Thursday, May 24, 2018

ICE, CBP seize nearly 79,000 counterfeit items in South Texas valued at $16 million

LAREDO, Texas — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Thursday seized nearly 79,000 counterfeit items that included apparel and consumer electronics from luxury and sporting trademark designers such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Nike, Apple, Samsung and Sony.

HSI estimates the value of the seized items at more than $16 million. This seizure represents HSI's second-largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo.

This seizure is being investigated by HSI with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mexican Customs and representatives from the trademark industry.

"Trafficking counterfeit goods poses a triple threat," said Tim Tubbs, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Laredo. "Counterfeit merchandise wreaks havoc on local economies, threatens the health and safety of the American public, and funds criminal organizations engaged in other illegal activities."

On May 17, HSI special agents conducted surveillance of a public storage facility in Laredo and observed several individuals transferring boxes from a leased storage unit to pickup trucks and vans with Mexican license plates. While agents observed the storage facility, a large air courier box truck arrived to unload suspected trademark infringed merchandise to waiting pickup trucks and vans. HSI then detained and seized 275 boxes containing 78,908 items of suspected trademark-infringed merchandise from this location. No one was arrested in connection to this seizure. This is an ongoing investigation.

According to HSI, the trademark-infringed merchandise seized was shipped in large boxes from China to an international cargo terminal located in Laredo, Texas. The boxes were manifested to fictitious Laredo recipients and addresses.

Historical information suggests that smugglers typically transport illicit goods into Mexico often fail to file required export documents through CBP's Automated Commercial Environment, and exploit the ports of entry by clandestinely smuggling merchandise to Mexico. Once in Mexico, smugglers pay bribes to Mexican cartels who often extort Mexican regulatory and law enforcement officials so that the merchandise passes without inspection and payment of duties.

The HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), made up of 23 different federal agencies and four international agencies, and oversees enforcement activities targeting the trafficking of counterfeit goods. Last fiscal year, HSI and its sister agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, made more than 32,000 seizures involving counterfeit goods with an estimated value of more than $1.2 billion MSRP. The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition estimates intellectual property crime annually costs U.S. businesses several hundred billion dollars in lost revenues.

Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit items can submit a tip at the IPR Center website. Reports can also be made to the HSI tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.

Monday is Memorial Day in America

Agathon Associates will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day, a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Readers of the Textiles and Trade Blog who do business in the United Kingdom should also note the the last Monday of May is the Spring Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom.

In much of the United States, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. The "three day weekend" created by the Monday holiday is enjoyed with cookouts, trips to the beach and other leisure activities as will as parades and public ceremonies honoring those who died in service of the nation.

POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica
The Story of Taps
by David Trumbull -- May 24, 2013

This Memorial Day we remember and honor the men and women who died to preserve our freedom. Even as we enjoy kicking off summer however we chose this weekend, that is itself a testimony to their sacrifices, for we enjoy the cookouts, trips to the beach, and so forth because they made it possible. We especially honor those who died for our country when we decorate their graves or participant in patriotic parades and ceremonies this weekend.

At those solemn memorial events in our towns and cities, in our churches and synagogues, and in the halls of our veterans or other lodges, a familiar, haunting melody will mark the day --

The familiar bugle call "Taps" is generally believed to be based on a traditional French call to curfew (from Middle English "curfeu," from Old French "cuevrefeu," meaning cover the fire and turn in for the night).

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs the version of those 24 melancholy notes that we know from military funerals was crafted during America's Civil War by Union General Daniel Adams Butterfield, heading a brigade camped at Harrison Landing, Va., near Richmond. This music was made the official Army bugle call after the war, but not given the name "taps" until 1874.

The Department of Veterans Affair also that: "The first time taps was played at a military funeral may also have been in Virginia soon after Butterfield composed it. Union Capt. John Tidball, head of an artillery battery, ordered it played for the burial of a cannoneer killed in action. Not wanting to reveal the battery’s position in the woods to the enemy nearby, Tidball substituted taps for the traditional three rifle volleys fired over the grave. Taps was played at the funeral of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson 10 months after it was composed. Army infantry regulations by 1891 required taps to be played at military funeral ceremonies."

Taps now is played by the military at burial and memorial services, to accompany the lowering of the flag, and to signal the "lights out" command at day's end.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wool textile makers find success with premium-branded apparel made in U.S.A.

Kentwool Inc. and American Woolen Company have found by using a vertically-integrated business model. By controlling the production process from yarn spinning to finished product, Kentwool and American Woolen are finding success with premium apparel brands focused on wool, a natural fiber known for its thermal comfort, breathability and ability to be worn across seasons... Read more in Textile World

Paul T. O’Day Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

The National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) Fiber Council has announced Mr. William Parker of Glen Allen, Virginia, as the recipient of the 2018 Paul T. O'Day Memorial Scholarship Award.

Mr. Parker will graduate with honors from Mills E. Godwin High School in suburban Richmond in June and will go to the Georgia Institute of Technology's (Georgia Tech) College of Engineering where he intends to major in computer engineering.

NCTO Fiber Council Chair, Don Bockoven, President & CEO of Leigh Fibers, commented, "We are pleased to recognize Mr. Parker's exceptional record of academic achievements with his selection as the 2018 recipient of the Paul T. O'Day Memorial Scholarship. All of us on the Fiber Council congratulate Mr. Parker and wish him continued success in his academic career."

The scholarship program was created in 2014 in honor of Paul T. O'Day who served as President of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) for more than three decades. AFMA merged with NCTO effective April 1, 2018, and NCTO's Fiber Council now administers the scholarship program. Recipients receive a $5,000 award each year, totaling $20,000 for four years of study. Sons or daughters of NCTO's Fiber Council member company employees are eligible to apply.

