September 2018 Textile and Apparel Import Report
10/17/2018 – On October 10, 2018, the European Union (EU) published
Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 ,announcing restrictions on certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in certain apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products. The regulation will become effective for products placed on the EU market after November 1, 2020.
Limitations on Duty and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
The new AGOA caps are for the one-year period from October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019.
09/28/2018 – China increases tariffs on most textile and apparel products exported from the United States by 5 to 25 percentage points. The tariff increases are countermeasures to actions taken by the United States in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. For details on the tariff increases and the affected products,
see this summary.
09/26/2018 – The United States applies an additional tariff on certain products from China in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. An additional tariff of 10 percent is effective as of September 24, 2018. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariff will increase to 25 percent. For further details and a list of products subject to the additional tariff, see the
Office of the United States Trade Representative press release.
09/13/2018 – The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted investigation No. 332-569, U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom, to provide a report that catalogs trade-related barriers that small and medium-sized enterprises perceive as disproportionately affecting their exports to the United Kingdom, compared to larger U.S. exporters. A public hearing is scheduled for February 26, 2019 and written submissions are due by March 15, 2019. For more details, see
FR Doc. 2018-19279 dated 9/6/2018.
09/11/2018 – Bureau of Industry and Security Industrial Base Assessments on Textiles and Apparel, and on Footwear. The Textile and Apparel Assessment can be found
here. The Footwear Assessment can be found
08/16/2018 – Scheduled Expiration of the Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (DR 2-for-1): The Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (DR 2-for-1) was established as an amendment to the CAFTA-DR, under the Andean Trade Preference Extension Act of 2008 and became effective on December 1, 2008, for a 10-year period. The 10-year period is set to expire on December 1, 2018. Entries of qualifying apparel under the DR 2-for-1 program may only qualify for duty-free treatment under the CAFTA-DR prior to the date of expiration. Entries on or after December 1, 2018, may no longer use allowances to qualify for duty free treatment under the DR 2-for-1 program. If you have any questions regarding the DR 2-for-1 program, please contact Maria Goodman at (202) 482-3651 or Maria.Goodman@trade.gov.