Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bolt Threads Announces a Partnership with Sustainable Luxury Pioneer Stella McCartney

Agathon Associates' client Bolt Thread's recently announced a partnership with Stella McCartney, a world-renowned brand known for its dedication to eco-innovation. They'll be unveiling their first collaborative product, a one-of-a-kind custom dress made entirely of Bolt Microsilk™ at the New York Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming exhibit “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” opening October 1st.

USTR Announces First Round of NAFTA Negotiations

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced arrangements for the first round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The first round of the negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico will take place in Washington, D.C. from August 16 – 20, 2017.

The negotiations immediately follows the 90-day consultation period with Congress and the public initiated on May 18, 2017. On that day, Ambassador Lighthizer notified Congress of President Trump's intent to renegotiate NAFTA to get a better deal for America's workers, farmers, businesses and manufacturers.

Ambassador Lighthizer also announced that John Melle, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as Chief Negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations. In his role as Chief Negotiator, Melle will be responsible for the day-to-day negotiations at the staff level.

Since joining USTR in 1988, John Melle has held a number of positions covering Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. As Assistant USTR for the Western Hemisphere, he is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the United States’ trade policy for the region.

Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Termination of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation

On June 27th, we reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce Department had received countervailing duty ("CVD") Petitions concerning imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber from India and the People's Republic of China, filed in proper form on behalf of DAK Americas LLC, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America, and Auriga Polymers, Inc. The CVD Petitions were accompanied by antidumping duty ("AD") Petitions concerning imports of fine denier PSF from both of the countries listed above, in addition to the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The petitioners are domestic producers of fine denier PSF.

On July 20th, the Department of Commerce published notice that the petitioners have withdrawn their May 31, 2017, petition with respect to Vietnam, and requested that the Department terminate this investigation. The Department is terminating the less-than-fair-value investigation of fine denier PSF with respect to Vietnam.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Agathon Associates to Present on FTZs at Boston Trade Seminar

Massport invites you to attend an informational session to demonstrate how FTZ #27 can increase your firm’s profitability! Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs) allow companies to defer, reduce, or entirely eliminate Customs duties on foreign products imported into zones for storage, assembly, manufacturing, value-adding, and processing.

Seminar: Foreign-Trade Zone Advantages
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Flynn Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Terminal Mezzanine Hall, 2nd Floor
1 Black Falcon Avenue
Boston, Mass. 02210

Registration is FREE and will be submitted upon RSVP acceptance. A continental breakfast is included, followed by presentations featuring:

DAVID TRUMBULL - David Trumbull is Principal of Agathon Associates, a Boston-based consulting company engaged in helping companies understand and benefit from U.S. international trade regulations and other regulations. Prior to starting Agathon Associates in 2013, David was Vice President for International Trade at the National Textile Association. He has over 20 years’ experience representing U.S. manufacturers and is licensed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Customs Broker.

SCOTT TAYLOR - Scott S. Taylor is a partner with Miller & Company P.C., a law firm serving a diverse clientele exclusively in the area of international trade, Customs and foreign-trade zone law. Scott has developed and structured over 350 foreign-trade zone projects including alternative site framework applications, special-purpose subzones, subzone expansions, general-purpose zones, general-purpose zone expansions, boundary modifications and scope determinations.

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Proposed Revocation Ruling Letter Relating to the Tariff Classification of An Unfinished Quilted Pillow Shell

In Binding Ruling Letter NY N236267, issued to Future Textiles Inc. of Jamesburg, New Jersey, Customs classified an unfinished quilted pillow shell in heading 9404, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United StatesS, specifically in subheading 9404.90.10, HTSUS, which provides for "[m]attress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered: Other: Pillows, cushions and similar furnishings: Of cotton." The rate of duty was 5.3%.

Customs has reviewed NY N236267 and has determined the ruling letter to be in error. It is now Customs's position that the unfinished quilted pillow shell is properly classified, by operation of General Rule of Interpretation 1, in heading 6307, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 6307.90.89, HTSUS, which provides for "[o]ther made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Surgical towels; cotton towels of pile or tufted construction; pillow shells, of cotton; shells for quilts, eiderdowns, comforters and similar articles of cotton." The Rate of duty will be 7%.

