Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Missouri woman pleads guilty to counterfeit Louis Vuitton scheme

A southwestern Missouri woman pleaded guilty in federal court last Wednesday to smuggling counterfeit Louis Vuitton material into the United States so that she could make and sell counterfeit merchandise on her website.

This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the IRS Criminal Investigation division.

Tonya Virtue, 33, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of smuggling goods into the United States.

Virtue admitted that she sold approximately $50,000 worth of counterfeit Louis Vuitton items through her online store, Soul Sisters, to customers throughout the United States. Virtue received shipments of fabric and material affixed with counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks and logos from an overseas Chinese manufacturer between Jan. 1 and Sept. 27, 2017. Virtue created counterfeit handbags, purses and other items from the counterfeit fabric, which she sold to consumers who believed they were purchasing items created by Louis Vuitton.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Virtue must forfeit to the government $50,000 derived from the proceeds of the criminal scheme, as well as 17 Louis Vuitton clutch bags, 34 Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, 4 Louis Vuitton duffle bags, 9 Louis Vuitton wallets, 5 incomplete Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, 3 13-by-55-foot sheets of Louis Vuitton material, 1 15-by-55-foot sheet of Louis Vuitton material, 60 13-by-26-inch sheets of Louis Vuitton material, 36 Louis Vuitton-branded boxes.

Under federal statutes, Virtue is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and IRS-Criminal Investigation..

Missouri man pleads guilty to counterfeit airbag scheme

A southwestern Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court last Wednesday to a scheme to sell counterfeit automotive airbags and components online.

This guilty plea resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the IRS – Criminal Investigation division.

Aleksey Illyuk, 28, of Ozark, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of mail fraud and one count of smuggling goods into the United States.

Illyuk admitted he sold counterfeit automotive airbags and airbag components on his online eBay stores, CarPro 417 and CarPro Electronics. Illyuk received shipments from various Chinese manufacturers of airbags, airbag covers and other items that contained the trademarks of Honda, Toyota, Chevy, Ford and other companies. Each of these imported airbags contained trademarks and markings that made it appear the legitimate holder of the trademark had manufactured the airbags. Illyuk fraudulently marketed these items as airbags that had been manufactured by the legitimate trademark holder, when he knew that the parts were counterfeit and not manufactured by the legitimate trademark holder.

Illyuk sold approximately $120,000 worth of counterfeit items to consumers throughout the United States through his online stores from Jan. 1, 2015, to Aug. 17, 2017. The fact that the airbags and the airbag components parts were counterfeit and not manufactured by the legal holders of the displayed trademark or logo on the item was never truthfully disclosed to the consumers.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Illyuk must forfeit to the government $103,000 obtained from the proceeds of his illegal scheme, as well as 150 counterfeit Toyota airbags and component parts (including 24 inflators and fully assembled airbags); 77 counterfeit Honda airbags and component parts (including 4 fully assembled airbags); 70 counterfeit Chevy/GMC airbags and component parts; 54 counterfeit Ford airbags and component parts; 207 counterfeit Nissan airbags and component parts (including 2 fully assembled airbags, 102 name plates, and 25 airbag covers); 8 counterfeit Infiniti airbag covers; 10 counterfeit Accura airbags and component parts; 13 counterfeit Hyundai airbags and component parts; 7 counterfeit BMW airbags and component parts (including 5 fully assembled airbags); 4 counterfeit Subaru airbags and component parts; 4 counterfeit Lexus fully assembled airbags; 1 counterfeit Mazada airbag and component part; and $17,000 seized by law enforcement agents.

Under federal statutes, Illyuk is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by ICE HSI and IRS-Criminal Investigation.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dream On Me Recalls Crib & Toddler Bed Mattresses Due to Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard

Recall Details

This recall involves Dream On Me spring and foam mattresses for cribs and toddler beds. The recalled mattresses were sold in a variety of colors and prints. The model number and date of manufacture are printed on a tag on the top center of the mattress.

 

Mattress

Color/Print

Model

Date of Manufacture Range

Évolur Sleep Ultra Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

white

849

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

Évolur Sleep Deluxe Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress

white

850

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

Sweet Dreams 6” 88 Coil Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress in Blue

white with blue clouds

87

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

88 Coil Inner Spring Standard Crib & Toddler Mattress

 

white

88

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

Visco Pedic Innerspring Standard Mattress in Blue star

 

blue star

150V_1

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

Convoluted Orthopedic Inner Spring Standard Crib & Toddler Mattress

white print

150C

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

Firm Foam Crib and Toddler bed mattress

white print

6E6WL

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

5" Foam Crib & Toddler Bed Quilted Standard Mattress

quilted bear print

5B5

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

5” Round Foam Crib Mattress

white

42R

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

5" Thick Round Crib Mattress

white

40R1

between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mattresses and contact Dream On Me to receive a free mattress cover to bring the mattress into compliance with the federal flammability standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Amazon.com, Kohls.com, ToyRUs.com, Walmart.com and Wayfair.com from January 2016 through December 2016 for between $40 and $90.

Manufacturer(s): Dream On Me, of Piscataway, N.J.

Manufactured In: U.S.

