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Certain fabrics & nonwoven wipes under USITC scanner from Canada & Mexico

May '07
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input on a newly initiated investigation concerning proposed modifications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin for certain sanitary articles and nonwoven wipes that are goods of Canada and Mexico, and for chenille fabrics that are goods of Canada only.

The investigation, Certain Textile Articles: Probable Effect of Modification of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Sanitary Articles and Nonwoven Wipes) and for Goods of Canada (Chenille Fabrics), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the probable effect of the proposed NAFTA rules of origin modifications for sanitary towels or tampons and nonwoven wipes of viscose rayon staple fibers and chenille fabrics of acrylic fibers on U.S. trade under the NAFTA, total U.S. trade, and on domestic producers of the affected articles.

If adopted, the rules changes would effectively extend duty- free and quota-free treatment to qualifying sanitary articles, nonwoven wipes, and chenille fabrics in the specified NAFTA countries, regardless of the source of the specified fibers.

The ITC expects to submit its advice to the USTR by June 15, 2007.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the ITC is requested to provide information and advice.

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