|Citation: Federal Register Volume 83, Number 244 (Thursday, December 20, 2018)]|
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-27494
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, 2018 through December 19, 2019,
the quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under the
value-added provision is 372,889,066 square meters equivalent.
DATES: Applicable Date: December 20, 2018.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie Mease, International Trade
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of
Commerce, (202) 482-2043.
Authority: Section 213A of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery
Act (19 U.S.C. 2703a) (``CBERA''), as amended; 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, 2018 through
December 19, 2019, is 60 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, 2018, 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, 2018 is
the 12-month period ending on October 31, 2018.
Therefore, for the one-year period beginning on December 20, 2018
and extending through December 19, 2019, the quantity of imports
eligible for preferential treatment under the value-added provision is
372,889,066 square meters equivalent. Apparel articles entered in
excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable
Terry K. Labat,
Senior Advisor, performing the Non-Exclusive Duties of the Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials.
[FR Doc. 2018-27494 Filed 12-19-18; 8:45 am]
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