Friday, November 16, 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published its semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda. In addition, this document includes an agenda of regulatory actions that the Commission expects to be under development or review by the Agency during the next year. This document meets the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

DATES: Comments should be received in the Office of the Secretary on or before December 17, 2018.

The agenda contains a brief description and summary of each regulatory activity, including the objectives and legal basis for each; an approximate schedule of target dates, subject to revision, for the development or completion of each activity; and the name and telephone number of a knowledgeable agency official concerning particular items on the agenda.

Of particular interest to readers of Textiles and Trade Blog is #435. Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1193; 5 U.S.C. 801

Abstract: In October 2003, the Commission issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to address the risk of fire associated with cigarette and small open-flame ignitions of upholstered furniture. The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2008, and received public comments. The Commission's proposed rule would require that upholstered furniture have cigarette-resistant fabrics or cigarette and open flame-resistant barriers. The proposed rule would not require flame-resistant chemicals in fabrics or fillings. Since the Commission published the NPRM, CPSC staff has conducted testing of upholstered furniture, using both full-scale furniture and bench-scale models, as proposed in the NPRM. In FY 2016, staff was directed to prepare a briefing package summarizing the feasibility of adopting California's Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) as a mandatory standard. Staff submitted this briefing package to the Commission in September 2016 with staff suggestions to continue developing the ASTM and NFPA voluntary standards. In the FY 2017 Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to work with the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI), as well as voluntary standards development organizations, to improve upon and further refine the technical aspects of TB 117-2013.

Currently, staff is working with voluntary standards organizations, both ASTM and NFPA, and BEARHFTI to evaluate new provisions and improve the existing consensus standards related to upholstered furniture flammability. Depending upon progress of the various standards, in FY 2019, staff plans to prepare a status report on recent activities.

Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   06/15/94  59 FR 30735
Commission Hearing May 5 & 6, 1998     03/17/98  63 FR 13017
 on Possible Toxicity of Flame-
 Retardant Chemicals.
Meeting Notice......................   03/20/02  67 FR 12916
Notice of Public Meeting............   08/27/03  68 FR 51564
Public Meeting......................   09/24/03  .......................
ANPRM...............................   10/23/03  68 FR 60629
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/03  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   10/28/04  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   05/18/05  .......................
Staff Sent Status Report to            01/31/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            11/03/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            12/28/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Options Package to          12/22/07  .......................
 Commission.
Commission Decision to Direct Staff    12/27/07  .......................
 to Prepare Draft NPRM.
Staff Sent Draft NPRM to Commission.   01/22/08  .......................
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM.   02/01/08  .......................
NPRM................................   03/04/08  73 FR 11702
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/19/08  .......................
Staff Published NIST Report on         05/19/09  .......................
 Standard Test Cigarettes.
Staff Publishes NIST Report on         09/14/12  .......................
 Standard Research Foam.
Notice of April 25 Public Meeting      03/20/13  78 FR 17140
 and Request for Comments.
Staff Holds Upholstered Furniture      04/25/13  .......................
 Fire Safety Technology Meeting.
Comment Period End..................   07/01/13  .......................
Staff Sends Briefing Package to        09/08/16  .......................
 Commission on California's TB 117-
 2013.
Staff Sends Status Briefing Package    09/00/19  .......................
 to the Commission.
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Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to Meet December 5th

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Herndon, Virginia. The meeting will be open to the public.

Agenda

The COAC will hear from the current subcommittees on the topics listed below and then will review, deliberate, provide observations, and formulate recommendations on how to proceed:

1. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will present plans for the scope and activities of the Trusted Trader and CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Working Groups. It is anticipated that recommendations will be presented regarding the proposed Forced Labor Trusted Trader Strategy. The subcommittee will also deliver recommendations from the Petroleum Pipeline Working Group regarding the results of a proof of concept test that used the Automated Commercial Environment to electronically report and manage petroleum moving in-bond via pipeline; as well as recommendations from the In-bond Working Group regarding potential automation, visibility, system and regulatory issues.

2. The COAC Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will discuss the E-Commerce Working Group's progress on mapping the supply chains of various modes of transportation to identify the differences between e-commerce and traditional channels. The subcommittee will also provide an update on the status of the Emerging Technologies Working Group's NAFTA/CAFTA, Intellectual Property Rights, and Pipeline Blockchain Proof of Concept projects. Finally, the subcommittee will provide a progress report for the Regulatory Reform Working Group as it completes its review of Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CBP regulations) and begins its preparation of high-level recommendations.

3. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will provide recommendations from the Intellectual Property Rights Working Group and updates from the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty, Bond, and Forced Labor Working Groups.

Federal Prison Industries Get DoD Clothing Contract

Federal Prison Industries Inc., doing business as Unicor, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $49,920,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for various types of trousers. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are District of Columbia, Texas and Alabama, with a May 15, 2023, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-F016).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Agathon Associates Assists with New Hampshire’s Foreign-Trade Zone #81 Reorganization

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board issued Order No. 2073, approving the reorganization of FTZ #81, Pease Development Authority (PDA), Portwmouth, New Hampshire, under the Alternate Site Framework (ASF) regulations.

The PDA engaged the services of professional trade consulting companies, Foreign Trade Zones Solutions, LLC and Agathon Associates to assist in the preparation and filing of the application. The application was docketed with the FTZ Board January 30, 2018 and the Board Order was published in the Federal Register on Thursday November 15, 2018.

The new service area includes the Counties of Rockingham, Strafford, Carroll (partial), Belknap (partial), Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack (partial), Sullivan and Grafton (partial), in and adjacent to the Portsmouth Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry. Existing sites are (1) the Market Street Marine Terminal, (2) Portsmouth Industrial Park, (4) Manchester Airport and (5) Pease International Tradeport and categorized as "Magnet Sites" and existing site (6) Londonderry, is categorized as a "Usage Driven Site". Potential users of the FTZ can now utilize its benefits within approximately 30 days from the time an application is accepted for filing. Under the previous "Traditional Site Framework" (TSF), applications took up to a year for approval.

The Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934 was passed to provide financial incentive to companies that would have operated offshore, to locate within the United States, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Foreign-Trade Zones are areas designated by the FTZ Board and are under the supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For the purpose of assessment and collection of import duties, foreign imported merchandise entered into a zone is considered not to have entered the commerce of the United States and, therefore, duties are not paid while the merchandise remains at the site. Depending on the final disposition of merchandise, duty deferral, duty reduction and/or duty elimination are potential zone benefits.

The Grant of Authority for FTZ #81 was issued in 1982 to the New Hampshire Port Authority, now the Pease Development Authority Division of Ports and Harbors. Because the Traditional Site Framework was restricted to specific site locations, approval of any proposed activity beyond the sites was complex and lengthy, taking up to a year following application. The FTZ Board, at the recommendation of the FTZ staff, adopted the Alternate Site Framework regulations in January 2009. The ASF gives Grantees more flexibility to respond to the needs of companies to whom FTZ’s may be beneficial.

HSI Boston, IPR Center, partners rack up major league results against counterfeit dealers in 2018 World Series enforcement effort

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Boston and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the successful results from the Boston segment of this year's "Operation: Ground Rules" an aggressive counterfeit-combatting enforcement multi-partner operation held during and immediately following Major League Baseball's 2018 World Series.

The multi-partner enforcement operation was coordinated with the support of and participation of HSI special agents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, City of Boston Code Enforcement personnel and MLB Trademark Enforcement representatives.

HSI special agents seized more than 3,000 items of counterfeit MLB apparel and merchandise being offered for sale by vendors in and around Fenway Park, throughout the Boston area, and along the post-series victory parade route in Boston. Merchandise included baseball hats, knit caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and pennants. Had the goods been genuine, they would have retailed domestically for more than $87,000 dollars.

The Boston-area segment of "Operation: Ground Rules," which also included enforcement actions near the site of National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers, targeted several sites in the Boston area, including at Fenway Park during the World Series games and also along the parade route during the traditional "duck boat" parade of the 2018 World Series Champion Red Sox across downtown Boston on Oct. 31.

Army Combat Boot Contract Awarded

McRae Industries Inc., Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $7,558,498 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-18-D-1011) with four one-year option periods for hot-weather combat boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a Nov. 14, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through November 14, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             Army/Air Force Cold Weather System
Sol. #:            W911YU-19-T-2001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Army Combat Uniform Trousers (ACU Pattern)
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Amy Combat Tops (ACU Pattern) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PCD Kit - Coyote
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181113B
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PCD Kit - Multicam
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181113A
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TARP
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Vendor Collaboration - Outsole Manufacturer Industry Day
Sol. #:            1800022
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Bootlist
Sol. #:            s8number2
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Concealable Cool Vest
Sol. #:            RFQ-0012959
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             OVERBOOTS, MOLDED, LIGHTWEIGHT, CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE (MALO)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0010
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             3-IN-1 RESPONSE JACKET AND LINERS
Sol. #:            HOODDESFDKLH032
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Packsack
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0014
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CASE,FLAG
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0294
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tents
Sol. #:            70FBR919Q00000005
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Army Combat Uniform Trousers (ACU Pattern)
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Amy Combat Tops (ACU Pattern) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             coveralls
Sol. #:            spmym219q0315
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0163
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Vital Torso Protection - Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-16-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             High Cut Ballistic Helmet
Sol. #:            FY19-0001_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FACESHIELD,RIOT CON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0051
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MOCK ELASTIQUE
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0019
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FULL DRESS HAT & CAP INSIGNIA'S
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-Q-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0164
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Glove Insert, Cold Weather
Sol. #:            8415-01-527-4653
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COVERALL
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0336
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Equipped Visor, Flyer's Helmet (Tinted Visor)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0151
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:             Modular Upgrade System_Version 1.0
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181108
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SHAPE,DAY,MARITIME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0044
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ9
Sol. #:            N0010419QBC75
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2047
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0193
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TARP
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WHITE GLOVES- West Point
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0021
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Scarpa Maestrale ski boots in grey color 
Sol. #:            10th_S4FY1902
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             RAIN COATS W/ POUCH
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FACESHIELD,RIOT CON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0246
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FULL DRESS HAT WITH POM POM
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-Q-0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pail, Plastic Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0032
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0048
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Announcement: Absolute Quota Steel and Aluminum Product Relief

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Trade (OT) is providing guidance for the entry filing of imports of steel mill articles and aluminum products granted relief, under section 232 of the Trade Expansion ACT of 1962 from absolute quota by the Secretary of Commerce, paragraphs (1) and (2) of Presidential Proclamation 9777 (83 FR 45026, Vol. 171 September 4, 2018). ACE is programmed to process imports granted relief from quantitative limits.

Importers or filers must submit a copy of the approved Department of Commerce (DOC) quota product exclusion with the approved importer of record number to traderemedy@dhs.gov and courtesy copy the Quota and Agriculture Branch HQQuota@cbp.dhs.gov.

Only products from importer(s) designated in the product exclusion approved by the DOC are eligible for the exclusion from the Section 232 measures.

NOTE: CBP must receive and activate the product exclusion number before any quota exemption can be processed, and goods subject to the quota exemption can be released.

ENTRY FILING INSTRUCTIONS

If quota amount is still available under the absolute quota category under which the import is classified, follow the following filing instructions:

In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 72 & 73 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the following HTS classification for imported merchandise subject to the relief:

9903.80.60 – Steel Mill or Aluminum Articles non-expedited quota approval OR

9903.80.61 – Steel Mill Articles expedited quota approval

Do NOT submit any other HTS, including any other Chapter 99 HTS

Use Quota Entry Type (i.e. entry types 02, 06, 07, 23, 32, or 38)

Entered Value Information: The entered value of the commodity being imported should be reported on the appropriate Chapter 1-97 HTS classification.