Units: About 23,400

Dept. of Defense T-Shirt Contract Awarded

Heart & Core LLC, Minnetonka, Minnesota, has been awarded a maximum $7,920,000 modification (P00004) exercising the first one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1018) with four one-year option periods for tan and brown moisture-wicking t-shirts. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $11,381,418 from $3,461,418. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Minnesota and California, with a Dec. 15, 2018, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One Stop Shop Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard: Sold Exclusively at Foreman Mills

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves children’s 100 percent cotton knit, two-piece, long-sleeve top and pant pajama sets. They were sold in three different styles: Santa Claus print with a white button and black and gold belt screenprint; Elf screenprint with a white Peter Pan collar, three red buttons and a black and gold belt; and reindeer screenprint on the top with a Faire Isle pattern on the pant and a reindeer on the top. “Mad Engine” “RN 129993” and the size are on the neck label. The pajama sets were sold in children’s sizes XXS, XS, S, M, L and XL. Mad Engine claims these recalled pajama sets are counterfeit.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pajamas away from children and contact One Stop Shop for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Foreman Mills stores nationwide from September 2016 through November 2017 for about $6.

Importer(s): Karmin Industries, of Canada

Distributor(s): One Stop Shop, LLC, of Feeding Hills, Mass.

Manufactured In: China

Units: About 350

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Defense Contractor to Pay $1.5 Million Fine for False Made in USA Claims

The United States Attorney’s Office in St. Louis announced, November 30, 2017, that Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Company, Inc., a defense contractor, will pay the United States $1.5 million in forfeiture based on the company's use of optical materials imported from China in the weapons sights which the company manufactured under a series of contracts with the Department of Defense. The company admits that the parts were improperly certified as compliant with the Buy American Act.

More Than 190 Organizations Urge Congress to Boost Manufacturing by Passing the MTB

On December 6, 2017, more than 190 organizations, representing industries ranging from chemicals, agriculture, textiles and footwear to electrical equipment, machinery and sporting equipment, sent a letter to Congress urging expedited passage of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2017.

ANNOUNCING PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET, PANTONE® COLOR OF THE YEAR 2018.

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come...READ MORE.

Bolt Threads Announces Bioengineered Spider Silk/Wool Cap in Limited Edition

The first of its kind, the Best Made Microsilk™ Cap of Courage is only available in an extremely limited edition of 100 units. The cap is knit from bioengineered silk that has an identical molecular structure to spider silk. This groundbreaking fiber is the result of extensive research and development by California-based Bolt Threads: a team of scientists, engineers, and apparel experts who are devoted to innovating high-performance fabrics inspired by nature. We combined this radically new, soft and sustainable fiber with American Rambouillet wool from Wyoming. The Best Made Microsilk™ Cap of Courage is not only groundbreaking but extremely warm, resilient, and available in 10 designs that come presented in an official box.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Army Uniform Contract Awarded

Goodwill Industries of South Florida Inc., Miami, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $18,626,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Army combat uniform coats and trousers. This is a one-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a May 31, 2019, estimated performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-N025).

Notice to the Trade: Gimped Yarn is Exemption from the Yarn Forward Rule in US FTAs

In 14 free trade agreements ("FTAs") the United States is currently a partner to, non-originating gimped yarn, or for that matter any non-originating article classified in Chapter 56 of the HTSUS, contained in a textile or apparel article of Chapters 50 through 55, or Chapters 57 through 63, does not disqualify an otherwise qualifying article from the benefits of the FTA. Although the texts of the agreements seem clear on the matter, there has been some question, particularly as it relates to DR-CAFTA.

On May 20, 2008, CBP issued letter N028235, ruling, "The non DR-CAFTA [gimped] yarns, used in the production of the hosiery, meet the terms of the tariff shift rule. Therefore [the hosiery articles] are entitled to a free rate of duty under the DR-CAFTA." On June 12, 2009, CBP published in Customs Bulletin Vol. 43, No. 24 a proposal to revoke that ruling and bring gimped yarn under the yarn forward rule. CBP received 18 comments and, in end, on January 27, 2010, published in Customs Bulletin Vol. Vol. 45, No. 5 that it was withdrawing the proposal. Subsequently, On May 7, 2014, CBP issued letter HQ H236917, ruling, again, that, "The hosiery at issue containing non-originating elastomeric [gimped] yarn qualifies as originating goods under the DR-CAFTA."

CPSC Participating by Phone in the ASTM E05.15 Subcommittee Meeting on Furnishings and Contents

On December 7, 2017, Andrew Lock, Consumer Product Safety Commission staff member, will be participating by phone in the ASTM E05.15 subcommittee meeting on furnishings and contents to discuss upholstered furniture flammability standards development.

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Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Court Shoes
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0046
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BRASS FERRULE POM POM CUPS
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0032
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0156
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0212
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Rainfly & Transport Container, 2-Man Combat Tent
Sol. #:            014640773
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Gold Straps for Dress Hats
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0037
Agency:            Department of the Army
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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.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

USTR Statement on Report of Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the following statement in response to the Report of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity, concluded in Berlin, Germany, November 30, 2017. The Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity commenced under the G20 Leaders’ call for a forum to address steel excess capacity worldwide.

“The United States welcomes international engagement and initial steps in addressing steel excess capacity issues. Progress on recommendations, information sharing plans and additional scheduled meetings must give way to real policy changes. Much work remains.

