|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 81, Number 243 (Monday, December 19, 2016)]|
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-30383]
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
International Trade Administration
Limitation of Duty-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in
Haiti Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as
Amended by the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership
Encouragement Act (HOPE)
AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notification of Annual Quantitative Limit on Imports of Certain
Apparel from Haiti.
SUMMARY: CBERA, as amended, provides duty-free treatment for certain
apparel articles imported directly from Haiti. One of the preferences
is known as the ``value-added'' provision, which requires that apparel
meet a minimum threshold percentage of value added in Haiti, the United
States, and/or certain beneficiary countries. The provision is subject
to a quantitative limitation, which is calculated as a percentage of
total apparel imports into the United States for each 12-month annual
period. For the annual period from December 20, 2016 through December
19, 2017, the quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment
under the value-
added provision is 337,117,964 square meters equivalent.
DATES: Effective Date: December 20, 2016.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Goodman, International Trade
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of
Commerce, (202) 482-3651.
Authority: Section 213A of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery
Act (19 U.S.C. 2703a) (``CBERA''), as amended by the Haitian
Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006
(``HOPE'') (Title V of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006), the
Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act
of 2008 (``HOPE II'') (Subtitle D of Title XV of the Food,
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008), the Haiti Economic Lift Program
Act of 2010 (``HELP''), and the Trade Preferences Extension Act of
2015; and as implemented by Presidential Proc. No. 8114, 72 FR 13655
(March 22, 2007), and No. 8596, 75 FR 68153 (November 4, 2010).
Background: Section 213A(b)(1)(B) of CBERA, as amended (19 U.S.C.
2703a(b)(1)(B)), outlines the requirements for certain apparel articles
imported directly from Haiti to qualify for duty-free treatment under a
``value-added'' provision. In order to qualify for duty-free treatment,
apparel articles must be wholly assembled, or knit-to-shape, in Haiti
from any combination of fabrics, fabric components, components knit-to-
shape, and yarns, as long as the sum of the cost or value of materials
produced in Haiti or one or more beneficiary countries, as described in
CBERA, as amended, or any combination thereof, plus the direct costs of
processing operations performed in Haiti or one or more beneficiary
countries, as described in CBERA, as amended, or any combination
thereof, is not less than an applicable percentage of the declared
customs value of such apparel articles. Pursuant to CBERA, as amended,
the applicable percentage for the period December 20, 2016 through
December 19, 2017, is 55 percent.
For every twelve month period following the effective date of
CBERA, as amended, duty-free treatment under the value-added provision
is subject to a quantitative limitation. CBERA, as amended provides
that the quantitative limitation will be recalculated for each
subsequent 12-month period. Section 213A (b)(1)(C) of CBERA, as amended
(19 U.S.C. 2703a(b)(1)(C)), requires that, for the twelve-month period
beginning on December 20, 2016, the quantitative limitation for
qualifying apparel imported from Haiti under the value-added provision
will be an amount equivalent to 1.25 percent of the aggregate square
meter equivalent of all apparel articles imported into the United
States in the most recent 12-month period for which data are available.
The aggregate square meters equivalent of all apparel articles imported
into the United States is derived from the set of Harmonized System
lines listed in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on
Textiles and Clothing (``ATC''), and the conversion factors for units
of measure into square meter equivalents used by the United States in
implementing the ATC. For purposes of this notice, the most recent 12-
month period for which data are available as of December 20, 2016 is
the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2016.
Therefore, for the one-year period beginning on December 20, 2016
and extending through December 19, 2017, the quantity of imports
eligible for preferential treatment under the value-added provision is
337,117,964 square meters equivalent. Apparel articles entered in
excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable
Dated: December 13, 2016.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials.
[FR Doc. 2016-30383 Filed 12-16-16; 8:45 am]