Request for Public Comments on U.S. Proposal to Consult with Mexico and Canada Concerning Short Supply of Rayon Filament Yarn

April 16, 1997.

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

ACTION: Request for public comments concerning consultations on rayon filament yarn.

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


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 purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the U.S. Government intends to request consultations with Mexico and Canada under Section 7 (2) of Annex 300-B of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the purpose of amending the rules of origin for Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheading 5801.35 to allow non-North American imports classified in Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheadings 5403.31 and 5403.32. The consultations will focus on a short supply request under NAFTA for rayon filament yarn in HTS subheadings 5403.31 and 5403.32

There will be a 30-day comment period beginning on INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION and extending through INSERT DATE 30 DAYS FROM PUBLICATION. Anyone wishing to comment or provide data or information regarding domestic production or availability of products included in HTS subheadings 5403.31 and 5403.32 is invited to submit 10 copies of such comments or information to Troy H. Cribb, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC20230; ATTN: Helen L. LeGrande.

Comments or information submitted in response to this notice will be available for public inspection in the Office of Textiles and Apparel, room H3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Further comments may be invited regarding particular comments or information received from the public which the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements considers appropriate for further consideration.

The solicitation of comments is not a waiver in any respect of the exemption contained in 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1) relating to matters which constitute ``a foreign affairs function of the United States.''

A description of the textile and apparel categories in terms of HTS numbers is available in the CORRELATION: Textile and Apparel Categories with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (see Federal Register notice 61 FR 66263, published on December 17, 1996).

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

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