COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS

Adjustment of Import Limits for Certain Cotton and Man-Made Fiber Textile Products Produced or Manufactured in the People's Republic of China

November 18, 2008.

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

ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection adjusting limits.

EFFECTIVE DATE:November 25, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:Ross Arnold, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4212. For information on the quota status of this limit, refer to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection website (http://www.cbp.gov), or call (202) 863-6560. For information on embargoes and quota re-openings, refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel website at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov.

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.

Pursuant to Paragraph 4 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China concerning Trade in Texile and Apparel Products, signed and dated on November 8, 2005, the current limits for certain categories are being increased by the recrediting of the unused carryforward that was previously applied to the 2007 limits and deducted from the 2008 limits.

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 (refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel website at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov). Also see 72 FR 67719 published on November 30, 2007, and 71 FR 65090, published on November 7, 2006.

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




Committee for the Implementation of Textile AgreementsNovember 18, 2008.

Commissioner,

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC 20229.

Dear Commissioner: This directive amends, but does not cancel, the directive issued to you on November 27, 2007, by the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. That directive concerns imports of certain cotton, wool, man-made fiber, silk blend and other vegetable fiber textiles and textile products, produced or manufactured in China and exported during the twelve-month period which began on January 1, 2008 and extends through December 31, 2008.

Effective on November 25, 2008, you are directed to increase the current limits for the following categories, as provided for under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China concerning Trade in Texile and Apparel Products, signed and dated on November 8, 2005:
CategoryAdjusted twelve-month limit 1
345/645/64610,673,870 dozen.
352/65224,515,187 dozen.
1 The limit has not been adjusted to account for any imports exported after December 31, 2007.

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

Sincerely,


Janet E. Heinzen,

Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

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