Thursday, July 19, 2018

US Proposes 10% Tariff on Chinese Textiles, Industry Comments Welcomed

The U.S. recently announced proposed additional import tariffs, at the rate of 10%, on thousands of classifications of goods of Chinese origin. The list appears to include all, are nearly all of the classifications for fiber, yarn, fabric, and carpet (Harmonized Tariff Schedule Chapters 50 through 60).

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting public comments on the proposal. Specifically USTR wants to hear from you regarding the specific tariff subheadings to be subject to increased duties whether:

  • they should be removed from the list;
  • they should stay on the list at 10%; or
  • they should stay on the list but at a lower or higher rate.

Comments are due by August 17th and must address specific 8-digit tariff subheadings. Agathon Associates can assist U.S. companies in drafting and filing comments. Due to the complexity of matching the specific tariff subheadings with the products of interest to individual companies submitting comments I strongly urge interested companies to begin the process as soon as possible.

BACKGROUND

On July 17, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 33608) Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.

On June 20, 2018 (83 FR 28710), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) provided notice of an initial action in the Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The initial action was the imposition of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018. The June 20 notice also sought public comment on another proposed action, in the form of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 billion. The public comment process in connection with the proposed additional action is ongoing. On July 6, 2018, China responded to the initial action by imposing increased duties on goods of the United States. In light of China's decision to respond to the investigation by imposing duties on U.S. goods, the Trade Representative proposes a modification of the action taken in this investigation. The proposed modification is to maintain the original $34 billion action and the proposed $16 billion action, and to take further action in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The products subject to this proposed supplemental action are classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in the Annex to this notice. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Made in America Day and Made in America Week, 2018

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

On Made in America Day and during Made in America Week, we celebrate the importance of American manufacturing, construction, agriculture, mining, and entrepreneurship to our Nation's prosperity and economic vitality. Made in America products represent the global gold standard for quality, innovation, and craftsmanship and the output of a highly skilled workforce that is second to none.

American workers and job creators sustain and inspire the American Dream, while enhancing both our economic and national security, which are inextricably linked.

For far too long, the working men and women of our country have been ignored. That era is over.

Last year, I signed into law historic tax cuts and reform, which have unleashed a flow of investment and jobs back into America from overseas. Optimism among American manufacturers has hit all-time highs as American businesses across the country have paid bonuses, increased wages, and boosted contributions to employee retirement plans.

My Administration is also delivering on its promise to cut unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hamper economic growth.

I have consistently pledged to the American people that I will reinvigorate our workforce by instituting fair and reciprocal trade practices so that companies can compete, thrive, and grow. My trade agenda is focused on defending our workers and businesses from unfair trade practices and on removing barriers to our products and services, so that our Nation can compete and so that ``buy American and hire American'' once again becomes the best option in an increasingly international and competitive market. Accordingly, I will continue to negotiate and modernize our trade agreements to bring about free, fair, and reciprocal trade and thereby ensure open, fair, and competitive markets for America's products and services.

Our Nation continues to thrive due to the determination, imagination, skill, creativity, and excellence of our people. American industry reflects these qualities and evokes patriotism, pride, and the hope of a bright and prosperous future. We salute our Nation's workers, job creators, and inventors, and we pledge to continue creating an environment that makes the United States the most attractive place in the world to do business.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 17, 2018, as Made in America Day and this week, July 15 through July 21, 2018, as Made in America Week. I call upon all Americans to pay special tribute to the builders, the ranchers, the crafters, the entrepreneurs, and all those who work with their hands every day to make America great.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

(Presidential Sig.)

Federal Business Opportunities through July 18, 2018

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Title:             Vietnam War Commemoration Lapel Pins
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Title:             CUT RESISTANT GLOVES 
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Title:             Camp Bullis Canopy Cover
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Monday, July 16, 2018

ICE seizes 181,000 counterfeit items worth nearly $43 million in Laredo, Texas

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on July 3rd completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo.

In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics. Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark infringed merchandise which was destined for illegal export to Mexico.

Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry.

READ MORE.

