February 2021 Textile and Apparel Import Report
03/30/2021 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments regarding potential trade actions in connection with the Section 301 investigation of Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) for Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Potential actions include additional import tariffs of up to 25 percent on various products, which include selected textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods. USTR also announced the termination of the Section 301 DST investigations for Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, and Indonesia. See
USTR’s DST webpage for further information and links to relevant Federal Register Notices.
03/09/2021 – As of January 1, 2021, Turkey replaced its additional customs duties (in place since April 2020) with new additional customs duties on 4,815 products, including most textile and apparel products.
Decision 3351 in the Official Gazette dated December 31, 2020 lists the affected products according to their HS (GTIP in Turkish) and the corresponding additional duty rate.
03/09/2021 – The
European Union (EU) and the United States agree on the mutual suspension for four months of the tariffs related to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Aircraft disputes . See the
EU list of $4 billion of U.S. products subject to retaliatory tariffs, including a 25-percent levy on travel goods and cotton. See
85 FR 50866 for EU products subject to U.S. tariffs.
03/09/2021 – The
U.S. Trade Representative has determined to suspend indefinitely the tariff action in the Section 301 investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) . Additional tariffs on certain products of France announced in July 2020 and scheduled to go into effect on January 6, 2021, included an additional 25-percent duty on certain handbags, as well as other products.
03/09/2021 – The U.S. Trade Representative announces the extension of certain product exclusions on medical-care and/or COVID response products from additional Section 301 duties.
The extensions announced in this notice will extend the product exclusions through September 30, 2021. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation.
03/05/2021 – The
United States and the UK released a joint statement announcing a four-month suspension of tariffs related to the ongoing large civilian aircraft dispute. See
85 FR 50866 (Annex 2, Section 2, Part 15) for the list of textile products of the UK for which the additional 25-percent import duty will be suspended for four months, from March 4, 2021. The UK had previously announced its independent approach to the trade conflict in which the EU implemented a 25-percent levy on
a $4 billion list of U.S. products, including travel goods and cotton.
02/16/2021 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a number of
frequently asked questions on the Withhold Release Order (WRO) for cotton, tomatoes and downstream products produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Additional information on all WROs currently in force can be found by visiting the CBP.gov website.
Issuance of Temporary Waiver of CITA’s Procedures Requiring Receipt of Original Signed Submissions in Commercial Availability Proceedings.
Interested entities planning to file a commercial availability request should contact Laurie Mease (Laurie.Mease@trade.gov) for instructions before submitting any documents (either public or confidential versions) to CITA.
01/06/2021 – As of January 1, 2021, most textile, apparel, and leather products imported into Turkey will be subject to risk assessment through Turkey's Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS). See the
Communique on the Inspection of Some Textile, Clothing and Leather Product (2021/18) published in Turkish.