Friday, October 20, 2017

Trade Subcommittee Chairman David Reichert (R-WA) Announces Hearing on Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

The Committee is preparing legislation to implement recommendations made by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its final report. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 2:00 PM.

The ITC’s final report, submitted to Congress consistent with the new MTB process established by the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, is publicly available and can be accessed here: https://mtbps.usitc.gov/external/. The Act provides that the legislation to be considered by Congress may not include any provision unless it was the subject of a petition submitted to the ITC and was deemed by the ITC to meet the MTB tests established in the Act, including that there is no domestic producer of a like product who objects to the provision. In view of the limited time to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dept. of Defense Clothing Contracts Awarded

UNICOR/Federal Prison Industries, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $12,564,000 modification (P00007) exercising the second one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-16-D-1008) with two one-year option periods for Army physical fitness jackets. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $36,854,000 from $24,390,000. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Virginia, Florida, Arizona, and Washington, District of Columbia, with an Oct. 29, 2018, 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.

Excel Manufacturing Corp., El Paso, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,790,860 modification (P00121) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-14-D-1006) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats and trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $34,111,503 from $25,320,643. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Texas, with an April 22, 2019, estimated performance completion date. Using customers are the Air Force and the 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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dept. of Commerce Preliminary Findings on Health and Competitiveness of U.S. Textile Industy

In other news, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") launched a survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry in 2016. When completed, the findings will update a similar study done in 2003, and will cover topics including employment, production, competitors and customers, supply chain, financial information, research and development, effectiveness of the Berry Amendment, and future industrial challenges. The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of the study that will be unveiled later this year.

To register for a joint National Council of Textile Organizations ("NCTO") and American Apparel & Footwear Association ("AAFA") webinar on BIS's preliminary findings TODAY AT 2:00 EDT: click on the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5518592182122119427

DLA Troop Support Clothing & Textiles

Thank's to the National Council of Textile Organzations for pointing us to a plethora of information relating to U.S. Department of Defense planned textile and clothing acquisitions found at http://www.dla.mil/TroopSupport/ClothingandTextiles/CTIndustry/VendorsFAQ.aspx.

CPCS Attending the American Home Furnishings Alliance Regulatory Summit

On October 25, 2017, Andrew Lock and Allyson Tenney, Consumer Product Safety Directorate for Laboratory Sciences will attend the American Home Furnishings Alliance Regulatory Summit with industry representatives at The Conference Center at Guilford Technical Community College, Colfax, North Carolina.

Cotton Incorporated Launches free on-line learning facility

The African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation ("ACTIF") congratulates Cotton Incorporated on their latest initiative "Cotton University". This is a free on-line educational facility, delivering learning opportunities that can be accessed wherever you are and in your own time and covering a wide range of subjects applicable to our cotton, textile and apparel industries. For more details and to register see https://cottonuniversity.org/login/

Federal Business Opportunities through October 18, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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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:             Mosquito Netting
Sol. #:            DR4339PR0001
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             OPTION - Mobile Tent Set- Up DR 4339PR
Sol. #:            RFQ70FBR218P000323
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Vital Torso Protection - Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-16-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Enhancing Textile Grade PAN Carbon Fiber Precursors
Sol. #:            ORNL-TT-2017-ID201603816
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             VEST, AMMUNITION CARRYING, 7 POCKET LIGHTWEIGHT CHEST RIG
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0007
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Pelican Cases
Sol. #:            RFQ00051
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Purchase of a collection containing 80 significant and provenanced historical property not already in the US Army collection
Sol. #:            W56HZV-17-R-L549
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Maritime Buoyant Plate (MBP)
Sol. #:            N61331-17-SN-Q08
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CLOTH,FIBERGLASS
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0328
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FIREMAN HOOD
Sol. #:            SPE8E918T0172
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Maritime Buoyant Plante (MBP)
Sol. #:            N61331-17-SN-Q08
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Emergency Escape Mask Respirators
Sol. #:            SAQMMA17R0525
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0155
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SHROUD,FACE AND NEC
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0012
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0156
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plate Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-17-I-1250
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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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:             DJF-18-1200-SWATOPS
Sol. #:            DJF-18-1200-SWATOPS
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             GLOVES,BARBED TAPE-
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0118
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SERVICE RIBBON,AWARD
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0125
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GARRISON CAP
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0120
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Mosquito Netting
Sol. #:            DR4339PR0001
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             DOI Multi-Agency Uniform
Sol. #:            P17PS00914
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             DUAL VISOR ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0009
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tactical Police Equipment
Sol. #:            DACRFQ01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Shop Towels/Coveralls Leasing and Laundering Services
Sol. #:            M6739917Q0064
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Purchase of a collection containing 80 significant and provenanced historical property not already in the US Army collection
Sol. #:            W56HZV-17-R-L549
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Plate Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-17-I-1250
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             BASEBALL CAPS - BERRY COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2231-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             RIBBON ATTACHMENT,A
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0346
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0496
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plastic Sheeting
Sol. #:            70FB7018R00000011
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0460
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0099
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Repair Kit, 2-Man Combat
Sol. #:            8340-01-462-6490
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0498
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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Textile Industry Mourns the Loss of Ken Langley

With great sorrow we report the sudden death, Saturday, October 14th, of Ken Langley.

Ken was the owner of K D Langley Fiber Services, a textile fiber testing laboratory. Ken also taught Textiles at UMass Dartmouth (Chancellor Professor) from 1968 to 2012. He was very active in the New England Section of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.

The arrangements are at Hathaways funeral home in Fall River, Massachusetts, Wednesday, the 18th, from 4-7pm. The church service is Thursday, the 19th, at 1 p.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1956 Main Rd Tiverton, R.I. 02878.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Smart Fabrics Summit, April 24, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Registration Opens November 2017!

