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Ascot seeks consent to use woven fabrics, post-DR-CAFTA

Jul '07
On behalf of Ascot, LLC of Baltimore, MD, we herewith submit this request regarding a finding of no commercial availability pursuant to the provisions of Section 203(o) (4) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) Implementation Act and your Federal Register notice of March 15, 2007 with respect to certain woven fabrics which Ascot wishes to use in the manufacture of apparel in a DR-CAFTA partner country.

By means of this letter, we request that the subject fabrics be added to Annex 3.25 of the Agreement.

The fabric in question is a woven 100% textured filament polyester fabric classifiable under HTS subheadings 5407.52 and 5407.54. Further details are shown in the accompanying Exhibit.

In the addition to the parameters set forth in the Exhibit, which cannot be deviated from, certain performance characteristics must be satisfied.

The primary end use for this fabric is rental formalwear shirts, which must withstand multiple wearings and launderings (up to 40) during the course of their useful life (three to five years). These performance requirements are as follows:

• Vertical and horizontal shrinkage must be less than 1%
• Color retention for all colors after 40 launderings must be rated between 4.5 and on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being no change). These requirements apply equally to dyed fabric in all shades – primarily white, ivory and black solid fabric, to roller printed striped fabric and heat embossed tone on tone fabric.

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