|Citation: [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 78 (Tuesday, April 25, 2017)]|
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08278
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial
Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United
States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR Agreement'')
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
ACTION: Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to
Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.
DATES: Effective Date: April 25, 2017.
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
(``CITA'') has determined that certain woven modal-polyester print
fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities
in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added
to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Goodman, Office of Textiles and
Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3651.
For Further Information Online: http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/CaftaReqTrack.nsf under ``Approved Requests,'' Reference number:
Authority: The CAFTA-DR Agreement; Section 203(o)(4) of the
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Implementation Act (``CAFTA-DR Implementation Act''), Public Law 109-
53; the Statement of Administrative Action, accompanying the CAFTA-DR
Implementation Act; and Presidential Proclamations 7987 (February 28,
2006) and 7996 (March 31, 2006).
The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides a list in Annex 3.25 for fabrics,
yarns, and fibers that the Parties to the CAFTA-DR Agreement have
determined are not available in commercial quantities in a timely
manner in the territory of any Party. The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides
that this list may be modified pursuant to Article 3.25.4 and 3.25.5,
when the President of the United States determines that a fabric, yarn,
or fiber is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner
in the territory of any Party. See Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR
Agreement; see also section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation
The CAFTA-DR Implementation Act requires the President to establish
procedures governing the submission of a request and providing
opportunity for interested entities to submit comments and supporting
evidence before a commercial availability determination is made. In
Presidential Proclamations 7987 and 7996, the President delegated to
CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of CAFTA-DR Implementation
Act for modifying the Annex 3.25 list. Pursuant to this authority, on
September 15, 2008, CITA published modified procedures it would follow
in considering requests to modify the Annex 3.25 list of products
determined to be not commercially available in the territory of any
Party to CAFTA-DR (Modifications to Procedures for Considering Requests
Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-
Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, 73 FR 53200)
On March 20, 2017, the Chairman of CITA received a request for a
Commercial Availability determination (``Request'') from BWA Inc.
(``BWA'') and Dillard's Inc. for certain woven modal-polyester print
fabric. On March 21, 2017, in accordance with CITA's procedures, CITA
notified interested parties of the Request, which was posted on the
dedicated Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In
its notification, CITA advised that anyResponse with an Offer to Supply
(``Response'') must be submitted by April 3, 2017, and any Rebuttal
Comments to a Response must be submitted by April 7, 2017, in
accordance with sections 6 and 7 of CITA's procedures. No interested
entity submitted a Response to the Request advising CITA of its
objection to the Request and its offer to supply the subject product.
In accordance with section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation
Act, and section 8(c)(2) of CITA's procedures, as no interested entity
submitted a Response objecting to the Request and providing an offer to
supply the subject product, CITA has determined to add the specified
fabric to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.
The subject product has been added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the
CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities. A revised list has been
posted on the dedicated Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability
proceedings, at http://otexa.trade.gov/caftaannex325.htm.
Certain Woven Modal-Polyester Print Fabric
HTSUS: 5516.14; 5516.24.
Fiber Content: 52-95% spun modal rayon; 5-48% filament polyester.
Spun Modal Rayon--32/1 to 88/1 (metric)
Filament Polyester--52 to 122 (metric)
Thread Count: 31 to 60 warp ends per cm (metric); 25 to 40 filling
picks per cm (metric).
Weave type: Plain weave, or twill or dobby or jacquard or oxford or
Weight: 100-300 grams per sq. meter.
Width: 137 to 153 cm (metric).
Finishing processes: Sandwash in combination with or without one or
more of the following: Wicking, UV blocker, peached, stain-resistant,
Teflon finish, insect resistance.
Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile
[FR Doc. 2017-08278 Filed 4-24-17; 8:45 am]
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