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Smart Fabrics: Getting Smarter

Emerging Trends in Research, Technology and Public Policy

Advances in technology have brought together the apparel, technology, and textile industries to develop new capabilities in fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients, soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with their clothes and other textile products.

Known as “smart fabrics,” these new high-tech products have the ability to interact with their user or the environment, including tracking and communicating data about their wearer or environment to other devices through embedded sensors and conductive yarns. The applications for these new capabilities are broad with most smart fabric product development currently seen in the fields of defense, sports/fitness, health, and public safety.

Reaching the market’s full potential will require not just overcoming technical challenges but also bridging differences in how these distinct industries approach product development and addressing various public policy issues, including trade policy.

To foster greater collaboration between the U.S. apparel, technology, and textile industries and to identify the public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products by U.S. companies, the Department of Commerce in partnership with the Industrial Fabrics Association International will host the “Smart Fabrics: Getting Smarter” Summit on Monday, April 24, 2018. This event will build on the success of the 2016 Smart Fabrics Summit and highlight emerging trends and new technology in this growing market.

Through a day of panel discussions and industry demonstrations, the Summit will:

Bring together industries that need to collaborate in order for the emerging smart fabrics industry to meet its full potential and accelerate its development by U.S. manufacturers; Improve mutual understanding of the needs of private sector industries and the roles of public sector agencies; and Spur original thinking among public and private sector organizations about how new or existing policies affect current and future smart fabrics products.

The issues that will be explored at the Smart Fabrics Summit include: (1) research and development funding, (2) intellectual property, (3) standards, (4) data security and privacy, and (5) product development trends.

Notations Inc. settles $1 million civil suit for falsifying invoices

Pursuant to an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Notations, Inc. (Notations), a garment wholesaler based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, with a showroom in New York, has settled civil fraud claims brought under the False Claims Act.

As alleged in the complaint, Notations repeatedly ignored warning signs that its business partner, which imported garments from China, was engaged in a scheme to underpay customs duties owed on the imported garments it sold to Notations. Pursuant to the settlement, Notations admits and accepts responsibility for failing to act in response to indications of fraudulent conduct, agrees to pay $1 million in damages, and agrees to implement measures designed to prevent future fraud by Notations or its business partners.

“Evading the payment of customs duties to increase profit is not a victimless crime; it has a negative effect on the U.S. economy and law-abiding importers. HSI special agents will continue to work diligently with the officers of CBP to locate these offenders and put an end to their fraudulent business practices,” stated Special Agent in Charge of HSI New York, Angel M. Melendez. “As global supply chains grow more complex, it is important for American businesses to know their suppliers and be confident of their integrity. The outcome of this case is a testament to the dedication of our partners in the United States Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and the men and women of CBP in enforcing our nation’s trade laws and holding accountable those perpetrating this type of fraud,” said CBP Acting Director Leon Hayward.

As alleged in the complaint-in-intervention filed last year, Yingshun Garments, Inc. (Yinghsun), an importer of women’s apparel manufactured in China, and Import Global Designs Inc. (Import Global) and Olgrem, LLC (“Olgrem”), successor entities to Yingshun, and Marie Rogers, an owner and/or officer of each entity, engaged in a double-invoice scheme whereby Yingshun (and later Import Global and Olgrem) presented false and fraudulent invoices to CBP, showing prices for imported garments that were discounted by 75 percent or more, for the purpose of avoiding customs duties on the garments. Notations, which was Yingshun’s biggest customer, aided the fraudulent scheme by ignoring warning signs that Yingshun’s irregular business practices were highly suggestive of fraud.

As part of the settlement, Notations agreed to pay $1 million in damages. Notations also admits and accepts responsibility for its failure to take action in response to multiple warning signs that Yingshun, Import Global and Olgrem were undervaluing their imported goods and therefore paying less in import duties than they should have been paying. Notations also has agreed to implement a written compliance policy which will include measures to educate its employees on identifying red flags for fraud in import transactions, to monitor the conduct of its business partners who act as importers of overseas goods and to report all potentially fraudulent conduct to CBP.

This matter was initiated by a relator pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq. Claims against Yingshun, Import Global, Olgrem and Marie Rogers remain pending. The government’s case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Office’s Civil Frauds Unit.

Federal Business Opportunities through October 11, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2953
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,IMPACT PROTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17TA241
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plastic Sheeting
Sol. #:            70FB7018R00000011
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Overseas Contingency Operations Clothing Kits
Sol. #:            F2VAGS7264AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0452
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DUAL VISOR ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0092
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Patches and Embroideries
Sol. #:            W91QVN-17-T-0152
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Plastic Sheeting
Sol. #:            70FB7018R00000011
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BAG,SPECIFIC PURPOS
Sol. #:            SPE7L517T2574
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Overseas Contingency Operations Clothing Kits
Sol. #:            F2VAGS7264AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform (IHWCU)
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-IHWCU
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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:             Badges
Sol. #:            HQ0034-17-R-0131
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Overseas Contingency Operations Clothing Kits
Sol. #:            F2VAGS7264AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Distinctive Unit Insignia 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade
Sol. #:            Benning1SFABTLM0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0456
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0457
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2291
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RABU, MABU uniforms
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Rxxxx
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Temper Tents and Components
Sol. #:            TemperAndComponents
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0064
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0063
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Draft RFP N0018918R0003 Servmart Oct 2017
Sol. #:            N0018918R0003
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Rain Gutter and Floor for MCPS
Sol. #:            8340-01-337-5699
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,COATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2786
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TARPAULIN
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q0015
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Pelican Cases
Sol. #:            RFQ00051
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Synthetic Woven Fabrics for Use in Physical Training Uniform Shorts
Sol. #:            1700005
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Temper Tents and Components
Sol. #:            TemperAndComponents
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RABU Patrol Cap Market Research 
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0000
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Supply: VISN8 Customized Safety Shoes    
Sol. #:            VA24817Q0744
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BALLISTIC INSERT KITS; STAB RESISTANCE INSERTS
Sol. #:            FPI-RFI-CT2232-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Draft RFP N0018918R0003 Servmart Oct 2017
Sol. #:            N0018918R0003
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0437
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0435
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0403
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0434
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.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New York man admits to trafficking more than $2.5 million in counterfeit footwear