“The Forum has not made meaningful progress yet on the root causes of steel excess capacity, and pointing to short-term developments and worn out promises will not cure the fundamental causes of the problem. Addressing the ongoing steel excess capacity situation will require immediate and sustained concrete action by all steelmakers, including allowing markets to function, removing market-distorting subsidies and other forms of state support, and treating state-owned enterprises and private steelmakers equally. This view is shared by nearly all Forum members, and we welcome this recognition.

“The Report issued today contains many helpful policy prescriptions, but it fails to highlight the recurring failure of some countries to implement true market-based reforms in the steel sector. In addition, the Report does not contain complete information regarding market-distorting measures in certain economies and does not set forth a clear pathway for filling such data gaps. The Report erroneously suggests that simply setting capacity reduction targets has been an effective response to the crisis, when in fact meaningful progress can only be achieved by removing subsidies and other forms of state support and letting markets do their work.

“The United States remains fully engaged in working with Forum members for strong actions to address the root causes of the global steel excess capacity crisis. At the same time, the United States will not hesitate to use the tools available under legal authorities to firmly respond to the causes and consequences of steel excess capacity.”

The 33 Members of the Global Forum agreed on a report with six guiding principles for governments on the basis of which the OECD has worked closely with members to develop specific policy recommendations – concrete policy solutions the G20 Leaders asked for over one year ago. These emphasize the importance of having the right policy framework conditions; they call for the removal of subsidies and other measures that distort steel markets; they stress the need for a level playing field among steel enterprises of all types of ownership; they highlight the importance of the Forum regularly updating its information on capacity and policy measures.

Defense Contracts Awarded

NewView Oklahoma Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a maximum $49,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for type II non-metallic hose assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This is a mandatory source item designated for the National Industries for the Blind with one offer received. Location of performance is Oklahoma, with a Nov. 30, 2022, performance completion date. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8EG-18-D-0057).

NewView Oklahoma Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a maximum $45,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for type I non-metallic hose assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This is a mandatory source item designated for the National Industries for the Blind with one offer received. Location of performance is Oklahoma, with a Nov. 30, 2022, performance completion date. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8EG-18-D-0056).

Military Shoe Contract Awarded

Wolverine World Wide Inc., Rockford, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $9,049,853 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of one-year base contract (SPE1C1-16-D-1026) with three one-year option periods for men's poromeric shoes. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Michigan, with a Dec. 1, 2018, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Federal Business Opportunities through November 29, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES    
Sol. #:            36C26218Q9071
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             CLOTH, KNIT, CIRCULAR, VELOUR, PLUSH
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0038
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             INDIA WHITE  Cloth, Poly / Cotton, Twill, White 
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
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:             Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Signature Reducing Technology
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-R-0009
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Basketball Jersey Sets
Sol. #:            W912L9-18-U-0013_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Horse Hair Cloth / Linen
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0030
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             POCKET,AMMUNITION M
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0562
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0558
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0559
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Gold Chain for Full Dress Hat
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0027
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Marking Cartridge Ready complete Suit Qty 12
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             M328 Sign Kit Components
Sol. #:            SPRDL117Q0466
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Black Windbreakers
Sol. #:            W911SD-Windbreakers
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Non-Lethal Capabilities Set
Sol. #:            W15QKN-18-X-00U1
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FASTENER TAPE, HOOK
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0047
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0002
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0549
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0543
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,Air Supported TEM
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0538
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USCG Boat Crew Helmets
Sol. #:            HSCG23-17-R-MNQ124
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0527
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PAD,CROWN,FLYER'S H
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0058
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Representational Design and Floor Coverings 
Sol. #:            103018BLD44
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0060
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0059
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BALLISTIC PANELS AND STAB RESISTANT INSERTS FOR BODY ARMOR VESTS
Sol. #:            CT2232-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             3-Season Sleep System & Components
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-16-R-0095
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Repair and Replacement parts for Drash Tents
Sol. #:            W912JM17T0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             3 Season Sleep System and Components
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0021
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Winter Clothing Kits
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-Q-0044
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Marine Individual Assault Kits
Sol. #:            SchedulePurchase
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0052
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CE BAGS
Sol. #:            CEBAGS
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Plate Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1616
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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, November 28, 2017

Klaussner Upholstered Furniture FTZ Approved

On November 28, 2017, the Foreign Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (82 FR 56211) Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 230--Piedmont Triad Area, North Carolina; Authorization of Production Activity Klaussner Home Furnishings (Upholstered Furniture) Asheboro and Candor, North Carolina.

On July 24, 2017, Klaussner Home Furnishings submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board for its facility within Subzone 230D, in Asheboro and Candor, North Carolina.

The notification was processed in accordance with the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400), including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (82 FR 37191-37192, August 9, 2017).

On November 21, 2017, the applicant was notified of the FTZ Board's decision that no further review of the activity is warranted at this time. The production activity described in the notification was authorized, subject to the FTZ Act and the FTZ Board's regulations, including Section 400.14, and further subject to a restriction requiring that lithium ion batteries be admitted to the subzone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41) or domestic status (19 CFR 146.43).

This is the latest of three FTZ filings from Klaussner. Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service read more at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/ftz/2017-48-B.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.

