|Citation: [Federal Register: March 25, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 58)]|
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.
Dates: Effective Date: Date of Publication.
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
(``CITA'') has determined that certain faux suede bonded with faux fur
pile fabric, 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
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:
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''), Public 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)
On February 25, 2011, the Chairman of CITA received a request for a
Commercial Availability determination (``Request'') from the Levy
Group, Inc. for certain faux suede bonded to faux fur pile fabric. On
February 27, 2011, in accordance with CITA's procedures, CITA notified
interested parties of the Request, which was posted on the dedicated
Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In its
notification, CITA advised that any Response with an Offer to Supply
(``Response'') must be submitted by March 11, 2011, and any Rebuttal
Comments to a Response (``Rebuttal'') must be submitted by March 17,
2011, 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
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 Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability
Specifications: Certain Faux Suede Bonded With Faux Fur Pile Fabric
Fabric Type: Faux suede bonded to faux fur pile.
Faux Suede Face: 100% polyester.
Faux Fur Pile Back: 40-60% polyester; 40-60% acrylic.
Faux Suede Face:
Metric: 45 metric/96 filaments.
English: 200d/96 filaments.
Faux Fur Pile Back:
Metric: Acrylic--3000 metric; Polyester--3000 metric.
English: Acrylic--3d; Polyester--3d.
Weight: 630-660 grams per sq. meter.
Metric: 142-147 cm.
English: 56-58 inches, 57 cuttable.
Weave: Both sides knit.
Coloration: Both sides piece dyed.
Finishing: Bonded (with sponge lamination), washed, polished, and
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2011-7142 Filed 3-24-11; 8:45 am]
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