A Staten Island, New York, man concedes he planned to distribute more than $2.5 million of counterfeit UGG-brand boots that were shipped into the Port of Newark. This confession is a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Shi Wei Zheng, 42, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. HSI special agents arrested Zheng, who was charged by complaint on March 7, 2017.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From September 2016 through February 2017, Zheng received certain shipping container numbers from an individual overseas that identified at least three containers containing counterfeit UGG boots. Cheng asked individuals working at the Port of Newark to remove the containers from the port before they could be examined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Once the containers were removed, Zheng directed that they be delivered to other individuals working for him, who would then distribute the boots in New Jersey and elsewhere.

However, before Zheng could distribute the goods, HSI and CBP intercepted the containers, examined their contents, and determined the boots were counterfeit. At no time was Zheng authorized to import authentic or counterfeit UGG merchandise.

In total, Zheng trafficked in over 15,000 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots, with a total estimated retail value of over $2.5 million. Zheng also paid individuals over $50,000 in exchange for the delivery of the containers.

The trafficking in counterfeit goods charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine. Zheng will be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2018.

Boat Manufacturer Files for FTZ, Excludes Textiles from Request

The Richland-Lexington Airport District, grantee of FTZ 127, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of BGM America, Inc. (BGM), located in Marion, South Carolina. The notification was received on September 27, 2017.

The BGM facility is located within Subzone 127C. The facility is used for the production of sailboats, cabin cruiser powerboats, and outboard motor boats. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials/components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt BGM from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used in export production (estimated 5-20 percent of production). On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below, BGM would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to sailboats, cabin cruiser powerboats with inboard engines, and outboard motorboats (duty rates range from 1%-1.5%). BGM would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

The materials/components sourced from abroad include: Primers; adhesive acrylic; surface cleaning kits; liquid adhesives; spray adhesives; polyvinyl chloride profiles; plastic pipes and fittings; plastic flexible hoses; plastic tubes; plastic hoses; plastic pipes; plastic elbow fittings; wall and ceiling non-skid molding kits with adhesive backing; pavement marking tape; decal tape rolls; velcro; acrylic vessel covers; engine room foam (non-textile); plastic straps (non-textile); lamination and edge banding (non-textile); paper reinforced laminate; lavatories; plastic crates; plastic bags; plastic carboys and bottles; plastic waste bins; plastic dinnerware sets; plastic cups and serving ware; plastic kitchenware; plastic window screens; plastic doors; plastic container doors; plastic screens; plastic and woven fabric blinds; plastic boxes with lids; plastic door and cabinetry knobs; stern tube epoxy; fiberglass reinforced plastic deck parts and components; plastic wrap; plastic bushings; rubber profiles; rubber hoses with fittings; rubber hose harnesses; rubber non-skid mats; silicone gaskets and seals; rubber door stops; rubber noise dampening components; wood moldings; hardwood marine plywood with high pressure laminate outer covering; hardwood plywood veneer panels; hardwood marine plywood with hardwood veneer outer plywood; densified wood blocks; composite wood blocks; marine wood cabinetry; log books; binders and folders; watertight labels; self-adhesive labels; coated paper gaskets and washer seals; manuals; decal transfers; woven nylon strips; rubber thread and cord bungee cords; synthetic fiber braided cord cut to length; cotton netting; twine, cordage and rope safety ladders; twine and cordage rope; nylon woven ribbons; marine vinyl composed of polyvinyl chloride, polyester and cotton (coated with over 70 percent polyvinyl chloride); rubberized textile adhesive tape; textile felt seals and gaskets; synthetic fiber curtains; synthetic fiber textile blinds; synthetic fiber table covers; synthetic fiber textile wheel covers; sails of synthetic fibers; cotton dust cloths; polyester web fabric straps; abrasive deck surface coating; mirrors; nonwoven fiberglass mats; woven fiberglass with fibers; fiberglass in bulk; stainless steel threaded pipes; stainless steel support posts; stainless steel anchoring mechanisms--wire, ropes and cables; iron and nonalloy steel anchoring chains; steel nails; steel screw hooks; self-tapping steel wood screws; steel flat screws; steel bolts; steel screws; steel metal disc fasteners; steel nuts; steel finish nuts; steel spacer washers; steel cotters and cotter pins; steel nuts with flat head; iron and steel stoves; steel and iron stove parts and accessories--cooking chambers, surface panels, door assemblies, panels, windows and insulation; iron and steel sheaths for air heaters; stainless steel sinks; cast iron centerboards; steel ladders; steel flush rings; brass inserts; threaded brass reducers; copper and stainless steel pin cables; copper and stainless steel barrel bolts; brass plumbing fittings; copper hooks; aluminum tubes; aluminum pipe fittings and inserts; aluminum profiles for door and window frames; aluminum door steps; aluminum fuel tanks; aluminum blind rivets; aluminum screens; aluminum plates and castings; lead sealed in bags, used as weight; zinc thrusters; metal drill heads; metal hand tools; stainless steel kitchen utensils; base metal locks; base metal spring bolts; iron and steel interior hinges; brass hinges; iron and steel straps and buckles; iron and steel mountings, fittings, and door closers; iron and steel handles; iron and steel doorstops, chain door fasteners, door pulls and kick plates; iron and steel lid supports; iron and steel knobs and arms; iron and steel racks; iron and steel staples; marine propulsion engines; cable control gear boxes; iron and steel mountings for flaps; aluminum table legs; pumps; water pumps; air conditioner drain pumps; plastic pump fittings; inflator pumps; blowers; parts of ducting and relays that are parts of a marine air conditioning system; refrigerators; refrigerator door pivots; water purifying filters; oil and fuel filters for internal combustion engines; electric winches; winches; anchors; cast iron cover plates; sandblast guns; controls and thrusters; rudders; pressure valves; showerhead and hose valves; fresh water inlet systems; bushings; pulleys; couplings; metal glands with rubber inserts; ship propellers; electric motors (not exceeding 37.5 W); linear actuators; diesel generators; converters; regulators; inverters; tilting light signals; wiper arms; microwave ovens; water heaters; speakers; TV antenna splitters; remote controls; antennas; alarms; breakers; fuses; battery breakers; insulators; relay timers; switches; cable TV splitters; fuse holders; terminals; electrical splices; electrical couplings; junction boxes; motor control panels and controllers; switch frame out-boards; cover boxes for switches; diodes; solar panels; copper cables; coaxial cables; battery switches; HDMI cables; copper conductors; insulated plastic fittings; insulated plastic cable ducts; steering wheels; steering chains; compasses; navigation instruments; stencils; gauges; remote chain meters; electrical meters; bubble testers; water tank gauge beam parts; upholstered seats and accessories; sliding seat support system; wood furniture; plastic engine panel covers; wood and metal furniture parts; mattresses; cotton seat cushions and pillows; LED light ropes; indicator lights; wall lamps; wood touch up markers; crayons; pencil leads; and, pastels (duty rates range from free to 8.5%).

