Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is revising the Fur, Textile, and Wool Rules to Require Electronic Filing of RN Requests
Federal labeling requirements mandate that most fur, textile, and wool products have a label identifying the manufacturer or other business responsible for marketing or handling the item. To comply with this mandate, a person or firm residing in the United States that imports, manufactures, markets, distributes, or otherwise handles fur, textile, or wool products may apply for an RN to display on product labels in lieu of the person or firm's full name. RNs are not mandatory, but they occupy less space on a label and help buyers identify the person or firm responsible for a product. The public can find contact information for each RN registrant by searching the FTC's public Web page dedicated to the RN program, https://rn.ftc.gov.
For over 50 years, to obtain or update an RN, one had to complete and submit a paper form published in the Federal Register, or in more recent years, transmit the information requested on that form by electronic means. The FTC receives thousands of new RN applications every year in various formats, thus complicating and slowing the review process.
Recently, the FTC upgraded its RN Web page at https://rn.ftc.gov to make it easier for the public to obtain, update, and cancel RNs. As part of this initiative, and to further improve and streamline its handling of RN requests, the FTC is retiring the paper forms previously published in the Federal Register and discontinuing the handling of RN requests submitted by mail, hand delivery, or facsimile.
The FTC's upgraded Web site allows the public to create a password-protected user account to obtain or update an RN without requiring more company information than before. To process a new RN application, the Web site asks the applicant in pertinent part to identify its legal name, the name under which it does business, the business' street address, the type of business it conducts (e.g., manufacturing or importing), the product line(s) it handles that are subject to the Fur, Textile, or Wool Acts, and additional contact information (e.g., phone number and email address). The upgraded Web site validates data as applicants enter it, and can immediately advise an applicant in numerous instances if the data is erroneous (e.g., a truncated phone number) or does not appear to meet the requirements for issuance of an RN (e.g., the applicant does not provide a street address in the United States). Users can also visit the Web site and login to request the cancellation of their RNs. Because the information requested to process RN requests has not changed, the FTC is not changing the requirements for RN requests, only specifying the method by which requests must be submitted.
The Botswana Investment and Trade Conference, in the capital city Gaborone, will feature investment and trade topics deliberated by both global and regional lead speakers and panellists. Trumbull will be panelist on the topic, "How can the textiles sector in Botswana be revamped in order to fully take advantage of the new Africa Growth and Opportunity Act ("AGOA") initiative? - The cases of Lesotho & Mauritius."
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Within the U.S. industry it is widely understood that Department of Defense acquisitions of textiles and clothing are government by the Berry Amendment which requires domestic U.S. sourcing. Less well known is that the Berry Amendment applies to all funds "made available" to the Defense Department. That includes Department of Defense procurement for Foreign Military Sales.
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, David Trumbull, principal, Agathon Associates, welcomed the delegation to New England with a reception in the Miller Room of the Harvard Club of Boston.
Above, the Zhongyuan University Textile Delegation at the Harvard Club of Boston.
Agathon Associates also assisted in arranging meetings later that day with Dr. Fan and Dr. Kim at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and meetings the following day with Dr. Hannel and Dr. Bide at the University of Rhode Island. While in the Boston area the delegation also took meetings at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.