|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 78, Number 59 (Wednesday, March 27, 2013)]|
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-07055]
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial
Availability Provision of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion
Agreement (``US-Colombia TPA'')
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
ACTION: Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to
Annex 3-B of the US-Colombia TPA.
DATES: Effective Date: March 27, 2013.
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
(``CITA'') has determined that certain cotton corduroy fabric, as
specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely
manner in the territory of either the United Sates or Colombia. The
product will be added to the list in Annex 3-B of the US-Colombia TPA
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/PeruTPAReqTrack.nsf/ColombiaPetitionsApproved under ``Approved
Requests,'' Reference number: 3.2013.02.22.Fabric.AM&SforBellaBliss
Authority: The US-Colombia TPA; Section 203(o)(4) of the United
States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (``US-
Colombia TPA Implementation Act''), Public Law 112-42 (October 21,
2011); the Statement of Administrative Action, accompanying the US-
Colombia TPA Implementation Act; and Presidential Proclamation No.
8818, 77 FR 29519 (May 18, 2012).
The US-Colombia TPA provides a list in Annex 3-B for fabrics,
yarns, and fibers that the Parties to the US-Colombia TPA have
determined are not available in commercial quantities in a timely
manner in the territory of any Party. The US-Colombia TPA and the US-
Colombia TPA Implementation Act provides that this list may be modified
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-B of the US-Colombia TPA;
see also section 203(o)(4) of the US-Colombia TPA Implementation Act.
The US-Colombia TPA 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 Proclamation 8818, the President delegated to
CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of the US-Colombia TPA
Implementation Act for modifying the Annex 3-B list. Pursuant to this
authority, on November 6, 2012, CITA published interim procedures it
would follow in considering requests to modify the Annex 3-B list of
products determined to be not commercially available in the territory
of either the United States or Colombia (Interim Procedures for
Considering Requests Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the
United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, 77 FR 66588)
On February 22, 2013, the Chairman of CITA received a request for a
Commercial Availability determination (``Request'') from AM&S Trade
Services, LLC on behalf of Bella Bliss, LLC for certain cotton corduroy
fabric, as specified below. On February 26, 2013, in accordance with
CITA's procedures, CITA notified interested parties of the Request,
which was posted on the dedicated Web site for US-Colombia TPA
Commercial Availability proceedings. In its notification, CITA advised
that any Response with an Offer to Supply (``Response'') must be
submitted by March 8, 2013, and any Rebuttal Comments to a Response
must be submitted by March 14, 2013, 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) of the US-Colombia TPA
Implementation Act, and section 8(c)(2) of CITA's procedures, as no
interested entity submitted a Response objecting to the Request and
providing an offer to supply the subject product, CITA has determined
to add the specified fabric to the list in Annex 3-B of the US-Colombia
The subject product has been added to the list in Annex 3-B of the
US-Colombia TPA in unrestricted quantities. A revised list has been
posted on the dedicated Web site for US-Colombia TPA Commercial
Specifications: Certain Cotton Corduroy Fabric
HTS Subheading: 5801.22.1000, 5801.22.9000
Wales: 6-10 wales per centimeter (19-23 wales per inch)
Fiber content: greater than 95% cotton by weight
Weight: 133-147 grams per square meter
Warp, ends per centimeter: 28-33
Filling, picks per centimeter: 66-73
Warp yarn: English--38-42; Metric 65-70
Filling yarn: English--38-42; Metric 65-70
Width: 134-153 centimeters; 53-60 inches
Finish: Cut, Desized
Note: The yarn size designations describe a range of yarn
specifications for yarn in its greige condition before dyeing and
finishing of the yarn (if applicable) and before knitting, dyeing
and finishing of the fabric. They are intended as specifications to
be followed by the mill in sourcing yarn used to produce the fabric.
However, because dyeing, finishing, and knitting can alter the
characteristic of the yarn as it appears in the finished fabric, the
specification therefore includes yarns appearing in the finished
fabric as finer or coarser than the designated yarn sizes provided
that the variation occurs after processing of the greige yarn and
production of the fabric. In addition, while the fabric is intended
to be piece-dyed, the specifications include both piece- and yarn-
dyed to accommodate any Customs' findings that the finished fabric
appears to be yarn-dyed as a result of dye absorption.
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2013-07055 Filed 3-26-13; 8:45 am]
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