The request indicates that solar panels are subject to antidumping/countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders and hardwood plywood is subject to an AD/CVD investigation when 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).

The applicant also indicates that the following foreign-sourced materials/components will be admitted to the subzone in privileged foreign status, thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items (where applicable): Plastic and woven fabric blinds; woven nylon strips; rubber thread and cord bungee cords; synthetic fiber braided cord cut to length; cotton netting; twine, cordage and rope safety ladders; twine and cordage rope; nylon woven ribbons; marine vinyl composed of polyvinyl chloride, polyester and cotton (coated with over 70 percent polyvinyl chloride); rubberized textile adhesive tape; textile felt seals & gaskets; synthetic fiber curtains; synthetic fiber textile blinds; synthetic fiber table covers; synthetic fiber textile wheel covers; sails of synthetic fibers; cotton dust cloths; polyester web fabric straps; nonwoven fiberglass mats; woven fiberglass with fibers; fiberglass in bulk; mattresses; and, cotton seat cushions and pillows.

Public comment is invited from interested parties. The closing period for their receipt is November 13, 2017.

Until 2009 most textile articles were not eligible for consideration for an FTZ operation. Since then there have been several applications relating to textiles and in each case where the U.S. textile industry objected because they were willing and able to supply the textile article in question, the application was denied in whole, or at least as regards the textile component that was available from a domestic source. It appears that the applicant in this case recognized that they were unlikely to succeed in getting FTZ benefits for the textile components and that excluding textiles from the application would avoid having the whole application held up due to a dispute over textiles.

Federal Business Opportunities through October 4, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Overseas Contingency Operations Clothing Kits
Sol. #:            F2VAGS7264AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Unisex Gloves
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0002
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Synthetic Knitted Fabrics for Physical Training Uniform T-Shirts
Sol. #:            1700004
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             VEST,AMMUNITION CAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0039
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES, IMPACT PROTECTIVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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:             OpsCore and Mesh Covers
Sol. #:            HHSP233201700097P
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             OpsCore and CAG Helmets
Sol. #:            HHSP233201700089P
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2761
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0458
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2760
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0031
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ballistic Shield (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0002_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Body Armor (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0003_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ballistic Helmet (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0004_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Weapons Related Equipment (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0005_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Individual Tactical Equipment (CRT)
Sol. #:            FY17-0001_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SHOULDER CORD,INFAN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0021
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Various Drash Parts
Sol. #:            W912PQ-17-Q-0037
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Idaho Army National Guard Recruiting T-Shirts
Sol. #:            W912J7-17-T-0027
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0019
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USMMA Waterfront Team Uniforms
Sol. #:            693JF717Q00044
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ARC Flash Clothing Supply
Sol. #:            W912P5-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            HSFE06-17-Q-0046
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            HSFE06-17-Q-0045
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Promotional and Incentive Items
Sol. #:            M0026317R1004
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Veteran Lapel Pins
Sol. #:            HQ003417R0261
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Uniforms
Sol. #:            28S101
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             **THIS IS A SOLE SOURCE REQUIREMENT** Chemical/Biological Airlock Vestibule System
Sol. #:            N6883617R0031A
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             GTMO Tents
Sol. #:            W912CL-17-Q-0036
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Texas Army National Guard Shirts
Sol. #:            W912L1-17-T-00RR
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             PGI Fireline Smokechaser Jumpsuit
Sol. #:            W912PB-17-T-3137
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:             Final Bid - High Threat Body Armor
Sol. #:            IRWINDESCHQ0004-01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Fiberglass fabric
Sol. #:            N3904017RQ8288
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Waterproof Rucksack
Sol. #:            H92240-17-Q-2048
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Military Police Gear
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0485
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pit Canopy
Sol. #:            M00264-17-Q-0007
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Anti-Exposure Dry Suits
Sol. #:            W912JB-17-T-4055
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Marine Corps JROTC Uniform Insigina, Accessories & PT Shorts
Sol. #:            M00264-17-T-0259
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2948
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Promotional and Incentive Items
Sol. #:            M0026317R1004
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17TF831
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Rifle Cases
Sol. #:            W911YU17T2010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Shop Towels/Coveralls Leasing and Laundering Services
Sol. #:            M6739917Q0064
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Boot Requirement (Salomon Boots - Brand Name or Equal)
Sol. #:            H92240-17-Q-1076
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Military Streamers
Sol. #:            MyerMDWTOGSEM0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             N61331-17-R-0011 Neutrally Buoyant Ballistic Plates (NBBPs) 
Sol. #:            N61331-17-R-0011
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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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:             MILITARY COMBAT EYE PROTECTION (MCEP) QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST (QPL)
Sol. #:            W91CRB17-Army-MCEP-QPL-Spectacles
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             MILITARY COMBAT EYE PROTECTION (MCEP) QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST (QPL) Cold Weather Goggles
Sol. #:            W91CRB17ArmyMCEPQPL
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Individual Tactical Equipment (CRT2)
Sol. #:            FY17-0007
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Drum & Bugle Corps Red Coats
Sol. #:            M00264-17-T-0255
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0498
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0499
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR059_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR058_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR046
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Representational Furnishings 
Sol. #:            103017BUD08
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             2IBCT RETENTION ITEMS
Sol. #:            Fort_Carson_HHBN_RR_0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Zippers, Berry Amendment Compliant for ACU & Gen III Coat/Jacket Programs
Sol. #:            CT2228-17R
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Zippers, Berry Amendment Compliant for Army APFU Jacket Program
Sol. #:            CT2227-17R
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             VARIOUS FABRICS
Sol. #:            CT2229-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SHOULDER CORD,INFAN
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2543
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2926
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2925
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2751
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

