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Denial of Commercial Availability Request under the United States - Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)

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Start Preamble October 29, 2004.

AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Denial of the request alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, for use in apparel articles, cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the CBTPA.

SUMMARY:

On August 24, 2004 the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C., on behalf of Fishman & Tobin, alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), for use in apparel articles, cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. It requested that apparel of such fabrics be eligible for preferential treatment under the CBTPA. Based on currently available information, CITA has determined that these subject fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and therefore denies the request.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Martin J. Walsh, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-2818.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Authority: Section 213(b)(2)(A)(v)(II) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, as added by Section 211(a) of the CBTPA; Section 6 of Executive Order No. 13191 of January 17, 2001.

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Background

The CBTPA provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for qualifying textile and apparel products. Such treatment is generally limited to products manufactured from yarns and fabrics formed in the United States or a beneficiary country. The CBTPA also provides for quota- and duty-free treatment for apparel articles that are both cut (or knit-to-shape) and sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries from fabric or yarn that is not formed in the United States, if it has been determined that such fabric or yarn cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. In Executive Order No. 13191, the President delegated to CITA the authority to determine whether yarns or fabrics cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the CBTPA and directed CITA to establish procedures to ensure appropriate public participation in any such determination. On March 6, 2001, CITA published procedures that it will follow in considering requests. (66 FR 13502).

On August 24, 2004, the Chairman of CITA received a petition from Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C., on behalf of Fishman & Tobin, alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), for use in apparel articles, cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting quota- and duty-free treatment under the CBTPA for apparel articles that are both cut and sewn in one or more CBTPA beneficiary countries from such fabrics.

Specifications:

Fabric 1Fancy polyester/rayon blend suiting fabric
HTS Subheading:5515.11.00.05
Fiber Content:65% polyester/35% rayon
Width:58/59 inches
Construction:Made on the worsted wool system with two-ply combed and ring spun yarns in the warp and fill
Dyeing:Yarns are made from dyed fibers
Fabric 2Fancy polyester/rayon blend suiting fabric
HTS Subheading:5515.11.00.05
Fiber Content:65% polyester/35% rayon
Width:58/59 inches
Construction:Made on the synthetic system with two-ply carded and ring spun yarns in the warp and fill
Dyeing:Yarns are made from dyed fibers

On August 31, 2004, CITA solicited public comments regarding this petition (69 FR 53047), particularly with respect to whether these fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. On September 16, 2004, CITA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative offered to hold consultations with the relevant Congressional committees. We also requested the advice of the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Start Printed Page 64280relevant Industry Trade Advisory Committees.

CITA found that there are several domestic manufacturers with the ability to weave the subject fabrics. There was a general concern expressed about the sourcing of the required rayon staple fibers. However, rayon fiber can be sourced worldwide and be used in qualifying U.S. formed fabric for preferential treatment under the CBTPA.

Based on the information provided, including review of the petition, public comments and advice received, and our knowledge of the industry, CITA has determined that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), for use in apparel articles, can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt's request is denied.

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James C. Leonard III,

Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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[FR Doc. E4-3012 Filed 11-3-04; 8:45 am]

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