Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pass That Peace Pipe

"If you're feeling mad as a wet hen,
Mad as you can possibly get, then
Pass that peace pipe, bury that tomahawk…"

--Roger Edens, Hugh Martin, and Ralph Blane, "Pass That Peace Pipe," from the 1947 motion picture "Good News"

Mary and I are in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20th. [Trivia QUIZ: Mr. Trump will be the 44th man to service as President, why is he numbered as the 45th?]

Here we are interviewed on Boston Channel 7 WHDH News yesterday -- http://whdh.com/news/new-englanders-head-to-dc-for-inauguration-and-protests/

The theme of the 58th Presidential Inauguration, "Uniquely American," recognizes the symbolic importance of the event. We may consider it routine, but the inaugural ceremony remains a uniquely American expression of our constitutional system. The peaceful transition between presidential administrations signals that we are united as a people behind an enduring republic.

Sadly, America is not likely, in the near future, to be united behind the man who will hold her highest office for the next four (maybe eight) years. My hope is that President Trump succeeds in fixing our economy so that it works for all Americans. If he fails, voters can hand control of Congress over to the Democrats in 2018, thus limiting his ability to act domestically. In 2020 they can turn him out of office. If he succeeds in his first term he likely will be re-elected by a larger margin and sweep more Republicans into Congress too.

No matter what happens nationally, Massachusetts, of course, will continue to be a deeply Blue State. The dysfunctionality of the Massachusetts Republican Party will ensure that! The latest news, reported in the Boston Herald, is that Bay State Trump supporters say the State GOP appears to be failing to get them inauguration tickets. I have had enough experience of the Mass GOP to know better than to waste my time trying to get tickets through that [dis]organization. My Congressman, Stephen Lynch, came through for us with tickets. Senator Ed Markey also offered Mary tickets, which she released to the next person on the waiting list.

Representative Lynch's office also gave me United States Capitol Historical Society calendar with the theme of Celebrating the Era of Good Feelings," 1817-1825.

The Era of Good Feelings marked a period in the history that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans following the War of 1812. The era saw the end, for a time, to bitter partisan disputes. President James Monroe strove to downplay partisan affiliation in making his nominations, with the ultimate goal of national unity and eliminating parties altogether from national politics.

The phrase Era of Good Feelings was coined by Benjamin Russell, in the Boston newspaper, Columbian Centinel, on July 12, 1817, following Monroe's visit to Boston, Massachusetts, as part of his good-will tour of America.

Best wishes for success to President Trump. May he make America GREAT and UNITED again!

[ANSWER to QUIZ: Grover Cleveland is counted twice as our 22nd and 24th President because he was elected for two nonconsecutive terms.]

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CPSC News

On January 26, 2017, The U.S. CPSC, Health Canada, and Profeco are hosting a joint trilateral webinar to provide industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, importers, and exporters of general clothing, sleepwear, and textile products, with an overview of the relevant product safety requirements in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. REGISTER HERE.

On January 24, 2017, Andrew Lock, Ph.D., Directorate for CPSC Laboratory Sciences, and other CPSC staff meeting with Kurt Reimann, Ph.D., Kurt Reimann & Assoc., Inc., Munjal Patel, Polyurethanes, ICL-IP, Stanislav Stoliarov, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, and Peter Senez , Jensen Hughes to discuss their recent research on upholstered furniture flammability and fire science.

