The growth rate of China's textiles and apparel exports to the
European Union and the United States dropped 45 and 70 percentage
points respectively year on year in the first six months, according
to a report prepared by the China National Textile Industry Council
Information provided about the report did not provide details on
the dollar value of the exports to the two markets.
Last year, China reached agreements with both the European Union
(EU) and the United States to limit the growth of its textile
The Sino-US deal allowed China's exports of 21 clothing and
textile categories to the United States to grow at 10 to 15 percent
in 2006, 12.5 to 16 percent in 2007 and 15 to 17 percent in
According to the Sino-EU agreement, China's export growth of 10
categories of textile products to the EU will be limited to between
8 and 12.5 percent annually from 2005 to 2007.
China's exports of restricted textile products to the United
States and the EU decreased 31.71 percent and 29.69 percent year on
year in the first half of the year, according to the CNTIC
The report showed China's textile exports to other countries and
regions excluding the EU and the United States rose 24.49 percent,
reaching a value of US$64.03 billion.
The CNTIC indicated that the EU and US restrictions on China's
textiles and apparel were the main reasons for the decline in the
growth of textile exports.
(Xinhua News Agency August 4, 2006)