Textile Issues in USTR NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

Textile Issues in USTR NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

On November 17, 2017 United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released an updated summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The document contains many statements of U.S. negotiating positions of interest to all American business, including textiles and apparel, but among the points laid out are three that standout of as of particular significance to U.S. textile manufacturers:

  1. "Maintain existing duty-free access to NAFTA country markets for U.S. textile and apparel products and seek to improve competitive opportunities for exports of U.S. textile and apparel products while taking into account U.S. import sensitivities."
  2. "Establish origin procedures that streamline the certification and verification of rules of origin and that promote strong enforcement, including with respect to textiles."
  3. Keep in place domestic preferential purchasing programs such as Department of Defense procurement." Among the domestic preference requirements in Defense procurement is the Berry Amendment, which requires all DoD acquisitions of textiles and clothing to be of U.S. origin, from fiber to finished product.

Customs Proposes to Revoke Certain Travel Goods Rulings

In Binding Ruling Lettes NY 868779 and NY 871870, from 1991 and 1992, CBP classified two textile money belts in heading 4202 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), specifically in subheading 4202.32.95, HTSUS, as articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or in the handbag, with an outer surface of textile materials. CBP has reviewed NY 868779 and NY 871870 and has determined the ruling letters to be in error. It is now CBP’s position that the subject money belts are properly classified in heading 4202, HTSUS, specifically in subheadings 4202.92.15 and 4202.92.31, HTSUS, as travel, sports and similar bags, with an outer surface of textile materials.

CBP is proposing to revoke NY 868779, modify NY 871870, and revoke any treatment previously accorded by CBP to substantially identical transactions.

Comments must be received on or before December 27, 2017.

BACKGROUND

In NY 868779 and 871870, CBP concluded that money belts, measuring 17.5 inches by 4.75 inches and 16 inches by 4.5 inches, respectively, were “of a kind” normally carried in the pocket or a handbag. This conclusion, CBP now believes, was incorrect. These money belts are not designed to be carried inside any other bag or container; they are designed to fasten around the waist precisely so that they can be transported by themselves, without the need for any other kind of container. Placing either money belt inside a pocket or handbag would defeat the entire purpose of the article, which is to provide secure, easy and unobstructed access to money and other small valuables. Taking the money belt out of the pocket or purse in order to remove the valuables stored within would be an extra, unnecessary step. Additionally, at a width of 17 and 16 inches, both money belts are too large to fit inside most handbags and pockets.

THE FULL TEXT is available HERE, beginning on page 25.

Sen. Schumer Block Two Trump Trade Nominees

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has announced that he will place a hold on two Department of Commerce nominations, that of Gil Kaplan for Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Nazakhtar Nikakhtar for Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Analysis.

Navy Clothing Contract Awarded

Excel Garment Manufacturing Ltd., El Paso, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $9,490,500 modification (P00062) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-15-D-1012) with four one-year option periods for Navy coveralls. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Texas, with a March 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

CPSC Attending the UL Furniture Flammability and Human Health Summit

On December 12-14, 2017, Andrew Lock and Allyson Tenney, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, as well as Kris Hatlelid, CPSC Directorate for Health Sciences, will attend the UL Furniture Flammability and Human Health Summit to present on and discuss furniture flammability issues with industry, academic, and government representatives at Emory University Conference Center, Atlanta Georgia.

In addition, CPSC's Andrew Lock will be participating by phone in the ASTM E05.15 subcommittee meeting on furnishings and contents to discuss upholstered furniture flammability standards development on December 7, 2017.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund

On November 27, 2017, the Department of Agriculture published in the Federal register (82 FR 55985) Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request (Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund).

DoD Clothing Contract Awarded

M&M Manufacturing, LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $7,079,188 modification (P00023) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-14-D-1015) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats and trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $30,970,285 from $23,891,097. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a May 28, 2019, estimated performance completion date. Using customers are Air Force and Afghanistan government. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital and foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Customs Brokers User Fee Payment for 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security has given notice to customs brokers that the annual user fee that is assessed for each permit held by a broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association, or corporation, is due by January 26, 2018. Pursuant to fee adjustments required by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act and CBP regulations, the annual user fee for calendar year 2018 will be $141.70.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Woolino Recalls Children’s Pajamas Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves children’s 100 percent merino wool one-piece, long-sleeve, footed pajamas. They have a blue, gray, lilac or lilac gray horizontal stripe print and a zipper that extends from the center of the neckline down to the left ankle. The sleepwear was sold in sizes 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months and 2T. Woolino and the size are printed on the back of the neckline.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled sleepwear away from children and contact Woolino for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None Reported

Sold At: Clothes Pony and Caro Bambino stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Zulily.com and Woolino.com from May 2015 through November 2017 for between $50 and $60.