U.S. Textile Industry Calls for China 301 Tariffs on Textile and Apparel End Products

WASHINGTON, DC – National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President & CEO Auggie Tantillo testified as a witness at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) public hearing on proposed China 301 tariffs in Washington, D.C. on May 17th.

"The U.S. textile industry strongly supports the Trump administration’s Section 301 case to sanction China's rampant intellectual property rights (IPR) theft," said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo.

"The U.S. textile industry urges the Trump administration to include textile and apparel end products in any Section 301 retaliatory tariff action against China," Tantillo added as he noted that China’s predatory, illegal trade actions, including IPR theft, have contributed to the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs, including hundreds of thousands in textiles.

"China’s domination of global textile markets has clearly been aided by its rampant theft of U.S. textile intellectual property. From the violation of patents on high performance fibers, yarns and fabrics to the infringement of copyrighted designs on textile home furnishings, China has gained pricing advantages through blatantly illegal activities. Putting 301 tariffs on Chinese textile and apparel exports would send a long overdue signal that these predatory actions will no longer be tolerated," Tantillo finished.

In addition to Tantillo's hearing testimony (see below), NCTO and the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) submitted a joint 24-page statement for the record as part of USTR's public comment process on the China 301 tariff issue that closed on May 11.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

  • U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017.
  • The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion in 2017.
  • U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2017.
  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available.

Federal Business Opportunities through May 23, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Adustable Airsoft Helmet
Sol. #:            BRAGG_SPTBN_JT_B02
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Funeral Honors Uniforms
Sol. #:            W912KN-18-R-0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Webbing 
Sol. #:            N68335-18-Q-0156
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             UNIFORM RENTALS LOUISIANA NC    
Sol. #:            36C78618Q0299
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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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:             Airbeam Parts
Sol. #:            HAAF-3CAB-001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Armor Plates
Sol. #:            N00173-18-Q-0276
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             OPS Deployment Equipment
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Coyote Brown Boots
Sol. #:            W912L7-18-Q-1103
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Uniforms
Sol. #:            DRUMIMDKAI0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             APRON,CONSTRUCTION
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1524
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Black Gear
Sol. #:            11148741
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Slide Fasteners/Zippers, Berry Amendment Compliant
Sol. #:            CT2242-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             AMXDmax Female Control Kit
Sol. #:            V55145-8079
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Combat Shirts 
Sol. #:            FA5702-18-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             IR US Flag Reverse
Sol. #:            Eustis7TBXBCJ0006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLIGHT DECK JERSEY
Sol. #:            N0024418Q0158
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Beretta Holsters and Rifle Cases
Sol. #:            W912L1-18-Q-0135
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH, COATED, TAN
Sol. #:            18Q0302
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLASP,NECKTIE
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USAF Band Ceremonial Overcoats (Gore-Tex Trench Coats)
Sol. #:            N00189-18-Q-0094
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Individual Shelter System
Sol. #:            F6UGRH8086AW01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CVC LINERS 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0110
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Carpet Replacement
Sol. #:            FA500018Q0050
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Weapons Accessories
Sol. #:            MCPRFQ34
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             US Army Band Distinctive Scarlet Caps
Sol. #:            MYERTUSABTAP0033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Men's/Women's White Dress Glove
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0108
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Jersey, Flight Deck, Flame Resistant
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0100
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000014
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             Hat, Service, Dixie, Navy
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0106
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Deployment Bags
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Level IIIA Soft Body Armor Ballistic Vest
Sol. #:            FA7014-Ballistic_Vests
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Level IIIA Ballistic Helmet
Sol. #:            FA7014-Ballistic_Helmets
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Fire Retardant, Shrink Safe Woven Cloths
Sol. #:            1800001
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Yaktrax chains
Sol. #:            W912L7-18-Q-1428
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             uniforms
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSUSACPAMSD0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Military Reconnaissance Gear
Sol. #:            FBGARRCBKW0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SHELTERS 
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2820
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Supply Blanket Purchase Agreement
Sol. #:            H92244-18-Q-0001
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Blast Gear
Sol. #:            N4523A18Q4203
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Batelle-Fast Rope Descender Items
Sol. #:            STBFRDD1
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ICWS Intent to Sole Source
Sol. #:            M67854-18-P-1389
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Trousers, ACU, Type II
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0255
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ACU FR Trousers
Sol. #:            SPE1C1180255
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DEPLOYER GEAR - ABILITY ONE SETASIDE
Sol. #:            W91364-18-R-7002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DEPLOYER GEAR
Sol. #:            W91364-18-R-7001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Combat Shirts 
Sol. #:            FA5702-18-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             DECORATION,UNIT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1311
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:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY18RR019
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             MASTER BPA FOR FR CLOTHING
Sol. #:            140R1018Q0009
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Deployment Bags
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STS Dry Suits
Sol. #:            F7H1ST8104AW12
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Items Maintenance (2)
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Items
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Radioactive Contaminants Protective (RCP) Coverall
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0107
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Patagonia
Sol. #:            F7H1ST8104AW01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Student Backpacks
Sol. #:            20104285
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPS Deployment Equipment
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,IDENTIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1257
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CUT RESISTANT GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-18-Q-2769
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Pink and Green Uniform (PGU)
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-PGU
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Canopy Tents
Sol. #:            SILL434KJR0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINING,HELMET,SHOCK
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0234
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Navy Cold Weather Parka
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0152
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STS Mountaineering Boots
Sol. #:            F7H1ST8104AW15
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cloth, Poly/Wool Serge, CG Shade 3362 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0102
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT, Ty XLV, TEMPER A
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1501
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             New Action  New Contract for Body Armor required 
Sol. #:            89233118QNA000021
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1497
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1495
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Hard Travel Cases
Sol. #:            FA3010-18-Q-0046
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Band Military Uniforms
Sol. #:            70Z03918QPHM130
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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through May 16, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Gabion Basket IDIQ - National Flood Fight Materiel Center (NFFMC)
Sol. #:            W912EK18T0045
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hard Travel Cases
Sol. #:            FA3010-18-Q-0046
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Massif Flight Jackets
Sol. #:            FA8101-18-Q-8110
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1485
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             US NAVY ALTERNATIVE COMBO COVERS (STYLE ACC)  AND WHITE VINYL COVERS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000009
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             Mag Pouches and Holsters
Sol. #:            Bragg18WSMNV0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1483
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0212
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tents
Sol. #:            Bragg18WSMNV0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Sources Sought Marine Corps. Scarlet Cloth
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0008
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000014
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             Deployment Items Maintenance (2)
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPS Deployment Equipment
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Maintenance Deployment Equipment (1)
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            FA568218Q5011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1478
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1477
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Combat Shirts 
Sol. #:            FA5702-18-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             GLOVES, COMBAT, ARMY-CAPACITIVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0093
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TSCIF - Tent System
Sol. #:            FA441718Q0063
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Multipurpose Harnesses
Sol. #:            H92240-18-Q-2037
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             HEXCEL TEF7 THORSTRAND FABRIC
Sol. #:            N63394-18-T-0055
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             OPS Deployment Equipment
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Maintenance Deployment Equipment (1)
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USAFA Prep School Football Gear
Sol. #:            FA700018T0056
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Product Demonstration Models (clothing) Based on Supplied Purchase Descriptions and Patterns
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             New Action  New Contract for Body Armor required 
Sol. #:            89233118QNA000021
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             HEXCEL TEF7 THORSTRAND FABRIC
Sol. #:            N63394-18-T-0055
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Product Demonstration Models (clothing) Based on Supplied Purchase Descriptions and Patterns
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Shoulder sleeve insignia of 82nd Airborne Division
Sol. #:            9109073856
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             IHWCU ACU
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0062
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            FA568218Q5011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             83--India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             New Action  New Contract for Body Armor required 
Sol. #:            89233118QNA000021
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             Boot, Extreme Cold Weather
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-00XX 
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MESH, POLY 8 OZ
Sol. #:            CT2243-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1457
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, May 14, 2018