Exception: Chapter 98 reporting provisions may require the entered value to be reported differently. Please refer to the “HTS Sequence” instructions in CSMS # 18-000624.

The filer must transmit the product exclusion number in the importer additional declaration field (54 record) of the entry summary data, based on the following format:

For excluded Steel mill articles = STLXXXXXX

For excluded Aluminum products = ALUXXXXXX

XXXXXX represents the last six digits of the Regulations.gov approval number; do not include spaces or special characters, such as hyphens.

Example: If a steel exclusion is granted under product exclusion docket number BIS-2018-0009-9002, the importer/filer should submit the exclusion number STL099002 (i.e. STL plus the last six digits of the docket number).

Please refer to the Importer's Additional Declaration Detail (Input 54-Record) of the CBP and Trade Automated Interfaces Requirements (CATAIR) Manual for further guidance. The CATAIR document can be found at https://www.cbp.gov/document/guidance/ace-abi-catair-entry-summary-createupdate.

If the quota amount has filled under the absolute quota category under which the import is classified, follow the following filing instructions:

In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 72 & 73 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the following HTS classification for imported merchandise subject to the relief:

9903.80.60 – Steel Mill or Aluminum Articles non-expedited quota approval OR

9903.80.61 – Steel Mill Articles expedited quota approval

Do NOT submit any other HTS, including any other Chapter 99 HTS

As above, be sure to use Quota Entry Type (entry types 02, 06, 07, 23, 32, or 38).

Failure to follow these instructions may result in the quota exemption not processing and the entry being rejected.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

USITC Launches Investigation of Potential U.S.-Japan FTA

On November 7, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission released (News Release 18-136; Inv. No. TA-131-043 and TPA-105-004) Probably Economic Effect of Providing Duty Free Treatment for Currently Dutiable Imports from Japn.

As requested, the USITC will advise the President as to the probable economic effect of providing duty-free treatment for imports of currently dutiable  products from Japan on industries in the United States producing like or directly competitive products and on consumers.  In preparing its advice, the USITC will consider each article in chapters 1 through 97 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) for which U.S. tariffs will remain, taking into account implementation of U.S. commitments in the World Trade Organization. The advice will be based on the HTSUS in effect during 2018 and trade data for the year 2017.

In addition, as requested, the USITC will prepare an assessment of the probable economic effects of eliminating tariffs on imports from Japan of certain agricultural products on U.S. industries producing the products concerned and on the U.S. economy as a whole.  A list of the agriculture products is attached to the USTR’s request letter.

The USITC expects to submit its report, which will be confidential, to the USTR by January 24, 2019.

The USITC is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the issues for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. 

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on December 6, 2018.  Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 26, 2018, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  For further information, call 202-205-2000.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record.  Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on December 13, 2018. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Farm Bill is Lame Duck Priority

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (Dem., Minn.), who likely will retake the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, said Wednesday his top priority right now is to get a farm bill done in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. Read more HERE.

Initiation of AD/CVD Investigations on Yarn from China and India

On November 7, 2018, the Department of Commerce initiated its less-than-fair-value and countervailing duty investigations on Polyester Textured Yarn from India and the People's Republic of China. These investigations have been assigned the following case numbers: A-533-885 and C-533-886 (India) A-570-097 and C-570-098 (China).

The merchandise covered by these investigations, polyester textured yarn. Polyester textured yarn is produced through a texturing process, which imparts special properties to the filaments of the yarn, including stretch, bulk, strength, moisture absorption, insulation, and the appearance of a natural fiber. This scope includes all forms of polyester textured yarn, regardless of surface texture or appearance, yarn density and thickness (as measured in denier), number of filaments, number of plies, finish (luster), cross section, color, dye method, texturing method, or packing method (such as spindles, tubes, or beams).

The merchandise subject to these investigations is properly classified under subheadings 5402.33.3000 and 5402.33.6000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive.

Commerce requests that comments be filed by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on November 27, 2018.

Notice of the corresponding investigations (Inv. No. 701-TA-612-613 and 731-TA-1429-1430) at the U.S. International Trade Commission was published in the Federal Register (83 FR 53899) on October 25, 2018.

These investigations were initiated based on petitions filed by Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America on October 18, 2018.

In the antidumping duty investigation, Commerce will determine whether imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India are being dumped in the U.S. market at less than fair value.

The alleged dumping margins for China and India range from 74.98 to 77.15 percent and 35.14 to 202.93 percent, respectively.

In the countervailing duty investigation, Commerce will determine whether Chinese and Indian producers of polyester textured yarn are receiving unfair government subsidies.

There are 20 subsidy programs alleged in the China countervailing duty investigation, including the provision of low-priced inputs, preferential loans, grants, as well as income tax incentives, while there are 43 subsidy programs alleged in the India countervailing duty investigation, including tax incentives, the provision of low-priced inputs, grants, and loan subsidies.

If Commerce makes affirmative findings in these investigations, and if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determines that dumped and/or unfairly subsidized U.S. imports of polyester textured yarn from China and/or India are causing injury to U.S. industry, Commerce will impose duties on those imports in the amount of dumping and/or unfair subsidization found to exist.

In 2017, imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India were valued at an estimated $35 million and $19.6 million, respectively.

Click HERE for a fact sheet on these initiations.

Next Steps:

During Commerce’s investigations into whether polyester textured yarn from China and India are being dumped and/or unfairly subsidized, the ITC will conduct its own investigations into whether U.S. industry and its workforce are being harmed by such imports. The ITC will make its preliminary determinations on or before December 3, 2018. If the ITC preliminarily determines that there is injury or threat of injury, then Commerce’s investigations will continue, with the preliminary CVD determinations scheduled for January 11, 2019, and preliminary AD determinations scheduled for March 27, 2019, unless these deadlines are extended.

If Commerce preliminarily determines that dumping and/or unfair subsidization is occurring, then it will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to start collecting cash deposits from all U.S. companies importing polyester textured yarn from China and India.

