Keeping Asian Garment Workers Poorer

Just when we thought we’d see a fall in the price of clothes courtesy of allowing more imports from China, we learn this:

Eighteen days before the end of a 30 year-old system restricting international trade in textiles and apparel, the Bush administration is imposing new barriers on imported clothing that is likely to curtail an expected flood of Chinese imports in the first few months of next year. The administration’s measures include an embargo that will be imposed throughout the month of January on some of the clothing shipped to the United States during the final months of 2004.

Then again – this Administration is also making sure we can’t buy more shrimp from Asia at low prices.