Federal Business Opportunities through January 18, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Cotton Gloves and Cotton Gloves with Lube Coating
Sol. #:            W90VN9-17-T-0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, ECC
Location:          411TH CSB (W90VN9) RCO DAEGU
Posted On:         Jan 18, 2017 2:24 am
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T0629
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 9:04 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 04, 2017 10:23 am
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Title:             Police Uniform Accessories    
Sol. #:            VA24717Q0092
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            Augusta VAMC
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 4:09 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 17, 2017 2:59 pm
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Title:             Gloves, Rubber, Industrial
Sol. #:            SPE1C117RXX13
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 3:37 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0081
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 3:03 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Steam Trap Parts    
Sol. #:            VA24117Q0079
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            White River Junction VAMROC
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 2:34 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 09, 2017 1:58 pm
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0079
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 1:04 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Gloves, Intermediate Cold Weather (ICW)
Sol. #:            SPE1C117RXX12
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 11:07 am
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             OPTION - White Short Sleeve Shirts, Old Guard, Ft Myer
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-T-0020
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            FedBid
Location:          FedBid.com -- for Department of Army procurements only
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 10:51 am
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 21, 2016 8:46 pm
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Title:             Sweatshirts and Sweatpants for PIDC
Sol. #:            192117FAO00000109
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
Office:            Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Location:          Headquarters Procurement Division, Wash DC
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 9:41 am
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 20, 2016 4:32 pm
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Title:             Solar Shade Assemblies
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-16-R-0376
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Defense Logistics Agency Detachment
Location:          DLA TACOM - Warren Acquisition Center
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 8:30 am
Current Type:      Solicitation
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 28, 2016 2:12 pm
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Title:             RF TENTS
Sol. #:            W564KV-17-T-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, ECC
Location:          409th CSB (W564KV) TCC-Kaiserslautern
Posted On:         Jan 17, 2017 6:56 am
Base Type:         Presolicitation
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W91QVN17T0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, ECC
Location:          411TH CSB (W91QVN) RCC YONGSAN
Posted On:         Jan 15, 2017 7:54 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 01, 2016 1:54 am
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T0418
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 13, 2017 6:36 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Athletic t-shirts, jerseys, and shorts
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Direct Reporting Units
Location:          USAF Academy - 10 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 13, 2017 5:30 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 21, 2016 3:50 pm
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Title:             OPTION - Modified Men, Hi Gloss Shoes, Old Guard, Ft Myer
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-R-0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            FedBid
Location:          FedBid.com -- for Department of Army procurements only
Posted On:         Jan 13, 2017 2:51 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 21, 2016 6:50 pm
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Title:             Uniform Lease/Laundry Service
Sol. #:            BEP-RFQ-17-0499
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
Office:            Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Location:          Office of Acquisition
Posted On:         Jan 13, 2017 2:09 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation / Cancelled
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 16, 2016 4:27 pm
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Title:             MITTEN SHELLS,SNOW
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0114
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 13, 2017 12:27 am
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17T2826
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Medical - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             USCG Dry Suits
Sol. #:            HSCG23-16-R-MNQ080
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
Office:            United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Location:          Commandant (CG-912), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 3:57 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Cloth Polyester Twill Lining Blue/Gray
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0067
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, MICC
Location:          MICC - West Point
Posted On:         Dec 27, 2016 1:15 pm
Current Type:      Sources Sought (Modified)
Base Type:         Sources Sought
Base Posting Date: Dec 16, 2016 3:20 pm
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Title:             CSAR Clothing System
Sol. #:            FA4861-17-Q-B021
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Air Combat Command
Location:          99 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 2:35 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 11, 2017 4:47 pm
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0129
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 12:48 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Ballistic Pad Kits
Sol. #:            W9098S-17-T-0054
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - RI (W9098S) (JMTC-RIA)
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 12:33 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 21, 2016 2:40 pm
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Title:             Running Jackets & Trousers
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0027
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Direct Reporting Units
Location:          USAF Academy - 10 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 12:07 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Bathrobes
Sol. #:            FA700017T0012
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Direct Reporting Units
Location:          USAF Academy - 10 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 15, 2016 1:06 pm
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Title:             Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Direct Reporting Units
Location:          USAF Academy - 10 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 11:51 am
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Fabric Plotter/Cutter
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0333
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - APG (W911QY) Natick (SPS)
Posted On:         Jan 12, 2017 11:49 am
Current Type:      Special Notice (Modified)
Base Type:         Special Notice
Base Posting Date: Jan 12, 2017 11:33 am
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Title:             Sleep and Pack System
Sol. #:            FA4861--17-Q-B024
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Air Combat Command
Location:          99 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 8:09 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             CSAR Clothing System
Sol. #:            FA4861-17-Q-B021
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Air Combat Command
Location:          99 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 4:47 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Bathrobes
Sol. #:            FA700017T0012
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Direct Reporting Units
Location:          USAF Academy - 10 CONS
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 4:45 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Dec 15, 2016 1:06 pm
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Title:             GLINT TAPE - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2225-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
Office:            Federal Prison Industries/UNICOR
Location:          Contracting Office/Manchester
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 2:39 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T0663
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Commercial Item, Ticking, Vinyl/Poly Laminate for Mattress Program
Sol. #:            CT2224-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
Office:            Federal Prison Industries/UNICOR
Location:          Procurement Branch
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 1:43 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             SHAPE,DAY,MARITIME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0126
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 12:37 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0124
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 12:37 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             WAIST PLATE, GOLD PLATED without INSIGNIA
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0053
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 11:13 am
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Notice of Intent to Sole Source - Protective Under Garments
Sol. #:            W91CRB17R0014
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - APG (W91CRB ) Division D
Posted On:         Jan 11, 2017 7:58 am
Base Type:         Special Notice
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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, January 16, 2017

Customs Again Delays of Effective Date for Manditory Automated Commercial Environment ("ACE") Filing for Drawback and Duty Deferral Entry and Entry Summary Filings

