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Exporting Textiles & Textiles Products To The Eu

What kind of quotas and tariffs does the EU have on textile imports? There are no quotas on textile and apparel products made in the United States. As of January 1, 2005 quotas for WTO members have been phased out completely. The European Union only maintains quotas for the import of particular textile and clothing from non non-WTO member countries except for Belarus, where the EU refused to grant free access to the EU market due to the country’s human rights record. For more information:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/issues/sectoral/industry/textile/pr291104_en.htm

The following website is an interactive site for determining EU quotas specifically for textiles -

http://sigl.cec.eu.int/query.html.

This system links the European Commission with the Member State departments issuing import authorizations. The information on this website is updated twice daily. The website also provides information on monitoring system for imports from China.

Duty rates on textile and apparel products made in the United States are subject to the EU’s Most Favored Nation rate (MFN). The overall average MFN tariff rate for textile and apparel products is 9%. For the current MFN duty rates see:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2007:286:0001:0894:EN:PDF

Many third countries have tariff-free access to the EU market, either under the various preferential trade arrangements/agreements (e.g. with the accession countries, the Mediterranean countries, the non-EU countries belonging to the European Economic Area, the 69 Lomé countries), or under the Generalized System of Preferences, GSP (which provides for zero tariffs for least developed countries, and for tariff reductions of 15% for the remaining countries covered by that regime). The list of GSP beneficiaries comprises some 144 countries, 48 of which have been identified as Least Developed Countries.

http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_781_en.htm

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2005/com2005_0043en01.pdf

Textiles originating from China

From June 2005 to December 2007, the EU implemented quota restrictions on ten product categories from China: pullovers, men’s trousers, blouses, t-shirts, dresses, bras, flax yarn, cotton fabrics, bed linens and table and kitchen linen. From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, the EU will continue to monitor imports from China on 8 of the 10 most sensitive products in a double checking surveillance system on the following textile product categories: 4 (T-shirts), category 5 (pullovers), category 6 (trousers), category 7 (blouses), category 20 (bed-linen),category 26 (dresses), category 31 (bras), and category 115 (flax/ramie yarn). To import these products into the EU, the Chinese will need to issue an export license and the EU importing Member State will need to issue an import license. More information can be found here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2007:304:0025:0028:EN:PDF

http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_781_en.htm

http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2005/com2005_0043en01.pdf

Textiles originating from China

From June 2005 to December 2007, the EU implemented quota restrictions on ten product categories from China: pullovers, men’s trousers, blouses, t-shirts, dresses, bras, flax yarn, cotton fabrics, bed linens and table and kitchen linen. From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, the EU will continue to monitor imports from China on 8 of the 10 most sensitive products in a double checking surveillance system on the following textile product categories: 4 (T-shirts), category 5 (pullovers), category 6 (trousers), category 7 (blouses), category 20 (bed-linen),category 26 (dresses), category 31 (bras), and category 115 (flax/ramie yarn). To import these products into the EU, the Chinese will need to issue an export license and the EU importing Member State will need to issue an import license. More information can be found here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2007:304:0025:0028:EN:PDF