Jun 2, 2011. Vietnam’s access to the U.S. market for garments should face restrictions as part of a proposed trans-Pacific trade agreement, 52 American lawmakers said in a Jun 1, 2011 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Vietnamese garment exports to the U.S. rose 15 percent last year to $5.76 billion, according to figures from the U.S. International Trade Commission. Vietnam is the world’s No. 2 seller of clothing to the U.S. behind China.
Negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership so far involve Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. A “mismanaged” accord may cost jobs in the U.S. textile and apparel industry, according to the letter, posted on the Web site of the Boston, Massachusetts- based National Textile Association.