07/19/2021 – The
U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published the final rule for ‘Made in USA’ Labeling (16 CFR Part 323). The rule, effective August 13, 2021, is intended to strengthen enforcement while making it easier for businesses to understand the requirements of ‘Made in USA’ labeling.
May 2021 Textile and Apparel Import Report
06/21/2021 – The
European Union (EU) and the United States agree on the mutual suspension for five years of the tariffs related to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Aircraft disputes . In a separate agreement, the
United Kingdom (UK) and the United States will also suspend the tariffs related to the 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.
06/04/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has determined to take action in the form of additional duties on products of Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in connection with the Section 301 investigation of Digital Services Taxes (DSTs). However, the additional 25-percent import duties on various products, which include certain textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods, will be suspended for a period of up to 180 days. See
USTR’s DST webpage for further information and links to relevant Federal Register Notices, which include the lists of affected products.
05/19/2021 – The
United States and the European Union (EU) announce the start of discussions to address global steel and aluminum excess capacity. “To ensure the most constructive environment for these joint efforts, they agreed to avoid changes on these issues that negatively affect bilateral trade,” indicating the suspension of proposed EU retaliatory tariffs of 25 percent on certain imports from the United States (including apparel, home furnishings, and footwear) effective June 22 would be suspended. Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU were imposed by the United States in 2018 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
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
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.
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.