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EGYPT REVIEWS TEXTILE LABEL REQUIREMENT

     
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Reference ID:08CAIRO2097
Created: 2008-09-25 10:55  
Released:  2011-08-30 01:44
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY  
Origin: Embassy Cairo
            

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TAGS: ETRD ECON WTRO EG
SUBJECT: EGYPT REVIEWS TEXTILE LABEL REQUIREMENT
 
REF: MASON-BUZBEE E-MAIL 9/3/2008
 
Sensitive but Unclassified, please handle accordingly.
 
¶1. (SBU) Econoff met with Walid el-Nozahy, head of the
WTO unit at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, on
September 25 to raise the concerns of Nike and other
U.S. garment exporters regarding GOE decrees 515 of
2003 and 770 of 2005 (ref e-mail).  Econoff noted that
U.S. exporters believe that the decrees, which require
exporters to sew the name of the Egyptian importer
into the garments, increase costs, delay their
shipments, and may constitute a violation of section
2.2 of the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement by
creating an unnecessary obstacle to trade.
 
¶2.  (SBU) El-Nozahy said the requirement is targeted
at China, not the US, and is intended to protect
against fraud. "We are suffering from China," he said.
Econoff responded that Nike had proposed a "sticker
solution," in which the exporter would attach all the
required information in a sticker, rather than sewing
it into the garment. El-Nozahy said he would consult
with local industry stakeholders and respond in
writing after local holidays in early October;
meanwhile he noted the USG has the right to challenge
the decrees in the WTO if we believe them to be a
violation of Egypt's WTO commitments.
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