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Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (“CAFTA-DR Agreement”)

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AGENCY:

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

ACTION:

Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.

DATES:

Effective Date: November 1, 2011.

SUMMARY:

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“CITA”) has determined that certain cotton/nylon/spandex raschel knit open work crepe fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Maria Dybczak, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3651.

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For Further Information On-Line:

http://web.ita.doc.gov/​tacgi/​CaftaReqTrack.nsf under “Approved Requests,” Reference number: 157.2011.09.26.Fabric.ST&RforHansae.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority

The CAFTA-DR Agreement; Section 203(o)(4) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (“CAFTA-DR Implementation Act”), Public Law 109-53; the Statement of Administrative Action, accompanying the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act; and Presidential Proclamations 7987 (February 28, 2006) and 7996 (March 31, 2006).

Background

The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides a list in Annex 3.25 for fabrics, yarns, and fibers that the Parties to the CAFTA-DR Agreement have determined are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides that this list may be modified pursuant to Article 3.25(4)-(5), when the President of the United States determines that a fabric, yarn, or fiber is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. See Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement; see also section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act.

The CAFTA-DR Implementation Act requires the President to establish procedures governing the submission of a request and providing opportunity for interested entities to submit comments and supporting evidence before a commercial availability determination is made. In Presidential Proclamations 7987 and 7996, the President delegated to CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of CAFTA-DR Implementation Act for modifying the Annex 3.25 list. Pursuant to this authority, on September 15, 2008, CITA published modified procedures it would follow in considering requests to modify the Annex 3.25 list of products determined to be not commercially available in the territory of any Party to CAFTA-DR (Modifications to Procedures for Start Printed Page 67425Considering Requests Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, 73 FR 53200) (“CITA's procedures”).

On September 26, 2011, the Chairman of CITA received a request for a Commercial Availability determination (“Request”) from Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., on behalf of Hansae Co. Ltd., for certain cotton/nylon/spandex raschel knit open work crepe fabric, as specified below. On September 28, 2011, in accordance with CITA's procedures, CITA notified interested parties of the Request, which was posted on the dedicated Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In its notification, CITA advised that any Response with an Offer To Supply (“Response”) must be submitted by October 11, 2011, and any Rebuttal Comments to a Response (“Rebuttal”) must be submitted by October 17, 2011, in accordance with Sections 6 and 7 of CITA's procedures. No interested entity submitted a Response to the Request advising CITA of its objection to the Request and its ability to supply the subject product.

In accordance with section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act, and Section 8(c)(2) of CITA's procedures, as no interested entity submitted a Response objecting to the Request and demonstrating its ability to supply the subject product, CITA has determined to add the specified fabric to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.

The subject product has been added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities. A revised list has been posted on the dedicated Web site for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings.

Specifications: Certain Cotton/Nylon/Spandex Raschel Knit Open Work Crepe Fabric

HTS: 6005.32.00, 6005.34.00

Fabric Type: Raschel knit, open work crepe fabric.

Fiber Content:

18-20% Cotton, 76-80% Nylon, 2-4% spandex

Yarn Size:

Cotton:

English: 57 to 62/2

Metric: 96 to 107/2

Nylon:

English: 48 to 52 denier/48 filament

Metric: 173 to 187.5/48 filament

Gimped yarn with Spandex core:

Spandex—

English: 199.5 to 220.5 denier

Metric: 40.85 to 45.15

Nylon—

English: 66 to 74 denier/24 filament/2

Metric: 121.6 to 136.3/24 filament/2

Machine gauge: 18 GG

Number of bars: 42

Weight: 110-140 grams per sq. meter

Width: 127 to 152 centimeters

Finishing Process: Piece dyed or printed

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Kim Glas,

Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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[FR Doc. 2011-28320 Filed 10-31-11; 8:45 am]

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