Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).
Issuing a directive to the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection establishing limits.
January 1, 2004.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Roy Unger, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4212. For information on the quota status of these limits, refer to the Quota Status Reports posted on the bulletin boards of each Customs port, call (202) 927-5850, or refer to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection website at http://www.customs.gov. For information on embargoes and quota re-openings, refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel website at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The import restraint limits for textile products, produced or manufactured in Egypt and exported during the period January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004 are based on limits notified to the Textiles Monitoring Body pursuant to the Uruguay Round Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC).
In the letter published below, the Chairman of CITA directs the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to establish the 2004 limits.
These limits are subject to adjustment pursuant to the provisions of the ATC and administrative arrangements notified to the Textiles Monitoring Body. However, as the ATC and all restrictions thereunder will terminate on January 1, 2005, no adjustment for carryforward (borrowing from next year's limits for use in the current year) will be available.
A description of the textile and apparel categories in terms of HTS numbers is available in the Correlation: Textile and Apparel Categories with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (see Federal Register notice 68 FR 1599, published on January 13, 2003). Information regarding the 2004 Correlation will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.Start Signature
James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
October 14, 2003.
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC 20229.
Dear Commissioner: Pursuant to section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1854); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended; and the Uruguay Round Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), you are directed to prohibit, effective on January 1, 2004, entry into the United States for consumption and withdrawal from warehouse for consumption of cotton, wool and man-made fiber textile products in the following categories, produced or manufactured in Egypt and exported during the twelve-month period beginning on January 1, 2004 and extending through December 31, 2004, in excess of the following levels of restraint:
|Category||Twelve-month restraint limit|
|218-220, 224-227, 313-O 1, 314-O 2, 315-O 3, 317-O 4 and 326-O 5, as a group||205,916,302 square meters.|
|Sublevels within Fabric Group|
|218||2,508,000 square meters.|
|219||48,447,510 square meters.|
|220||48,447,510 square meters.|
|224||48,447,510 square meters.|
|225||48,447,510 square meters.|
|226||48,447,510 square meters.|
|227||48,447,510 square meters.|
|313-O||88,963,510 square meters.|
|314-O||48,447,510 square meters.|
|315-O||56,892,347 square meters.|
|317-O||48,447,510 square meters.|
|326-O||2,508,000 square meters.|
|Levels not in a group|
|300/301||19,274,099 kilograms of which not more than 6,045,035 kilograms shall be in Category 301.|
|369-S 6||2,774,069 kilograms.|
|1 Category 313-O: all HTS numbers except 5208.52.3035, 5208.52.4035 and 5209.51.6032.|
|2 Category 314-O: all HTS numbers except 5209.51.6015.|
|3 Category 315-O: all HTS numbers except 5208.52.4055.|
|4 Category 317-O: all HTS numbers except 5208.59.2085.|
|5 Category 326-O: all HTS numbers except 5208.59.2015, 5209.59.0015 and 5211.59.0015.|
|6 Category 369-S: only HTS number 6307.10.2005.|
The limits set forth above are subject to adjustment pursuant to the provisions of the ATC and administrative arrangements notified to the Textiles Monitoring Body.
Products in the above categories exported during 2003 shall be charged to the applicable category limits for that year (see directive dated October 8, 2002) to the extent of any unfilled balances. In the event the limits established for that period have been exhausted by previous entries, such products shall be charged to the limits set forth in this directive.
In carrying out the above directions, the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection should construe entry into the United States for consumption to include Start Printed Page 59917entry for consumption into the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that these actions fall within the foreign affairs exception of the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1).
James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 03-26421 Filed 10-17-03; 8:45 am]
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