Saturday, July 21, 2018

Maine Dye & Textiles Seeks to Build the New England Manufacturing Sector through Crowd Funding Effort

Maine Dye & Textiles is a U.S. textile manufacturing business located in Saco Maine. They began operation in 2012 with yarn dyeing services for textile end producers selling into the natural fiber - artisan and craft markets. In 2016, thye expanded and added a synthetic division (package dyeing) for companies using yarn and thread for commercial production in such areas as rope and cordage. Their focus is on small to mid-scale production; environmental improvements; and the continued development of technical expertise. Currently, they operate one shift daily and a small but well-trained staff for production averaging 18 to 20 tons a month. With the substantial investments made in 2016 in new dye equipment and color technology, they are positioned to expand services, have the market demand to do so and are interested in acquiring outside investors. Expansion will involve moving to 3 shifts within 24 months and a resulting 50% increase in job growth for the area. The Dyehouse is organically certified and approved as a USDA Rural Energy project.

To participate in this investment opportunity supporting U.S. manufacturing, job growth and access to production resources, visit the Project at: https://growthfountain.com/dyehousebuildout

Domestic textile manufacturing supports 229,000 jobs, is globally competitive in niche markets with exports increasing 31% over the last 6 years.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

US Proposes 10% Tariff on Chinese Textiles, Industry Comments Welcomed

The U.S. recently announced proposed additional import tariffs, at the rate of 10%, on thousands of classifications of goods of Chinese origin. The list appears to include all, are nearly all of the classifications for fiber, yarn, fabric, and carpet (Harmonized Tariff Schedule Chapters 50 through 60).

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting public comments on the proposal. Specifically USTR wants to hear from you regarding the specific tariff subheadings to be subject to increased duties whether:

  • they should be removed from the list;
  • they should stay on the list at 10%; or
  • they should stay on the list but at a lower or higher rate.

Comments are due by August 17th and must address specific 8-digit tariff subheadings. Agathon Associates can assist U.S. companies in drafting and filing comments. Due to the complexity of matching the specific tariff subheadings with the products of interest to individual companies submitting comments I strongly urge interested companies to begin the process as soon as possible.

BACKGROUND

On July 17, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 33608) Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.

On June 20, 2018 (83 FR 28710), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) provided notice of an initial action in the Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The initial action was the imposition of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018. The June 20 notice also sought public comment on another proposed action, in the form of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 billion. The public comment process in connection with the proposed additional action is ongoing. On July 6, 2018, China responded to the initial action by imposing increased duties on goods of the United States. In light of China's decision to respond to the investigation by imposing duties on U.S. goods, the Trade Representative proposes a modification of the action taken in this investigation. The proposed modification is to maintain the original $34 billion action and the proposed $16 billion action, and to take further action in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The products subject to this proposed supplemental action are classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in the Annex to this notice. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Made in America Day and Made in America Week, 2018

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

On Made in America Day and during Made in America Week, we celebrate the importance of American manufacturing, construction, agriculture, mining, and entrepreneurship to our Nation's prosperity and economic vitality. Made in America products represent the global gold standard for quality, innovation, and craftsmanship and the output of a highly skilled workforce that is second to none.

American workers and job creators sustain and inspire the American Dream, while enhancing both our economic and national security, which are inextricably linked.

For far too long, the working men and women of our country have been ignored. That era is over.

Last year, I signed into law historic tax cuts and reform, which have unleashed a flow of investment and jobs back into America from overseas. Optimism among American manufacturers has hit all-time highs as American businesses across the country have paid bonuses, increased wages, and boosted contributions to employee retirement plans.

My Administration is also delivering on its promise to cut unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hamper economic growth.

I have consistently pledged to the American people that I will reinvigorate our workforce by instituting fair and reciprocal trade practices so that companies can compete, thrive, and grow. My trade agenda is focused on defending our workers and businesses from unfair trade practices and on removing barriers to our products and services, so that our Nation can compete and so that ``buy American and hire American'' once again becomes the best option in an increasingly international and competitive market. Accordingly, I will continue to negotiate and modernize our trade agreements to bring about free, fair, and reciprocal trade and thereby ensure open, fair, and competitive markets for America's products and services.

Our Nation continues to thrive due to the determination, imagination, skill, creativity, and excellence of our people. American industry reflects these qualities and evokes patriotism, pride, and the hope of a bright and prosperous future. We salute our Nation's workers, job creators, and inventors, and we pledge to continue creating an environment that makes the United States the most attractive place in the world to do business.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 17, 2018, as Made in America Day and this week, July 15 through July 21, 2018, as Made in America Week. I call upon all Americans to pay special tribute to the builders, the ranchers, the crafters, the entrepreneurs, and all those who work with their hands every day to make America great.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

(Presidential Sig.)

