|Citation: 75 FR 75664|
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Determination under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (“CAFTA-DR Agreement”)
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
ACTION: Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement
EFFECTIVE DATE: December 06, 2010
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“CITA”) has determined that certain woven flannel fabric of polyester, rayon, and spandex, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Dybczak, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3651.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON-LINE: http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/CaftaReqTrack.nsf under “Approved Requests,” Reference number: 150.2010.10.27.Fabric.Alston&BirdforRothschild
Authority: The CAFTA-DR Agreement; Section 203(o)(4) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (“CAFTA-DR Implementation Act”), Pub. Law 109-53; the Statement of Administrative Action, accompanying the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act; and Presidential Proclamations 7987 (February 28, 2006) and 7996 (March 31, 2006).
The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides a list in Annex 3.25 for fabrics, yarns, and fibers that the Parties to the CAFTA-DR Agreement have determined are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides that this list may be modified pursuant to Article 3.25(4)-(5), when the President of the United States determines that a fabric, yarn, or fiber is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. See Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement; see also section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act.
The CAFTA-DR Implementation Act requires the President to establish procedures governing the submission of a request and providing opportunity for interested entities to submit comments and supporting evidence before a commercial availability determination is made. In Presidential Proclamations 7987 and 7996, the President delegated to CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of CAFTA-DR Implementation Act for modifying the Annex 3.25 list. Pursuant to this authority, on September 15, 2008, CITA published modified procedures it would follow in considering requests to modify the Annex 3.25 list of products determined to be not commercially available in the territory of any Party to CAFTA-DR (Modifications to Procedures for Considering Requests Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, 73 FR 53200) (“CITA’s procedures”).
On October 27, 2010, the Chairman of CITA received a Request for a Commercial Availability Determination (“Request”) from Alston & Bird for Rothschild for certain woven fabric of polyester, rayon, and spandex. On October 29, 2010, in accordance with CITA’s procedures, CITA notified interested parties of the Request, which was posted on the dedicated website for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In its notification, CITA advised that any Response with an Offer to Supply (“Response”) must be submitted by November 10, 2010, and any Rebuttal Comments to a Response (“Rebuttal”) must be submitted by November 17, 2010, in accordance with Sections 6 and 7 of CITA’s procedures. No interested entity submitted a Response to the Request advising CITA of its objection to the Request and its ability to supply the subject product.
In accordance with section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act, and Section 8(c)(2) of CITA’s procedures, as no interested entity submitted a Response objecting to the Request and demonstrating its ability to supply the subject product, CITA has determined to add the specified fabric to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.
The subject product has been added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities. A revised list has been posted on the dedicated website for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings.
SPECIFICATIONS: Certain Woven Polyester/Rayon/Spandex Fabric
HTS Subheading(s): 5407.52.2060; 5407.53.2060; 5407.61.9935; 5407.61.9955; 5407.69.2060; 5407.69.4060;
5407.72.0060; 5407.73.2060; 5407.92.2010; 5407.92.2050; 5407.93.2010; 5407.93.2050; 5512.19.0005; 5512.19.0045; 5512.99.0005; 5512.99.0040; 5515.11.0005; 5515.11.0040; 5515.12.0040; 5515.19.0005; 5515.19.0040
Fiber Content: 60-90% polyester; 10-40% rayon; 0-3% spandex (yarns of filament and/or staple fiber; textured and/or non-textured)
Yarn Size(s): Various
Thread Count (warp): 43 to 56 ends per cm
Thread Count (weft): 29 to 38 filling pics per cm
Weave Type: Woven twill
Fabric Weight: 356 to 407 grams per sq. m.
Fabric Width: Greater than 30 centimeters
Coloration: Piece dyed or yarn-dyed
Finishing Processes: Napped on both sides
Janet E. Heinzen,
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements