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Hopes of US duty-free access fading for Asian countries (update)

25 April 2006 - The road to US duy-free access could be longer than expected for a series of emerging countries. While Pakistan could be refused preferential treatment for its textiles and apparel, chances of duty-free access for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Cambodia are progressively fading. With US mid-term elections looming and a new top trade negotiator in Washington, ongoing negotiations may be further delayed while implementation of already signed deals could also be longer than expected.

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