The Committee on the Implementation of Textile Agreements is looking at textile trade policy and textile trade agreements. The GAO found that (1) CITA has widely delegated authority to introduce quotas when it finds that imports are harming or at risk of harming the domestic textile industry; (2) Given that their main task, the implementation of textile agreements, has not changed under the ATC, CITA does not expect a significant increase in its workload, but will continue to participate in negotiations on bilateral quota agreements. (3) In fiscal 1995, CITA received approximately $3.6 million from five agencies and provided 33 Ministry of Commerce staff to support CITA operations. 4. CITA has not published guidelines or procedures outlining its quota decision-making process; (5) CITA strives to coordinate import and domestic production data to establish a causal link between imports and harm to domestic producers on a case-by-case basis, before seeking consultations with exporting countries and seeking comments from interested parties. (6) CITA uses U.S. government statistics in its quota decision-making process, but some data compatibility issues arise due to the diversity of collection methods; (7) the United States was the only country to have imposed quotas under the ATC; (8) The EU and Canada have introduced quotas for macro-financial assistance, but Japan has never introduced quotas; (9) Although the EU and Canada use similar import data, their decision-making processes differ; and (10) The decision-making process on ITC quotas is very different from CITA, as it is based on US legislation that sets specific procedures and deadlines for the introduction of quotas and public consultations. Comments: Congress considered this recommendation, but noted that the recommendation was no longer relevant, since CITA imposed very few quotas for textiles and clothing after the gao report was published. The Textile Agreement Implementation Committee (CITA), an inter-institutional group chaired by the Ministry of Commerce, is responsible for textile trade policy issues and monitoring the implementation of all textile trade agreements.
CITA negotiates and manages the provisions of free trade agreements; Implement supply deficiencies, wool rules and other aspects of trade preference legislation; and, where appropriate, takes safeguards for textiles and clothing within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO). CITA manages textile and clothing quotas for non-WTO countries and guarantees restrictions. CITA coordinates the administration`s efforts to combat illegal handling of textiles and clothing.