USTR Robert Lighthizer Issues Statement on Status of NAFTA Renegotiation

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement on the status of negotiations to modernize and rebalance the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“For many weeks now, the United States, Mexico and Canada have engaged in intensive, continuous discussions to renegotiate NAFTA, building on the seven rounds of rigorous negotiations that have taken place since August 2017. The negotiations have covered a large number of very complex issues, especially those objectives outlined by Congress as part of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority such as intellectual property, dairy and agriculture, de minimis levels, energy, labor and more.

“The current NAFTA is a seriously flawed trade deal, and the Trump Administration is committed to getting the best possible trade agreement for all Americans. The United States is ready to continue working with Mexico and Canada to achieve needed breakthroughs on these objectives. Our teams will continue to be fully engaged.”

Navy Boot Contract Awarded

Belleville Shoe Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $11,299,943 modification (P00009) to a one-year contract (SPE1C1-15-D-1051) with three one-year option periods for nine-inch safety boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Illinois, with a May 13, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tuesday is Straws Hat Day

May 15th is Straw Hat Day the beginning of the season when men may wear their straw boaters and Panamas rather than the fur felt fedoras, porkpies, homburgs, and bowlers that we wear (You do wear a hat, don't you?) the rest of the year.

For more information, or to buy quality hats, including hats made in the U.S.A., visit these fine vendors:

Just don't wear your straw hat after September 15th, or you may start a riot.

Friday, May 11, 2018

ASI Joins Coalition Defending Berry Amendment

The American Sheep Industry Association joined nearly two dozen groups in asking the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to oppose amendments to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would weaken the Berry Amendment.

A letter sent this week to the committee's chair, Mac Thornberry (Texas), and ranking member, Adam Smith (Wash.), urged the committee to protect the Berry Amendment, which prohibits the U.S. Department of Defense from procuring certain products (including textiles, clothing and footwear) unless those products are made with American materials and labor.

The most recent threat to the Berry Amendment comes in the area of athletic footwear for the United States military. The issue was addressed just two years ago, but Congressman Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) has offered an amendment that would weaken the statutory requirement.

"The actions taken two years ago by your committee not only ensure that our recruits will receive the highest quality athletic footwear that is designed especially for the rigors of Initial Entry Training but also have spurred renewed interest and growth in domestic footwear manufacturing," read the letter. "As the Berry Amendment is designed to do, it is supporting the domestic manufacturing base.

"Second, we were also aware of another amendment that attempts to remove zippers, buttons, snaps and other non-textile components from important Berry Amendment protections. The Berry Amendment has been a staple of defense procurement for decades. During that time, Berry has covered clothing and shoes, and all components thereof, supporting tens of thousands of jobs in an integrated, domestic textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing industry.

"If such language were to become law, it would come at the expense of U.S. manufacturing jobs in U.S. factories that produce these components for the U.S. military, and would erode important protections that currently support this entire industrial base."

New Hampshire Firms Learn to Cope with New Steel Tariffs

David Trumbull of Agathon Associates (erroneously identified as being with another, New Hampshire, company) was recently quoted in the New Hampshire Business Review regarding new steel tariffs.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Army Jacket Contract Awarded

Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind, Little Rock, Arkansas, has been awarded a maximum $10,196,004 modification (P00008) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B019) with two one-year option periods for flame resistant, operational camouflage pattern, intermediate weather outer layer jackets. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Arkansas, with an Oct. 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spider Silk Key to New Bone-Fixing Composite

University of Connecticut researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials. READ MORE.

