Friday, February 22, 2019

Army and Air Force Cold/Wet Weather Jacket Contract Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $30,493,800 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for extreme cold/wet weather jackets. This is an 18-month base contract with one, one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with seven responses received. Location of performance is Florida and Tennessee, with an Aug. 20, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019, through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1136).

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Federal Business Opportunities through February 20, 2019

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1121
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             KATUSA Athletic Shoes
Sol. #:            W90VN819R0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             T3 Geronimo 2 Plate Carrier (Multi-Cam)
Sol. #:            FA461319Q1002
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Jacket, Air Force Intermediate Weather Outer Layer, Flame Resistant
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0059
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers, Air Force Intermediate Weather Outer Layer, Flame Resistant
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0055
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police Uniforms
Sol. #:            HM157519Q0016
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Master BPA - FCC Coleman Boot Truck for Uniformed and Boots Required Employees
Sol. #:            965205
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SLING,FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1110
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Screen Print Services
Sol. #:            RFQ-19-039
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             Martime Buoyant Plates (MBP)
Sol. #:            N61331-19-KN-0001
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ9
Sol. #:            N0010419QBC75
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Custom Tents for the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
Sol. #:            NFFR7400-19-00862
Agency:            Department of Commerce
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Title:             Snow Camo Parka
Sol. #:            SPE1C119RXXXX
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Pin Container, Temper
Sol. #:            77504143
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Paraclete Omega ICW Plate or Equivalent
Sol. #:            W911N2-19-Q-0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:              Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             16oz Fire Retardant Canvas Tarpaulins 8' x 20'
Sol. #:            FLWCEHCRV0034
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Fabric, Berry Amendment Compliant for AF Trunk Program
Sol. #:            CT2259-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES - WEST
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FIELD PACK
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R00140005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PAIL,PLASTIC COLLAP
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q00320003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Retention
Sol. #:            PolkW6N9AATMC0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Transport Cover Frame, LME
Sol. #:            8340014759504
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Repair Kit, MGPTS
Sol. #:            8340014910486
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner, Helmet (Zetaliner III)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0105
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT SECTION
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CARRIER,TENT FRAME
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0022
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Second Chance Vests 
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-19-R-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Wildland Fire Boots BPA
Sol. #:            W912JV-19-Q-2000
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Boiler Suits
Sol. #:            SPMYM319Q3011
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,MEN'S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1081
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniform Jackets and Bibs various sizes 
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             IFAK
Sol. #:            DPGOPDTS190213a
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Screen Print Services
Sol. #:            RFQ-19-039
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

List 3 China 301 Tariffs to Have Exclusion Process

In the appriations bill signed last week, Congress provided funds for the Office of the United States Trade Representative and in Explanatory Statement directed USTR to establish an exclusion process, similar to the process for goods on List 1 and List 2, no later than March 17, 2019.

Companies seeking to file for exclusions should begin preparing now, as the process requires highly detailed product description. If Agathon Associates assisted you with comments or hearing testimony relating to List 3, contact David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com to set up an appointment to begin the evaluation of any potential exclusion filings.

Here is the relevant language in the Explanatory Statement--

Section 301 Exclusion Process. USTR has finalized tariffs on goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 in three separate rounds, and provided an exclusion process that allows U.S. businesses to obtain relief from the Section 301 tariffs for goods subject to tariffs in rounds 1 and 2. It is concerning that there is no exclusion process for goods subject to tariffs in round 3 of the Section 301 proceedings, as was done in the first two rounds. USTR shall establish an exclusion process for tariffs imposed on goods subject to Section 301 tariffs in round 3. This process should be initiated no later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act, following the same procedures as those in rounds 1 and 2, allowing stakeholders to request that particular products classified within a tariff subheading subject to new round 3 tariffs be excluded from the Section 301 tariffs. USTR shall consult with the Committees on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance regarding the nature and timing of the exclusion process. USTR shall also report to such committees no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act on the status of the exclusion process.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Army Combat Helmet Chinstrap Contract Awarded

Lions Services, Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $11,403,650 modification (P00020) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B008) with two one-year option periods for advanced combat helmet chinstraps and hardware. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are North Carolina and Texas, with a Feb. 16, 2020, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019, through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

"Here Let US Stop" - George Washington, 1796

Monday, February 18, 2019, is a federal holiday in the United States honoring George Washington's birthday. Government offices, banks, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the holiday which is annually celebrated on the third Monday in February. Because the date typical falls between the actual calendar date birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln, it is commonly called "Presidents Day," although the official designation is "Washington's Birthday."

"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop." -- George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796.

Poor George, both revered and kicked around by us. He was born February 11th but when he was 20 Britain and her colonies finally caught up with Catholic Europe by switching to the Gregorian Calendar, moving his birthday to the 22nd of the month. Then, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved the official celebration of his birth to the third Monday in February. In popular parlance we slight our first President by neglecting the legal name of the holiday, WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY and refer to it as a generic "Presidents’ Day."

We likewise neglect Washington's sage warning against entangling foreign alliances. Even in our commercial relations our leaders, not content merely to trade with the rest of the world, have entered into binding agreements restricting our ability to control our own commerce, to encourage domestic manufacturing, or even to protect our citizens from unsafe products. Our legal obligations to the World Trade Organization and our bilateral and multilateral trade agreements entangle us in a network of supra-national laws that can, effectively, overturn the actions of our elected Congress and President.