On August 30, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") published a notice in the Federal Register announcing plans to make the Automated Commercial Environment ("ACE") the sole electronic data interchange ("EDI") system authorized for processing electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings. The changes announced in that notice were to have been effective on October 1, 2016. On October 3, 2016, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the effective date for the transition to ACE as the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic drawback and duty deferral entry and entry summary filings would be delayed until further notice. On December 12, 2016, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the effective date for the transition would be January 14, 2017. A Notice in the January 17, 2017, Federal Register further postpones the effective date for the transition has been delayed until further notice.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Some Duty Suspension Petitions Relating to Woven Fabric

On January 11, 2017, as required by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission published on its website the petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that were timely filed and contain the required information, and the Commission is requesting members of the public to submit comments to the Commission on the petitions published no later than the close of business February 24, 2017. Agathon Associates can assist you in filing objections to petitions.

Some Duty Suspension Petitions Relating to Woven Fabric

493 Product: Woven fabrics of certain sythetic fibers


HTSUS: 5512.99.00

Petitioner: Milliken & Company
Full discription: Woven fabrics of synthetic staple fibers, containing 85% or more by weight of synthetic fibers, containing 85% vinal (polyvinyl alcohol) staple fiber and 15% polynosic rayon fiber (provided for in subheading 5512.99.00)

2650 Product: Woven fabrics of man-made fiber


HTSUS: 5903.20.25

Petitioner: Pangaea Ltd. dba Feathered Friends
Filer: Cardinal Trade Associates
Full discription: Woven ripstop fabrics of man-made fibers, of a type described in subheading 5903.20.25, of a weight between 71 and 75 g/m2, laminated, and a yarn density of 30 denier, constructed of 24 filaments, woven to a width of between 139 to 145 centimeters

2651 Product: Woven fabrics of man-made fiber


HTSUS: 5903.20.25

Petitioner: Pangaea Ltd. dba Feathered Friends
Filer: Cardinal Trade Associates
Full discription: Woven ripstop fabrics of man-made fibers, of a type described in subheading 5903.20.25, of a weight between 27 and 31 g/m2, and a yarn density of 10 denier, constructed of 7 filaments, woven to a width of between 139 to 145 centimeters

2653 Product: Woven fabrics of man-made fiber


HTSUS: 5903.20.25

Petitioner: Pangaea Ltd. dba Feathered Friends
Filer: Cardinal Trade Associates
Full discription: Woven ripstop fabrics of man-made fibers, of a type described in subheading 5903.20.25, of a weight between 53 and 57 g/m2, and a yarn density of 15 denier, constructed of 7 filaments, woven to a width of between 139 to 145 centimeters

2672 Product: Woven fabrics of man-made fiber


HTSUS: 5903.20.25

Petitioner: Pangaea Ltd. dba Feathered Friends
Filer: Cardinal Trade Associates
Full discription: Woven ripstop fabrics of man-made fibers, of a type described in subheading 5903.20.25, of a weight between 39 and 43 g/m2, and a yarn density of 20 denier, constructed of 20 filaments, woven to a width of between 139 to 145 centimeters

1278 Product: 74' 5 oz white ibex fabric


HTSUS: 5210.21.40

Petitioner: Beck's Classic Mfg. Inc.
Full discription: 74 inch width 80/20 cotton/poly 5 oz,Ibex white

1292 Product: 74' width 4 oz woven 100% cotton birdseye fabric


HTSUS: 5208.29.20

Petitioner: Becks Classic Mfg. Inc.
Full discription: 74 inch width 100%cotton woven 4 oz white birdseye fabric

1297 Product: 74' width 4oz 52%cotton/48%poly Twill


HTSUS: 5210.29.10

Petitioner: Beck's Classic Mfg. Inc.
Full discription: 5210.29.10 74 inch width 4 oz (136gsm) 52%cotton/48% poly twill

1298 Product: 74' width 5.8 oz 100% polyester MJS


HTSUS: 5512.11.00

Petitioner: Beck's Classic Mfg. Inc.
Full discription: 5512.11.0010 74 inch width 5.8oz(195gsm) 100% poly MJS

1301 Product: 74' width 50/50cotton/poly T-130 dyed sheeting


HTSUS: 5210.31.40

Petitioner: Beck's Classic Mfg. Inc.
Full discription: 5210.21.31.4000 74 inch width 3oz(102gsm) woven 50/50 cotton/polyester T-130 dyed sheeting

2395 Product: Unbleached crimped cotton woven fabrics


HTSUS: 5208.11.40

Petitioner: American Fiber & Finishing, Inc.
Full discription: Three-plied crimped (crinkled) woven fabrics, wholly of cotton, unbleached but scoured, of yarn numbers 43 to 68, with widths of 60 cm or more but not over 90 cm (measured in the unplied status), such fabrics presented in a Z-folded state and put up in rolls with widths of 20 cm or more but not over 30 cm (measured in the plied status), each roll either continuous or comprising fabric pieces of various counts and lengths positioned in an overlapping configuration (provided for in subheading 5208.11.40)