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes ("ENs") constitute the official interpretation of the Harmonized System at the international level. While not legally binding, the ENs provide a commentary on the scope of each heading of the HTS and are thus useful in ascertaining the proper classification of the merchandise.

EN 94.04 states, in pertinent part, the following:

This heading covers:

. . .

(B) Articles of bedding and similar furnishing which are sprung or stuffed or internally fitted with any material (cotton, wool, horsehair, down, synthetic fibers, etc.), or are of cellular rubber or plastics (whether or not covered with woven fabric, plastics, etc.). For example:

(1) Mattresses, including mattresses with a metal frame.

(2) Quilts and bedspreads (including counterpanes, and also quilts for baby-carriages), eiderdowns and duvets (whether of down or any other filling), mattress-protectors (a kind of thin mattress placed between the mattress itself and the mattress support), bolsters, pillows, cushions, pouffes, etc.

(3) Sleeping bags.

. . . This heading also excludes :

(e) Pillow-cases, eiderdown or duvet covers (heading 63.02).

(f) Cushion covers (heading 63.04).

The quilted pillow shell in NY N236267 was not fitted with springs or internally stuffed or fitted with any material, and therefore cannot be considered an article of bedding or similar furnishing classifiable in heading 9404, HTSUS. Therefore, the quilted pillow shell is properly classified in heading 6307, HTSUS, specifically under 6307.90.8945, HTSUS, which provides for “[o]ther made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Pillow shells, of cotton (369)"

Comments must be received on or before August 18, 2017.

Corbeau USA Recalls Camlock Seat Harness Belts Due to Fall and Projectile Hazards

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves 5-Point Camlock harness belts intended for use on off-highway vehicles. The belts have part numbers 53001B, 53007B and 53009B. These 5-point camlock harness belts have five mounting points; two lap points, two points behind the seat and an additional strap between the legs. Only harness belts with a date code between May 2016 and May 2017 are included in the recall.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Corbeau USA to receive a replacement or refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: CJ Pony Parts Inc., Latemodel Restoration, Transamerican Auto Parts and other aftermarket auto parts stores nationwide and online at www.corbeau.com from April 2016 through April 2017 for about $150.

Importer(s): Corbeau USA, LLC., of Bluffdale, Utah

Distributor(s): Corbeau USA, LLC., of Bluffdale, Utah

Manufactured In: China

Units: About 2,000

Andrew Lock and Other CPSC Staff Participating in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 277 Upholstered Furniture Primary Task Group Teleconference

On July 25, 2017, Andrew Lock and Other Consumer Product Safety Commission staff are participating in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 277 Upholstered Furniture Primary Task Group Teleconference to participate in a voluntary standards development for upholstered furniture. The call-in information is 1-855-747-8824; Passcode: 533726.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Canada-Ukraine FTA Effective August 1s

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (signed July 11, 2016) goes into effect August 1, 2017. For apparel the rule of origin is single transformation.

Statement by the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister on the North American Free Trade Agreement

The Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yesterday made the following statement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“NAFTA supports millions of middle class jobs in Canada, the United States and Mexico. We welcome the opportunity to modernize NAFTA to reflect new realities — and to integrate progressive, free, and fair approaches to trade and investment.

“Today’s report from the United States is part of its internal process and is required under U.S. Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

“We continue to consult with Canadians on the modernization of NAFTA, and invite all Canadians to share their ideas, perspectives, and priorities — including through our online consultation.

“When negotiations begin, we will be ready to work with our partners to modernize NAFTA, while defending Canada's national interest and standing up for our values.

“Canada is the top customer of the United States. Canada buys more goods from the U.S. than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined.”

USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

On July 17, 2017, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a detailed and comprehensive summary of the negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Through the renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trump Administration will seek a much better agreement that reduces the U.S. trade deficit and is fair for all Americans by improving market access in Canada and Mexico for U.S. manufacturing, agriculture, and services.

In addition to President Trump being the first American president to begin renegotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement like NAFTA, for the first time USTR has included deficit reduction as a specific objective for the NAFTA negotiations. Since NAFTA was implemented in 1994, the U.S. bilateral goods trade balance with Mexico has gone from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit in 2016. Market access issues have arisen in Canada with respect to dairy, wine, grain and other products — barriers that the current agreement is unequipped to address.

