Textile talks between China and EU started

China and the European Union began their talks on textile products blocked at Customs of EU countries Thursday afternoon.

Currently, millions of dollars-worth of clothing items shipped from China to Europe in excess of their quotas have been blocked at customs of some European countries, according to Xinhua.

China and EU reached an agreement this June, setting new quotas on ten categories of textile products from China. But the quotas have been filled rapidly as many EU importers and retailers had ordered large quantity of goods from China several months before the new quotas were set. The EU is under fierce pressure from fashion importers and European retailers to review quotas.

"They are basically trying to discuss strategies on dealing with the situation of blocked goods in Europe," an EU delegation spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

No time limits on the talks had been set and discussions could carry over into tomorrow, if necessary, he said.

Pravda.ru said earlier, that China met with the US on the same topic. The talks are in progress.

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