CITA considers certain yarn-dyed poplin fabric for NAFTA short supply
On August 5, 2009, the Chairman of CITA received a request from Sorini Samet & Associates LLC, on behalf of Cintas Corporation ("Cintas"), alleging that certain yarn-dyed poplin fabric, as specified below, classified under subheading 5513.31 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting that CITA consider whether the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rule of origin for articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted, classified under HTSUS Chapter 62, should be modified to allow the use of certain non-North American yarn-dyed poplin fabric, as specified below.
The President may proclaim a modification to the NAFTA rules of origin only after reaching an agreement with the other NAFTA countries on the modification. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain yarn-dyed poplin fabric, as specified below, can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by September 14, 2009 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 Dybczak, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3651.
Authority: Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 USC 1854); Section 202(q) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (19 USC 3332(q)); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended.
BACKGROUND: Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), NAFTA countries are required to eliminate customs duties on textile and apparel goods that qualify as originating goods under the NAFTA rules of origin, which are set out in Annex 401 to the NAFTA. The NAFTA provides that the rules of origin for textile and apparel products may be amended through a subsequent agreement by the NAFTA countries. See Section 202(q) of the NAFTA Implementation Act. In consultations regarding such a change, the NAFTA countries are to consider issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the free trade area and whether domestic producers are capable of supplying commercial quantities of the good in a timely manner.
The Statement of Administrative Action (SAA) that accompanied the NAFTA Implementation Act stated that any interested person may submit to CITA a request for a modification to a particular rule of origin based on a change in the availability in North America of a particular fiber, yarn or fabric and that the requesting party would bear the burden of demonstrating that a change is warranted. NAFTA Implementation Act, SAA, H. Doc. 103-159, Vol. 1, at 491 (1993).
CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the certain yarn-dyed poplin fabric, as specified below, can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than September 14, 2009. Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230.