Plans to release millions of items of Chinese-made clothing, piling up in European warehouses and ports, will be put to EU member states on Monday. The move was announced by the European Union’s Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. He hopes all the garments, currently held at customs, will be unblocked by the middle of next month. They are stuck because a trade pact between the EU and Beijing restricts the number of Chinese textile exports allowed into the 25-nation bloc. This year’s quota limits have already been reached. Talks to try to resolve the situation have continued into a fourth day in Beijing.