Government Seeks Nominations to Industry Trade Advisory Committees

The United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) and the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) have established a new four-year charter term ending in February 2022, and are accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of an Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC). The ITACs provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the Trade Representative regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors, and perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy matters. There currently are opportunities for membership on each ITAC and we will accept nominations throughout the charter term.

I. Background

Section 135 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2155), establishes a private-sector trade advisory system to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. Section 135(c)(2) (19 U.S.C. 2155(c)(2)) directs the President to establish sectoral or functional trade advisory committees, as appropriate, including representatives of industry, labor, agriculture, and services, including small business, in the sector or functional area concerned, to provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors, and perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy matters as requested.

II. What do the ITACs do?

The ITACs provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the Trade Representative on trade policy matters including: (1) negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements; (2) the impact of the implementation of trade agreements on the relevant sector; (3) matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and (4) other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States. The nonpartisan, industry input provided by the ITACs is important in developing unified trade policy objectives and positions when the United States negotiates and implements trade agreements. The ITACs address market-access problems, trade barriers, tariffs, discriminatory foreign procurement practices, and information, marketing, and advocacy needs of their industry sector. Eleven ITACs (ITACS 1-11) provide advice and information on issues that affect specific sectors of U.S. industry. Three ITACs (ITACs 12-14) focus on crosscutting functional issues that affect all industry sectors and include specifically appointed members along with non-voting members from the industry specific ITACs to represent a broad range of industry perspectives. The ITACs may address other trade policy issues, e.g., government procurement and subsidies, in ad hoc working groups.

III. What is the ITAC slate for 2018-2022?

When the Trade Representative and the Secretary organize the ITACs, the Trade Act requires that they consult with interested private organizations and consider:

  • Patterns of actual or potential competition between U.S. industry and agriculture and foreign enterprise in international trade.
  • The character of the nontariff barriers and other distortions affecting such competition.
  • The necessity for reasonable limits on the number and size of the ITACs.
  • That the product lines covered by each ITAC are reasonably related.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce requested comments on proposed changes to the slate of ITACs (83 FR 3253) and received 23 written submissions in response. A majority of the responses were a substantially similar letter in opposition to merging ITAC 7 and ITAC 9. A significantly smaller portion advocated against the elimination of the Committee of Chairs. We have carefully considered these submissions and other factors including the nature of the U.S. industry in various sectors, the level of interest in serving on an ITAC (using the number of members and applications for appointment during the 2014-2018 charter terms), the level of activity of each ITAC (using the number of meetings and recommendations submitted during the 2014-2018 charter terms), and constraints on the resources to support and engage with the ITACs. We also are renaming ITAC 10 to Services to more accurately reflect the functions of the committee. Based on all of this information, pursuant to section 135(c)(2) of the Trade Act, the Secretary and the Trade Representative have established new four-year charter terms for the following ITACs, that began on February 14, 2018 and will end on February 14, 2022.

  • ITAC 1 Aerospace Equipment
  • ITAC 2 Automotive Equipment and Capital Goods
  • ITAC 3 Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services
  • ITAC 4 Consumer Goods
  • ITAC 5 Forest Products, Building Materials, Construction and Nonferrous Metals
  • ITAC 6 Energy and Energy Services
  • ITAC 7 Steel
  • ITAC 8 Digital Economy
  • ITAC 9 Small and Minority Business
  • ITAC 10 Services
  • ITAC 11 Textiles and Clothing
  • ITAC 12 Customs Matters and Trade Facilitation
  • ITAC 13 Intellectual Property Rights
  • ITAC 14 Standards and Technical Trade Barriers

IV. Membership

Each ITAC consists of members with experience relevant to the industry sector for ITACs 1 through 11 or the subject area for ITACs 12 through 14. All ITAC members serve in a representative capacity (there are no special government employees (SGEs)) and present the views and interests of a sponsoring U.S. entity or U.S. organization and the entity’s or organization’s subsector (if applicable). In selecting members, the Secretary and the Trade Representative consider the nominee’s ability to carry out the objectives of the ITAC, including knowledge and expertise of the industry and of trade matters relevant to the work of the ITAC, and ensuring that the ITAC is balanced in terms of points of view, demographics, geography, and entity or organization size. Appointments are made without regard to political affiliation.

The Secretary and the Trade Representative appoint all ITAC members for a term of four-years or until the ITAC charter expires, and members serve at the discretion of the Secretary and the Trade Representative. Individuals can be reappointed for any number of terms. Appointments are made at the time an ITAC is re-chartered and periodically throughout the four-year charter term. Appointments expire at the end of the charter term, in this case, on February 14, 2022.

ITAC members serve without compensation, including reimbursement of expenses. Members are responsible for all expenses they incur to attend meetings or otherwise participate in ITAC activities.

The ITACs meet as needed, depending on various factors such as the level of activity of trade negotiations and the needs of the Secretary and the Trade Representative. On average, each ITAC meet six times a year in Washington DC.

V. Request for Nominations

The Secretary and the Trade Representative are soliciting nominations for membership on the ITACs.

A. Eligibility Requirements

To apply for membership, an applicant must meet the following eligibility:

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. The applicant cannot be a full-time employee of a U.S. governmental entity.
  3. The applicant cannot be registered with the U.S. Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
  4. The applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  5. The applicant must represent either:
    • a. A U.S. entity that is directly engaged in the import or export of goods or services or that provides services in direct support of the international trading activities of other entities; or
    • b. A U.S. organization that trades internationally, represents members that trade internationally, or, consistent with the needs of an ITAC as determined by the Secretary and the Trade Representative, represents members who have a demonstrated interest in international trade.