The negotiating objectives also include adding a digital economy chapter and incorporating and strengthening labor and environment obligations that are currently in NAFTA side agreements. Additionally, among other objectives, the Administration will work to eliminate unfair subsidies, market-distorting practices by state owned enterprises, and burdensome restrictions on intellectual property.

The negotiating objectives aim to apply the highest standards covering the broadest possible range of goods and services to ensure truly free and fair trade that supports higher-paying jobs and economic growth in the United States.

At the direction of the President, on May 18, 2017, Ambassador Lighthizer sent a letter notifying Congress of the Administration’s intent to initiate NAFTA renegotiations.

Since then, USTR has been conducting extensive consultations with Congress, stakeholders, and the public at large. USTR sought public comments, received more than 12,000 responses, and heard directly from over 140 witnesses over three days of public hearings. During this process, the Administration received valuable advice that directly impacted the development of the negotiating objectives.

Further, these objectives reflect the negotiating standards established by Congress in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), which requires that USTR release objectives at least 30 days prior to formal negotiations. Negotiations will begin no earlier than August 16, 2017.

Through these negotiations, the Administration seeks an effectively implemented and enforced Agreement for more open, equitable, secure, and reciprocal market access. The Administration remains committed to conducting the negotiations with timely and substantive results for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Office of Management Budget Director Mick Mulvaney have issued a memorandum to provide guidance to agencies to help the Federal Government maximize, consistent with law, the policy and the statutory mandate to buy domestically manufactured products in its contracts and grants, and minimize use of exceptions and waivers, so that the Federal Government may optimize the positive impact of these laws for the betterment of United States citizens and taxpayers.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Army Boot Contract Awarded

Wolverine World Wide Inc., Rockford, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $11,626,800 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for temperate boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a one-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a July 12, 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 (SPE1C1-17-D-1075).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act

On July 11, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (82 FR 32044) Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.

The programs known collectively as the CBI are vital elements in U.S. economic relations with its neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America. Initially launched in 1983 by the CBERA and substantially expanded in 2000 with the CBTPA, the CBI was further expanded in the Trade Act of 2002. The HOPE Act, the HOPE II Act of 2008, and the HELP Act provided additional benefits for textile and apparel products from Haiti. As of 2015, CBI provides 17 countries and dependent territories with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods.

Haiti has been the second leading source of U.S. imports entering under CBI tariff preferences since 2009 when Costa Rica left the CBI. Apparel accounts for about 96 percent of U.S. imports from Haiti and almost all imports of apparel from Haiti enter under CBTPA or the HELP and the two HOPE Acts. In 2014, much of the continued growth in U.S. imports of apparel from Haiti is attributed to the HOPE/HELP preference programs, which for the second time surpassed apparel imports under CBI provisions. Imports of apparel from Haiti at preferential tariff rates rose 5.5 percent in 2012 and 9.2 percent in 2014 as the utilization of preferences under the HOPE Acts increased.

Haitian exports were up by 3 percent in 2014 from 2013. Apparel exports to the United States account for 90 percent of Haitian exports. Haiti is eligible for duty-free entry of textiles pursuant to CBTPA, the HOPE Act, and the HELP Act (which increased the apparel quotas and extended the CBTPA and the HOPE Act through September 30, 2020). Under the recently-passed Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, these trade preferences were extended to September 30, 2025. According to the Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel, total U.S. apparel imports from Haiti increased by 6.3 percent in 2014, reaching over $854 million.

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under AGOA in Calendar Year 2018; Scheduling of Hearing, and Request for Public Comments

Yesterday the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced the initiation of the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (Subcommittee) is developing recommendations for the President on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2018. The Subcommittee is requesting written public comments for this review and will conduct a public hearing on this matter. The Subcommittee will consider the written comments, written testimony, and oral testimony in developing recommendations for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 504 of the Trade Act of 1974.

DATES: August 4, 2017: Deadline for filing requests to appear at the August 23, 2017 public hearing, and for filing pre-hearing briefs, statements, or comments on sub-Saharan African countries' AGOA eligibility.

August 23, 2017: AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the TPSC will convene a public hearing on AGOA country eligibility.

August 30, 2017: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs, statements, or comments on this matter.

Certain Backpack Chairs; Institution of Investigation

A complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on June 8, 2017, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Rio Brands, LLC of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain backpack chairs by reason of infringement of a claim of U.S. Patent No. RE 39,022 ("the '022 patent"). The complainant requests that the U.S. International Trade Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

(a) The complainant is: Rio Brands, LLC, 100 Front Street, Suite 1350, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.