On November 8, 2016, the American people finally said, "Enough," and elected a President who promised to put the interest of the American people first. President Donald J. Trump has fulfilled that promise. As President his first major action was withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a monstrosity of a trade deal, calculated to destroy hundreds of thousands of American jobs. In his statement upon exiting the TPP, Trump said:

"It is the policy of my Administration to represent the American people and their financial well-being in all negotiations, particularly the American worker, and to create fair and economically beneficial trade deals that serve their interests."

During the campaign, Barack Obama, who pushed for the TPP, which would have given preferred access to the U.S. market to Islamofascist Brunei and totalitarian Communist Vietnam, said that Trump would need a "magic wand" to fulfill his promises to restore the U.S. economy to health. Well, President Trump found that wand. The President has brought record low unemployment, record high employment, and rising wages, by going back to the wisdom of George Washington.

NCTO ANNOUNCES KIMBERLY GLAS AS NEXT PRESIDENT & CEO

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the appointment Kimberly Glas as the organization's new President & CEO, effective April 29th of this year. Ms. Glas will succeed Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo, who previously announced his intention to step down from the same position at NCTO.

Current NCTO Chairman Marty Moran, CEO of Jefferson, Ga.-based Buhler Quality Yarns, noted that the selection follows a rigorous search process that led to her unanimous approval by NCTO Board of Directors. Ms. Glas brings over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and most recently leading a non-profit organization working to advance critical policies to grow quality, U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy.

"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead NCTO and to work on behalf of this innovative industry. I am grateful to Auggie for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity," said Glas. "I could not be more excited about taking on this role. I know how critical this industry is to so many across the United States and the value it represents. I am thrilled to be able to work on its behalf to advance its priorities."

Ms. Glas most recently served as Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor and environmental organizations working to advance the creation of quality U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy. In this capacity, she worked closely with labor, environmentalists and U.S. industry at the intersection of energy, the environment and trade to advance common-sense policy solutions in order to help achieve a stronger economy and a more sustainable future.

Prior to that, from 2009 to 2014, Ms. Glas served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama administration. In this capacity, Ms. Glas managed three offices of nearly 40 employees and oversaw programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industries. Ms. Glas worked closely with the United States Trade Representative, other key agencies, and Congress to advance a multitude trade policy interests critical to the U.S. industry, including advancing fixes to the CAFTA-DR agreement to help maintain and grow the U.S. textile workforce.

Ms. Glas also brings extensive Capitol Hill experience, having worked for U.S. Representatives Michael Michaud of Maine and John J. LaFalce of New York. Kim helped to initially organize, and then served as the key Congressional staffer for the House Trade Working Group, a key coalition of Members of Congress that works extensively on trade policy and domestic competitiveness issues to this day.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers.

U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017.

The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion in 2017.

U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2017.

Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available.

FTZ Filing Seeks Exemption from U.S. Import Duty on Woven and Knitted Fabrics

The Foreign-Trade Zone Board has docketed an application from Woodbridge Group, El Paso, Texas, relating to production of laminates by bonding foam/fabric or foam/film and passing the foam over an open flame.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Woodbridge from customs duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below, Woodbridge would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: Synthetic textile fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam and woven scrim; vinyl goods laminated with polyurethane foam and knit or woven scrim backing; vinyl goods laminated with polyurethane foam; synthetic textile and cotton mix fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam; and, polyurethane foam laminated with woven scrim (duty rate ranges from 2.7% to 6.5%). Woodbridge would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

The components and materials sourced from abroad include: Vinyl coated fabric with polyvinyl chloride; woven polyester fabric yarn dyed and coated with polyurethane; synthetic leather rolls; vinyl leather imitation; artificial leather cloth; sheets of plastics--cellular--polyvinyl chloride fabric of man-made fibers; sheets of plastics--non-cellular--polyvinyl chloride; sheets of plastics--cellular--100% plastic; rolls of cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chlorides; fabric of man-made fibers coated with over 70% plastic; fabric of man-made fibers coated with under 70% plastic; sheets of plastics--cellular--polyvinyl chloride--over 70% plastic combined with 65/35 poly cotton fabrics; sheets of plastics--cellular--of other plastics; woven synthetic fabric rolls 100% for automotive industry; polyvinyl chloride leather; 100% polyester knit fabrics; 9803X polyester nonwoven backing; polyester nonwoven scrim; and, knitted polyester fabric 100% (circular knit) (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 14.9%).

Of particular interest to readers of Textiles and Trade is the request for exemption from import duties on the following fabrics:

DescriptionHTSUSDuty
Synthetic fiber woven fabric5407.52.20.6014.9%
Cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chloride5903.10.10002.7%
Man-made fiber fabric coated with less than 70% of polyvinyl chloride5903.10.25007.5%
Man-made fiber fabric coated with less than 70% of polyurethane chloride5903.20.25007.5%
100% polyester warp knit fabric 6005.37.00.8010.0%
100% polyester circular knit fabric6006.31.00.4010.0%

Comments are due by March 25, 2019. If you are interested in opposing this application for exemption from import duties, Agathon Associates can assist you, contact David Trumbull at