The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.
Effective Date: July 2, 2013.
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“CITA”) has determined that certain warp stretch woven nylon/rayon/spandex 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 ONLINE:
http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/CaftaReqTrack.nsf under “Approved Requests,” Reference number: 179.2013.05.23.Fabric.GDLSKforPCATextiles.
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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 not be commercially available in the territory of any Party to CAFTA-DR (Modifications to Procedures for Considering Requests Under the Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, 73 FR 53200) (“CITA's procedures”).Start Printed Page 39714
On May 23, 2013, the Chairman of CITA received a request for a Commercial Availability determination (“Request”) from Grunfeld, Desidario, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, LLP, on behalf of PCA Textiles, for certain warp stretch woven nylon/rayon/spandex fabric, as specified below. On May 28, 2013, 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 June 7, 2013, and any Rebuttal Comments to a Response must be submitted by June 13, 2013, 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 to object to the Request with an offer 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 Warp Stretch Woven Nylon/Rayon/Spandex Fabric
HTS: 5516.22.0040 or 5516.23.0040.
Fiber Content: Rayon (67-80%), Nylon (15-35%), Spandex (2-6%).
Warp: Nylon filament combined with spandex filament.
Filling: Rayon staple.
Yarn Denier: Nylon and Spandex of various deniers.
Width: 56-60” (142-153 cm).
Weight: 220-315 grams per square meter.
Thread Count (Density): 76-110 ends per inch (Warp) X 70-90 picks per inch (Filling); (30-44 ends per cm (Warp) X 27-36 picks per cm (Filling)).
Weave Type: Twill Weave.
Finishing Processes: Airjet Dyed.
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Chairman Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2013-15716 Filed 7-1-13; 8:45 am]
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