The Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the United States of America and the People's Republic of China Concerning Trade in Textile and Apparel Products included 34 categories of textiles and apparel from China covered by 21 annual absolute quota limits. The "Bilateral Textile Agreement" was implemented on January 1, 2006 and expired on December 31, 2008.

Quota goods exported from China into the United States had to be accompanied by an export license, which would have been granted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), which resulted in electronic transmission of textile visa information (known as an ELVIS transmission) to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). That ELVIS transmission was on file with CBP, and the applicable quota limit would have to be less than 100 percent filled for entry to be allowed.

On this page you can access the text of the Bilateral Textile Agreement with China and a link to the latest Customs Quota Status Report, as well as all Federal Register Notices and Directives to CBP implementing provisions of the agreement. Also, find information about safeguards that were taken prior to the Memorandum of Understanding of November 8, 2005, the Bilateral Textile Agreement that was negotiated pursuant to the safeguard arrangement; and procedures of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) for the consideration of petitions for safeguards.

Agreement Text and Procedures Quota and Visa Information Agreement Levels and Adjustments
  • 12/19/2008 Entry of Shipments of Cotton, Wool, and Man-Made Fiber Apparel in Excess of 2008 Agreement Limits
  • 12/05/2008 Cancellation of Electronic Visa Information System (ELVIS) Requirements for Textiles and Textile Products Produced or Manufactured in The People's Republic of China and Exported on and after January 1, 2009
  • 11/18/2008 Adjustment of Import Limits for Certain Cotton and Man-Made Fiber Textile Products Produced or Manufactured in the People's Republic of China
  • 06/11/2008 Entry of Shipments of Cotton, Wool, Man-Made Fiber, Silk Blend and Other Vegetable Fiber Textiles and Apparel in Excess of U.S. - China Bilateral Textile Agreement Limits for 2008
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