COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS
Determination under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR Agreement)
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
ACTION: Determination to add a product in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 13, 2006
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has determined that certain 100% cotton
flannel fabrics, as specified below, are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR
region. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR in unrestricted quantities.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Stetson, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of
Commerce, (202) 482-2582.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON-LINE
Authority: Section 203(o)(4) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Implementation Act (CAFTA-DR Act); the Statement of Administrative Action (SAA), accompanying the CAFTA-DR Act;
Presidential Proclamations 7987 (February 28, 2006) and 7996 (March 31, 2006).
The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides a list in Annex 3.25 for fabrics, yarns, and fibers that the Parties to the CAFTA-DR
Agreement have determined are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party.
Articles that otherwise meet the rule of origin to qualify for preferential treatment are not disqualified because they
contain one of the products on the Annex 3.25 list.
The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides that the list in Annex 3.25 may be modified pursuant to Article 3.25(4)-(6). The
CAFTA-DR Act states that the President will make a determination on whether additional fabrics, yarns, and fibers are
available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. The CAFTA-DR Act requires the
President to establish procedures governing the submission of a request and providing opportunity for interested entities
to submit comments and supporting evidence before making a determination. In Presidential Proclamations 7987
and 7996, the President delegated to CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of the CAFTA-DR Act for modifying
the Annex 3.25 list. On February 23, 2006, CITA published interim procedures it would follow in considering requests
to modify the Annex 3.25 list. (71 FR 9315)
On May 2, 2006, the Chairman of CITA received a request from Sandler, Travis, & Rosenberg, P.A. on behalf of B*W*A for
certain 100% cotton napped flannel fabrics, of the specifications detailed below. On May 4, 2006, CITA notified
interested parties of, and posted on its website, the accepted petition and requested that interested entities provide, by
May 16, 2006, a response advising of its objection to the request or its ability to supply the subject product, and
rebuttals to responses by May 22, 2006.
No interested entity filed a response advising of its objection to the request or its ability to supply the subject
In accordance with Section 203(o)(4) of the CAFTA-DR Act, and its procedures, as no interested entity submitted a
response objecting to the request or expressing an ability to supply the subject product, CITA has determined to add the
specified fabrics to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.
The subject fabrics are added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.
HTS Subheading: 5208.43.00
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Average Yarn Number: 84 to 86 metric warp and filling (49 to 51 English)
Thread Count: 39 to 66 warp ends per centimeter X 27 to 39 filling picks per centimeter (99 to 168 warp ends per inch
X 68 to 99 filling picks per inch)
Weave Type: 3 or 4 thread twill
Weight: 98 to 150 grams per square meter (2.9 to 4.4 ounces per sq. yard)
Finish: Of yarns of different colors, yarns are dyed with fiber reactive dyes, plaids checks and stripes, napped on both