Fashion Intel & Analysis
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee is requesting public comments for its annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The request includes a note that comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor for the preparation of the Department of Labor’s report on child labor. Comments are due by noon, Monday, October 19, 2009.
CITA has announced a tariff rate quota of 1.136 billion square meter equivalents for duty-free benefits for apparel made in beneficiary Andean countries from fabrics formed in participating countries from yarns formed in participating countries (including the
This provision has been extended several times, most recently in 2008, when it was extended until the end of this year. The TRQ represents five percent of aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel entered into the
USA-ITA last week filed comments opposing a proposed revocation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of a ruling that a cotton pullover made in
Certain cotton/polyester three thread circular knit fleece fabrics have been deemed to unavailable in commercial quantities in the CAFTA-DR countries, and as of today these fabrics from non-CAFTA DR countries can be used to make apparel that qualifies for trade benefits under the agreement.
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements formally added these fabrics today to the DR-CAFTA short supply list. Two of the fabrics are classified under HTSUS subheading 6001.21; two grades of fabric are included, one with a 67-73% cotton content and the rest polyester, and another with a 77-83% cotton content. The request was made on behalf of Intradeco Apparel Inc. The third fabric, a cotton/nylon/spandex raschel knit open work crepe fabric, is classified under HTSUS subheadings 6005.22.00 and 6005.24.00. This request was from Hansae Co. LTD.