(b) The respondent is the following entity alleged to be in violation of section 337, and is the party upon which the complaint is to be served: GCI Outdoor, Inc., 66 Killingworth Road, Higganum, CT 06441.

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Title:             NY National Guard Pop-Up Tents with Logo's
Sol. #:            11027669
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Battlefield Airmen Rapid Refresh and Replenishment (BARS) Inventory Control Point Initial Stock - Dive Apparel
Sol. #:            FA8629-17-C-5011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Secure Transport System
Sol. #:            HSTS05-17-I-MED094
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BAG,SPECIFIC PURPOS
Sol. #:            SPE7L117T3358
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ANTI-STATIC GLOVES
Sol. #:            W44W9M7171008U
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TM-54 Tent Frame Replacement 
Sol. #:            M6700117Q1255
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Entrance Wall Assembly, Green
Sol. #:            69452320
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Commercial Item, Slide Fasteners/Zippers for APFU Jackets
Sol. #:            CT2227-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             LME- Side Assembly, Lower Leg Assembly, Arch Tent Frame and Door Header Assembly
Sol. #:            LME
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FBI Safety Sash
Sol. #:            DJF-17-1200-Q-0009064
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             ARC Flash Clothing Supply
Sol. #:            W912P5-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SOFT, TORSO PROTECTING BODY ARMOR
Sol. #:            HSCG84-17-Q-BB5127
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Enhanced-Multi Mission Parachute System (E-MMPS)
Sol. #:            M67854-17-R-1200
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             LINER, HELMET
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1792
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,IDENTIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1800
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SPMYM4-17-Q-0453 Cloth, #4
Sol. #:            SPMYM4-17-Q-0453
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tennessee Army National Guard Center of Influence (COI) Recruiting Logo Apparel Items
Sol. #:            W912L7-17-Q-0402
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tennessee Army National Guard Recruitng Promotional Items
Sol. #:            W912L7-17-Q-0401
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Extreme Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            JBLM22STSJCM0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hydration Carriers- IDIQ
Sol. #:            HydrationCarriersIDIQRFISOURCESSOUGHT
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Fabrication of Flame Retardant Lightweight T-shirt Fabric
Sol. #:            80NSSC17Q0094
Agency:            National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Title:             20097091 - CBP Canopy - Nogales POE - SITE VISIT REQUIRED
Sol. #:            20097091
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Aviation Body Armor
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0024
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SERVICE RIBBON,AWAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2056
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ABU Cold Weather Parkas and Bib Overalls
Sol. #:            W912J2-17-Q-1023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Protective Gear
Sol. #:            SE140106
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             FIELD SHOWER,PORTAB
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0353
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,TEMPER AIR SUPPOR
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2052
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             15 COVERALL
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q2461
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM (SRT) BODY ARMOR REQUIREMENT
Sol. #:            HSCEMS-17-R-00008
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Backpacks
Sol. #:            FA441717Q0067
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Deployment Equipment
Sol. #:            W912LQ-17-Q-3032
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Night Vision Image Intensifier
Sol. #:            W912KC-17-Q-3047
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CBP Canopy - Nogales POE - SITE VISIT REQUIRED
Sol. #:            20097091
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Promotional Backpacks
Sol. #:            W91V8P-7054-0103
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ESBI PLATES
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Decontamination Supplies    
Sol. #:            VA25617Q1050
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Ballistic Vest and Sustainment 
Sol. #:            HQ0034-17-T-0038
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Vestibule w/door Tan NSN:8340-01-198-7621, Vestibule Floor Green NSN 8340-01-186-3027, Vestibule Container Green NSN 8340-01-186-3029, and Pin Container Green NSN: 8340-01-186-3030 
Sol. #:            VestibuleDoorContainerFloorPin
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Crowns, Service & Dress Cap
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0125
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DOI Multi-Agency Uniform
Sol. #:            P17PS00914
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Chemical Detector Cassettes
Sol. #:            HSCG84-17-Q-BB5118
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Protective Gear
Sol. #:            SE140106
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Service: Uniform rentals Great Lakes/Detroit    
Sol. #:            VA78617Q0447
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Soft Ballistic Plates
Sol. #:            FA4855-17-R-0019
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM (SRT) BODY ARMOR REQUIREMENT
Sol. #:            HSCEMS-17-R-00008
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Deployment gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-17-Q-0065
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0003
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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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:             Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ACCESS PANELS AND PERSONNEL DOOR
Sol. #:            N00244-17-Q-0097
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Aviation Body Armor
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0024
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             EUCOM RF Tents
Sol. #:            W564KV-17-T-0088
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Service: Uniform rentals Great Lakes/Detroit    
Sol. #:            VA78617Q0586
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Crewneck CVC T-Shirt
Sol. #:            W912JB-17-T-2027_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Purchase OPC Uniform
Sol. #:            W912JA-17-R-0011
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Crye Precision Pouch Zip-on Panel
Sol. #:            W919D3020
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY17RR041
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Darn Tough Socks
Sol. #:            W919D3018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HELMET, LIGHTWEIGHT, HGU-55/P
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0120
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Parka, Cold Weather, Navy 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0126
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0003
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Gear Bags for the RA-1 Parachute System
Sol. #:            RA1ParachuteGearBags
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Deployment gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-17-Q-0058
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1705
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2012
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLOORING FOR DOME TENT
Sol. #:            M20362-17-SU-00014
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Soft Ballistic Plates
Sol. #:            FA4855-17-R-0019
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             ANTI-STATIC GLOVES
Sol. #:            W44W9M7171008U
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-17-Q-0065
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             ARC Flash Clothing Supply
Sol. #:            W912P5-17-T-0044
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Body Armor MAS Prototype 
Sol. #:            N61331-17-Q-0062
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Representational Floor Coverings
Sol. #:            103017BND66
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             SHOULDER CORD,INFAN
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1629
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES, FUEL HANDLER
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0122
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, July 10, 2017

