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Request for Public Comments on Commercial Availability of Certain Shirting Fabrics

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Start Preamble July 13, 2004.

AGENCY:

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION:

Request for public comments concerning the commercial availability of certain shirting fabrics in the United States or another of the proposed United States-Central American Free Trade Agreement countries.

SUMMARY:

On May 28, 2004, the Governments of the United States and five Central American countries signed the United States-Central American Free Trade Agreement (US-CAFTA). In a letter to the Government of Honduras in the context of the Agreement, the United States agreed to conduct an investigation to determine whether certain shirting fabrics are available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any of the parties to the US-CAFTA. The United States agreed to make the results of the investigation available to Honduras before the entry into force of the US-CAFTA.

CITA hereby solicits public comments with regard to whether the 53 fabrics listed in the annex to this notice can be supplied by the industry in a US-CAFTA country in commercial quantities in a timely manner. A listing of the fabrics is also available online at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov. Comments must be submitted by August 16, 2004 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20230.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Stetson, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

BACKGROUND:

On May 28, 2004, the Governments of the United States and five Central American countries signed the US-Start Printed Page 42691CAFTA. In a letter to the Government of Honduras in the context of the Agreement, the United States agreed to conduct an investigation to determine whether certain shirting fabrics are available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any of the parties to the US-CAFTA, namely: the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The United States agreed to make the results of the investigation available to Honduras before the entry into force of the Agreement. The list of 53 subject fabrics is attached in an annex to this notice. A listing of the fabrics is also available online at http://otexa.

CITA is soliciting public comments with respect to whether these fabrics can be supplied by industry in a US-CAFTA country in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than August 16, 2004. Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20230.

CITA is particularly interested in detailed information regarding the ability to manufacture and supply the specific fabrics contained on the subject list, including the location of the manufacturing facility, the types of equipment available to manufacture the subject fabric, the quantity that can be supplied, the amount of the subject fabric that has been supplied in past years, the time necessary to fulfill an order for the subject fabric, and a square foot sample of the subject fabric that the manufacturer claims it can supply.

CITA will protect any business confidential information that is marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law.

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D. Michael Hutchinson,

Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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ANNEX

