Chinese textile industry wants greater access to trade with the European Union

11 October 2007

Beijing, China, 11 Oct – A representative of the Chinese textile industry said Wednesday in Beijing that the European Union should do more to further liberalize the sector, despite being pleased with the lift on textile import quotas announced Tuesday in Brussels.

“The Chinese industry hopes that the European Union will be more open to the process of technology transfer and that it will increase cooperation in the branding and distribution sector,” said Sun Huaibin, director of the China National Council for Textiles and Clothing, speaking to the press.

Sun also called on member-countries to be more patient with Chinese producers, who are making efforts to meet European technical standards and requirements.

Sun also positively noted the decision by the European Union to bring an end to import quotas in 2008, saying that the move indicated that “the total liberalization of global textile trade was once again on the right road.”

Brussels announced Tuesday a “double control system,” that will make it possible to supervise the export and import licenses from and into the European Union and China for eight of the ten most controversial categories of products that China exports to the EU.

Thus, the trade of T-shirts, pullover, men’s pants, shirts, bras, bedding and linen goods will be supervised.

The exports of textiles from China reached US$19.3 billion in the first eight months of the year, or 0.88 percent more than in the same period of 2006. (macauhub)