Importer(s): Jojo Group LLC, of Rocky River, Ohio

Distributor(s): Woolino, of Westlake, Ohio

Manufactured In: China

Units: About 4,100

Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of the Fifth Round of NAFTA Negotiations

Yesterday in Mexico City, the negotiating teams of Mexico, Canada and the United States concluded the fifth round of the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), gathering nearly 30 negotiating groups. In response to ministerial instructions at the end of the fourth round, chief negotiators concentrated on making progress with the aim of narrowing gaps and finding solutions. As a result, progress was made in a number of chapters. Chief negotiators reaffirmed their commitment to moving forward in all areas of the negotiations, in order to conclude negotiations as soon as possible. Ministers have agreed to hold the sixth round of negotiations from January 23 to 28, 2018, in Montréal, Canada. In the meantime, negotiators will continue their work in intersessional meetings in Washington, D.C., through mid-December and will report back to chief negotiators on the progress achieved.

Agathon Associates Wishes You Happy Thankgiving

Agathon Associates, will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, in celebration of Thanksgiving Day, a major holiday in the United States. All government offices and most businesses will be closed for the day. Many business, other than retail, will also be closed on Friday, the 24th.

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be…”
George Washington, 1789 (from the first National Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation)

The Pilgrims, Puritans, Huguenots, Quakers, Anabaptists, Lutherans, Jews, Catholics, deists, and atheists who came to America in the colonial period found here freedom not possible in the lands of the Old World where an established church was the norm. Their descendants founded the United States on a radical and untried principle -- no religious establishment and no government interference with religion. What a surprise then to find that the very first Presidential Proclamation issued was Washington’s Thanksgiving Day call to prayer to Almighty God.

Indeed, the only distinctly American holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, which we set aside to thank God for our blessings. Think about it. Christmas is celebrated worldwide, even in lands where Christians are a small minority. Every nation celebrates New Year’s Day and the various national holidays commemorating great leaders, important battles, and the date of national founding.

Our distinctly American national holiday is a re-enactment -- and re-interpretation for contemporary multi-ethnic and multi-religious American culture -- of that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrated by survivors of the Mayflower passage. And, yet, the story is not narrowly the tale of the Pilgrims. Few Americans are literally Mayflower descendants. Most of us do not trace our roots to East Anglia. Most of us do no follow their reformed Calvinist religion. Nevertheless, their story is the American story. It is the story of families that left their homeland for a better life in America.

Did your people come here on sailing ships in the 17th, 18th, or 19th century? Or were they part of the big steamship migration of the late 19th and early 20th century that filled Boston with Irish and Italians? Or perhaps you are a more recent immigrant. Whenever your people came here and by whatever means, they, and you, are part of the narrative we re-tell every Thanksgiving.

Federal Business Opportunities through November 22, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Industrial Strength Case
Sol. #:            IndustrialStrengthCase
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Alterations to Newly Issued USAF Male and Female Dress and Utility Uniforms
Sol. #:            FA6712-18-I-0001
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0509
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COVER,PREP SIDE
Sol. #:            SPE8ED18T0216
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plater Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             FLAG,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0242
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Commercial Item, Industrial Corn Starch 
Sol. #:            CT2235-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             WEST POINT ZIPPERS
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Stake, Hold-Down Tent
Sol. #:            8340-01-462-6547
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0492
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Aircraft Helmets
Sol. #:            70Z048-18-Q-PCL10500
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             CLOTH, MOCK ELASTIQUE, POLYESTER and WOOL
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Representational Design and Floor Coverings 
Sol. #:            103018BLD44
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HRD Plaques and Medal Sets
Sol. #:            HQ0034-18-R-0018
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             OCP Uniforms 
Sol. #:            W91ZRU18Q6000
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             THIS SOLICITATION IS FOR FIFTY (50) POLICE VESTS FOR THE VA GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. THIS SOLICITATION IS COMPETED AS A SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE; HOWEVER, SPECIAL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO SDVOSB AND VOSB CONTRACTORS. 
Sol. #:            36C26218Q0137
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Deployment Gear 
Sol. #:            FA487718Q0079
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0484
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CASE,SHOTGUN AMMUNI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0049
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Industrial Strength Case
Sol. #:            IndustrialStrengthCase
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Safety Shoes
Sol. #:            W91QV1-18-Q-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0478
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OF
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0472
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SERVICE CAP
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0473
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVID
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0470
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DECORATION,UNIT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0471
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             U.S. Senate Page Program Uniforms
Sol. #:            RFQ-2018-015
Agency:            United States Senate
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Title:             Safety Equipment, Components, and Uniforms - INL/Honduras
Sol. #:            JDLRFQ14
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             BOATSWAIN'S PIPE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0048
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USAFA Cadet Caps
Sol. #:            FA7000-18-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Slide Fasteners/Zippers, Berry Amendment Compliant for Military Use
Sol. #:            CT2234-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             THIS SOLICITATION IS FOR FIFTY (50) POLICE VESTS FOR THE VA GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. THIS SOLICITATION IS COMPETED AS A SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE; HOWEVER, SPECIAL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO SDVOSB AND VOSB CONTRACTORS. 
Sol. #:            36C26218Q0137
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Thunderbird Showsuits
Sol. #:            FA486118QC011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SAFETY SHOE MOBILE
Sol. #:            N0016418Q0017
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             STORAGE BAG
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-Q-0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pelican Cases
Sol. #:            PelicanCasesFEMA
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Plater Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CLOTH,LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0448
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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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:             PAD,CROWN,FLYER'S H
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0446
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             U.S. Senate Page Program Uniforms
Sol. #:            RFQ-2018-015
Agency:            United States Senate
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Title:             Pelican Cases
Sol. #:            PelicanCasesFEMA
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             SPECTACLES,LASER PR
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0445
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CUSTOM TARPS
Sol. #:            W912GY-18-R-0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0442
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Concealable Cool Vest
Sol. #:            RFQ-0000804
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Corps of Engineers Flags
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Effect of Restriction on DHS's Purchasing of Foreign Textiles Is Limited, Says GAO

Passed in 2009, the Kissell Amendment restricts the Department of Homeland Security to procuring uniforms and other textiles from U.S. manufacturers, with certain exceptions. DHS has incorporated the restriction into its procurement policies and practices.

