[Federal Register: August 2, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 148)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No.: 070725409-7410-01]

 
Solicitation of Applications for Allocation of Tariff Rate Quotas 
on the Imports of Certain Cotton Shirting Fabric to Persons Who Cut and 
Sew Men's and Boys' Cotton Shirts in the United States

AGENCY: Department of Commerce, International trade Administration.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department hereby solicits applications from persons 
(including firms, corporations, or other legal entities) who cut and 
sew men's and boys' cotton shirts in the United States for an 
allocation of the 2007 tariff rate quotas on certain cotton woven 
fabric. Interested persons must submit ITA Form 4156P to the address 
listed below. After the Department has made its allocations of the 2007 
tariff rate quotas, the Department will publish in the Federal Register 
a notice informing the public of this action.

DATES: To be considered, applications must be received or postmarked by 
5 p.m. EDT on September 4, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Applications must be submitted to the Office of Textiles and 
Apparel, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, 
D.C. 20230 (telephone: (202) 482-4058). Application forms may be 
obtained from that office (via facsimile or mail) or from the following 
Internet address: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/cottontrq.nsf/TRQApp.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Botero, Office of Textiles and 
Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 9, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Tax Relief 
and Health Care Act of 2006 (HR 6406/HR 6111) (``the Act''). Section 
406(b)(1) of the Act requires the Secretary of Commerce to fairly 
allocate tariff rate quotas on the import of certain cotton woven 
fabrics through December 31, 2009. Section 406 (b)(1) authorizes the 
Secretary of Commerce to issue licenses to eligible manufacturers under 
headings 9902.52.08 through 9902.52.19 of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States, specifying the restrictions under each 
such license on the quantity of cotton woven fabrics that may be 
entered each year on behalf of the manufacturer. The Act created an 
annual tariff rate quota providing for temporary reductions through 
December 31, 2009 in the import duties of cotton woven fabrics suitable 
for making cotton shirts (new Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTS) headings 9902.52.08, 9902.52.09, 9902.52.10, 9902.52.11, 
9902.52.12, 9902.52.13, 9902.52.14, 9902.52.15, 9902.52.16, 9902.52.17, 
9902.52.18, and 9902.52.19). The reduction in duty is limited to 85 
percent of the total square meter equivalents of all imported woven 
fabrics of cotton containing 85 percent or more by weight cotton used 
by manufacturers in cutting and sewing men's and boy's cotton shirts in 
the United States and purchased by such manufacturer during calendar 
year 2000.
    The Act requires that the tariff rate quotas be allocated to 
persons (including firms, corporations, or other legal entities) who, 
during calendar year 2000, were manufacturers cutting and sewing men's 
and boy's cotton shirts in the United States from imported woven 
fabrics of cotton containing 85 percent or more by weight cotton of the 
kind described in HTS 9902.52.08 through 9902.5219 purchased by such 
manufacturer during calendar year 2000. On July 24, 2007, the 
Department published regulations establishing procedures for allocating 
the TRQ. 72 FR 40235, 15 CFR 336. In order to receive an allocation, an 
applicant must submit ITA Form 4156P provided at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/cotton.nsf/TRQApp
 to the address listed above by 

5 p.m. on September 4, 2007 in compliance with the requirements of 15 
CFR 336. Any business confidential information that is marked business 
confidential will be kept confidential and protected from disclosure to 
the full extent permitted by law.

    Dated: July 27, 2007.
R. Matthew Priest,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel.
[FR Doc. E7-15035 Filed 8-1-07; 8:45 am]

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