For eligibility purposes, a “U.S. entity” is a for-profit firm engaged in commercial, industrial, or professional activities that is incorporated in the United States (or is an unincorporated U.S. firm with its principal place of business in the United States) that is controlled by U.S. citizens or by other U.S. entities. An entity is not a U.S. entity if 50 percent plus one share of its stock (if a corporation, or a similar ownership interest of an unincorporated entity) is known to be controlled, directly or indirectly, by non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. entities.

For eligibility purposes, a “U.S. organization” is an organization, including a trade association, labor union or organization, and nongovernmental organization (NGO), established under the laws of the United States, that is controlled by U.S. citizens, by another U.S. organization (or organizations), or by a U.S. entity (or entities), as determined based on its board of directors (or comparable governing body), membership, and funding sources, as applicable. To qualify as a U.S. organization, more than 50 percent of the board of directors (or comparable governing body) and more than 50 percent of the membership of the organization to be represented must be U.S. citizens, U.S. organizations, or U.S. entities. Additionally, in order for an NGO to qualify as a U.S. organization, at least 50 percent of the NGO’s annual revenue must be attributable to nongovernmental U.S. sources.

An applicant who will represent an entity or organization known to have 10 percent or greater non-U.S. ownership of its shares or equity, non-U.S. board members, non-U.S. membership, or non-U.S. funding sources, as applicable, must certify that this non-U.S. interest does not constitute control and will not adversely affect his/her ability to serve as a trade advisor to the United States.

Army Boot Contract Awarded

The Original Footwear Co. LLC, Morristown, Tennessee, has been awarded a maximum $34,190,669 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for temperate weather combat boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance is Tennessee, with a May 1, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1051).

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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, May 7, 2018

Army Camo Trouser Contract Awarded

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,498,536 modification (P00008) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B024) with two one-year option periods for flame resistant, operational camouflage pattern, intermediate weather outer layer trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Texas, with an Oct. 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Analysis of DR-CAFTA Short Supply Procedure Timeline and Likelihood of Success

DR-CAFTA was the first U.S. free trade agreement ("FTA") to have a commercial availability or "short supply" procedure. Earlier agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA") could handle issues of short supply only through a negotiation to change the rules of origin. Prior to DR-CAFTA the only provisions in U.S. law for making short supply determinations in international trade were those found in certain unilateral trade preference programs. The DR-CAFTA short supply procedures have become the model for subsequent U.S. free trade agreements.

DR-CAFTA short supply procedures, on the face, seem a mixture of elements of a free trade agreement and of a unilateral trade preference program, for, on the one hand, they take into consideration commercial availability in the regional FTA but make the determination the unilateral prerogative of the United States.

While the procedure for adding or removing products from the short supply list is covered by Article 3.25: Rules of Origin and Related Matters of Chapter Three -- National Treatment and Market Access for Goods Section G: Textiles and Apparel, the provision allowing the use of short supply components in qualifying apparel is covered by Note 3 of Annex 4.1 Specific Rules of Origin Part II – Specific Rules of Origin Section XI Textile and Textile Articles (Chapters 50 through 63) which says, in effect, if the outer shell of the garment is made of a product on the short supply list, the garment qualifies for DR-CAFTA.

There are two distinct phases to a DR-CAFTA short supply request. Taking them in reverse order, Phase 2, the public filing, is relatively quick and usually results in approval within a month, or at most, a month-and-a-half.

A government that is a Party to the Agreement (other than the United States) or a potential or actual purchaser of a textile or apparel good may submit, to the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (“CITA”), a request for a finding of commercial non-availability pursuant to the provisions of Section 203(o)(4) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (“the Agreement”) Implementation Act and CITA Final Procedures for implementing Section 203(o)(4) contained in CITA’s Federal Register notices of March 15, 2007 and the Modifications to Procedures of September 12, 2008.

  • Business day 0 – Request received by CITA
  • Business day 2 – Request accepted or rejected Business day 2 – If accepted, mass e-mail sent to all interested parties
  • Business day 10 – Responses with an offer to supply the product are due
  • Business day 14 – Rebuttals Comments are due
  • Business day 30 – CITA announces determination (unless the time is extended)
  • Business day 44 - CITA announces determination (if the time is extended due insufficient information)

Of the 108 requests processed to day, 86 were approved, 12 were denied, and 10 were voluntarily withdrawn by the petitioner.

Sounds quick and easy, right? WRONG.

The reason the government can evaluate and approve requests so quickly is that there is a lengthy “due diligence” process that must be completed before CITA will even accept a request for consideration. This is Phase 1. Before a request can be filed, thus starting the 30-day process, several weeks or months will have been spent in Phase 1. Many would-be requests never make it past Phase 1 to go on to a public filing.

What is due diligence? Every effort should be made to contact potential suppliers. For example, CITA cannot accept that a potential supplier “did not respond” to an e-mail or phone call after only one attempt to contact the supplier. Contact should be attempted with an appropriate official of a potential supplier. As an example, the CEO of a company may or may not be the most appropriate contact for determining whether the company can supply the requested product. When requesting a fiber, yarn, or fabric from a supplier, the requester must describe the product with the same specifications submitted in the ’Request‘. A requester should be able to clearly substantiate its belief that the subject product is not available from a supplier in a DR-CAFTA country. Whether a substitutable product is available from a potential supplier should be addressed in the submissions. In addition to contacting individual suppliers, requesters should consider contacting textile trade associations in all the DR-CAFTA nations.