2399 Product: Cotton Woven Greige Fabric


HTSUS: 5208.11.40

Petitioner: American Fiber & Finishing, Inc.
Full discription: Unbleached greige woven fabrics, wholly of cotton, of yarn numbers 43 to 68, put up in continuous rolls with widths of not less than 74 cm or more but not over 184 cm of varying lengths ranging from 450 to 3300 meters (provided for in subheading 5208.11.40)

2462 Product: Bleached Cotton Gauze Sponges


HTSUS: 5208.21.40

Petitioner: American Fiber & Finishing, Inc.
Full discription: Eight or Twelve Plied bleached woven fabrics, wholly of cotton of yarn numbers 43 to 68, measuring (as imported in plied state) in length between 8.5 and 10.5 centimeters and width between 8.5 and 10.5 centimeters put up as individual pieces in paper or plastic packages containing at least 50 pieces and not more than 1000 pieces, with each piece being also known as a gauze sponge (provided for in subheading 5208.21.40).

2469 Product: Production Roll Bleached Woven Cotton Gauze


HTSUS: 5208.21.40

Petitioner: American Fiber & Finishing, Inc.
Full discription: Bleached woven fabrics, wholly of cotton, of yarn numbers 43 to 68, put up in continuous rolls with widths of not less than 74 cm or more but not over 184 cm of varying lengths ranging from 1640 to 6500 meters (provided for in subheading 5208.21.40). Also called Production Roll Bleached Cotton Gauze.

3088 Product: Woven fabric of cotton


HTSUS: 5208.32.40

Petitioner: Dystar L.P.
Filer: Venable LLP
Full discription: Woven fabric of cotton, containing 85 percent or more by weight of cotton, weighing more than 100 g/m2 but not more than 200 g/m2, of plain weave, with average yarn number of 43 to 68, poplin (provided for in 5208.32.40)

2096 Product: Fabric Other. Solution Dyed Acrylic Fabric


HTSUS: 5512.29.00

Petitioner: Sattler Corp
Full discription: Awning fabric, water resistant finish, total weight 280-300 g/m2 woven using Multiple (folded) or cabled yarn (604) produced from solution dyed acrylic staple fibers (polyacrylonitrile staple) containing 85% or more by weight of acrylonitrile units and 2% but not over 3% of water, colored, crimped with a range of decitex from 1.98-2.42 and fiber length between 40 and 47.5 mm, with a Solar Reflective Index certified by the Importer. (Provided for in subheading 5503.30.00)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund

The Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund was authorized under Section 12315 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) to reduce the economic injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on wool fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of wool fabric. The Agriculture Wool Trust is a mechanism for four types of annual payments:

  • Payments to Manufacturers of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics

  • Payments Under the Monetization of the Wool Tariff Rate Quota

  • Wool Yarn, Wool Fiber, and Wool Top Duty Compensation Payments

  • Refund of Duties Paid on Imports of Certain Wool Products

Clients of Agathon Associates can find links to the application forms at http://www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/wool-program/2017.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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Notice of Publication of Petitions for Duty Suspensions and Reductions and Opportunity to Comment on Petitions

On January 11, 2017, as required by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission published on its website the petitions for duty suspensions and reductions that were timely filed and contain the required information, and the Commission is requesting members of the public to submit comments to the Commission on the petitions published no later than the close of business February 24, 2017. Agathon Associates can assist you in filing objections to petitions.

Agathon Associates has identified over 400 individual request that may be of interest to the fiber, yarn, fabric, apparel, and footwear industries and have entered them into a database in order to match up petitions with my clients’ interests. If you are as overwhelmed as I by the number, complexity, and over-lapping nature of the petitions you may find value in the database I created, and which I offer to my industry colleagues free. If you pass it along to others I’d appreciate it if you mention that it was my work.

Usual disclaimers: This is my own unofficial personal work. I have tried to transfer everything from the ITC MTB portal accurately, but I may have slipped up here or there. The ITC MTB Portal must be consulted in conjunction with my database, which is meant as merely a tool to assist you in using the official ITC MTB Portal.

The database is in Microsoft Access, so you will need that program to open it. It is shared on Dropbox CLICK HERE and download MTB-2016-selected.mdb. Your anti-virus program may give you a warning when you attempt to download the database, that is routine with Access databases. This file will not harm your computer.

If you don't have Microsoft Access, you can also get the information as an Excel spreadsheet, also shared on Dropbox at CLICK HERE. NOTE, due to limitations of Excel, some long product descriptions are truncated.