CBERA Continues to Have a Small but Positive Impact on Beneficiary Countries and a Negligible Effect on U.S. Consumers; Imports Declined in 2016, Says USITC

On September 29, 2017, the USITC released Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act: Impact on U.S. Industries and Consumers and on Beneficiary Countries, Twenty-third Report, 2015-16 (Inv. No. 332-227, USITC Publication 4728, September 2017)

  • CBERA has encouraged several beneficiary countries to develop niche exports to the United States, including polystyrene from The Bahamas, fruits and fruit juices from Belize, and electronic products from St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • The report found that investment for the near-term production and export of CBERA-eligible products is not likely to result in imports that would have a measurable economic impact on the U.S. economy generally and on U.S. producers.
  • Exporting CBERA-eligible goods is a challenge for many CBERA beneficiaries because of supply-side constraints, including inadequate infrastructure and an increasing focus on the export of services. However, special CBERA provisions for Haiti have had a strong, positive effect on export earnings and job creation in Haiti's apparel sector.

Textile and apparel imports under CBERA decreased slightly overall, but textile and apparel imports under the HOPE and HELP Acts increased. The value of U.S. imports of textiles and apparel entering under CBERA trade preferences dropped 22.3 percent, from $396.8 million in 2015 to $308.2 million in 2016. The decrease in the value of U.S. imports of textile and apparel goods under CBERA was greater than the 6.4 percent drop in overall U.S. imports of textiles and apparel in 2016. The latter decline reflects a volatile retail environment in 2016, with some U.S. retailers facing bankruptcies and store closures. Haiti continues to be the top CBERA supplier of U.S. textile and apparel imports in 2016, accounting for more than 99 percent of such imports. Although total textile and apparel imports from Haiti dropped from 2015 to $848.5 million in 2016, U.S. imports from Haiti under the HOPE/HELP trade preference provisions increased by 7.5 percent to $535.0 million in 2016. More than 60 percent of the duty free imports of textile and apparel from Haiti now utilize the HOPE/HELP preferences rather than the older but more narrowly defined CBTPA preferences.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Illinois Firm Barred from Making Misleading Baby Mattress Claims

Moonlight Slumber could not support claims its products are organic, free of volatile organic compounds

Moonlight Slumber, LLC, an Elgin, Illinois-based firm that advertised its baby mattresses as organic and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented or could not support its claims to consumers. The case is the FTC’s first challenging “organic” product claims.

The FTC’s administrative complaint charges that in marketing and advertising its baby mattresses, Moonlight Slumber misrepresented a range of claims on its website and in its packaging. For example, the complaint alleges the company represented that its Starlight Simplicity and Little Star mattresses are “organic.” According to the FTC, however, very little of the mattresses were made from organic material.

In addition, the company represented that its Little Star mattress contains a “Natural Latex Core” and that many of its mattresses are made from plant-based foam. The FTC alleges that, in actuality, the core of the Little Star mattress was made from synthetic material and the foam in the mattresses contained little or no plant-based material.

The complaint also alleges that the company falsely claimed that testing proves “that there are no VOCs (volatile organic compounds, commonly known as ‘Off Gassing’) from Moonlight Slumber products.”

Finally, the complaint states that the company represented that its mattresses were certified by the “Green Safety Shield” in its ads, but failed to disclose that the Green Safety Shield was Moonlight Slumber’s own designation, and that it awarded it to its own products.

The proposed order settling the FTC’s charges prohibits Moonlight Slumber from making misleading representations regarding whether any mattress, blanket, pillow, pad, foam-containing product, or sleep-related product is organic, natural, or plant-based; regarding the emissions from such products; or about the general environmental and health benefits of such products. It also requires the company to have competent and reliable evidence, including scientific evidence when appropriate, to support any claims in these areas.

Next, the proposed order prohibits Moonlight Slumber from representing that covered products are emissions-free or VOC-free, unless the representations are non misleading and the company has competent and reliable scientific evidence substantiating them.

The order also prohibits the company from misrepresenting the results of any tests or studies, or that any claimed benefit is scientifically or clinically proven. Finally, the proposed order prohibits the company from disseminating misleading certifications, or from failing to disclose that the company has a material connection to an endorser.

NOTICE: Withdrawal of Request for Commercial Determination to Add Certain Polyester/Acrylic/Rayon Woven Flannel Fabric under CAFTA-DR

On September 27, 2018, the Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) received notice that School Apparel, Inc. has withdrawn its Request for a Commercial Availability Determination for certain polyester/acrylic/rayon woven flannel fabric under the CAFTA-DR commercial availability provision.

