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The European Commission manages at Community level the issue of import authorisations for textile products which are subject to quantitative restrictions (quotas) or to surveillance measures applicable for textile products (as contained in EU Regulation 2015/936 1 and Council Regulation (EC) No. 3060/95 2) with the help of an integrated electronic network known as "SIGL" ("Système Intégré de Gestion de Licenses"). SIGL is a computer system linking the European Commission with the departments issuing import authorisations in the Member States.

The information provided on the website is based on the utilisation of the quantitative restrictions (quotas) and on quantities of products imported under surveillance measures per textile category and is updated twice a day. The extent to which a textiles quota is used is based on the quantity of the goods of a certain category of textile products for which the licensing authorities in the Member States have issued import authorisations and which have been set off against the quantitative limit in question.

The following information will be found on the website:

  • per exporting country, the amounts used of direct import quotas and the amounts of products imported under surveillance measures per quota year;
  • per textile category, the amounts used of direct import quotas and the amounts of products imported under surveillance measures for all relevant exporting countries per quota year;
  • per exporting country, the amounts used of Outward Processing Trade (OPT) quotas per quota year;
  • per textile category, the amounts used of OPT quotas for all relevant exporting countries per quota year.

For every search the following information will be available:

  • Quota level (= quantitative limit set for a specific quota year);
  • Working level (= quota level as adjusted following the use of flexibility provisions provided for under the relevant legal texts); 3
  • Amount licensed (= amount of goods for which the licensing authorities in the Member States have issued import authorisations and which have been set off against the quantitative limit in question);
  • Amount pending (= amount for which there is no available quota unless or until the working level is adjusted by the use of flexibility provisions);
  • MS utilisation of Quota Level (%) (= the extent to which the quota level has been utilised by the Member States);
  • MS utilisation of Working Level (%) (= the extent to which the working level has been utilised by the Member States);
  • SC licensed (= amount for which the licensing authority in the Supplier Country has issued export authorisations);
  • SC utilisation of Working Level (%) (= the extent to which the quota level has been utilised by the Supplier Country).
  1. EU Regulation 2015/936 (OJ L 160, 25.06.2015, p. 1).
  2. OJ L 67, 10.3.1994, p.1 as last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1457/97 (OJ No L 199, 26.7.1997, p. 6)
  3. In addition, the working levels for Outward Processing Trade quotas are sub-divided into the quantities allocated to the so-called "traditional importers" and other importers ("newcomers").