Final determinations by Commerce in these cases are scheduled for March 27, 2019, for the CVD investigations, and June 10, 2019, for the AD investigations, but those dates may be extended. If Commerce finds that these products are not being dumped and/or unfairly subsidized, or the ITC finds in its final determinations there is no harm to U.S. industry, then the investigations will be terminated and no duties will be applied.

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 135 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 255 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

Antidumping and countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 460 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

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

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. Companies that receive unfair subsidies from their governments, such as grants, loans, equity infusions, tax breaks, or production inputs, are subject to countervailing duties aimed at directly countering those subsidies.

Friday, November 9, 2018

H.I.S. Recalls Girl’s Clothing Sets Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban

Description: This recall involves Self-Esteem brand girl's clothing sets with a gold leaf pendant necklace. The recalled clothing sets consists of three items: a short-sleeve teal top with cut-out shoulders, a navy blue legging pant with a teal floral print and a pendant necklace with an orange and teal center. The recalled clothing sets have style number PO#71160/LOT9 and a date of production of 10/2017 printed on a white label on the inside of the garment. The recalled clothing sets were sold in girl’s sizes 4x-12x.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the necklace from the recalled clothing sets, take it away from children and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Burlington and Shopko stores nationwide from February 2018 through October 2018 for about $14.

Manufacturer(s): Ningbo Younker Fashion Accessory Industrial Corporation, of China

Importer(s): H.I.S. International Group LLC, of New York

Distributor(s): H.I.S. International Group LLC, of New York

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 19-034

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

Monday, November 12, 2014, is the observation of Veterans Day, a federal holiday in the United States. National, state, and local government offices will be closed in commemoration. Most businesses will be open.

The Boston office of Agathon Associates will be closed for the day, as principal David Trumbull will be traveling to meetings of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists ("AATCC") in North Carolina, where he will represent clients' interests in fiber analysis.

Do you pause for a moment of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month? I remember, decades ago, in grade school, we all did so in observance of Armistice Day, even though the name of the commemoration had been official changed to Veterans Day way back in 1954.

Without question, we do right to honor our soldiers, seamen, airmen, marines, and coast guard with a public holiday. But let us not forget the origins of Veterans Day/Armistice Day on this the centenary of the end of the "War to End All Wars." Thomas Hardy wrote And There Was a Great Calm on the occasion of the signing of the armistice, here's one stnaza --

Breathless they paused. Out there men raised their glance
To where had stood those poplars lank and lopped,
As they had raised it through the four years’ dance
Of Death in the now familiar flats of France;
And murmured, 'Strange, this! How? All firing stopped?'

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1926 Congress officially encouraged the observance of the day throughout the nation, but in was not until 1938 that Armistice Day became a legal federal holiday.

In 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars and President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation. Subsequent Presidents have continued the practice of issuing such proclamations.

By the way, Veterans Day is always on November 11th, which this year is a Sunday. In 1968 the Uniform Holiday Bill removed several federal holidays from their traditional dates, placing them on Mondays in order to create three-day weekends. But many were not pleased with this tinkering with Veterans Day and in 1975 President Gerald R. Ford signed the law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people. However, when a holiday falls on a Sunday it is the practice of the federal government to get employees the following Monday off from work. That is why while Veterans Day is Sunday, it is observed on Monday.

For more information on the celebration of Veterans Day, see https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/

God Bless the United States of America!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CPSC Staff to Attend AATCC Meetings Next Week

On November 13 through 14, 2018, Paige Witzen, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, will be attending AATCC Committee Meetings for Textiles. Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Federal Business Opportunities through November 7, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             MODULAR UPGRADE SYSTEM_VERSION 2.0
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181106
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Chem and Oil Protective (Otto Fuel) Glove
Sol. #:            8415-01-013-7382
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USMC Packs
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0016
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Court Shoes U.S. Army West Point
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             White Cloth Pocketing -West Point
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0014
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0274
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BATTING, QUILTED POLYESTER - DOMESTIC
Sol. #:            CT2253-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Request for Quotation (RFQ) GSA-SPB-18-Q-00013 - SELF-HELP TARPS
Sol. #:            GSA-SPB-18-Q-00013
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Packsack
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0014
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Battlefield Airmen Rapid Refresh and Replenishment (BARS) Parachute Equipment Harness
Sol. #:            FA862919R5000
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CLOTH, LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-19-Q-0274
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            GSASPB19Q0003
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Grey Blue Flannel 2000 Yards
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hazmat suits
Sol. #:            11202761
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hazmat suits
Sol. #:            11202761-2
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TACLANE-1G Encryptor
Sol. #:            N0042119Q0064
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0272
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TROUSER WAISTBAND WEST POINT
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Horse Hair Cloth 1500 Yards
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ZIPPERS WEST POINT
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0011
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0268
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0263
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            GSASPB19Q0003
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Mobile Field Force Gear & Accessories
Sol. #:            20110303
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             FACESHIELD,RIOT CON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0042
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Bootlist
Sol. #:            00S8Boots
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LITE Plate Presolicitation/Industry Day Notice
Sol. #:            M67854-19-R-1500
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Layer 7, Parka, Extreme Cold Weather (GEN III)
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R0013
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tarps
Sol. #:            GSASPB19Q0003
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Layer 7 Extreme Cold Weather Parka
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-YYYY
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Hazmat suits
Sol. #:            11202761
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2100
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Hood, Radioactive Contaminant, Protective
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0008
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0016
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBINGS AND TAPES - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2254-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             CONDUCTIVE RUBBER BOOTS
Sol. #:            W44W9M-19-T-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Unisex Gloves
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0002
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Unisex Gloves
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0002
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coveralls, 27P, Sage Green
Sol. #:            SPE1C119RCoveralls27P
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SIG Holsters
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSTER0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safety Helmets
Sol. #:            47QSWB-18-A-1717
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Military Police Gear
Sol. #:            DRUM316G6KAB190001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Outcomes from the latest research shows that wearing superfine Merino wool offers natural relief to those who suffer from eczema

A new study has confirmed that wearing superfine Merino wool helps ease the symptoms of eczema and improves the wearer's quality of life.