ContentHTSUS#how dyed / coloredOverall ConstructionFabric ConstructionYarn CountWeave/DyeAvg Yn#GR/CM2Threads CM/2
WarpWeftWarpWeft
100% cotton5208.23piece dye white133X72 CM40/1XCM40/1133724040twill piece dye68119.1381
100% cotton5208.33piece dye color133X72 CM40/1XCM40/1133724040twill piece dye68119.1381
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color120X100 CM50/1XCM50/11201005050twill yarn dye85102.2887
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color120X90 CM40/1XCM40/1120904040twill yarn dye68122.0383
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color130X80 CM50/1XCM50/1130805050twill yarn dye8597.6383
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color130X90 CM50/1XCM50/1130905050twill yarn dye85102.2887
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color144X100 CM50/1XCM40/11441005040twill yarn dye77125.0696
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color144X76 CM50/1XCM50/1144765050twill yarn dye85102.2887
100% cotton5208.43yarns of different color150X100 CM50/1XCM40/11501005040twill yarn dye77127.8598
60% cotton/40% polyester5210.22piece dye white130X90 45/1X45/1130904545twill piece dye76113.6487
60% cotton/40% polyester5210.32piece dye color130X90 45/1X45/1130904545twill piece dye76113.6487
60% cotton/40% polyester5210.42yarns of different color120X80 45/1X45/1120804545twill yarn dye76103.3179
60% cotton/40% polyester5210.42yarns of different color120X90 45/1X45/1120904545twill yarn dye76108.4783
60% cotton/40% polyester5210.42yarns of different color130X90 45/1X45/1130904545twill yarn dye76113.6487
100% polyester5512.11piece dye white120X80 P40/1XP40/1120804040plain weave piece dye68116.2279
100% polyester5512.19piece dye color120X80 P40/1XP40/1120804040plain weave piece dye68116.2279
70% polyester / 30% cotton5513.13piece dye white120X70 45/1 + P150DX45/11207045+150D45dobby piece dye10670.8475
65% polyester / 35% cotton5513.11piece dye white133X75 45/1X45/1133754545plain weave piece dye76107.4482
65% polyester / 35% cotton5513.11piece dye white135X72 45/1X45/1135724545plain weave piece dye76106.9281
65% polyester / 35% cotton5513.21piece dye color133X75 45/1X45/1133754545plain weave piece dye76107.4482
65% polyester / 35% cotton5513.21piece dye color135X72 45/1X45/1135724545plain weave piece dye76106.9281
70% polyester / 30% cotton5513.23piece dye color120X70 45/1 + P150DX45/11207045+150D45dobby piece dye10670.8475
64% cotton / 36% polyester5210.49yarns of different color130X80 45/1XP100D1308045100Ddobby yarn dye81102.1483
55%rayon/45% polyester5516.21piece dye white120X70 P75DXR32/11207075D32plain weave piece dye8390.2175
55%rayon/45% polyester5516.22piece dye color120X70 P75DXR32/11207075D32plain weave piece dye8390.2175
100% cotton5208.23piece dye white130X70 CM32/1XCM32/1130703232twill piece dye54145.2879
100% cotton5208.23piece dye white144X100 CM50/1XCM40/11441005040twill piece dye77125.0696
100% cotton5208.23piece dye white150X100 CM50/1XCM40/11501005040twill piece dye77127.8598
100% cotton5208.23piece dye white160X100 CM50/1XCM40/11601005040twill piece dye77132.49102
100% cotton5208.33piece dye color130X70 CM32/1XCM32/1130703232twill piece dye54145.2879
100% cotton5208.33piece dye color144X100 CM50/1XCM40/11441005040twill piece dye77125.0696
100% cotton5208.33piece dye color150X100 CM50/1XCM40/11501005040twill piece dye77127.8598
100% cotton5208.33piece dye color160X100 CM50/1XCM40/11601005040twill piece dye77132.49102
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.51piece dye white107X84 P75D/48FXP75D/48F1078475D75Dplain weave piece dye12062.6575
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.51piece dye white115X80 165DX165D11580165D165Dplain weave piece dye55140.7277
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.51piece dye white228X100 P75DXP210D22810075D210Ddobby piece dye78166.62129
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.52piece dye color107X84 P75D/48FXP75D/48F1078475D75Dplain weave piece dye12062.6575
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.52piece dye color115X80 165DX165D11580165D165Dplain weave piece dye55140.7277
100% polyester(Of text. Poly filaments)5407.52piece dye color228X100 P75DXP210D22810075D210Ddobby piece dye78166.62129
50% polyester/50%modal rayon5516.22piece dye color187X81 P50DXR30/11878150D30plain weave piece dye102103.65106
80%rayon / 20% polyester5516.22.0040piece dye color130X85 R30/1XP75D130853075Dtwill piece dye66128.6185
55% modal rayon/45% polyester5516.21piece dye white187X81 P50DXMR30/11878150D30plain weave piece dye102103.65106
70% rayon / 30% polyester5516.21piece dye white133X64 R30/1XP150D1336430150Doxford piece dye53145.0478
38%polyester/34%cotton/28%rayon5516.22piece dye color120X70 RC32/1X40/1P + P200D120703240+200Ddobby piece dye67111.6175
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53% rayon/47% polyester5516.22piece dye color100X68 R30 + P150DXR30 + P150D1006830+150D30+150Dplain weave piece dye11159.6866
55% modal rayon/45% polyester5516.22piece dye color187X81 P50DXMR30/11878150D30plain weave piece dye102103.65106
70% rayon/30% polyester5516.22piece dye color133X64 R30/1XP150D1336430150Doxford piece dye53145.0478
65% rayon/35% polyester5516.93yarn dyed90X70 30/1X30/190703030plain weave yarn dye51123.9763
55%rayon/45% cotton5408.31piece dye white120X96 R120DXCM80/212096120D80/2twill piece dye143118.77170
55%rayon/45% cotton5408.32piece dye color120X96 R120DXCM80/212096120D80/2twill piece dye143118.77170
55%rayon/45% cotton5408.33yarns of different color120X96 R120DXCM80/212096120D80/2twill yarn dye143118.77170
64% rayon / 36% cotton5516.43yarns of different color120X80 RC32/1XRC32/1120803232twill yarn dye54145.2879
64% rayon/36% cotton5516.43yarns of different color90X70 RC30/1XRC30/190703030plain weave yarn dye51123.9763
KEY notations
CMcombed and mercerized
MRmodel rayon
RCrayon cotton
Ppolyester
Ddenier
F# of filaments
# /1single yarn
# /2plyed yarn
P75Dpolyester 75 denier
R120Drayon 120 denier
JASPE2 colored yarns plyed
T/Cpolyester cotton intimate blend
P100D/48Fpolyester 100 denier, 48 filaments
L40Dlycra monofilament 40 denier
R30/1rayon 30 single
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