U.S. Clothing Imports from Vietnam: Trade Policies and Performance [November 27, 2007]   [open pdf - 214KB]

From the Introduction: "In the relatively short period of time since the United States resumed 'normal trade relations'(NTR) with Vietnam in 2001, there have been several controversies regarding the importation of clothing from Vietnam into the United States. The controversies surrounding U.S. clothing imports from Vietnam include allegations of dumping, illegal transshipments, violations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, and a controversial import monitoring program. In addition, U.S. trade policy governing the import of Vietnamese clothing has changed course several times, leading to claims of significant market disruption and regulatory uncertainty. These claims are bolstered by the volatility of U.S. import data for Vietnamese clothing over the last seven years. […] Much of the recent contention about Vietnamese clothing exports to the United States has focused on the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) implementation of an 'import monitoring program' for selected categories of Vietnamese clothing on the day Vietnam joined the WTO -- January 11, 2007. The announced import monitoring program began on the same day Vietnam joined the WTO and is to expire with the end of the Bush Administration on January 19, 2008. Under the program, the DOC will collect monthly data on the quantity and unit values of five categories of clothing imported from Vietnam -- shirts, sweaters, swimwear, trousers, and underwear -- to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant the self-initiation of an anti-dumping investigation."

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