Trade Preference ProgramsImports of certain Haitian manufactured textile and apparel goods are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA). Additional benefits under CBTPA have been created through the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE), the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (HOPE II) and the Haiti Economic Lift Program of 2010 (HELP).
for Haitian Textiles and Apparel
CBTPA and HOPE established unlimited duty-free treatment for various apparel products, with certain restrictions regarding the source of the yarns and fabrics used in the apparel, and duty-free treatment for certain apparel up to certain annual quotas, known as tariff rate quotas (TRQs). HOPE II and HELP expand these existing preference programs by allowing additional textile and apparel articles to qualify for duty-free treatment, as well as increasing some of the TRQs.
The legislation for each program outlines the requirements and restrictions for duty-free treatment, which are enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). OTEXA can provide general advice and guidance on the trade preferences available to importers (see “FAQs”), but CBP is the final arbiter on whether imports of Haitian textiles and apparel qualify for duty-free treatment.
While CBP is responsible for enforcement of the TRQs, OTEXA publishes trade data and fill rates for each TRQ, as well as general import data for imports of textile and apparel products from Haiti.
OTEXA also administers the Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP), which was established in 2008 under HOPE II and modified in 2010 by HELP.
Haiti Trade Preference Programs: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Provisions by HTSUS
Legislative Texts & Other References for CBTPA, HOPE, HOPE II and HELP
Increase of Haiti HOPE knit apparel TPL from 70 million SMEs to 200 million SMEs for the annual period from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015: In accordance with the Haiti HELP legislation, because imports under the knit apparel TPL exceeded 52 million SMEs during the month of July 2015, the applicable quota level for the 2014/2015 annual period is automatically increased to 200 million SMEs. The quota level for the new annual period, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, will be 70 million SMEs until such time as imports reach or exceed 52 million SMEs.
Notification of Annual Quantitative Limit for Certain Apparel under Haiti HOPE (Value-Added Quota) for 2015/2016 Annual Period: For the period December 20, 2015 through December 19, 2016, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 350,962,661 square meter equivalents.
GAO Report for 2012: “Follow-up on the Haiti Earned Import Allowance Program” (GAO-13-219R) In compliance with its mandate under Haiti HOPE II, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the usage and effectiveness of the Haiti Earned Import Allowance during the 2011/2012 period.
U.S. Department of State: Office of the Haiti Special Coordiator
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If you have any questions regarding these preference programs, please contact Maria Goodman or Laurie Mease at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or by e-mail.
Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5078 | Fax: (202) 482-2331