In the right circumstances, where all potential suppliers promptly respond that they cannot supply the article in question, due diligence can be done in a short a time as a month. However, it usually takes a few months. Looking that the three most recently approved request we find--

  • Request #229 started due diligence November 2, 2016, and filed, starting the 30-day process, on April 3, 2017, for five months of due diligence,
  • Request #228 started due diligence November 17, 2016, and filed, starting the 30-day process, on March 20, 2017, for four months of due diligence, and
  • Request #222 started due diligence February 4, 2016, and filed, starting the 44-day process, on June 1, 2016, for four months of due diligence.

So, how long does due diligence take? It takes however long it takes to demonstrate to CITA that there are no potential suppliers

Army Jacket Contract Awarded

National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $14,742,000 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B022) with two one-year option periods for Army physical fitness uniform jackets. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $25,293,660 from $10,551,660. This is an indefinite-delivery contract. Locations of performance are Virginia and Maryland, with a May 10, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations on Polyetrafluoroethylene Resin from China and India

On May 1, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from China and India.

“The dumping of goods below market value in the United States is something the Trump Administration takes very seriously,” said Secretary Ross. "The Department of Commerce will continue to stand up for American workers and business’s in order to ensure that everyone trades on a level playing field.”

Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from China and India have sold PTFE resin in the United States at 69.34 to 208.16 percent and 18.49 percent less than fair value, respectively.

As a result of this decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of imports of PTFE resin from China and India based on these preliminary rates.

In 2016, imports of PTFE resin from China and India were valued at an estimated $24.6 million and $14.3 million, respectively.

The petitioner is The Chemours Company FC LLC (Wilmington, DE).

Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. Commerce has initiated 112 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations since the beginning of the Trump administration. This is 75 percent more than the 64 initiations in the last 466 days of the previous administration.

The AD law provides U.S. businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 430 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determinations in these investigations on September 18, 2018.

If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations of dumping and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations of dumping or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.

Click HERE for a fact sheet on today’s decisions.

Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based solely on factual evidence.

Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Carter’s Recalls Children’s Cardigan Sets Due to Choking Hazard

This recall involves Carter’s 3-piece penguin cardigan sets. The recalled sets consist of a white embroidered penguin bodysuit, a grey cardigan with a hood and matching pair of pants. They were sold in sizes newborn to 24 months. Style number 127G596 is printed on the front of the care tag sewn on the inside of the cardigan, and the UPC number is printed on the back of the same care tag. The UPC numbers are 190795798203, 190795798166, 190795798173, 190795798180, 190795798135, 190795798142, 190795798159. The style number and UPC number are also printed on the price tag.

Size

UPC

Style No.

NB

190795798203

127G596

3M

190795798166

6M

190795798173

9M

190795798180

12M

190795798135

18M

190795798142

24M

190795798159

Remedy: Consumer should immediately take the recalled cardigan sets away from children, stop using them and return them to a Carter’s store location for a full refund in the form of a gift card. Consumers can also contact Carter’s Consumer Affairs department and request a free return label and envelope to return the cardigan for a refund in the form of an electronic gift card.

Incidents/Injuries: Carter’s received three reports of children putting a detached toggle button in their mouths. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Carter’s, Bon-Ton, Burlington Stores, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Ross Stores, Toys “R” Us, and other stores nationwide and online at www.carters.com from July 2017 through March 2018 for about $40.

Importer(s): The William Carter Company, of Atlanta, Ga.

Manufactured In: China.

Recall number: 18-148

Customs Rules on Classification of Cycling Cap

On April 17, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a Binding Ruling Letter (N295874) relating to a cycling cap composed of knit and woven components. The peak and the center crown panel are constructed of 100 percent cotton woven fabric. The two side panels of the crown are constructed of 100 percent polyester knit mesh fabric. The cap features capping on the peak, a partially elasticized back, and a narrow woven fabric headband bearing the Champion® name. The Champion® company name, the Champion® logo and stripes are screen printed on the cap.

The cap is prima facie classifiable under two subheadings. Neither the polyester knit mesh fabric (6505.00.60) nor the cotton woven fabric (6505.00.20) imparts the essential character of the cap. Therefore, the cap will be classified in accordance with GRI 3(c) under the subheading that occurs last in numerical order in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The applicable subheading will be 6505.00.6090, HTSUS, which provides for "Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from lace, felt or other textile fabric, in the piece (but not in strips), whether or not lined or trimmed; hair-nets of any material, whether or not lined or trimmed: Other: Other: Of man-made fibers: Knitted or crocheted or made up from knitted or crocheted fabric: Not in part of braid: Other: Other: Other." The rate of duty will be 20 cents per kilogram plus 7 percent ad valorem.

