Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Swimsuit Fabric Short Supply Request Effectively Denied

On November 16, 2015, the Government of the United States received a request from the Swimsuit Commission Corporation ("SCC"), that the United States and Morocco consider revising the rules of origin for certain women’s and girls’ swimwear to address availability of supply of certain printed and piece-dyed warp knit fabrics of polyester or nylon fibers classified under HTSUS subheading 6004.10 containing between 3 percent and 41 percent elastomeric yarns, in which the elastomeric yarns were engineered for chlorine resistance, which the SCC alleged cannot be supplied by the U.S. and Moroccan industries in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

Public comments in opposition were submitted by Agathon Associates, Darlington Fabrics, Elastic Fabrics of America, McMurray Fabrics, and the National Council of Textile Organizations and The American Fiber Manufacturers Association. The Government of Morocco submitted comments in favor of the request.

After approximately 15 months of ongoing engagement between the petitioner and U.S. domestic mills, the government posted this week on the otexa.trade.gov website the finding of "Indications that commercial availability exists." No further action on this request is expected.

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