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)

January 5, 2009.

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:January 9, 2009.
SUMMARY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has determined that certain piece-dyed or yarn-dyed raschel knit open work crepe fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:Maria Dybczak, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482 3651.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON-LINE: http://web.ita.doc.gov/tacgi/CaftaReqTrack.nsf.Reference number: 101.2008.12.01.Fabric.SoriniSamet forHansoll.
SUPPLEMENTARYINFORMATION:
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).
BACKGROUND:

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. The CAFTA-DR Agreement provides that this list may be modified pursuant to Article 3.25(4)-(5), when the President of the United States determines that a fabric, yarn, or fiber is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the territory of any Party. See Annex 3.25, Note; see also section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Act.

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 a commercial availability determination is made. In Presidential Proclamations 7987 and 7996, the President delegated to CITA the authority under section 203(o)(4) of CAFTA-DR Act for modifying the Annex 3.25 list. On September 15, 2008, CITA published modified procedures it would follow in considering requests to modify the Annex 3.25 list (73 FR 53200) ("Procedures").

On December 1, 2008, the Chairman of CITA received a Request for a commercial availability determination ("Request") under the CAFTA-DR from Sorini Samet & Associates, LLC, on behalf of Hansoll Textile, Ltd., for certain piece-dyed or yarn-dyed raschel knit open work crepe fabric. On December 2, 2008, in accordance with CITA's Procedures, CITA notified interested parties of the Request and posted the Request on the dedicated website for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings. In its notification, CITA advised that any Response with an Offer to Supply ("Response") must be submitted by December 15, 2008, and any Rebuttal be submitted by December 19, 2008. No interested entity submitted a Response advising CITA of its objection to the Request and its ability to supply the subject product.

In accordance with section 203(o)(4)(C) of the CAFTA-DR Act, and CITA's Procedures, as no interested entity submitted a Response objecting to the Request and demonstrating its ability to supply the subject product, CITA has determined to add the specified fabric to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement.

The subject product has been added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities. A revised list has been posted on the dedicated website for CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability proceedings.
Specifications: Piece-Dyed or Yarn-Dyed Raschel Knit Open Work Crepe Fabric
Fabric type: Raschel knit, open work crepe fabric with a 'blistered' surface with interstices covering approximately 15% of the surface area of the fabric.
HTSUS: 6005.22.00, 6205.23.00
Fiber content: 66% cotton, 31% nylon, wrapped around 3% spandex
Yarn Size (metric):
Cotton: 28/2 to 32/2
Nylon: 213 to 236 denier / 10 filament
Spandex: 40 to 45 denier
Machine gauge: 18
Number of bars: 18
Weight: 170 to 185 grams per square meter
Width: not less than 137.2 to 147.4 centimeters, cuttable
Color: various
Finishing: piece dyed or yarn dyed

Janet E. Heinzen,
Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.






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