Thursday, April 26, 2018

ISTR Initiation of Country Practice Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announcing the initiation of country practice reviews regarding compliance with the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility criteria of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.

DATES:

June 19, 2018: The GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing on the GSP country practice reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW, Washington DC 20508, beginning at 10:00 am.

June 5, 2018 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the June 19, 2018, public hearing.

July 17, 2018 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs.

The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 - 2467), as amended, and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. USTR will lead a review of the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan for benefits under the GSP program. These country practice reviews are undertaken on the recommendation of the TPSC pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(f) to determine whether the current laws and practices of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan meet the GSP eligibility criteria. These reviews are the result of country eligibility petitions submitted by interested stakeholders and an assessment of the 25 Asian and Pacific Island GSP beneficiary countries conducted by the GSP Subcommittee.

1. India Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of India will focus on whether it is meeting the GSP eligibility criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)). USTR is accepting two petitions asserting that India is not meeting this criterion: one from the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and the other from the Advanced Medical Technology Association. In addition, through the new GSP Country Assessment process, the GSP Subcommittee identified potential concerns with India’s compliance with the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)). As described in the India Chapter of the 2018 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, India has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce. Due to the similar nature of the issues raised in these petitions with concerns identified in the assessment process, the petitions and the self-initiated review will be combined into one overall review of India’s GSP eligibility based on the GSP market access criterion.

2. Indonesia Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of Indonesia will focus on whether it is meeting two GSP criteria: (1) the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)), and (2) the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to reduce trade-distorting investment practices and reduce or eliminate barriers to trade in services (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(6)). As described in the Indonesia Chapter of the 2018 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, Indonesia has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce. The existing review of Indonesia’s compliance with the GSP criterion related to intellectual property rights (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(5)) is separate, and will continue.

3. Kazakhstan Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of Kazakhstan will focus on whether it is meeting the GSP criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary country to take steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to workers in the country (19 U.S.C. 2462(b)(2)(G)). USTR is accepting a petition filed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The petition alleges that the Government of Kazakhstan actively restricts the right to form trade unions and employer associations without prior permission, prevents workers and employers from joining organizations of their own choosing, interferes in the structure and activities of worker and employer organizations, and targets labor leaders with arrests and prosecutions for exercising their rights.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through April 25, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Monday, April 23, 2018

Why a Cashmere Sweater Can Cost $2,000 … or $30

Agathon Associates assisted in retrieving and interpreting international trade data for this BLOOMBERG ARTICLE ON CASHMERE.

FTZ Filed for Fluoropolymer Films and Coated Substrates - Glass Fiber Fabrics Excluded

On April 10, 2018, Textiles Coated International Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the Foreign-Trade Zone Board for its facilities in Manchester and Londonderry, New Hampshire. The facilities are used for the production of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) products.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt TCI from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used in export production (an estimated 40 percent of production). On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below, TCI would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: fluoropolymer film sheeting .152mm in thickness in rolls and not in rolls; PTFE fiberglass colored and not colored; PTFE gaskets; joint sealants; sheet gasketing material with and without adhesives; silicone fiberglass fabrics with and without color; flexible PTFE ducting with coils reinforced and unreinforced; and, PTFE coated fiberglass sheets (duty rate ranges from 3.1% to 7.3%). TCI would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreignstatus production equipment.

The materials and components sourced from abroad include: PTFE dispersions; PTFE fine powders; fluoropolymer film sheeting 0.152mm in thickness in rolls and not in rolls; woven glass fiber mats; woven glass fiber fabrics colored and not colored; fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) pellets; ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) pellets; and, perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) pellets (duty rate ranges from 4.2% to 7.3%).

The request indicates that woven glass fiber mats and woven glass fiber fabrics colored and not colored will be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items.

The request also indicates that, PTFE dispersions and PTFE fine powders are subject to an antidumping/countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigation if imported from certain countries. The FTZ Board’s regulations (15 CFR 400.14(e)) require that merchandise subject to AD/CVD orders, or items which would be otherwise subject to suspension of liquidation under AD/CVD procedures if they entered U.S. customs territory, be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41).

Friday, April 20, 2018

Darlington Fabrics continues to make sustainability a priority, receives Unifi REPREVE Champions of Sustainability Award

Darlington Fabrics is a recipient of Unifi’s Inaugural REPREVE Champions of Sustainability Award for recycling over 100 million or more bottles through the use of the REPREVE fiber.

REPREVE Champions of Sustainability is awarded to 25 brand and retail partners that have each used the equivalent of 10 million or more bottles, and 15 textile partners that have each used the equivalent of 50 million or more bottles.

"Unifi created the REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards to recognize our brand and textile partners that have achieved plastic bottle recycling milestones as a result of their use of REPREVE performance fibers," said Kevin Hall, Unifi Chairman & CEO.

Darlington Fabrics continues to make sustainability in textiles a high priority through thoughtful purchasing and best use policies keeping the environment in the forefront in their processes.

May of 2016 Darlington achieved Zero Landfill status through partnership with Waste Management. Darlington continues to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Through the use of the Repreve fiber Darlington has reached beyond their back yard and kept more than 100 million bottles out of landfills.

“At Darlington Fabrics, we are committed to providing innovative warp knit products to the market coupled with the highest environmental standards possible." Steve Perry, Senior Vice President – Darlington Fabrics

Darlington Fabrics, http://www.darlingtonfabrics.com, a warp knit manufacturer, is a division of The Moore Company, founded in 1909 and still focused on innovation.

The Moore Company manufactures products in the United States. International manufacturing facilities complement domestic capabilities, while serving regional markets around the globe. For more information contact: Steven Perry 401-315-6346 or sperry@dfabrics.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Army Boot Contract Awarded

Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a $10,787,065 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of cold weather combat boots. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Belleville, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,787,065 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-18-F-0300).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Primark Recalls Decorative Cushions Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves 21 different Primark decorative cushions. The cushions were sold in various colors and shapes, including square, rectangular, heart-shaped, unicorn-shaped, and pumpkin-shaped. The product code is printed on the label attached to the cushion. The product codes listed below are included in the recall

Product Code Color Style Description
0608803 Pink TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608804 Mint TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608805 Black TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608806 Light Pink TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608808 White TWO TONE SEQUIN
0822101 Cream TWIN PACK PLAIN CUSHION
0822102 Gray TWIN PACK PLAIN CUSHION
4467001 Cream PV FUR SQUARE
4467002 Gray PV FUR SQUARE
4727601 Gray HY OVERSIZED FAUX HEART
5512101 Cream ROSEFUR HEART
5512102 Pink ROSEFUR HEART
5512103 Gray ROSEFUR HEART
8191201 Pink GLITTER HEART CUSHION
8191202 Black GLITTER HEART CUSHION
9752806 Light Pink PV FUR HEART CUSHION
3685901 Aqua UNICORN SHAPED CUSHION
4467701 Pink CG STAR PRINT CUSHION
5912001 Orange PUMPKIN SHAPED CUSHION
4467201 White CG SWAN SHAPED CUSHION
8167401 Black HOME OBLONG CUSHION

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the cushions and return the cushions to a Primark store for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None Reported

Sold Exclusively At: Primark’s eight stores located in the northeastern U.S. from May 2017 through February 2018 for between $5 and $9.

Importer(s): Primark US Corp., of Boston, Mass.

Distributor(s): Primark US Corp., of Boston, Mass.

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 18-142