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Adjustment of an Import Limit for Certain Cotton and Man-Made Fiber Textiles Produced or Manufactured in the People's Republic of China

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Start Preamble July 27, 2004.

AGENCY:

Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION:

Issuing a directive to the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection adjusting a limit.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 2, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ross Arnold, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4212. For information on the quota status of this limit, 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 Web site at http://www.cbp.gov. For information on embargoes and quota re-openings, refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel Web site at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Authority: Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1854); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended.

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The current limit for Group III is being increased as a special adjustment to allow for shipment of leno mesh fabric (in Category 220).

Also, visa and ELVIS requirements for Category 220 are being changed. Effective for goods exported on and after August 2, 2004, leno mesh fabric in Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) number 5803.90.3000 will require a “220-L” visa and ELVIS transmission, and the rest of Category 220 will continue to require a “220” visa and ELVIS transmission.

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 69 FR 4926, published on January 28, 2004). Also see 68 FR 65445, published on November 20, 2003.

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James C. Leonard III,

Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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July 27, 2004.

Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements

Commissioner,

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC 20229.

Dear Commissioner: This directive amends, but does not cancel, the directive issued to you on November 14, 2003, by the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. That directive concerns imports of certain cotton, wool, man-made fiber, silk blend and other vegetable fiber textiles and textile products, produced or manufactured in China and exported during the twelve-month period which began on January 1, 2004 and extends through December 31, 2004.

Effective on August 2, 2004, you are directed to increase the limit for Group III, to the level indicated below:

CategoryTwelve-month limit 1
Group III: 201, 220, 224-V 2, 224-O 3, 225, 227, 369-O 4, 400, 414, 469pt. 5, 603, 604-O 6, 618-620 and 624-629, as a group.76,107,974 square meters equivalent.
1 The limit has not been adjusted to account for any imports exported after December 31, 2003.
2 Category 224-V: only HTS numbers 5801.21.0000, 5801.23.0000, 5801.24.0000, 5801.25.0010, 5801.25.0020, 5801.26.0010, 5801.26.0020, 5801.31.0000, 5801.33.0000, 5801.34.0000, 5801.35.0010, 5801.35.0020, 5801.36.0010 and 5801.36.0020.
3 Category 224-O: all HTS numbers except 5801.21.0000, 5801.23.0000, 5801.24.0000, 5801.25.0010, 5801.25.0020, 5801.26.0010, 5801.26.0020, 5801.31.0000, 5801.33.0000, 5801.34.0000, 5801.35.0010, 5801.35.0020, 5801.36.0010 and 5801.36.0020 (Category 224-V).
4 Category 369-O: all HTS numbers except 6307.10.2005 (Category 369-S); 4202.12.4000, 4202.12.8020, 4202.12.8060, 4202.22.4020, 4202.22.4500, 4202.22.8030, 4202.32.4000, 4202.32.9530, 4202.92.0805, 4202.92.1500, 4202.92.3016, 4202.92.6091, 5601.10.1000, 5601.21.0090, 5701.90.1020, 5701.90.2020, 5702.10.9020, 5702.39.2010, 5702.49.1020, 5702.49.1080, 5702.59.1000, 5702.99.1010, 5702.99.1090, 5705.00.2020, 5805.00.3000, 5807.10.0510, 5807.90.0510, 6301.30.0010, 6301.30.0020, 6302.51.1000, 6302.51.2000, 6302.51.3000, 6302.51.4000, 6302.60.0010, 6302.60.0030, 6302.91.0005, 6302.91.0025, 6302.91.0045, 6302.91.0050, 6302.91.0060, 6303.11.0000, 6303.91.0010, 6303.91.0020, 6304.91.0020, 6304.92.0000, 6305.20.0000, 6306.11.0000, 6307.10.0020, 6307.10.1090, 6307.90.3010, 6307.90.4010, 6307.90.5010, 6307.90.8910, 6307.90.8945, 6307.90.9882, 6406.10.7700, 9404.90.1000, 9404.90.8040 and 9404.90.9505 (Category 369pt.).
5 Category 469pt.: all HTS numbers except 5601.29.0020, 5603.94.1010, 6304.19.3040, 6304.91.0050, 6304.99.1500, 6304.99.6010, 6308.00.0010 and 6406.10.9020.
6 Category 604-O: all HTS numbers except 5509.32.0000 (Category 604-A).

In addition, effective on August 2, 2004, for goods exported on and after this date, leno mesh fabric in HTSUS number 5803.90.3000 produced or manufactured in China, will require a category “220-L” visa and ELVIS transmission, and the rest of Category 220 will continue to require a “220” visa and ELVIS transmission.

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that this action falls within the foreign affairs exception to the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1).

  Sincerely,

James C. Leonard III,

Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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[FR Doc. 04-17365 Filed 7-29-04; 8:45 am]

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