LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the import of apparel from China was illegal, a ruling that was hailed as a blow to the Chinese government and industry.
The justices unanimously agreed with the lower court ruling that the apparel must be prohibited because it was made in China.
The U.N. trade agency is expected to take the case to the U.A.E. to overturn the ruling.
U.S., Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand had filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the U, S. and Canada had failed to prove that China was not a party to the trade treaty.
China, in turn, said the ruling was based on an outdated ruling made in a Chinese court in 2010.
In a brief filed in June 2016, the U., S. Commerce Department argued that the ruling should not be applied to apparel made in other countries, saying the U S. does not have a “special relationship” with China and could not be sued by Chinese companies.
China is the world’s biggest importer of apparel and shoes.
It also is the second-biggest buyer of U.K. and European Union goods.
China has said it wants to make more use of the US. market, but it also has said its tariffs on goods made in the U will be low and its policies are not designed to harm the U’s textile industry.
A spokeswoman for the U .
State Department said on Thursday that the administration will not take the Chinese case to a tribunal.
China said the Supreme court ruling could not have come about without the assistance of American businesses and individuals.
“The U S will continue to defend our own interests and the rights of our own people,” China Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.