Federal Business Opportunities through July 18, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Plastic Film Sheeting
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Title:             Badge Lanyard
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Title:             BPA and 1st Order for SBA-ODA Logo Polo Shirts
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Title:             Amendment 07
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Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Uniforms
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Title:             Army Retention items
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Title:             Branded Clothing
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Title:             Vietnam War Commemoration Lapel Pins
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Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             BPA and 1st Order for SBA-ODA Logo Polo Shirts
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Agency:            Small Business Administration
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Title:             Canopy Cover Replacement
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Title:             Deployment Gear
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Title:             LOGO T-SHIRTS
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STRAP,NAPE
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Title:              Army USAACE Approved touchscreen capable glove
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Red River Tactical IWB holsters for m18
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Title:             CUT RESISTANT GLOVES 
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             B-52 Inflatable Engine Shelter
Sol. #:            FA4528-18-Q-4046
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FSA/CHEF APPAREL 
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0264
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             T-11 Personnel Parachute System
Sol. #:            w911qy18r0033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CUT RESISTANT GLOVES 
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3505
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Lightweight composite Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (ESAPI) Plate Backing
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Lightweight standalone Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (ESAPI)
Sol. #:            W911QY-ESAPI
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Camp Bullis Canopy Cover
Sol. #:            FA3016-18-U-0250
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Purchase of PVS-14 Night Vision Devices
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Shoulder Boards
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800127
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:             Soldier Protection System Torso & Extremity Protection Ballistic Battle Belt - Request for Information
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Navy Canvas Slip-On Shoes
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000153
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             10X10 Canopy Pop-Up Tents
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STATIC DISSIPATIVE FABRIC - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
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Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3167
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Modular Command Post, Systems and Tents, Green and Tan
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FSA/CHEF APPAREL 
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0301
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             GLOVES, DISPOSABLE
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USSOUTHCOM Global Peace Operations Initiative Peru - Campaign Tents
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
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Agency:            General Services Administration
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CASE,HANDCUFFS
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Department of State
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Special Agent Supplies
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safariland holsters / Streamlight  Lights
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Badge Lanyard
Sol. #:            F3YTAE8177A001_Pellegrini
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ZIP FULL SUITS
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Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Sleeping Bags and Cots
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Promotional Items
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Promotional Items
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Navy Canvas Slip-On Shoes
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000153
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Safariland holsters / Streamlight  Lights
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0013B
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Monday, July 16, 2018

ICE seizes 181,000 counterfeit items worth nearly $43 million in Laredo, Texas

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on July 3rd completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo.

In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics. Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark infringed merchandise which was destined for illegal export to Mexico.

Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry.

READ MORE.

Allura Recalls Children’s Sleepwear Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

Description:

This recall involves two styles of children’s sleepwear garments. The first garment is a 100% polyester fleece pajama pant with the brand name “Sweet N Sassy” on the waist label and hang tag. The style number is located on the back of the brand label at the center waist. The second garment is a 95% polyester and 5% spandex onesie with long-sleeves, a hood and front zipper with the brand name “Delia’s Girl” at the neck label and hang tag. The style number is located on the back of the brand label at the neck. The garments were sold in children’s sizes 4-6x and 7-16 in a variety of colors and prints.

Style Number Style Description Image
S65300 or S67300 4/6X or 7/16 Black/Pink thermal onesie w/sherpa hood love print 18188 18188
S65301 or S67301 4/6X or 7/16 Pink/Tan thermal onesie w/sherpa hood animal print 18188 18188
S65302 or S67302 4/6X or 7/16 Gray/Cream thermal onesie w/Sherpa hood dream print 18188 18188
S65303 or S67303 4/6X or 7/16 Pink/Black thermal onesie w/Sherpa hood fairisle print 18188 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with feather print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 mint fleece pant with feather print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 gray/pink fleece pant with animal print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 brown/tan fleece pant with animal print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with penguin print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 coral fleece pant with penguin print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 pink/gray fleece pant with plaid print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 gray/turk fleece pant with plaid print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 white fleece pant with verbiage print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 charcoal fleece pant with verbiage print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with star print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 white fleece pant with star print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 white/black fleece pant with Aztec print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 pink/gray fleece pant with Aztec print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 turk fleece pant with fox print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 navy fleece pant with fox print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with heart print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 gray fleece pant with heart print 18188

 

 
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sleepwear, take it away from children and contact Allura for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries:

None reported

Sold At:

America’s Kids, Boscov’s, Kids For Less and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, CookiesKids.com, CrazyforBargains.com, Sophiasstyle.com and other websites from September 2017 to April 2018 for between $8 and $13.

Importer(s):

Allura Imports, of New York

Distributor(s):

Allura Imports, of New York

U.S. Proposes 10% Additional Tariff on Chinese Fiber, Yarn, and Fabric

On July 6, 2018, in response to unfair Chinese practices, the United States began imposing tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports as legal processes conclude. The products targeted by the tariffs are those that benefit from China’s industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices.

China has since retaliated against the United States by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. exports to China, and threatening tariffs on another $16 billion. The U.S. claims that China did this without any international legal basis or justification. As a result of China’s retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered USTR to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. The U.S. maintains that this is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China’s harmful industrial policies. This latest list includes just about every textile fiber, yarn, fabric, and carpet (but not apparel or home textiles).