Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased the Committee has accepted this petition. The sock industry in Northeast Alabama has seen substantial damage as a result of unprecedented surges of imported socks. A vibrant sock industry is critical to many of our communities in Northeast Alabama, and if we continue to allow foreign socks to overrun the domestic market, it will cause irreparable harm. I believe today’s announcement is an important first step towards remedying this problem.”
Today’s decision by CITA marks the beginning of a 30 day public comment period. Following the public comment period, CITA will have 60 days to decide if it will formally agree with the domestic sock industry’s petition and establish a new quota on sock imports from China.
Ft. Payne, AL, known as the “Sock Capital of the World,” is home to more than 150 sock mills and over 6,000 jobs.