Bahrain Requests Short Supply for Dozens of Fabrics. Comments Due July 21st

Since August 2006 Bahrain has been able to ship apparel and home textiles to the U.S. duty-free under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. In 2016, according to TRADE DATA FROM OTEXA, Bahrain shipped about 70 million square meters of textile products to the U.S. almost all of which was exempted from the general yarn forward rule under a generous tariff preference level ("TPL") provision. That provision has now expired and Bahrain is seeking short supply status from a wide variety of fabrics.

U.S. textile producers of the fabrics listed below need to let the U.S.g government know that they oppose adding such fabrics to the Bahrain FTA short supply list. Agathon Associates can assist you in filing objections. Call David Trumbull at 617-285-6004.

On May 22, 2017, the Committee for the Implementation of Textiles Agreements published in the Federal Register (82 FR 23204) Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.

The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Bahrain, submitted on March 23, 2017, to initiate consultations under Article 3.2.3 of the USBFTA. The Government of Bahrain is requesting that the United States and Bahrain ("the Parties") consider revising the rules of origin for certain knit and woven apparel to address availability of supply of certain knit and woven fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the USBFTA rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Bahrain on a modification under Article 3.2.5 of the USBFTA to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain knit and woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

Comments must be submitted by July 21, 2017.

The fabrics subject to this request, according to the fabric number in the request and organized by specific apparel end-use, are:

Knit apparel classified in chapter 61 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS):

Fabric 26: Knit pile, looped fabric, 90% polyester and 10% elastomeric suede, yarn count: Brushed P105xP50D+SP40D, weight 300 grams per meter squared (g/m2), width CW57'', classified in subheading 6001.22 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 27: Knit fabric of polyester (85-97%) and elastomeric (5-15%), classified in subheading 6004.10 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 28: Knit fabric of polyester (45-60%), cotton (35-50%) and elastomeric (5-12%), classified in subheading 6004.10 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 29: Knit fabric of rayon (59-75%), nylon (20-37%), and elastomeric (0-10%), classified in subheading 6006.42 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 35: Knit fabric of polyester (68-78%), rayon (19-29%), and elastomeric (0-8%), classified in subheading 6006.32 of the HTSUS.