But the United States Government Accountability Office ("GAO") found, due in part to exceptions, that the restriction has limited effect. For example, procurements must be made in accordance with U.S. trade agreements, which means most DHS offices must treat certain textiles made in 128 countries the same as domestic products. As a result, 58 percent of funds spent to order uniforms under the current DHS contract are for imported items.

Read the report HERE.

Smart Fabrics Summit Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Smart Fabrics Summit co-hosted by IFAI and the Department of Commerce.

Smart Fabrics Summit provides a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and textiles to highlight recent developments, identify opportunities for collaboration and discuss public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products by U.S. companies.

This Event Features

  • Panel discussions and presentations by leading experts
  • Demonstrations of the latest innovations and smart fabrics
  • Networking with industry professionals

Seating is limited and expected to sell out!

Monday, November 20, 2017

USTR Releases Updated NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

On November 17, 2017 United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released an updated summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This update marks the first time USTR has released a second updated version of negotiating objectives. The new objectives update the previous objectives published on July 17, 2017, in accordance with Section 5(a)(1)(D) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.

“This update is an important next step in ensuring that the American people continue to know what the Trump Administration is seeking to achieve in a renegotiated NAFTA,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “If we are able to achieve these objectives, we will both modernize and rebalance NAFTA to better serve the interests of our workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.”

This latest transparency action builds on USTR’s unprecedented, rigorous consultations with Congress and private sector advisory committees throughout the renegotiation process.

USTR engagement on NAFTA renegotiations includes:

  • Hundreds of hours and dozens of meetings in consultations with Congress, including over three dozen meetings directly with Members of Congress.
  • Continued transparency through on-going proactive consultations with members of the private sector, labor representatives, farmers, ranchers, and non-governmental organizations. Including, extensive engagement with trade related advisory committees.
  • Three days of public hearings, featuring testimony from over 140 witnesses (June 27-29).
  • Careful review of over 12,000 public comments for crafting the NAFTA objectives.
  • Consultation meetings with the Senate Finance Committee and the House ways and Means Committee as well as meetings before the House and Senate Advisory Groups on Negotiations.

The updated objectives reflect the goals of text proposals the United States has tabled in the NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico. The objectives include increased market access for agriculture, new transparency and administrative measures, expanded investment and intellectual property objectives, and completed negotiations on the chapters of Competition and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises. The objectives retain the first-ever USTR objective for trade deficit reduction, in addition to trade distortion prevention measures.

USTR’s objectives underscore the goals of updating NAFTA to the best 21st century standards and rebalancing the benefits of the deal. Through the NAFTA renegotiations, the Administration seeks freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth.

Background

At the direction of the President, on May 18, 2017, Ambassador Lighthizer sent a letter notifying Congress of the Administration’s intent to initiate NAFTA renegotiations. This action started the clock on a 90-day consultation period, during which extensive consultations took place with the public, the private sector, and Congress.

In accordance with the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, USTR released negotiating objectives at least 30 days prior to formal negotiations, which began on August 16, 2017.

To date, the NAFTA countries have held four rounds of negotiations, with a fifth round being held November 17-21, 2017. During these negotiating rounds, the United States has put forward substantially all of the initial U.S. text proposals, including new text in 27 chapters of NAFTA. The Trump Administration remains committed to moving expeditiously toward a deal for fair, reciprocal trade for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

On November 16, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published these U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Question #1: Where can I find information on importing from Morocco under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)?

Answer #1: For questions about importing from Morocco under the U.S.-Morocco FTA, see the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Morocco FTA page by searching “Morocco” at www.cbp.gov.

Question #2: What information is available on the www.cbp.gov U.S.-Morocco (MAFTA) FTA webpage?

Answer #2: The Morocco Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) went into effect on January 1, 2006; following information is available from the Morocco FTA webpage:

Question #3: Where can I find information on exporting to Morocco?

Answer #3: Answers to questions on exporting to Morocco can be found on www.export.gov.

Making a Claim for Preferential Tariff Treatment

Question #4: How does an importer make a preference claim under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #4: A U.S.-Morocco FTA claim is made by prefacing the tariff item on the entry summary with the Special Program Indicator “BH” (19 CFR 10.763) or by filing a PEA/PSC claim within one year of importation.

Question #5: May a post-importation preference claim be made using a 19 USC 1520(d)

Answer #5: No a 19 USC 1520(d) is not an option.

Question #6: What responsibilities does an importer assume by making a U.S.-Morocco FTA preference claim?