Allura Recalls Children’s Sleepwear Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

Description:

This recall involves two styles of children’s sleepwear garments. The first garment is a 100% polyester fleece pajama pant with the brand name “Sweet N Sassy” on the waist label and hang tag. The style number is located on the back of the brand label at the center waist. The second garment is a 95% polyester and 5% spandex onesie with long-sleeves, a hood and front zipper with the brand name “Delia’s Girl” at the neck label and hang tag. The style number is located on the back of the brand label at the neck. The garments were sold in children’s sizes 4-6x and 7-16 in a variety of colors and prints.

Style Number Style Description Image
S65300 or S67300 4/6X or 7/16 Black/Pink thermal onesie w/sherpa hood love print 18188 18188
S65301 or S67301 4/6X or 7/16 Pink/Tan thermal onesie w/sherpa hood animal print 18188 18188
S65302 or S67302 4/6X or 7/16 Gray/Cream thermal onesie w/Sherpa hood dream print 18188 18188
S65303 or S67303 4/6X or 7/16 Pink/Black thermal onesie w/Sherpa hood fairisle print 18188 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with feather print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 mint fleece pant with feather print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 gray/pink fleece pant with animal print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 brown/tan fleece pant with animal print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with penguin print 18188
65477 or 67477 4/6X or 7/16 coral fleece pant with penguin print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 pink/gray fleece pant with plaid print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 gray/turk fleece pant with plaid print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 white fleece pant with verbiage print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 charcoal fleece pant with verbiage print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with star print 18188
65476 or 67476 4/6X or 7/16 white fleece pant with star print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 white/black fleece pant with Aztec print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 pink/gray fleece pant with Aztec print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 turk fleece pant with fox print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 navy fleece pant with fox print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 pink fleece pant with heart print 18188
65475 or 67475 4/6X or 7/16 gray fleece pant with heart print 18188

 

 
Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sleepwear, take it away from children and contact Allura for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries:

None reported

Sold At:

America’s Kids, Boscov’s, Kids For Less and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, CookiesKids.com, CrazyforBargains.com, Sophiasstyle.com and other websites from September 2017 to April 2018 for between $8 and $13.

Importer(s):

Allura Imports, of New York

Distributor(s):

Allura Imports, of New York

U.S. Proposes 10% Additional Tariff on Chinese Fiber, Yarn, and Fabric

On July 6, 2018, in response to unfair Chinese practices, the United States began imposing tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports as legal processes conclude. The products targeted by the tariffs are those that benefit from China’s industrial policy and forced technology transfer practices.

China has since retaliated against the United States by imposing tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. exports to China, and threatening tariffs on another $16 billion. The U.S. claims that China did this without any international legal basis or justification. As a result of China’s retaliation and failure to change its practices, the President has ordered USTR to begin the process of imposing tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. The U.S. maintains that this is an appropriate response under the authority of Section 301 to obtain the elimination of China’s harmful industrial policies. This latest list includes just about every textile fiber, yarn, fabric, and carpet (but not apparel or home textiles).

Learn how to do business in the Caribbean Region and comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business.

Since 1977, the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA have applied to all U.S. persons and certain foreign issuers of securities. With the enactment of certain amendments in 1998, the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA now also apply to foreign firms and persons who cause, directly or through agents, an act in furtherance of such a corrupt payment to take place within the territory of the United States.

The U.S. Commercial Service is offer a webinar "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its effect on doing business in the Caribbean on August 22nd, 2018.

Register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=8QFQ

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Marine Corps Tent Contract Awarded

Litefighter Systems LLC, Roswell, Georgia, has been awarded a maximum $10,627,440 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for combat tents. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Mississippi and Georgia, with a July 12, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1065).

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its public meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 via webinar.

Agenda

1. The Exports Subcommittee will discuss a path forward for its work and the work of the Export Manifest Working Group for the 15th Term COAC. There will also be an update on the automated export manifest pilots, and on progress in implementing a post-departure filing pilot as part of the ocean pilot.