Supported by The Woolmark Company's Fibre Advocacy program, Professor Joe Fowler at Dermatology Specialists Research in Louisville, Kentucky, undertook this two-year study assessing the effect of Merino base-layer fabrics on 50 of his patients with mild-to-moderate eczema.

Read more HERE.

Army and Navy Wool Textile Contracts Awarded

Burlington Apparel Fabrics, Greensboro, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $40,632,816 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for blue wool cloth. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a one-year contract with four one-year option periods. The maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a Nov. 4, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1112).

Burlington Apparel Fabrics, Greensboro, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $40,563,765 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for blue poly/wool cloth. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a one-year contract with four one-year option periods. The maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a Nov. 4, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1100).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Department of Defense Apparel Contracts Awarded

Federal Prison Industries Inc., doing business as UNICOR, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $49,920,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for various types of coats. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Washington, District of Columbia; Texas; and Illinois, with an April 30, 2023, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-F015).

National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $8,389,705 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for moisture wicking t-shirts. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are North Carolina, Arkansas, and Virginia, with an Oct. 30, 2020 performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-B043).

Kravet Upholstery Fabric FTZ Denied

On October 31, 2018, the Foreign Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (83 FR 54712) Production Authority Not Approved; Kravet, Inc.; Subzone 38G; (Commercial Samples); Anderson, South Carolina.

Components and materials that Kravet sought to exempt from U.S. import duties include:

  • vinyl-based decorative wall coverings;
  • imitation patent leather, PVC-based and polyurethane-based decorative upholstery products;
  • analine dyed leather hides;
  • leather hides for upholstery use;
  • decorative wallpapers;
  • silk-based fabrics for upholstery or drapery use;
  • wool-based, horsehair-based and striped cotton decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • boucle-style cotton/poly decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • printed cotton and embroidered satin twill decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • sheer cotton decorative drapery fabrics;
  • cotton-based, cotton-texture, cotton twill, printed cotton-blend, cotton-blend and cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • printed and embroidered cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • plain textured cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • cotton denim decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton texture and velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • printed and embroidered cotton decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • cotton blend decorative drapery fabrics;
  • cotton blend textured or embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • cotton blend satin decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • embroidered linen decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton blend ottoman decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • cotton blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton, cotton-blend, cotton-texture, and cotton blend textured decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton and silk blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton and linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • cotton and linen blend printed decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • embroidered linen decorative drapery fabrics;
  • linen blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
  • cotton blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
  • linen and linen blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • raffia decorative wallcoverings;
  • grasscloth decorative wallcoverings;
  • hemp, jute and/or cellulose blend decorative wallcoverings and fabrics;
  • cellulose raffia decorativewallcoverings;
  • polyester decorative drapery fabrics;
  • outdoor decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • embroidered polyester decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • nylon-based faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester decorative upholstery, multipurpose and drapery fabrics;
  • viscose or polyester blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester sheers/casements decorative drapery fabrics;
  • polyester blend decorative drapery, multipurpose and upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • embroidered polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • polyester blend chenille decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • viscose or rayon blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • rayon blend decorative drapery fabrics;
  • rayon/viscose blend textured decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • rayon/viscose blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • viscose/silk blend sheer/casements decorative drapery fabrics;
  • rayon/linen blend embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • linen/viscose blend embroidered decorative drapery fabrics;
  • cotton/poly blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • poly/linen blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • polyester or poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • acrylic or acrylic blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • poly/acrylic blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • poly/cotton blend sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • viscose/linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester and poly/linen blend sheer/casement decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • polyester/wool blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester/linen blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • acrylic/wool blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • viscose blend velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • viscose decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • viscose or rayon blend decorative upholstery, multipurpose or drapery fabrics;
  • viscose or polyester blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • rayon/poly blend decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • viscose/linen blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • viscose blend decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • polyester or poly blend faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • flocked decorative wallpaper;
  • nylon or poly blend faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • decorative trimmings;
  • mohair, chenille, silk velvet or velvet decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • sheer poly decorative drapery fabrics;
  • velvet and/or chenille decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • decorative tapes;
  • metallic silk sheer decorative drapery fabrics;
  • embroidered or crewel decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • linen or cotton blend embroidered decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • quilted decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • vinyl decorative upholstery goods;
  • decorative textile wallcoverings;
  • high-durability decorative upholstery fabrics;
  • blackout/lining drapery fabrics;
  • faux fur decorative multipurpose fabrics;
  • sheer/casement decorative drapery fabrics;
  • velvet/faux suede decorative upholstery fabrics; and,
  • decorative glass bead trimmings

Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can read the full record of the proceedings at the link below. 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.

Docket B-40-2014

CSI Calendaring FTZ Application Denied

On October 31, 2018, the FTZ Board published notice in the Federal Register (83 FR 54713) Production Authority Not Approved; CSI Calendering, Inc., Foreign-Trade Zone 39, (Rubber Coated Textile Fabric), Arlington, Texas. Certain U.S. textile mills had opposed this application.

Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can read the full record of the proceedings at the link below. 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.

Docket B-26-2014

PBR, Inc. d/b/a SKAPS Industries Again Denied FTZ Benefits for Polypropylene Staple Fiber

Since 2013, PBR, Inc. d/b/a SKAPS Industries, an Athens, Georgia, producer of non-woven geotextiles has sought authorization to avoid duty on imported polypropylene staple fiber using Foreign-Trade Zone procedures. The application was opposed certain U.S. textile producers with the result that SKAPS' approval was limited to a five-year trial period and further limited to to preclude any inverted tariff relief on goods ultimately entering U.S. commerce, effectively limited to the benefit to fiber ultimately re-exported, plus some benefit on fiber that becomes waste in the manufacturing process.

