COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS

Extension of Temporary Amendment to the Requirements for Participating in the Special Access Progam for Caribbean Basin Countries

December 11, 1997.

AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).


ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner of Customs extending amendment of requirements for participation in the Special Access Program for a temporary period.

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 23, 1997.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lori E. Mennitt, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:


Authority:
Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1854); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended.


A notice and letter to the Commissioner of Customs published in the Federal Register on July 2, 1997 (62 FR 35788) announced the temporary amendment to the foreign origin exception for findings and trimmings under the Special Access Program. By date of export, the foreign origin exception for findings and trimmings, including elastic strips of less than one inch in width, under the Special Access Program was temporarily amended to include non-U.S. formed, U.S. cut interlinings for the period June 23, 1997 through December 22, 1997 for women's and girls' suit jackets and suit-type jackets in Categories 435, 444, 635 and 644. This amendment is being extended for a one-year period beginning on December 23, 1997 and extending through December 22, 1998 for women's and girls' suit jackets and suit-type jackets entered under the Special Access Program (9802.00.8015) provided they are cut in the United States and are of a type described below:

(1) A chest type plate, ``hymo'' piece or ``sleeve header'' of woven or welf-inserted warp knit construction of coarse animal hair or man-made filaments used in the manufacture of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jacksts;

(2) A woven fabric which contains and exhibits properties of resiliency which render the fabric especially suitable for attachment by fusing with a thermo-plastic adhesive to the coatfront, side body or back of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jackets.

Note that the amendment is not being extended for weftinserted warp knit fabric which contains and exhibits properties of elasticity and resilience which render the fabric especially suitable for attachement by fusing with a thermo-plastic adhensive to the coat-front, side body or back of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jackets. These interlinings must be formed and cut in the United States.


Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.


Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
December 11, 1997.


Commissioner of Customs,
Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC 20229.


Dear Commissioner: This directive amends but does not cancel the directive issued to you on June 26, 1997, by the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. That directive concerns the foreign origin exception for findings and trimmings under the Special Access Program.

Effective on December 23, 1997, by date of export, you are directed to extend, for the one-year period December 23, 1997 through December 22, 1998, the amendment to treat non-U.S. formed, U.S.-cut interlinings, further described below, for women's and girls' wool and man-made fiber suit jackets and suittype jackets in Categories 435, 444, 635 and 644 as qualifying for the exception for findings and trimmings, including elastic strips less than one inch in width, created under the Special Access Program established effective September 1, 1986 (see 51 FR 21208). In the aggregate, such interlinings, findings and trimmings must not exceed 25 percent of the cost of the components of the assembled article.


The amendment implemented by this directive shall be of a temporary nature. With respect to women's and girls' suit jackets and suit-type jackets in Categories 435, 444, 635 and 644, the amendment will terminate on December 22, 1998, by date of export of the assembled article.

As described above, non-U.S. formed, U.S.-cut interlinings may be used in imports of women's or girls' suit jackets and suit-type jackets entered under the Special Access Program (9802.00.8015) provided they are cut in the United States and of a type described below:
(1) A chest plate, ``hymo'' piece or ``sleeve header'' of woven or weft-inserted warp knit construction of coarse animal hair or man-made filaments used in the manufacture of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jackets;

(2) A woven fabric which contains and exhibits properties of resiliency which render the fabric especially suitable for attachment by fusing with a thermo-plastic adhesive to the coatfront, side body or back of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jackets.


This amendment is not being extended for weft-inserted warp knit fabric which contains and exhibits properties of elasticity and resilience which render the fabric especially suitable for attachment by fusing with a thermo-plastic adhesive to the coatfront, side body or back of women's or girls' tailored suit jackets and suit-type jackets. These interlinings must be formed and cut in the United States.


The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that this action falls within the foreign affairs exception of the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1).

Sincerely,

Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
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