U.S. confirms suspending trade benefits for Bangladesh

No plans to restrict clothing imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is suspending long-time trade benefits for Bangladesh until the country makes progress on poor workers' safety conditions that have cost more 1,200 lives in the garment sector in the past year, the White House said on June 27.

No plan to restrict Bangladesh clothing imports

The U.S., however, has no plans to restrict clothing imports from Bangladesh to put additional pressure on the country, a top U.S. trade official said.

U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman told reporters he hoped that suspending U.S. trade benefits on a number of non-textile goods would be enough to encourage the Bangladeshi government to make needed reforms.

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