In 2014, SKAPS tried, unsucessfully to have the restrictions removed, so they could enjoy relief from inverted tariff on goods entering U.S. commerce. U.S. textile industry opposition was strong, and on October 31, 2018, the FTZ Board published in the Federal Register its determination to deny the SKAPS application.

Meanwhile, the initial authorization of FTZ benefits relating to export and fiber lost to waste expired in August 2018. In a filing earlier this year SKAPS attempted to at least preserve that limited benefit. However, that request was opposed by certain U.S. textile producers and was denied. It appears that SKAPS will have one more opportunity to file for reinstatement of the limited benefit using a "long form" application

Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can read the full record of the proceedings at the links below. 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.

Docket B-18-2018

Docket B-22-2014

Docket B-37-2013

CPSC Personnel to Participate in AATCC Electronically Integrated Textiles Session

On November 13, 2018, Joanna Matheson, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Health Sciences will participate remotely to the November 13th session on Electronically Integrated Textiles. Members of the ASTM D13.50 subcommittee were invited to remotely attend this AATCC RA111 committee session.

Army Footwear and Clothing Contracts Awarded

Aurora Industries LLC, Camuy, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $52,928,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for flame resistant coats for the Army Combat Uniform. This was a competitive acquisition with 13 responses received. This is an 18-month base contract with one, one-year option period. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including options. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with an April 29, 2021, estimated performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2019 through 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1111).

Belleville Shoe Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $12,049,936 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of one-year base contract (SPE1C1-18-D-1001) with four one-year option periods for hot-weather combat boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Illinois, with an Oct. 29, 2019, performance completion date. Using customer is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Federal Business Opportunities through October 31, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers, Extreme Cold/Wet Weather (Gen III)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0011
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coat, ACU, Type I, Class II, OCP
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PC Gen III Soft Armor Inserts
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1305
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0215
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLI, AIR S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0201
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH, LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-19-Q-0274
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            W912JD-19-Q-04AH
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0027
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0211
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BERET
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0055
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBINGS AND TAPES - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2254-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE4A719Q0171
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,ELECTRICAL W
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0253
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Impact Protective Glove Solicitation
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0009
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Bag, Ammunition Sniper Rifle
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0025
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Laundering Uniforms @ Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Base + 4 option periods for approximately 9 employees   
Sol. #:            36C78619Q0052
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Senate Page Program Uniforms
Sol. #:            RFQ-2019-012
Agency:            United States Senate
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Title:             Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            W912JD-19-Q-04AH
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Impact Protective Mask Solictation
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0010
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner Fabric Pre-Cuts, Poly Micro Denier Crepe Knit
Sol. #:            CT2252N-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             BAG,AMMUNITION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0194
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0193
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0191
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0155
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2040
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Electrical Gloves, 1000V
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0017
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Laundering Uniforms FSHNC Subject to the availability of fy19 funding. Original PR 8469-000011 returned in error. Solicitation for base +option year to perform laundry service and weekly delivery of uniforms for approximately 
Sol. #:            36C78619Q0052
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             LITE Plate Presolicitation/Industry Day Notice
Sol. #:            M67854-19-R-1500
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2046
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Eye Pro AIrborne
Sol. #:            Bragg18WSMNV0014
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             P- Mag Pouch RFI
Sol. #:            M67854-19-I-1505
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through October 24, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             Foam Component of the Kneepad
Sol. #:            W911QY-FoamComponentOfTheKneepad
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0182
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cold Temperature and Artic Protective System (CTAPS)
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0034
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            W912JD-19-Q-04AH
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear-Tactical Vests
Sol. #:            FA4801-19-Q-1001 
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0022
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Parachute Equipment Harness
Sol. #:            FA8629-19-RFI-5000
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Lens, Goggles
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-TBD1
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DHS Uniform Program II - Strategic Sourcing Effort
Sol. #:            70B01C19R00000003
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Fast Rope Gloves
Sol. #:            POLK5AVNPF0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SIG Holsters
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSTER0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0173
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Field Pack
Sol. #:            19Q0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TYR Pouches
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSTER0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TYR Pouches
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSTER0014
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0163
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0164
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STAND,FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COVER,SERVING SIDE
Sol. #:            SPE8ED18T1494
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0340
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS18T265Q
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TARPAULIN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner, Helmet (Zetaliner) 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-Q-0350
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2041
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Blauer B. Dry Parka with removable nylon Liner or equal product. 
Sol. #:            DESPS1827
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0004
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SPEAR TSA and MSAP Ballistic Plates Contract Modification
Sol. #:            H92222-14-D-0061
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Agathon Associates' Client Spectro Coating is Making this Revolutionary New Textile Fiber Product

2018-09-25 13_38_15-Testing lab in Massachusetts hoping to reduce risk of head injuries in sportsThe Flocked based Fiber Energy Absorbing Material was recently featured on a Boston TV station. Originally developed by Professor Yong Kim and a team at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mass., using multiple layers of a highly technical flock composite FEAM has reached the finals in the NFL selection process for energy absorbing helmets. The goal: reduce the risk of head injuries in contact sports. The solution: Millions of tiny fibers lined up in a special way to absorb and distribute the impact. Something that only this high tech Flocked construction can achieve.

Click on the image to see the video.

Canada to host Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform

On October 24 and 25, 2018, the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada Minister of International Trade Diversification, will host ministers from 12 WTO members at the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform. At the meeting, ministers will work to identify concrete actions to enhance and improve the WTO over the short, medium and long term.

Army Combat Helmet Pad Suspension System Contract Awarded

National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $13,144,298 modification (P00008) exercising the second option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B003) with four one-year option periods for the advanced combat helmet pad suspension system. This is a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, with an Oct. 26, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvan

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bipartisan Coalition of 167 Members of Congress Call on USTR Lighthizer to Establish Tariff Exclusion Process

On October 16, 2018, U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (Rep., Indiana) and Ron Kind (Dem., Wis.) called on United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to establish a process that allows U.S. companies to request an exclusion from the recent tariffs imposed on $200 billion of Chinese imports. This process would help U.S. companies retain global competitiveness, and would help target the effects of the tariffs on China, rather than on U.S. companies and consumers. Exclusions were established for all previous rounds of tariffs, but have been neglectfully omitted for the most recent tariffs.

