Trade and Industry Department said yesterday. At the same time, the department labelled possible legal action by large retailers against the import measures as "counter-productive".

A special committee is being established to monitor restrictions on Chinese clothing and textile imports, the Trade and Industry Department said yesterday. At the same time, the department labelled possible legal action by large retailers against the import measures as "counter-productive".

The committee will monitor implementation of the quotas on imports and will include representatives of government, manufacturers, retailers and labour.

"The monitoring committee will meet periodically to consider matters of concern that might arise in the course of the administration of these measures, and if necessary, make appropriate recommendations to the trade and industry minister for his consideration and decision," said the department.

The department asked importers to collect their Special Import Permit Certificates, which specified the quotas each registered importer would receive, at the offices of the International Trade Administration Commission.

Certificates not claimed by November 17 will be given to new entrants.

The department said it was aware that "a few industry players are planning legal action against the import measures, and views this as counter-productive in light of the cooperative and consultative approach committed to by all parties in this matter". - Sapa

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