|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 80, Number 234 (Monday, December 7, 2015)]|
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[FR Doc No: 2015-30756
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request
Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement
December 7, 2015.
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% rayon woven fabric.
SUMMARY: On November 16, 2015, the Government of the United States
received a request from American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) to initiate
consultations with the Government of Morocco under Article 4.3.3 of the
USMFTA. AEO is requesting that the United States and Morocco consider
revising the rules of origin for women's and girls' woven garments to
address availability of supply of 100% rayon woven fabric in the
territories of the Parties. The President 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 the
modification. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in
particular with regard to whether 100% rayon woven fabric of Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 5408 can be
supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a
timely manner. Comments must be submitted by January 6, 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.
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,
Background: Under the USMFTA, except as otherwise provided in the
USMFTA, the Parties are required to progressively eliminate customs
duties on originating goods in accordance with their schedules. See
Article 2.3.2. 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. See Article 4.3.3 of the
USMFTA. In the consultations, each Party must consider data presented
by the other Party showing substantial production in its territory of a
particular fiber, yarn, or fabric. Substantial production has been
shown if domestic producers are capable of supplying commercial
quantities of the fiber, yarn, or fabric in a timely manner. See
Article 4.3.4 of the USMFTA.
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 the USMFTA after complying with 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 November 16, 2015, the Government of the United States received
a request from AEO, alleging that 100% rayon woven fabric cannot be
supplied by the domestic or Moroccan industry in commercial quantities
in a timely manner and requesting that the United States consider
whether the USMFTA rule of origin for women's and girls' woven
garments, classified under HTSUS chapter 62, should be modified to
allow the use of non-U.S. and non-Moroccan 100% woven rayon fabric
classified in subheading 5408 of the HTSUS.
CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request,
particularly with respect to whether 100% rayon 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
January 6, 2016. Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of
such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the
Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, U.S. Department of
Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.
CITA will protect any business confidential information that is
marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent
permitted by law. CITA will make available to the public non-
confidential versions of the request and non-confidential versions of
any public comments received with respect to a request in room 3001 in
the Herbert Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20230. Persons submitting comments on a request are
encouraged to include a non-
confidential version and a non-confidential summary.
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2015-30756 Filed 12-4-15; 8:45 am]
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