Answer #6: By making a U.S.-Morocco FTA preference claim, the importer attests that the good is eligible for U.S.-Morocco FTA preference and accepts responsibility for the truthfulness and accuracy of the claim. The importer is also responsible for providing the certification of origin and supporting documentation to CBP upon request. (19 CFR 10.765)

Declaration (Certification of Origin) and Required Data Elements

Question #7: If CBP requests a U.S.-Morocco FTA certification of origin, which one should the importer provide to CBP – the exporter’s, the producer’s, or his own?

Answer #7: If the U.S.-Morocco FTA claim is based on the exporter’s or producer’s Declaration, the importer should provide that Declaration to CBP. If the U.S.-Morocco FTA claim is based on the importer’s Declaration or importer knowledge, the importer should provide its own certification of origin.

Question #8: Is there an official form or format for the Declaration under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #8: Although there is no official Declaration form or format required under the U.S.- Morocco FTA, a free-form Declaration with all of the data elements in 19 CFR 10.764 may also be made.

Question #9: When must the importer provide a U.S.-Morocco FTA Declaration to CBP?

Answer #9: The importer must provide CBP with a U.S.-Morocco FTA Declaration upon request by CBP.

Question #10: Can an importer make a U.S.-Morocco FTA claim without an exporter or producer Declaration?

Answer #10: If the importer has knowledge that the goods originate and can provide documentation to substantiate the claim, then the importer need not possess an exporter or producer Declaration.

Question #11: Will CBP accept an unsigned or undated Declaration?

Answer #11: No, the certification of origin must be signed and dated by an individual with knowledge of the facts and the authority to legally bind the company.

Question #12: Will CBP accept a Declaration if the HTSUS number is incorrect?

Answer #12: CBP may accept a Declaration with an incorrect HTSUS number or request that amended Declaration be submitted with a copy of the original Declaration as an attachment. The correct HTSUS number on the Declaration is an important indicator that the origination analysis was performed using the correct product-specific rule in HTSUS General Note 27(h).

Question #13: Can an importer submit a Declaration to CBP dated after the preference claim?

Answer #13: An exporter or producer Declaration signed after the date of the preference claim could not have been in the importer’s possession at the time of such claim. However, if the preference claim is based on importer’s knowledge, no exporter/producer certification is required.

Requesting Documentation and Verification

Question #14: CBP has requested that the importer provide documentation substantiating that the good originates. Morocco has a wholly the growth, product, or manufacture" or Value Content + 19 CFR 102 or Product-Specific Tariff shift. What information must be provided?

Answer #14: The information required to substantiate an origination claim depends on the rule of origin and the nature of the good. In the case of a manufactured good using a product-specific rule of origin in GN 27(h), at a minimum, the following documentation should be provided:

  • copy of the product specific rule of origin
  • descriptive literature, diagrams, etc. to support classification of the imported good
  • bill of materials (with a description, HTSUS number, and the originating status of each material)
  • affidavit or certification attesting to the originating status of all originating materials that would otherwise fail the product-specific rule
  • cost data, if the product-specific rule has a regional value content (RVC) requirement
  • the regional value content (RVC) calculation US/Morocco materials + direct cost of processing at least (35%) of appraised value. 19 CFR 10.770; 19 CFR 10.773-776; GN 27(b) & (c).

Question #15: CBP has requested manufacturing information to substantiate the originating status of a good, but as the importer, I do not have those records in my possession. Must I comply?

Answer #15: Yes, the importer is responsible for ensuring that CBP receives documentation substantiating that the good meets a rule of origin and otherwise complies with the terms of the U.S.-Morocco FTA. If the importer hasn’t the information, he should contact the exporter and/or producer to ensure that the information is provided to CBP. To protect confidentiality, a manufacturer may provide documentation directly to CBP. Per 19 CFR 103.35, CBP is barred from releasing business confidential information to the importer or any other party without obtaining consent.

Question #16: If CBP requests a Supporting Statement, can the importer provide it via fax or as an email attachment?

Answer #16: Yes, CBP will accept a digitized certification of origin as long as it contains a handwritten signature or the image of a handwritten signature.

Origination

Question #17: How does a good “originate” under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #17: In order to be an “originating” good, a good must meet a rule of origin and all other requirements (GN 27 and 19 CFR 10.770).

Question #18: What are the rules of origin under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #18: Generally speaking, a good will originate if:

  1. The good is wholly obtained or produced entirely in the territory of Morocco or of the United States, or both; or
  2. The good is produced entirely in the territory of Morocco or of the United States, or both, satisfies all other applicable requirements of this subpart, and
    1. Each of the non-originating materials used in the production of the good undergoes an applicable change in tariff classification specified in General Note 27(h), HTSUS and
    2. The good otherwise satisfies any applicable regional value content or other requirements specified in General Note 27(h), HTSUS; or
  3. The good is produced entirely in the territory of Morocco or the United States, or both, exclusively from originating materials. (19 CFR 10.770)

Question #19: How does a producer know if a material used to produce his good originates?

Answer #19: Generally speaking, the producer will know that a material originates because his supplier will provide a certification or affidavit upon request. If a material supplier will not provide a certification or affidavit, then the producer should consider the material to be non-originating.

Question #20: If the imported good is substantially manufactured in Morocco, can the U.S. importer assume that it meets the terms of the U.S.-Morocco FTA and make a preference claim?