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Agency:            Environmental Protection Agency
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Title:             Next Generation - Head Protection System Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-IHPS-NGFRP
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENTS
Sol. #:            JBLM2ND75THLLS0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Packs, fireline, complete
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-TBD2
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Boot, Hot Weather, Safety, Chocolate Brown
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-X015
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1423
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WORK JACKETS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000014
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Extra Large Gloves
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0052
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1364
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TSCIF - Tent System
Sol. #:            FA441718Q0063
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Navy, Overcoat, Men's
Sol. #:            SPE1C118D1032
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Amendment 06 and Q&A Set 7
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0005
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             18-11620 SECURITY UTILITIES
Sol. #:            18-11620
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            F3V5A18086AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Police Long Gun Equipment for Central Alabama Veterans Heathcare System, East Campus, Tuskegee, AL   
Sol. #:            36C24718Q0518
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Plate Carriers/ Body Armor
Sol. #:            F3N6147340A001
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SERVICE CA
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             436th Sun Shade Canopies
Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0039
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             OPTION - WHINSEC PT Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SF-18-T-5410
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Equipment Nigeria
Sol. #:            19GE5018Q0011
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Deployer Equipment 
Sol. #:            FB4686-18-R-0025
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TSCIF - Tent System
Sol. #:            FA441718Q0063
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             PR# 667-18-1-397-0021, Shreveport, Svc Cintas Service Contract   
Sol. #:            36C25618Q9352
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             436th Sun Shade Canopies
Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0039
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             New Action  New Contract for Body Armor required 
Sol. #:            89233118QNA000021
Agency:            Department of Energy
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Title:             MOLLE RIFLEMAN SET w/TAP - OCP
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R00370003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             ATOUR - Specialized Gear
Sol. #:            FY18RR019
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Insulated Over-Boot/Gaiter 
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-IOB
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Extreme Cold Weather Boot
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-ECWB
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINING,HELMET,SHOCK
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0234
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HGU 68/P Helmet Assembly, HGU 84/P Helmet Assembly, and Associated Components
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0081
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:             Life Support
Sol. #:            W91247-18-Q-GG41
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Textile, Leather, Furs, Apparel, Shoe Findings, Tents and Flags
Sol. #:            M67854-18-I-0508
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             FIREFIGHTING APPAREL
Sol. #:            W25G1V18Q0211
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             3-IN-1 RESPONSE JACKET Color
Sol. #:            HOODDESFDKLH016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH,PLAIN WEAVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1053
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SERVICE CA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1401
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STAMP MACHINE
Sol. #:            M0014618Q2608
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             TENTS
Sol. #:            JBLM2ND75THLLS0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Mystery Ranch
Sol. #:            F7H1WX8106AW03
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Sock
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-SOCK
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Men's Deck Shoes
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000113
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BLACK TWILL FABRIC - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2241-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Battery Protection Bags
Sol. #:            FA4600-18-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Duffel Bag
Sol. #:            F7H1WX8074AW05
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             NWU Uniforms
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
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Title:             AIRSAVE SURVIVAL VEST, TYPE I & II
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0094
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Touch Screen Gloves
Sol. #:            FA4528-18-Q-GM06
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

USTR Releases 2018 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

On April 27, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released the 2018 Special 301 Report.

Significant elements of the 2018 Special 301 Report include the following:

  • USTR identified 36 countries on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Trading partners on the Priority Watch List present the most significant concerns this year regarding inadequate or ineffective IP protection or enforcement or actions that otherwise limit market access for persons relying on IP protection.
  • USTR identified 12 countries—Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela—on the Priority Watch List. The IP issues in these countries will be the subject of intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.
  • China is on the Priority Watch List for the 14th consecutive year. Longstanding and new IP concerns merit increased attention, including China’s coercive technology transfer practices, range of impediments to effective IP enforcement, and widespread infringing activity—including trade secret theft, rampant online piracy, and counterfeit manufacturing.
  • India also remains on the Priority Watch List this year for longstanding challenges in its IP framework and lack of sufficient measurable improvements, particularly with respect to patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and enforcement, as well as for new issues that have negatively affected U.S. right holders over the past year.
  • USTR downgrades Canada from the Watch List to the Priority Watch List this year for failing to make progress on overcoming important IP enforcement challenges. Key concerns include poor border enforcement generally and, in particular, lack of customs authority to inspect or detain suspected counterfeit or pirated goods shipped through Canada, concerns about IP protections and procedures related to pharmaceuticals, deficient copyright protection, and inadequate transparency and due process regarding the protection of geographical indications.
  • USTR downgrades Colombia from the Watch List to the Priority Watch List for its longstanding failure to make meaningful progress in fulfilling obligations under the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, such as obligations to amend its copyright law. USTR is also announcing an Out-of-Cycle Review of Colombia to assess its progress in addressing these and other concerns.
  • USTR also identified 24 trading partners on the Watch List: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guatemala, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. IP challenges in these countries also merit increased bilateral engagement in 2018-2019.
  • USTR places Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the Watch List. For Saudi Arabia, there are concerns regarding recent deteriorations in IP protection for pharmaceutical products, in addition to outstanding concerns regarding IP enforcement and the continued use of unlicensed software by the government. For the UAE, the placement on the Watch List is in response to longstanding concerns about the sale and transshipment of counterfeit goods and the establishment of collecting management organizations, as well as recent policy changes that may not provide adequate and effective IP protection for pharmaceutical products.
  • USTR closes the Out-of-Cycle Reviews (OCRs) for Kuwait without a change in status and Tajikistan with a downgrade to the Watch List. Kuwait has not yet brought its copyright regime in line with its international commitments and still needs to make necessary improvements to the regulations implementing its 2016 Copyright and Related Rights Law. Tajikistan failed to address unlicensed software use by government agencies during the OCR. USTR announced that it will initiate OCRs for Colombia, Kuwait, and Malaysia to promote engagement and progress on specific IP opportunities and challenges.
  • USTR highlights engagement with trading partners to address concerns related to IP protection and enforcement and market access barriers with respect to pharmaceuticals and medical devices so that trading partners contribute their fair share to research and development of new treatments and cures.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Textiles/Apparel Sourcing: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges" Webinar

The U.S. Commercial Service's TAS team initiative in collaboration with the Apparel Textiles Sourcing organizers of an international show in Miami are presenting a webinar on apparel and textiles sourcing. Speakers from National Council of Textile Organizations, Reshore Now and company representatives will discuss the current state of the Textile industry, the global textiles and apparel sourcing trends, and reshoring opportunities and challenges. The webinar will also be a forum to promote the upcoming Apparel Textiles Sourcing in Miami, May 21-23, 2018.

Event: "Textiles/"Apparel Sourcing: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges" Webinar

Date: May 2, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cost: There is no cost to view this webinar.

ISTR Initiation of Country Practice Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announcing the initiation of country practice reviews regarding compliance with the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility criteria of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.

