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Textiles

The Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and all restrictions thereunder terminated on January 1, 2005. The expiry of the ten-year transition period of ATC implementation means that trade in textile and clothing products is no longer subject to quotas under a special regime outside normal WTO/GATT rules but is now governed by the general rules and disciplines embodied in the multilateral trading system.

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Introduction  back to top

Overview of Textiles in the WTO

Basic explanation of textiles
Links to the textiles section of the WTO guide “Understanding the WTO”.

  

The mandate  back to top

Explanation of the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing

Browse or download the text of the “Agreement on Textiles and Clothing” from the legal texts gateway

Find decisions of WTO bodies concerning the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing in the Analytical Index — Guide to WTO Law and Practice

  


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  CASE STUDIES

 

Laos: The Textile and Garment Industry in the Post-ATC Era
  

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  PUBLICATIONS

 

The Global Textile and Clothing Industry post the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing 
  

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Work and documents on textiles  back to top

Search Documents Online
General documents of the Textiles Monitoring Body use the code G/TMB/* (where * takes additional values)
These links open a new window: allow a moment for the results to appear. 

help with downloading these documents

  • Annual reports of the Textiles Monitoring Body to the Goods Council (Document code varies)    > search
  • Reports on meetings of the Textiles Monitoring Body (Document code G/TMB/R/*)        > search
  • Minutes of the meetings of the Council of trade in Goods on the Major review of the Implementation of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (Document code G/C/M/23 to 30 and 51, 52 and 56)  > search
  • Comprehensive reports of the Textiles Monitoring Body to the Council for Trade in Goods (Document code G/L/* and keyword “Comprehensive report of the Textiles Monitoring Body”)    > search
  • Major review of the Implementation of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing 16 February 1998 (Document code G/L/* and keyword “Major review of the Implementation”)    > search
  • Background statistical information on trade in textiles and clothing (Document code G/L/* and keyword “Background statistical information”)    > search
  • Composition of the TMB (Document code WT/L/* and keyword “Composition of the Textiles Monitoring Body”)    > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body (Document code G/TMB/N/*)  
       > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.11 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.11”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.15 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.15”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.17 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.17”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.18 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.18”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.2 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.2”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.6 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.6”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.7(a) and 2.7(b) (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.7”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 2.8(a) and 2.8(b) (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 2.8”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 3.1 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 3.1”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 3.2(b) (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 3.2”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 6.1 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 6.1”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 6.11 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 6.11”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 6.13 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 6.13”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 6.9 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 6.9”)         > search
  • Members’ notifications to the Textiles Monitoring Body under Article 8.9 (Document code G/TMB/N/* and keyword “Article 8.9”)         > search

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility (opens in new window) by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.

  

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WTO Disputes involving textiles  back to top

Turkey — Restrictions on Imports of Textile and Clothing Products
Dispute settlement panel report
Dispute settlement Appellate Body report

India — Quantitative Restrictions on Imports of Agricultural, Textile and Industrial Products
Dispute settlement panel report
Dispute settlement Appellate Body report

United States — Restrictions on Imports of Cotton and Man-Made Fibre Underwear
Dispute settlement panel report
Dispute settlement Appellate Body report

United States — Measure Affecting Imports of Woven Wool Shirts and Blouses
Dispute settlement panel report
Dispute settlement Appellate Body report

Argentina — certain measures affecting imports of footwear, textiles, apparel and other items, complaint by the United States
Dispute settlement panel report
Dispute settlement Appellate Body report

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