|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 81, Number 40 (Tuesday, March 1, 2016)]|
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[FR Doc No: 2016-04450
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request
Under the U.S-Morocco Free Trade Agreement
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).
ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for
modification of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) rules of
origin for 100% viscose woven fabric.
SUMMARY: On January 27, 2016, the Government of the United States
received a request from the Government of Morocco, on behalf of HTL
FASHION to initiate consultations with the Government of Morocco under
Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA. The Government of Morocco is requesting
that the United States and Morocco (``the Parties'') consider revising
the rules of origin for dresses, skirts, and blouses and tops to
address availability of supply of 100% viscose woven fabric in the
territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may
proclaim a modification to the USMFTA rules of origin for textile and
apparel products after reaching an agreement with the Government of
Morocco on a modification under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA to address
issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the
territories of the Parties.
DATES: CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in
particular with regard to whether 100% viscose woven fabric of
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading
5408.24 can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial
quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by March 31,
2016 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile
Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce,
Washington, DC 20230.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria D'Andrea, Office of Textiles and
Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-1550.
Section 203 (j)(2)(B)(i) of the United States-Morocco Free Trade
Agreement Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 3805 note) (USMFTA
Implementation Act); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as
Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA provides that, on the request of either
Party, the Parties shall consult to consider whether the rules of
origin applicable to a particular textile or apparel good should be
revised to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns,
or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. In the consultations,
pursuant to Article 4.3.4 of the USMFTA, each Party shall consider data
presented by the other Party that demonstrate substantial production in
its territory of a particular fiber, yarn, or fabric. The Parties shall
consider that there is substantial production if a Party demonstrates
that its domestic producers are capable of supplying commercial
quantities of the fiber, yarn, or fabric in a timely manner. The USMFTA
Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to
proclaim as part of the HTSUS, modifications to the USMFTA rules of
origin set out in Annex 4-A of the USMFTA as are necessary to implement
an agreement with Morocco under article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA, subject to
the consultation and layover requirements of Section 104 of the USMFTA
Implementation Act. See Section 203(j)(2)(B)(i) of the USMFTA
Implementation Act. Executive Order 11651 established CITA to supervise
the implementation of textile trade agreements and authorizes the
Chairman of CITA to take actions or recommend that appropriate
officials or agencies of the United States take actions necessary to
implement textile trade agreements. 37 FR 4699 (March 4, 1972).
On January 27, 2016, the Government of the United States received a
request from the Government of Morocco dated January 14, 2016, on
behalf of HTL FASHION, requesting that the United States consider
whether the USMFTA rule of origin for dresses, skirts, blouses and tops
classified in HTSUS chapter 62, should be modified to allow the use of
100% viscose woven fabric classified in subheading 5408.24 of the HTSUS
that is not originating under the USMFTA.
CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request,
particularly with respect to whether 100% viscose woven fabric
described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in
commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no
later than March 31, 2016.
Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or
information electronically to OTEXA_MoroccoFTA@trade.gov, and/or in
hard copy to: Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile
Agreements, Room 30001, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.
If comments include business confidential information, commenters
must submit a business confidential version in hard copy to the
Chairman of CITA, and also provide a public version, either in hard
copy or electronically. CITA will protect any information that is
marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent
permitted by law. All public versions of comments will be posted on
OTEXA's Web site for Commercial Availability proceedings under the
Morocco FTA: http://otexa.trade.gov/Morocco_CA.htm.
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2016-04450 Filed 2-29-16; 8:45 am]
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