European Parliament calls for monitoring of Chinese textile imports
Peter Mandelson, European Commissioner for Trade, has agreed to take action when Chinese textiles suddenly flooded into Europe after the cancellation on January 1, 2008. On December 13, 2007, at a debate on the future of the European textile industry, Mandelson expressed his views. In this debate, EU parliamentarians and officials called on the Executive Committee to study import trends in the first quarter of 2008. Prevent the market from being affected by cheap Chinese imported garments and getting into trouble. The concern of EU parliamentarians and officials is based on the decision of the European Commission in early October 2007 to lift quota restrictions on garment imports from China, and to monitor Chinese garment imports from January 1, 2008. The scope of this monitoring is not to limit the quantity that China can export. It is a joint supervision plan between the European Union and China to track the licenses of Chinese exports and European imports in eight categories, namely T-shirts, sweaters, men’s pants, Women's shirts, bras, dresses, bed sheets, and linen yarn. However, when Europe hopes that China can ensure that this transition can be as smooth as possible, Mandelson said that the European Commission is ready to respond in various ways if the number of Chinese imports of textiles suddenly increases. EU parliamentarians believe that unless it can prevent the recurrence of the flood of Chinese products into the EU market when quotas were cancelled in 2005, the dual monitoring system will not function. In response to the various product categories proposed by member states, the EU also needs a new defense mechanism to perform necessary calculations or evaluations. When there is evidence that EU industries are facing harm, trade measures including defense mechanisms and anti-dumping can slow down the import of textiles and clothing.