DATES:

June 19, 2018: The GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing on the GSP country practice reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW, Washington DC 20508, beginning at 10:00 am.

June 5, 2018 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the June 19, 2018, public hearing.

July 17, 2018 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of post-hearing briefs.

The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 - 2467), as amended, and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. USTR will lead a review of the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan for benefits under the GSP program. These country practice reviews are undertaken on the recommendation of the TPSC pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(f) to determine whether the current laws and practices of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan meet the GSP eligibility criteria. These reviews are the result of country eligibility petitions submitted by interested stakeholders and an assessment of the 25 Asian and Pacific Island GSP beneficiary countries conducted by the GSP Subcommittee.

1. India Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of India will focus on whether it is meeting the GSP eligibility criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)). USTR is accepting two petitions asserting that India is not meeting this criterion: one from the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and the other from the Advanced Medical Technology Association. In addition, through the new GSP Country Assessment process, the GSP Subcommittee identified potential concerns with India’s compliance with the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)). As described in the India Chapter of the 2018 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, India has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce. Due to the similar nature of the issues raised in these petitions with concerns identified in the assessment process, the petitions and the self-initiated review will be combined into one overall review of India’s GSP eligibility based on the GSP market access criterion.

2. Indonesia Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of Indonesia will focus on whether it is meeting two GSP criteria: (1) the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)), and (2) the GSP criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to reduce trade-distorting investment practices and reduce or eliminate barriers to trade in services (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(6)). As described in the Indonesia Chapter of the 2018 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, Indonesia has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce. The existing review of Indonesia’s compliance with the GSP criterion related to intellectual property rights (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(5)) is separate, and will continue.

3. Kazakhstan Country Eligibility Review

The country practice review of Kazakhstan will focus on whether it is meeting the GSP criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary country to take steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to workers in the country (19 U.S.C. 2462(b)(2)(G)). USTR is accepting a petition filed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The petition alleges that the Government of Kazakhstan actively restricts the right to form trade unions and employer associations without prior permission, prevents workers and employers from joining organizations of their own choosing, interferes in the structure and activities of worker and employer organizations, and targets labor leaders with arrests and prosecutions for exercising their rights.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through April 25, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Safety Toe Footwear
Sol. #:            15B61118Q00000017
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             PACK,FIRELINE,COMPL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R00430001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             NWU Uniforms
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1399
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             103rd Sustainment CMD OCP Patch
Sol. #:            20180313_0
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DISPOSABLE GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-18-Q-2404
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DRI-FIT TRAINING JACKETS AND PANTS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000008
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             PURCHASE OF SAFETY SHOES - DDNV
Sol. #:            SP3300-18-Q-0057
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers and Slacks, MDW, Army, Blue #151
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0086
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Life Support
Sol. #:            W91247-18-Q-GG41
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             TARPAULIN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HDT BASE -X, MODEL 305 SHELTER
Sol. #:            HOOD21CSHSVW0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Rocky Tropical Boots
Sol. #:            M67854-18-Q-1360
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Law Enforcement Equipment
Sol. #:            W9124M-18-Q-TF22
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HDT BASE -X, MODEL 305 SHELTER
Sol. #:            HOOD21CSHSVW0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENTS
Sol. #:            JBLM2ND75THLLS0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             103rd Sustainment CMD OCP Patch
Sol. #:            20180313_0
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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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:             Touch Screen Gloves
Sol. #:            FA4528-18-Q-GM06
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TENT,CANVAS
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1394
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Improved Ghillie System - Over Garment and Kit
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-IGS
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Brigade TAC Tent
Sol. #:            FBNC382PJS00010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Simunition Protective Gear
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hard sided yurts
Sol. #:            12034318Q0135
Agency:            Department of Agriculture
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Title:             Tactical Backpack and Field Hydration Kit
Sol. #:            20105034
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Supply Blanket Purchase Agreement
Sol. #:            H92244-18-Q-0001
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             UNDERSHIRT,EXTREME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q02010001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ10 - AND OTHER REPLACEMENT PARTS
Sol. #:            N0010417QER09
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE UNIFORM PROGRAM
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1314
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1255
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Promotional Item Bulk Order
Sol. #:            USACBRNS0419
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HARD HATS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2336
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Security Forces Clothing (Fire Retardant)
Sol. #:            F6T3LS8108AW01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             US Army Band Scarlet Caps
Sol. #:            MYERTUSABTAP0031
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             RAIN GEAR
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1369
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Canteen, Water 
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0229
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HELMET, LIGHTWEIGHT, HGU-55/P
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0082
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USAF Band Ceremonial Overcoats (Gore-Tex Trench Coats)
Sol. #:            N00189-18-Q-0094
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Training Class Equipment 
Sol. #:            W911S710001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safariland, Surefire and Streamlight accessories
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - Cadet Mess Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1364
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES
Sol. #:            S5102A82635
Agency:            Defense Contract Management Agency
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Title:             Webbing 
Sol. #:            N68335-18-Q-0156
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Training Class Equipment 
Sol. #:            W911S710001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Army shoulder patches 
Sol. #:            BENNING211S4GLR0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CANTEEN,WATER
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             POCKET,AMMUNITION M
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R00450001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINER,END SECTION,TEMPER(TEMPERATE)
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPRRA118Q0010
Sol. #:            SPRRA118Q0010
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BLACK TWILL FABRIC - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2241-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Law Enforcement Equipment
Sol. #:            W9124M-18-Q-TF22
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Leather,Full Grain, Chrome Tanned, Berry Amendment Compliant
Sol. #:            CT2240-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            N6328518T0554
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Clothing Product Demonstration Models Based on Supplied Purchase Descriptions and Patterns
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0223
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0224
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0225
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.