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Congressman Aderholt Fights Illegal Textile Imports: Successfully Includes Funding for Programs Capturing Illegal Sock Imports

June 8, 2007
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) today announced that he successfully included $4.75 million in the Fiscal Year 2008 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to continue textile transshipment enforcement.

“U.S. textile manufacturers, and especially sock manufacturers, have had a tough time over the last several years fighting against foreign manufacturers that utilize unnatural and unfair business practices. When you add illegal textile imports to the equation, their job becomes even more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for the U.S. government to undertake proactive efforts to keep these illegal products from reaching store shelves,” said Congressman Aderholt.

Many different schemes are used to evade duty or quotas on textiles being brought into the country. Some importers circumvent quotas by transshipment, the practice of changing the country of origin of their goods. Still others use false documents or labels or provide incorrect descriptions of the merchandise. Over the last several years, Congressman Aderholt has worked to include funding for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop illegal textile transshipments totaling $19 million over the last two years.

Congressman Aderholt continued, “Sock manufacturers, particularly those in Fort Payne, are among the best in the world. They can compete with anyone provided that the playing field is level. Unfortunately, that’s not the case at this point. Stopping these illegal transshipments is one definitive way that we can make a difference and support our local industry.”

Customs has announced that in 2006 they seized more than $100 million in wearing apparel and textile goods that were misrepresented, smuggled or illegally transshipped in an effort to circumvent U.S. textile trade laws and regulations. Of that amount, $3 million worth of socks were confiscated.

Congressman Aderholt concluded, “Alabama’s textile manufacturers provide good jobs. I’ll continue to do everything in my power to help protect those jobs because they’re too important to do otherwise.”