Reps. Walorski and Kind were joined by a bipartisan coalition of 167 Members of Congress.

Statements from the lawmakers are below:

"We need to hold China accountable, but we need to do it in a way that doesn't harm American manufacturers, farmers, workers, and consumers. A fair and transparent exclusion process for U.S. businesses will help minimize the negative impact of these tariffs and build on our nation's economic momentum. The administration should heed our bipartisan call to establish a strong exclusion process and ensure we stay focused on the real target, which is China’s unfair trade practices," said Congresswoman Walorski.

"The very least this Administration can do is provide businesses the ability to petition their government to prove their case that these tariffs will hurt their businesses, workers, and customers alike. I am committed to working together to ensure we find a safe landing zone for American farmers and businesses, and will continue to call on the President and Ambassador Lighthizer to end these reckless tariffs," said Rep. Ron Kind.

This request remains consistent with previous Section 301 exclusion requests. An exclusion process is vital to ensuring that U.S. companies can seek relief in the event that there are no alternative suppliers of the good, or if other special circumstances exist that could harm their ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Read the letter HERE.

Friday, October 19, 2018

China Tariffs Hit U.S. Textile Manufacturer

Officials at American Woolen Company, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, are weighing the effects and their possible responses to the Section 301 Tariffs on textile inputs of Chinese-origin, read more in the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a newly instituted general factfinding investigation regarding the effects on the U.S. economy of duty suspensions and reductions

p>The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a newly instituted general factfinding investigation regarding the effects on the U.S. economy of duty suspensions and reductions enacted under the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA).

The investigation, American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act: Effects of Temporary Duty Suspensions and Reductions on the U.S. Economy, was triggered by the recent enactment of a miscellaneous tariff bill under the law.

The AMCA requires the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, to prepare a report concerning the effects on the U.S. economy of duty suspensions and reductions enacted pursuant to the AMCA.  The USITC’s report must be submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of a miscellaneous tariff bill.

Congress completed work on a miscellaneous tariff bill on September 4, 2018, and the President signed the legislation into law on September 13, 2018. 

As required, the USITC will provide a broad assessment of the economic effects of duty suspensions and reductions on U.S. producers, purchasers, and consumers, as well as case studies looking at the effects on individual sectors. The report will also include recommendations solicited from the public with respect to those domestic industry sectors that might benefit from permanent duty suspensions or reductions, with a particular focus on inequities created by tariff inversions. This public report will be delivered to the Committees by September 13, 2019.

The USITC is seeking input for this investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice.  The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on March 5, 2019.  Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on February 19, 2019, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 22, 2019. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

KORUS Short Supply Request Filed

The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Korea, submitted on September 24, 2018, to initiate consultations under the KORUS. The Government of Korea is requesting that the United States and Korea ("the Parties") consider revising the rules of origin for certain yarns, woven fabrics, and knit apparel to address availability of supply of fibers and yarns in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the KORUS rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Korea on a modification under the KORUS to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain fibers, yarns, and knit fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by November 16, 2018

Request #Input Product DescriptionInput Product HTSEnd-use Product Description
1Certain viscose rayon staple fibers classified in subheadings 5504.10 or 5507.005504.10
5507.00
Cotton yarn (other than sewing thread), containing less than 85% by weight of cotton, not put up for retail sale, classified in heading 52.06
2Certain textured and non-textured cuprammonium rayon filament yarns classified in subheading 5403.395403.39Woven fabrics of artificial filament yarn, including woven fabrics obtained from materials of heading 54.05, classified in heading 54.08
3Certain cashmere yarn classified in heading 51.0851.08Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, classified in heading 61.10;
Other made up clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted, classified in heading 61.17;
Knitted or crocheted parts of garments or of clothing accessories, classified in heading 61.17

ICE HSI Rhode Island investigation leads to federal conviction, seizure of $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods

On October 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that after a recent multiagency intellectual property rights investigation resulted in federal convictions of two Rhode Island men on counterfeit goods trafficking charges and the seizure of more than $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods, special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Providence went on to coordinate an extraordinary effort that brought about the donation of half of the seized items to a non-governmental organization for use in humanitarian relief efforts.

The leaders of the counterfeit scheme, Stephen Russell and Robert Brown, both of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, were convicted in February and March of this year of trafficking in counterfeit goods charges in Rhode Island federal court; final sentencing in the case is set for January 2019.

Following the culmination of the investigation that shut down the counterfeit enterprise and ended in the successful prosecution of its leaders, HSI Providence Resident Agent in Charge Brendan Cullen his HSI personnel spearheaded an extraordinary effort to allow for the re-purposing and donation of half of the seized items to World Vision, an internationally-recognized humanitarian relief organization that brings aid and comfort to thousands of people in dire need worldwide.

Working closely with ICE's Intellectual Property Rights Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Fines Penalties & Forfeitures division, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and with private sector partners, Cullen and his team worked tirelessly to ensure all required steps were done to allow for the transfer. After the removal of all counterfeit labels, Cullen and the team worked to help get approval from trademark holders, to have all items tested for non-flammability, and then arranged for delivery to World Vision liaisons, who expressed deep gratitude for the gifted items.

In all, more than 1,500 clothing and footwear items out of approximately 3,000 items seized in the investigation were donated to the international humanitarian relief and development non-governmental organization.

Trump Administration Announces Intent to Negotiate Trade Agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom

Trump Administration Announces Intent to Negotiate Trade Agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom

On October 16, 2018, at the direction of the President, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that the Trump Administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

"Under President Trump’s leadership, we will continue to expand U.S. trade and investment by negotiating trade agreements with Japan, the EU and the United Kingdom," said Ambassador Lighthizer. "Today’s announcement is an important milestone in that process. We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses."

