The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements announced April 27 it was accepting seven additional safeguard petitions filed by textile manufacturers and Unite Here!, a union representing U.S textile workers.

The petitions cover textile and apparel import categories ranging from men's and boys' cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit to synthetic fiber filament, which have seen sizable increases in imports into the United States from China. The new petitions were filed by the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations and others April 6 and are separate from last fall's threat-based petitions

After it publishes a Federal Register notice and schedules a 30-day comment period, the committee said it would make a determination of whether to request consultations with China concerning the petitions filed by the manufacturers. If consultations are requested, CITA said, a quota will be imposed to limit U.S. imports from China in those categories.

If the consultations do not produce a solution, the CITA has the authority from China's WTO accession agreement to limit the growth in imports in that category to 7.5 percent over the previous year's shipments for up to a year.