The original Request was filed on September 8, 2017. CITA notified interested parties, inviting Responses with Offers to Supply the subject product or a substitute. On September 22, 2017, International Trade Group/Burlington World Wide submitted its Response with an Offer to Supply the subject fabric. As a result of School Apparel, Inc.'s withdrawal of its Request, the proceeding is now closed.

Department of Defense Clothing Contract Awarded

Aurora Industries, Camuy, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $21,918,095 modification (P00011) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1010) with three one-year option periods for Army aircrew combat uniform, operational camouflage pattern coats and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a Sept. 26, 2018, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday is Columbus Day in the U.S.A.

Monday, October 9th, is Columbus Day, a federal holiday in the United States. National, state, and local government offices will be closed. Observance of the holiday by the private sector varies from region to region.

Columbus and the Last Hope of Mankind

"We do not read even of the discovery of this continent, without feeling something of a personal interest in the event; without being reminded how much it has affected our own fortunes and our own existence. It would be still more unnatural for us, therefore, than for others, to contemplate with unaffected minds that interesting, I may say that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark, the shades of night falling on the sea, yet no man sleeping; tossed on the billows of an unknown ocean, yet the stronger billows of alternate hope and despair tossing his own troubled thoughts; extending forward his harassed frame, straining westward his anxious and eager eyes, till Heaven at last granted him a moment of rapture and ecstasy, in blessing his vision with the sight of the unknown world." -- Daniel Webster, First Bunker Hill Monument Oration, 1825

In Boston we are surrounded by familiar sights -- Old North Church, the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, and the other stops on the Freedom Trail -- that remind us of Boston's unique Revolutionary War history. At 242 years distance from 1775, we are nearly two-and-a–half centuries removed from the beginning of the American War of Independence. In like manner, 1775 was a bit more than two-and-a-half centuries (283 years to be precise) removed from Columbus' discovery of the New World. Independence and the Revolutionary War mark not the beginning, but the halfway point in the history of European civilization in America.

In his remarks, quoted above, Mr. Webster, on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, traced the origins of the United States not to the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock (although he mentions them in the oration), nor to the earlier English settlement of Virginia (not even mentioned by Webster), but to Christopher Columbus and his first "sight of the unknown world."

Others came here earlier -- possibly the Vikings, maybe other Europeans, and certainly the American Indians who arrived most probably from Asia by land-bridge to Alaska. But Webster -- and many of us concur -- begins our history with Columbus. All month we celebrate Italian-American Heritage and we celebrate the brave and persevering Italian navigator who opened the way for immigrants from every nation to settle in this New World and create the United States that remains, to quote again from Webster's speech, "the last hope of mankind." This is a phrase that will be echoed by Abraham Lincoln in his December 1862 Annual Message to Congress ("the last best, hope of earth") and Ronald Reagan in his January 1974 "We Will Be a City on a Hill" speech ("the last best hope of man on earth"). God willing America shall continue for many years as a beacon of liberty.