Woven apparel classified in chapter 62 of the HTSUS:

Fabric 15: Bleached or dyed satin weave or twill weave fabric of at least 60% lyocell and up to 40% nylon, polyester, or elastomeric, that does not meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112 or ASTM 1506 protective standards, classified in heading 5516 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 16: Woven seersucker fabric of cotton, classified in subheadings 5208.42, 5208.52 or 5209.41 of the HTSUS; Fabric 17: Woven fabric of rayon (60-75%), nylon (30-35%), and elastomeric (1-5%), bleached, dyed, printed or of yarns of different colors, weighing 200-350 g/m\2,\ classified in subheadings 5516.91, 5516.92, 5516.93 or 5516.94 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 18: Woven fabric of rayon (50-84%), polyester (6-49%), and elastomeric (1-10%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5408 or 5516 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 19: Woven fabric of polyester (50-65%), rayon (34-49%), and elastomeric (1-10%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5407, 5512, or 5515 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 20: Woven fabric of polyester (51-65%) and rayon (35-49%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5407, 5512, or 5515 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 21: 100% rayon woven fabric, classified in headings 5408 or 5516 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 22: Woven jacquard fabric of rayon staple fiber, weighing 375 g/m2 or less, classified in subheadings 5516.13 or 5516.23 of the HTSUS.

Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, suit-type jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), classified in heading 6203 of the HTSUS; and women's or girls' suits, ensembles, suit-type jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), classified in heading 6204 of the HTSUS:

Fabric 1: Two-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (57-76%), rayon (18-37%), and elastomeric (1-11%), classified in subheading 5515.19 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 2: Dyed rayon blend herringbone twill fabric of rayon (65-75%) and polyester (25-35%), weighing more than 200 g/m \2\,, classified in subheading 5516.92 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 3: Two-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (50-85%), viscose rayon (13-47%), and elastomeric (1-10%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 4: One-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (50-85%), viscose rayon (13-47%), and elastomeric (1-10%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 5: Woven fabric of polyester (60-90%), rayon (10-40%), and elastomeric (0-6%), classified in subheadings 5407.52, 5407.53, 5407.61, 5407.69, 5407.72, 5407.73, 5407.92, 5407.93, 5512.19, 5512.99, 5515.12, and 5515.19 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 6: Woven indigo dyed fabric of cotton (95-100%) and elastomeric (0-5%), classified in subheadings 5208.39.6090 and 5208.39.8090 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 7: Cotton corduroy woven fabric, classified in subheading 5801.22 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 8: Polyester corduroy woven fabric, classified in subheading 5801.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 9: Dyed sateen woven fabric of cotton (93%-100%) and elastomeric (0-7%), classified in subheading 5209.39.0020 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 10: Dobby weave fabric of cotton (93-99%) and elastomeric (1-7%), classified in subheading 5209.39.0080 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 11: Dobby weave fabric of 100% cotton, classified in subheading 5209.39 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 12: Woven fabric of spun modal rayon (50-95%), filament polyester (5-48%), and elastomeric (0-5%), classified in subheadings 5516.12, 5516.13, 5516.22 and5 516.23 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 13: Yarn-dyed woven fabric of lyocell staple fiber (55-85%) and cotton (15-45%), classified in subheadings 5516.13 and 5516.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 14: Woven fabric of rayon (67-80%), nylon (15-35%), and elastomeric (2-6%), classified in subheadings 5516.22, 5516.23 and 5516.24 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 23: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (85-98%) and elastomeric (2-15%), classified in subheading 5209.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 24: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (63-73%), polyester (20-30%), and elastomeric (2-12%), classified in subheading 5211.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 25: Woven twill fabric of cotton (77-87%), polyester (12-22%), and elastomeric (0-6%), classified in subheading 5211.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 30: Woven twill fabric of viscose rayon (51-61%), cotton (34-44%), and elastomeric (0-10%), classified in subheading 5516.42.0060 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 31: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (47-57%), rayon (36-46%), and elastomeric (2-12%), classified in subheading 5211.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 32: Woven fabric of cotton (92-100%) and elastomeric (0-8%), classified in subheading 5209.31 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 33: Woven sateen fabric of 100% polyester, classified in subheading 5407.69 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 34: Woven twill fabric of polyester (40-50%), viscose rayon (38-48%), linen (3-13%), and elastomeric (0-9%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS.

CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the fabrics described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than July 21, 2017.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Congress Questions Navy’s Plan to Phase Out Iconic Peacoat

Congress is questioning the Navy’s decision to phase out the peacoat – its best-known piece of outerwear – as part of its 2018 budget deliberations, according to this article in the U.S. Naval Institute News. The article include a poll on the subject you can respond to.

