International Textiles and Clothing Bureau (ITCB)

Bureau international des textiles et de l'habillement (BITH)
Oficina Internacional de los Textiles y las Prendas de Vestir (OITP)

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1984, by a group of developing countries in response to problems arising from administration of the Arrangement Regarding International Trade in Textiles (Multifibre agreement) (1974-1994) governing international trade in textiles under the auspices of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Also referred to in French as Bureau international des textiles et de l'habillement.


Achieve the elimination of discriminatory restrictions directed against members' exports of textiles and clothing in world markets, and the full application of rules and principles enunciated in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of the WTO to world trade in textiles and clothing products.

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Monitors the evolution of trade and of developments in trade policy from the point of view of its impact on trade interests of members; assists them in their effective participation in relevant international fora, such as the WTO, and in their bilateral trade relations with major importing countries. In this context, focuses on issues related to WTO's non-agricultural market access negotiations, preferential agreements and rules of origin, among others. Organizes: session of the Council of Representatives (at least annually), often held in a member country; meetings of the Private Sector Consultative Committee; regular meetings in Geneva (Switzerland).


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Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 24 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Clothing
  • Industry
    • Textiles, Cordage
  • Peace
    • Discrimination

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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8. Sep 2009
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