Federal Business Opportunities through September 27, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Pit Canopy
Sol. #:            M00264-17-Q-0007
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Tents and Tarpaulins
Sol. #:            SPRDL116R0376
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Shop Towels/Coveralls Leasing and Laundering Services
Sol. #:            M6739917Q0064
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             10 Position Flag Stand
Sol. #:            KNOXUSAMEBRPT0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Personalized Outdoor Mats
Sol. #:            Campbell716TLS0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            HSFE06-17-Q-0045
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Fiberglass fabric
Sol. #:            N3904017RQ8288
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             COOKIE FUEL OPEN FACE HELMET
Sol. #:            BRAGGUSAPTSJG0006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tactical Uniforms
Sol. #:            SINLEC17Q0034
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Market Survey - Uniform Services
Sol. #:            FRB-17-003
Agency:            Federal Reserve
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Title:             BALLISTIC VESTS
Sol. #:            M6700117Q1330
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Luggage
Sol. #:            W912J3-17-T-1015
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Canopy
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-T-6301
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             MILITARY COMBAT EYE PROTECTION (MCEP) QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST (QPL)
Sol. #:            W91CRB17-Army-MCEP-QPL-Spectacles
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TAPE,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0487
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,Air Supported TEM
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2913
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MILITARY COMBAT EYE PROTECTION (MCEP) QUALIFIED PRODUCTS LIST (QPL) Cold Weather Goggles
Sol. #:            W91CRB17ArmyMCEPQPL
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0496
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0488
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0492
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Solicitation: Fire Fighting Ensembles
Sol. #:            M6700117Q0051
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0491
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2910
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAR,OVERSEAS SERVIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0433
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BASEBALL CAPS - BERRY COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2231-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
Sol. #:            FY17RR062
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR060
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             CRG Boots
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M105
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Fast Ballistic Helmets
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M110
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CRG Boots
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M105
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2897
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Canopy
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-T-6301
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SOLE SOURCE: EMBROIDERY AND SEWING SERVICES
Sol. #:            H92240-17-Q-1022
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            HSFE06-17-Q-0046
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Curtains & Installation    
Sol. #:            VA26317Q1012
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            HSFE06-17-Q-0045
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2883
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             AF Honor Guard Uniforms
Sol. #:            F6K3SG7221AW02
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BASEBALL CAPS - BERRY COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2231-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0486
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) Overgarment, Coat and Trousers, Chemical Protective
Sol. #:            SPM1C113R0018
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0485
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Covert Body Armor
Sol. #:            W91CRB-17-R-5048
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0472
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             **THIS IS A SOLE SOURCE REQUIREMENT** Chemical/Biological Airlock Vestibule System
Sol. #:            N6883617R0031
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             **THIS IS A SOLE SOURCE REQUIREMENT** Chemical/Biological Airlock Vestibule System
Sol. #:            N6883617R0031A
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Waterproof Rucksack
Sol. #:            H92240-17-Q-2408
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Structural Pants and Coats
Sol. #:            FA2823-17-Q-4049
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0473
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Enhancing Textile Grade PAN Carbon Fiber Precursors
Sol. #:            ORNL-TT-2017-ID201603816
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0483
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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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:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0482
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0480
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Pop Up Canopy Tent
Sol. #:            Campbell716TLS0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Plate Carriers and Rifleman Kits
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M107
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CRG Boots
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M105
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Alterations for Ceremonial Uniforms
Sol. #:            N6883617Q0448
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Waterproof Rucksack
Sol. #:            H92240-17-Q-2048
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Uniform Issue And Embroidery Svcs
Sol. #:            N6883617Q0436
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             NVARNG Recruiting Marketing Supplies
Sol. #:            W9124X-17-T-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             10 Position Flag Stand
Sol. #:            KNOXUSAMEBRPT0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Canopy
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-T-6301
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Training Equipment
Sol. #:            FY17RR057_01
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             CRG Boots
Sol. #:            FA5240-17-Q-M105
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             USMMA Waterfront Team Uniforms
Sol. #:            693JF717Q00044
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             GTMO Tents
Sol. #:            W912CL-17-Q-0036
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             10 Position Flag Stand
Sol. #:            KNOXUSAMEBRPT0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0479
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Enhanced Jungle Boots
Sol. #:            W91247-17-Q-0009
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0475
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DJF-17-1200-TACTICALQ4
Sol. #:            DJF-17-1200-TACTICALQ4
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0477
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            N5020217RC001FR
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0476
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             M328 Sign Kit Components
Sol. #:            SPRDL117Q0466
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Personalized Outdoor Mats
Sol. #:            Campbell716TLS0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pop Up Canopy Tent
Sol. #:            Campbell716TLS0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0474
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-17-Q-0117
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Carry-on Luggage, JB Andrews
Sol. #:            F1D1047263AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Tent Partitions
Sol. #:            FA5422-17-Q-0713
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Representational Furnishings 
Sol. #:            103017BUD08
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Patches and Embroideries
Sol. #:            W91QVN-17-T-0152
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Replacing Fabric Canopies
Sol. #:            F3V3VR7227AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Shop Towels/Coveralls Leasing and Laundering Services
Sol. #:            M6739917Q0064
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Organizational Clothing
Sol. #:            TFSATTB17Q0004
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
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Title:             ID Badge Hangtags Questions and Answers   
Sol. #:            VA119A17Q0446
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Mobile Shoe-Truck and Non-Conductive Protective Footwear
Sol. #:            W52P1J-17-T-3049
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             AF Honor Guard Uniforms
Sol. #:            F6K3SG7221AW02
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) Overgarment, Coat and Trousers, Chemical Protective
Sol. #:            SPM1C113R0018
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Unit Crest
Sol. #:            RFQPR11068539
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tent Rental - Structured Tent with HVAC
Sol. #:            TN02027Y2017T
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Military Police Gear
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0485
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G217Q00082
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             STREAMER SET,AWARD
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2834
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0470
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PROMOTIONAL PULLOVERS, PENS
Sol. #:            W9127Q-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Individual Equipment
Sol. #:            SPRDL117Q0257
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Individual Equipment
Sol. #:            SPRDL117Q0176
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2828
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0469
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2825
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic Footwear
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0121
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SERVICE RIBBON,AWAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0444
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0468
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Drum & Bugle Corps Red Coats
Sol. #:            M00264-17-T-0255
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1560
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DJF-17-1200-TACTICALQ4
Sol. #:            DJF-17-1200-TACTICALQ4
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Satellite Communicators
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-17-T-4500
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ASOG Tactical Boots
Sol. #:            FA4661-17-Q-0116
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Tactical Belts
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-17-T-4530
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tarps and Accessories (Strap and Winch)
Sol. #:            W912GY-17-T-0024
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LEGGINGS,MEN'S
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Idaho Army National Guard Recruiting T-Shirts
Sol. #:            W912J7-17-T-0027
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ID Badge Hangtags    
Sol. #:            VA119A17Q0446
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Airbeam Components
Sol. #:            W901UZ-17-T-5091
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Military Police Gear
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0485
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Classic Frame Tents and parts
Sol. #:            W81GN672010001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0467
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,FUEL,HANDLER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0428
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CSEL Equipment
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-17-T-4533
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             NVARNG Recruiting Marketing Supplies
Sol. #:            W9124X-17-T-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            N5020217RC001FR
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Cadet Socks
Sol. #:            FA7000-17-T-0026
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0466
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0440
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
-------------------------------------------------------
Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2806
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0465
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Supply, deliver, and construct two open-bay tents, 20 m wide x 50 m long x 3 m (side wall height) x 9.5 m (overall tent height) 
Sol. #:            SGE500-17-R-0157
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Athletic Footwear
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0121
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY17RR052
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Men's Deck Shoes and Men's Shower Shoes
Sol. #:            192117FPHSHOE3055
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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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, September 26, 2017

Mark Kent, 1962 - 2017

Mark B. Kent, a Greenville businessman, community leader and self-described people-person who dove into his family’s textile legacy at a young age, died unexpectedly on Sunday night. He was 55. READ MORE HERE.

Monday, September 25, 2017

US/Canadian/Mexican Industry Urge Negotiators to Preserve TPLs in NAFTA

Ten business groups – representing companies from across the textile and apparel supply chain in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico – urged negotiators to preserve Tariff Preference Levels (TPLs) in the NAFTA negotiations. READ MORE.

AAFA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce sharing perspectives on Berry and other government procurement issues.

