|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 213 (Monday, November 6, 2017)]|
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-24089]
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 certain pants, skirts, and jackets made from certain woven
SUMMARY: The Government of the United States received a request from
the Government of Morocco on October 10, 2017, on behalf of MODALINE
HOLDING to initiate consultations 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
certain pants, skirts, and jackets to address availability of supply of
certain woven fabrics 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 the United States reaches
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. CITA
hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with
regard to whether certain woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S.
domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.
DATES: Comments must be submitted by January 5, 2018 to the Chairman,
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003,
United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria D'Andrea-Yothers, Office of
Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-1550.
Authority: 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
Background: 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).
The Government of the United States received a request from the
Government of Morocco on October 10, 2017, on behalf of MODALINE
HOLDING, requesting that the United States consider whether the USMFTA
rule of origin for pants classified in HTSUS 6204.61.8010; skirts
classified in HTSUS 6204.51.0010; and jackets classified in HTSUS
6204.31.2010 should be modified to allow the use of 83-94% wool/4%-15%
nylon/1%-7% spandex woven fabric classified in subheading 5112.19 and
5112.20 of the HTSUS that is not originating under the USMFTA.
CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request,
particularly with respect to whether the fabrics 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 January 5, 2018.
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
30003, 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 the comments will be posted on
OTEXA's Web site for Commercial Availability proceedings under the
Morocco FTA: http://otexa.trade.gov/Morocco_CA.htm.
Acting Chair, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2017-24089 Filed 11-3-17; 8:45 am]
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