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Notification of Annual Quantitative Limit for Certain Apparel under Haiti HOPE (Value-Added Quota) for 2018/2019 Annual Period.For the period December 20, 2018 through December 19, 2019, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 372,889,066 square meters equivalent (SME).
12/07/2018 – Expiration of the Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (DR 2-for-1): The Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (DR 2-for-1) was established as an amendment to the CAFTA-DR, under the Andean Trade Preference Extension Act of 2008 and became effective on December 1, 2008, for a 10-year period. The 10-year period expired on December 1, 2018. Entries of qualifying apparel under the DR 2-for-1 program may only qualify for duty-free treatment under the CAFTA-DR prior to the date of expiration. Entries on or after December 1, 2018, may no longer use allowances to qualify for duty free treatment under the DR 2-for-1 program. If you have any questions regarding the DR 2-for-1 program, please contact Maria Goodman at (202) 482-3651 or Maria.Goodman@trade.gov.
October 2018 Textile and Apparel Import Report
11/20/2018 – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations on a trade agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) after the UK exits the European Union. USTR is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK trade agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, to develop U.S. negotiating positions. Written comments, as well as notification of intent to testify and summary of testimony for the public hearing are due January 15, 2019. The public hearing will be held on January 29, 2019.
Federal Register notice, 11/16/2018
11/20/2018 – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations on a trade agreement with the European Union (EU). USTR is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-EU trade agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, to develop U.S. negotiating positions. Written comments, as well as notification of intent to testify and summary of testimony for the public hearing are due December 10, 2018. The public hearing will be held on December 14, 2018.
Federal Register notice, 11/15/2018
11/20/2018 – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) provided notice of its investigation - U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Currently Dutiable Imports - and scheduling of a public hearing. For information on filing a request to appear at the public hearing on December 6, as well as dates for which pre-hearing briefs and statements should be filed, see the
Federal Register notice dated 11/9/2018.
10/17/2018 – On October 10, 2018, the European Union (EU) published
Regulation (EU) 2018/1513 ,announcing restrictions on certain carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) substances in certain apparel, footwear and other textile consumer products. The regulation will become effective for products placed on the EU market after November 1, 2020.
09/28/2018 – China increases tariffs on most textile and apparel products exported from the United States by 5 to 25 percentage points. The tariff increases are countermeasures to actions taken by the United States in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. For details on the tariff increases and the affected products,
see this summary.
09/26/2018 – The United States applies an additional tariff on certain products from China in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. An additional tariff of 10 percent is effective as of September 24, 2018. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariff will increase to 25 percent. For further details and a list of products subject to the additional tariff, see the
Office of the United States Trade Representative press release.
09/13/2018 – The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted investigation No. 332-569, U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom, to provide a report that catalogs trade-related barriers that small and medium-sized enterprises perceive as disproportionately affecting their exports to the United Kingdom, compared to larger U.S. exporters. A public hearing is scheduled for February 26, 2019 and written submissions are due by March 15, 2019. For more details, see
FR Doc. 2018-19279 dated 9/6/2018.