April 4, 1997
COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Permanent Exemption of "Fashion Samples'' from Visa and Quota Requirements
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).
ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner of Customs exempting ``fashion samples'' from visa and quota requirements.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 11, 1997
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Fennessy, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400.
Authority: Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended; section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1854).
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that, effective on April 11, 1997, textile and apparel articles described as ``fashion samples'' which are produced or manufactured in various countries and entered into the United States for consumption shall no longer be subject to quota and visa requirements.
|A notice published in the Federal Register on February 6, 1996 (61 FR 4418) announces a temporary exemption from visa and quota requirements for textile and apparel articles described as ``fashion samples.''|
The term ``fashion samples'' is limited to wearing apparel and other textile articles purchased at retail and not imported in multiple units, i.e., no more than a single article in a particular style and/or color. These shipments must not be greater than twenty-four (24) pieces and must accompany a returning buyer. Mail and cargo shipments would not be eligible for treatment as ``fashion samples.''