Answer #20: No, the importer would not be exercising reasonable care and may be subject to penalties if the good were found not to originate. By making a preference claim, the importer is certifying that the good meets the terms of the agreement and that the importer/exporter/producer will provide CBP with substantiating documentation upon request.

Question #21: Can a chemical reaction result in origination?

Answer #21: No, there is no chemical reaction rule of origin for goods of HTSUS Chapter 27 from Morocco.

Question #22: Can purification result in origination?

Answer #22: No, there is no purification rule of origin for goods of HTSUS chapter 27.

Question #23: What is the Repair and Alteration Provision?

Answer #23: Repair and Alteration Provision rules that apply for purposes of obtaining duty-free treatment on goods returned after repair or alteration in Morocco as provided for in subheadings 9802.00.40 and 9802.00.50, 19 CFR 10.787.

Question #24: Is there a provision to allow for goods to originate even if they have been commingled with non-originating goods? What if originating materials have been commingled with non- originating materials?

Answer #24: No, there is no fungible goods and material provision for the Morocco FTA.

Question #25: What does it mean when a producer says that a good meets a product-specific rule of origin?

Answer #25: It means that all non-originating materials, with the possible exception of a small de minimis value, used to produce the good undergo a tariff shift prescribed in General Note 27(h).

Question #26: What is de minimis?

Answer #26: There is no de minimis rule for the Morocco FTA.

Question #27: What if the good in question does not have a product-specific rule of origin?

Answer #27: For the Morocco FTA tariff items are (Certain goods in HTSUS 6-9, 12-13, 20-22, 39, 42, 50-63, 70, 72, 85, 87 & 94) all other are either Wholly the growth, or 35% DCP + VOM, and new article of commerce Unlimited US value may count towards 35%.

Regional Value Content (RVC)

Question #28: When should the RVC formula be used under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #28: The RVC formula should be used where it applies (Direct cost of processing, value of originating materials, adjusted value of imported goods.

Question #29: When performing the RVC calculation, how is the value of the good and the materials used to produce it determined? What adjustments can be made?

Answer #29: The value of a good and its constituent materials is determined in accordance with General Note 27(b)(ii), (c), (f) and 19 CFR 10.770.

Indirect Materials

Question #30: How does the U.S.-Morocco FTA treat indirect materials?

Answer #30 Indirect materials are to be disregarded in determining whether a good qualifies as an originating good under 19 CFR 10.777 of this subpart and General Note 27 (d) (v), HTSUS, except that the cost of such indirect materials may be included in meeting the value-content requirement specified in 19 CFR 10.770(b) of this subpart.

Third Country Transportation

Question #31: May a U.S.-Morocco FTA claim be made on goods that entered the commerce of a non-Party or that were further processed while under customs control in a non-Party country?

Answer #31: Yes, Imported Directly: May leave customs' control, may not undergo further production in a 3rd country, limited operations specified; GN 27(d)(v); 19 CFR 10.777.

Goods Subject to Tariff Rate Quotas

Question #32: Does the U.S.-Morocco FTA provide for Tariff Rate Quotas?

Answer #32: No, Morocco quotas ended January 1, 2015.

U.S. Goods Returned

Question #33: May U.S. goods returned from Morocco to the United States be claimed under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #33: No, U.S. goods returned cannot be claimed under the U.S.-Morocco FTA, but may be exempt from duty under HTSUS 9801.00.10.

Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF)

Question #34: Are originating goods exempt from MPF under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #34: No, there is no exemption from MPF per 19 CFR 24.23(c).

Duty Rates and Staging (Phase Out)

Question #35: Duty rates on originating goods under the U.S.-Morocco FTA phase out on January 1, 2023. Where can I find the phase out schedule?

Answer #35: USITC Publication 3721, Annex 2, Section B, is available at a link from the Morocco FTA webpage

Question #36: Where can I get additional information with respect to importing into the U.S. under the U.S.-Morocco FTA?

Answer #36: Questions may be addressed to our mailbox at fta@dhs.gov. Also visit the Morocco FTA webpage.

USITC to Study U.S. Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa

On November 17, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") announced it has launched an investigation to examine U.S. trade in goods and services and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa ("SSA").

The investigation, U.S. Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Developments, was requested by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on October 23, 2017.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will:

  • provide an overview of U.S. exports to and imports from SSA of goods and services, identifying the sectors and countries in which U.S. exports and imports have increased the most, in both value and percentage terms, and the principal factors behind such growth;
  • provide profiles of seven SSA economies -- Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, and South Africa -- describing these countries' macroeconomic environment, and trade flows and foreign direct investment (FDI) with the United States;
  • provide a summary of recent developments in regional integration efforts in SSA, including progress on negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA);
  • describe U.S. imports of goods from SSA countries under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), as well as summarize strategies by AGOA countries to increase trade with the United States;
  • perform a qualitative and, to the extent possible, quantitative assessment of the non-crude petroleum sectors and SSA markets that present the greatest potential for growth in U.S. exports and imports of goods and services, as well as FDI flows; and
  • discuss exports of goods and services from U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to SSA and the challenges faced by U.S. SMEs exporting to the region.

The USITC expects to deliver the report to USTR by April 30, 2018.

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on January 23, 2018. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on January 9, 2018, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.