In Search of a Standard: “Serious Damage” in the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing

Jennings, John M. | January 1, 1996

The U.S. textile and apparel industries employed approximately two and a half million people in 1950.1 Since then, the industries have lost close to one million jobs, of which 857,000 have been lost since 1970.2 Competition from imported goods has contributed significantly to the decline.’ Now the U.S. textile and apparel industries face the specter of accelerated job loss due to the “Agreement on Textiles and Clothing” (ATC)4 – a product of the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations5 – which calls for the phasing out of import quota limitations in the textile and apparel industries.