Friday, February 15, 2013

Certain Three-layered Composite Fabric Added to DR-CAFTA Short Supply List

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has published its notice modifying Annex 3.25 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (“CAFTA-DR”) to add certain three-layered composite fabric, as specified below, in unrestricted quantities, to the list of products determined to be not commercially available in a timely manner in the territory of any Party to the CAFTA-DR.

Specifications: Certain Three-layered Composite Fabric

Fabric type: Composite fabric consisting of a 3-layered fleece/shell construction, woven outer layer and brushed inner layer, bonded with a polyurethane ("PU") membrane.

HTS: 6001.22

Woven Face Fabric:

Fiber Content: 83.5% to 88.5% polyester; 13.3% - 14.7% spandex

Yarn Size (single ply, warp and filling): Textured polyester: 80.9 to 85.8 decitex/144 filament (116.5 to 123.6 Nm/144 filament) (72.8 to 77.3 denier/144 filament); Spandex: 43.1 to 45.7 decitex (218.4 to 231.8 Nm) (38.8 to 41.2 denier).

Thread Count: 44.9 - 49.6 warp ends per sq. cm by 35.2 - 41.3 filling picks per sq. cm.

Weave type: Plain weave

Weight: 118.1 to 130.2 g/sq. m (3.5 to 3.9 oz./sq. yd)

Finish: Woven face - piece dyed and/or printed; Woven back - piece dyed.

Circular Double Knit Fleece Back Pile Fabric:

Fiber content: 100% polyester

Yarn Size (single ply): 80.9 to 85.8 decitex (72.8 to 77.3 Denier) (116.5 to 123.6 Nm).

Weave type: circular double knit looped pile

Weight: 157.1 to 173.2 g/sq. m (4.6 to 5.1 oz/sq. yd)

Finish: Knit face - piece dyed; Knit back - piece dyed.

Composite fabric:

Weight: 333.3 to 367.5 gm/sq. m (9.8 to 10.8 oz/sq. yd).

Width: 130 cm (51.18 inches)

Finish: Full contact bonding


Windproof: ASTM D737 - Initial <= 1.0 cfm; 3x wash <= 1.0 cfm.

Durable water resistant: AATCC 22 - Initial >= 90 points; 10x wash >= 70 points.

High light fastness: AATCC 16 Opt 3 - Class 3.0 @ 40 hours AFU.

Low Range Hydrostatic: JIS 1092 - Initial 20,000 mm; 3x wash - 20,000 mm. AATCC 127 - Initial 20,000 mm; 3x wash 20,000 mm.

Water Vapour Permeability: JIS 1099 - Initial 20,000 g/sq. m /24 hours; 3x wash 20,000 g/sq. m per 24 hours.

Water Vapour Transmission: ASTM E96 B - Initial 500 g/sq. m / 24 hours; 3x wash 500 g/sq. m per 24 hours.

Remarks: Ranges above allow for a variance of up to five (5) percent for fabric weight, thread count and three (3) percent for fiber content and yarn size NOTE: The yarn size designations describe a range of yarn specifications for yarn before knitting, dyeing and finishing of the fabric. They are intended as specifications to be followed by the mill in sourcing yarn used to produce the fabric Dyeing, finishing and knitting can alter the characteristic of the yarn as it appears in the finished fabric This specification therefore includes yarns appearing in the finished fabric as finer or coarser than the designated yarn sizes provided that the variation occurs after processing of the greige yarn and production of the fabric. The specifications for the fabric apply to the fabric itself prior to cutting and sewing of the finished garment. Such processing may alter the measurements.

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