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
July 2018 Textile and Apparel Import Report
08/31/2018 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative annually publishes the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE report). The Trade Policy Staff Committee invites interested persons to submit written comments by October 30, 2018 to assist in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the 2019 NTE report. For more details, see
83 FR 42966
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.