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EU team heads home after textile tal

2019-01-30 09:49:41

contentBEIJING (AFX) - An EU delegation left for Brussels after winding up four days of talks on Chinese textiles stranded at European ports.

A spokesman for the EU in Beijing said that the European Commission's textile experts were returning home though Beijing-based officials will continue talking with their Chinese counterparts.

"Discussions are still ongoing. Our local team is talking with the Chinese side," he said.

But that appears to signal a halt to the main portion of the discussions and that no deal is imminent.

A spokesperson for China's Commerce Ministry confirmed that the talks had concluded but also declined to comment further.

The talks, which began on Thursday last week and lasted until Sunday, came as China-made clothing and fabrics remained stuck at European ports, after being deemed in excess of quotas the two trading partners agreed upon in June.

Some 75 mln items of clothing have been stranded at ports around Europe.

The quotas were introduced across 10 categories of Chinese textile goodss, limiting growth to eight to 12.5 pct a year, to avert a major trade row after European imports of the goods surged in the first quarter of this year.

But most of those quotas are now full, trapping some shipments at European customs points and disrupting supplies for local retailers.

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