Dept. of Defense Boot Contract Awarded

Wolverine World Wide, Rockford, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $33,922,260 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intermediate cold wet boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two offers received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is Michigan, with a July 7, 2022, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2022 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-17-D-1068).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Federal Business Opportunities through July 5, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Rain Suits, ABU
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Supply Items for 480th MP Company
Sol. #:            W912LR-17-T-0056
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             20097091 - CBP Canopy - Nogales POE - SITE VISIT REQUIRED
Sol. #:            20097091
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Detention Facility Mattresses
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Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:              Furnish and Launder Arc-Flash Fire Resistant Personal Protective Clothing
Sol. #:            W912DR-17-S-0021
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Step-In Laser Protection Visors (Aircrew)
Sol. #:            M67861-17-T-0055
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Body Armor MAS Prototype 
Sol. #:            N61331-17-Q-0062
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0373
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Electrical Worker's Gloves
Sol. #:            SPE1C116R0169
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0370
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1999
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T2000
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             White Short Sleeve Shirts for Old Guard, Ft Myer
Sol. #:            W91QV1-17-R-0066
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Body Armor MAS Prototype 
Sol. #:            N61331-17-Q-0062
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ceremonial Overcoats
Sol. #:            FA2517-17-Q-6041
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             C17SeatCushions
Sol. #:            C17SeatCushions
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Apron, Laboratory
Sol. #:            SPRDL117Q0341
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Modular Handgun Holster
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-MHH
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Shell, Combat Vehicle
Sol. #:            2017-312
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FRAME ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,COMBAT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             JFIRE Gloves
Sol. #:            W912MM17T0045
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Soft Ballistic Plates
Sol. #:            FA4855-17-R-0019
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Tennessee Army National Guard Center of Influence (COI) Recruiting Logo Apparel Items
Sol. #:            W912L7-17-Q-0402
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Sports Jerseys
Sol. #:            11002910
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             WH&B APPAREL CONTRACT 2017
Sol. #:            L17PS00639
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0320
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0317
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY17RR041
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Body Armor and Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6131318
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             M1 Khaki Cloth
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0115
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES
Sol. #:            W911PT-17-Q-0099
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Spark protection cloth.  this is a PRE-solicitation notice ONLY
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q2177
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             VARIOUS CLOTHING
Sol. #:            SPMYM1-17-Q-0041
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Suppliers of Graphene
Sol. #:            W91CRB17RRFIGRAPHENE
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USCIS Customized American Stick Flags
Sol. #:            HSSCCG-17-Q-00302
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             SPMYM4-17-Q-0453 Cloth, #4
Sol. #:            SPMYM4-17-Q-0453
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Secure Transport System
Sol. #:            HSTS05-17-I-MED094
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             TENT,TEMPER,AIR SUPPOR
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1994
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1991
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1840
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0327
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Meritorious Service Medal Set
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0116
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MITTEN SHELLS,SNOW
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0108
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SMOKE CURTAIN
Sol. #:            SPMYM4-17-Q-0450
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WALL ASSEMBLY,WINDO
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Gloves, Men's and Women's, Leather, Light Duty
Sol. #:            8415-01-623-9598
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1809
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1328
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Law Enforcement Badges
Sol. #:            HSTS05-17-Q-PHY018
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Helmet, Lightweight, HGU-55/P 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-TDBL
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HOMELESS / DISASTER BLANKET
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0095
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Spark protection cloth.  this is a PRE-solicitation notice ONLY
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q2177
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Gloves, Anti-Flash
Sol. #:            8415-01-267-9661-2017
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,SPECIFIC PURPOS
Sol. #:            SPE7L517T2574
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Commercial Item, Slide Fasteners/Zippers, Berry Amendment Compliant
Sol. #:            CT2228-17
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             RIBBON ATTACHMENT,A
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0346
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Jungle Combat Boot V2
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-JCBII
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aviation Body Armor
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0024
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:             PURCHASE & ALTERATION OF UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            W91249-17-T-DES17
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0266
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Modular Handgun Holster
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-AMTH
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OFFICER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1628
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,ELECTRICAL W
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0368
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Representational Floor Coverings
Sol. #:            103017BND66
Agency:            Department of State
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