In officially notifying Congress, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is following the procedures set out in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 – often referred to as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – which requires ongoing consultations with Congress. These consultations ensure that USTR develops negotiating positions with the benefit of Congress’ views. USTR will also publish notices in the Federal Register requesting the public’s input on the direction, focus and content of the trade negotiations.

In accordance with TPA, USTR will publish objectives for the negotiations at least 30 days before formal trade negotiations begin.

To read the notification letters sent to Congress regarding Japan, click here.

To read the notification letters sent to Congress regarding the European Union, click here.

To read the notification letters sent to Congress regarding the United Kingdom, click here.

Background Information

U.S.-Japan Trade

U.S. goods and services trade with Japan totaled an estimated $283.6 billion in 2017. Exports were $114 billion; imports were $169.5 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Japan was $55.5 billion in 2017.

U.S.-EU Trade

U.S. goods and services trade with the EU totaled nearly $1.2 trillion in 2017. Exports totaled $527 billion; Imports totaled $627 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with the EU was $100 billion in 2017.

U.S.-UK Trade

U.S. goods and services trade with United Kingdom totaled an estimated $235.9 billion in 2017. Exports were $125.9 billion; imports were $110.0 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with United Kingdom was $15.9 billion in 2017.

CPSC to Meet with Home Furnishing Alliance on Flammability Issue

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Consumer Product Safety Commission officials Allyson Tenney, Michael Taylor, Andrew Lock, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, and David Miller, Directorate for Epidemiology will participate in the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) 2018 Regulatory Summit. Michael Taylor, David Miller, and Andrew Lock will present on the current status of Furniture Tip over and Upholstered Furniture Flammability.

President Trump End's U.S Subsidy on Chinese Goods Mailed to U.S.

Ever wonder why you can buy Bluetooth earbuds on Ebay from China and get them in a day or two, with POSTAGE INCLUDED, for less than what the postage alone would be to ship them in the U.S.? Well, it turns U.S. taxpayers have been subsidizing China's shipments to the U.S. for decades. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, "The UPU [Universal Postal Union] negotiates global rates and other standards among its 192 members for cross-border mail. The U.N. agency has long used a tiered system that gives discounts to developing countries for packages of 2 kilos (about 4.4 lbs.) or less. Despite China's rise to become the world's second-largest economy, the UPU still classifies it as a 'tier 3' country, meaning it qualifies for the deepest discounts. The U.S. is a 'tier 1' country." President Trump has announced that the U.S. will no longer participate in this subsidy of China and will "self declare" the rate for Chinese shipments into the U.S.

TRIVIA. This not the first time that UPU rates, which had not been adjusted to reflect the reality of the strength of nation's economies, has been in the news. In 1919, Charles Ponzi, sitting in his office at 27 School Street, Boston (a block from the office of Agathon Associates), realized that he could make easy money by taking advantage of the difference between the real cost of postage nation-by-nation, and the artificial exchange rate that the UPU had never updated to reflect the changes in national economies brought about by the Great War. It worked, on a small scale, but became a criminal enterprise when took in more investors' money that there was international postage coupons in circulation to redeem.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Max Brickle's fight to save the Navy Pea Coat

Max Brickle is the owner of Northwest Woolen Mills, a company that provides 50,000 pea coats to the Navy every year. In 2019 the Navy plans to do away with the iconic garment, but Brickle and his team are fighting back.

USITC Institutes Investigation to Assess a Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has instituted an investigation to assess the likely impact of a trade agreement that the President has announced he intends to enter into with Mexico and Canada.

The investigation, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter received on August 31, 2018.

The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 requires the USITC to prepare a report that assesses the likely impact of the Agreement on the U.S. economy as a whole and on specific industry sectors and the interests of U.S. consumers.  The USITC’s report, which will be public, is due to the President and the Congress no more than 105 days after the President signs the Agreement, which he can do 90 days after he notifies Congress of his intent to do so.  The President notified Congress on August 31, 2018, of his intent to enter into the Agreement.

The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation beginning at 9:30 a.m. on November 15, 2018.  Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 29, 2018, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  For further information, call 202-205-2000.

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record.  Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on December 20, 2018.  All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and the procedures for written submissions is available in the USITC’s notice of investigation, dated October 12, 2018, which can be obtained from the USITC web site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or 202-205-2000.

Textiles, Apparel, & Sporting Goods Virtual Fair

Textiles, Apparel & Sporting Goods Virtual Fair

The U.S. Commercial Service is offering a unique opportunity for U.S. companies in the Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting goods Industry to promote their Made in the USA products and services to potential buyers and business partners overseas via online promotion on our website.

  • Virtually promote your Made in the USA products and services
  • Connect with foreign buyers via our website

The registration is now open and will close on November 1. Please follow the registration link on the program announcement below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Once you register, we will follow-up with you with specific instructions about your company profile and other details.

For more Information

REGISTER HERE

For Questions: Please Contact

Desi Jordanoff
Washington, DC
Desi.Jordanoff@trade.gov
202-482-2390

Anastasia Xenias
New York City, NY
Anastasia.Xenias@trade.gov 212-809-2685

Bobby Hines
Los Angeles, CA
Bobby.hines@trade.gov
213-894-4231

Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods Bio

The Textiles, Apparel and Sporting Goods Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods industries, expanding market access, and increasing exports. The Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods Team is composed of trade specialists that work to help companies gain access to international sales opportunities, identify international representatives and agents, vet potential international partners, maximize trade show efforts, and understand relevant Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods market opportunities worldwide.

Some of our core services include: market intelligence (market data and statistics), business matchmaking (identifying and evaluating potential partners), Trade Counseling (Market Entry Strategies, Regulations, and Customs information), and Market Access and Fair Trade (Dismantling Barriers to Foreign Trade).

Our team members are experts in international business development and are your best resource for business growth and job creation. We are the primary export assistance resource for the Textiles, Apparel and Sporting Goods industries and should be your first point of contact if you are looking to sell your products and services overseas.

To find your local Trade Specialist from our Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods Global Team please click here.