Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).
Publishing Revisions to the Fourth 12-Month Cap on Duty- and Quota-Free Benefits.
August 12, 2004.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Anna Flaaten, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400.End Further Info Start Printed Page 49879 End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA 2000) provides for duty- and quota-free treatment for certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. Section 112(b)(3) of TDA 2000 provides duty- and quota-free treatment for apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary countries from yarn originating in the U.S. or one or more beneficiary countries. This preferential treatment is also available for apparel articles assembled in one or more lesser-developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make such articles. TDA 2000 imposed a quantitative limitation on imports eligible for preferential treatment under these two provisions.
The Trade Act of 2002 amended TDA 2000 to extend preferential treatment to apparel assembled in a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country from components knit-to-shape in a beneficiary country from U.S. or beneficiary country yarns and to apparel formed on seamless knitting machines in a beneficiary country from U.S. or beneficiary country yarns, subject to the quantitative limitation. The Trade Act of 2002 also increased the quantitative limitation but provided that this increase would not apply to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries. The Trade Act of 2002 provided that the quantitative limitation for the year beginning October 1, 2003 would be an amount not to exceed 4.7931 percent of the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period for which data are available. Of this overall amount, apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries is limited to an amount not to exceed 2.3571 percent of apparel imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period. For the purpose of the calculation of the 12-month period that began on October 1, 2003 , the most recent 12-month period for which data were available was the 12-month period ending July 31, 2003.
Section 7(b)(2)(B)(ii)(I) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 extended the expiration of the quantitative limitations. It also amended the percentage to be used in calculating the cap for the twelve-month period that began on October 1, 2003 and extends through September 30, 2004. The new percentage is 4.747. The sub-cap applicable for apparel articles under the special rule for lesser-developed countries remains unchanged for this twelve-month period.
Presidential Proclamation 7350 directed CITA to publish the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period in the Federal Register. Presidential Proclamation 7626, published on November 18, 2002, modified the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period. On September 16, 2003, CITA published the cap for the 12-month period from October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
For the twelve-month period that began on October 1, 2003 and extends through September 30, 2004, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is revised to 947,368,444 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 470,411,241 square meters equivalent is available to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries. These quantities will be recalculated for each subsequent year. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.
These quantities are calculated using the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC.Start Signature
D. Michael Hutchinson,
Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc.04-18468 Filed 8-11-04; 8:45 am]
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