In comments recently submitted, the American Apparel & Footwear Association ("AAFA") to the Trump Administration, expressed strong support for the Berry Amendment, for government procurement commitments in trade agreements, and for closing loopholes in Berry that undermine the very protection it is meant to provide. READ MORE.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Colombia: Request for Public Comment

In the 2017 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, in order to monitor progress on specific intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, USTR would conduct an out-of-cycle review of Colombia. At this time, USTR requests written comments concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether and how USTR should identify Colombia based on Colombia's protection for intellectual property rights or market access Columbia provides to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.

DATES: October 20, 2017 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of written comments. October 27, 2017 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of written comments from foreign governments.

I. Background

Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242), USTR must identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. USTR will identify the countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's designation as a Priority Foreign Country normally are the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2411 et seq.) USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if that country is entering into good faith negotiations or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and a ``Watch List'' under the Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that countrywith respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas.

An Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) is a tool that USTR uses to encourage progress on IPR issues of concern. It provides an opportunity for heightened engagement with a trading partner to address and remedy such issues. Successful resolution of specific IPR issues of concern or lack of action on such issues can lead to a change in a trading partner's identification on a Special 301 list outside of the typical period for the annual Special 301 Report. USTR may conduct OCRs of other trading partners as circumstances warrant or as requested by the trading partner.

In the 2017 Special 301 Report, which you can find on the USTR Web site at www.ustr.gov, USTR placed Colombia on the Watch List and announced that it would conduct an OCR of Colombia in order to monitor progress on issues relating to IPR protection and enforcement. The OCR of Colombia will include a focus on Colombia's commitment to the intellectual property provisions of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and Colombia's implementation of its National Development Plan.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CPSC to Attend TSO Textiles Meeting in New Orleans

Sunday, October 8 through Friday, October 13, 2017, Paige Witzen, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Laboratory Sciences will be attending ISO TC38 Meetings for Textiles, Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana.

2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand: Request for Comments

The Office of the United States Trade Representative ("USTR") is conducting a Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand. USTR requests written comments concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether and how USTR should identify Thailand based on Thailand's protection for intellectual property rights or market access Thailand provides to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.

DATES:

October 20, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time: Deadline for submission of written comments.

October 27, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time: Deadline for submission of written comments from foreign governments.

Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242), USTR must identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. USTR will identify the countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's designation as a Priority Foreign Country normally are the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2411 et seq.). USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if that country is entering into good faith negotiations or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and effective IPR protection. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and a ``Watch List'' under the Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas.

An Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) is a tool that USTR uses to encourage progress on IPR issues of concern. It provides an opportunity for heightened engagement with a trading partner to address and remedy such issues. Successful resolution of specific IPR issues of concern or lack of action on such issues can lead to a change in a trading partner's identification on a Special 301 list outside of the typical period for the annual Special 301 Report. USTR may conduct OCRs of other trading partners as circumstances warrant or as requested by the trading partner.

In the 2017 Special 301 Report, USTR placed Thailand on the Priority Watch List but noted that the United States was prepared to review that status if Thailand continued to take positive steps and made substantial progress in addressing the concerns described in the Report. Thailand has requested that USTR conduct an OCR in light of its efforts to achieve substantial progress.

Army Parka Contract Awarded

Coachys & Associates LLC, Canton, Georgia, has been awarded a maximum $12,499,907 modification (P00004) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-16-D-1087) with two one-year option periods for camouflage parkas. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Locations of performance are Georgia and Tennessee, with a Sept. 27, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Manufacturer in Puerto Rico Awarded Two Foreign Military Sales Contracts

Pentaq Manufacturing Corp., Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $32,333,000 modification (P00156) exercising the fourth one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1073) with four one-year option periods for various types of trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $99,250,564 from $66,917,564. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Puerto Rico, Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina, with a Sept. 23, 2018, ordering period end date, and a March 23, 2019, estimated performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Coast Guard and Afghanistan government. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital; and foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pentaq Manufacturing Corp., Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $18,456,470 modification (P00140) exercising the fourth one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1074) with four one-year option periods for various types of trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $39,411,238 from $20,954,768. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Puerto Rico, Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina, with a Sept. 23, 2018, ordering period end date, and a March 23, 2019, estimated performance completion date. Using customers are Army and Afghanistan government. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital; and foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

Canadian Minister of International Trade to officially welcome CETA provisional application on September 21

On September 21, 2017, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, joined by representatives of the Canadian and European Union business communities from a broad cross-section of industries, will mark and celebrate, at the Port of Montreal, the first day for the provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). ‎

The event will livestream on September 21, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. ET, on Facebook and Twitter

DEMDACO Recalls Infant Bib and Bootie Sets Due to Choking Hazard

Description:

This recall involves Story Time bib and bootie sets for infants, ages 3 through 6 months. The multi-colored pastel sets were sold in six different child themes and have serial numbers ranging from 5004700491 to 5004700496. The serial number can be found on the side of the bib. The sets were sold under the brand name Nat & Jules.  Rattle attachments sewn into the booties coordinate with the theme.

 

5004700491

 Dragon Bib & Bootie Set

5004700492

 Sea Creatures Bib & Bootie Set

5004700493

 Unicorn Bib & Bootie Set

5004700494

 Princess Bib & Bootie Set

5004700495

 Pirate Bib & Bootie Set

5004700496

 Rocketship Bib & Bootie Set

 
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bib sets, take them away from children and return them to any store that sells DEMDACO’s products for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries:

None reported 

Sold At:

Christus Health Retail Systems, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, More Than Words, The Mole Hole of Peddlers Village & Eash Sales from June 2017 through August 2017 for about $25.

Importer(s):

DEMDACO, of Leawood, Kan.

Distributor(s):

DEMDACO, of Leawood, Kan.

Manufactured In:
China
Units:
About 1,500