2. The Trusted Trader Subcommittee will present an update from the C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria Working Group on its recommendation regarding CBP's plans to roll out new C-TPAT criteria. The subcommittee will also provide an update on the progress on the Trusted Trader Strategy and the formation of a new Trade Compliance Working Group.

3. The Trade Modernization Subcommittee will discuss the progress of the Regulatory Reform Working Group’s efforts to identify and prioritize areas of regulations administered by CBP which can be reformed and the Foreign Trade Zone Regulations Working Group. In addition, the subcommittee will discuss the progress being made in the E-Commerce Working Group.

4. The Trade Enforcement and Revenue Collection (TERC) Subcommittee will provide updates from the Anti-Dumping/Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD), Bond, Forced Labor and Intellectual Property Rights Working Groups and will also speak to the lessons learned from the risk-based bonding tabletop exercise.

Federal Prison Industries Awarded Army Uniform Contract

Federal Prison Industries, Washington, District of Columbia, doing business as UNICOR, has been awarded a maximum $14,062,500 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Army physical fitness uniform trunks. This is a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with nine responses received. Locations of performance are Minnesota, Louisiana, Colorado, Kentucky and Washington, District of Columbia, with a July 11, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1069).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

NCTO Applauds Trump Administration Efforts to Address China’s Unfair Trade Practices

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauds the Trump administration for its continued effort to resolve longstanding trade inequities with China, noting the July 10 announcement proposing $200 billion in Chinese goods for an added 10 percent tariff. The latest U.S. action follows China’s unjustified retaliation against U.S. imports after the United States placed Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods in response to that country’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property.

NCTO also called on the Trump administration to include finished textile and apparel products on any future lists of imports from China to be made subject to Section 301 tariffs.

“The Trump administration is right to confront China’s unfair trade practices. Section 301 tariffs show the world that countries who cheat the United States on trade will be held accountable,” said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo. That said, NCTO will be thoroughly vetting the new retaliation list. “With the inclusion of virtually all fiber, yarn and fabric tariff lines, NCTO’s response will be on a line-by-line basis, with support or opposition to individual lines dependent on the how the competitiveness of the U.S. textile industry is impacted,” Tantillo continued.

“NCTO is convinced that the Trump administration’s Section 301 tariffs would be far more effective if Chinese apparel and sewn non-apparel end products were included in the 301 list because that would benefit the entire U.S. textile and apparel supply chain,” Tantillo said as he referred to NCTO’s China 301 public comments filed on May 11 and noted that no apparel and sewn non-apparel end products were included on the U.S. government’s latest proposed tariff list.

“If properly targeted, Section 301 tariffs would not only address the underlying illegal activity on the part of China, but also help reshore American jobs and boost U.S. exports to the NAFTA and CAFTA regions. That’s why NCTO will continue to engage the Trump administration on ways to maximize the benefit of Section 301 tariffs to American industry and workers,” Tantillo added.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers.

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

Milliken Names Halsey Cook as Next President and CEO, Effective September 1

On July 11, 2018, Milliken & Company’s board of directors announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” said current chair, president and CEO, Harold Chandler. “He has the experience to accelerate what is working very well today at Milliken and, importantly, introduce change where the organization can further leverage our emphasis on innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer care. He will lead an organization with a proven management team that knows how to translate strategy into effective execution and sustainable results. His experience in growing diversified, global businesses and his leadership style are an excellent fit for Milliken’s values, culture and commitment to the community.”

Cook’s 30-year career leading a wide range of large, diversified global businesses with significant manufacturing and distribution networks has prepared him to lead family-owned Milliken. His leadership roles in sales, marketing and product development have included international- and U.S.-based assignments across a variety of companies such as United Technologies and Legrand North America. Most recently, Cook was the president and CEO for Sonepar USA, a family-owned global distributor of electrical products and related solutions. These experiences provided opportunities for Cook to drive growth through organic innovation programs and strategic acquisitions. Cook has a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of the South and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

On joining the Milliken team, Cook commented, “I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead Milliken. It is an esteemed company with talented associates and an opportunity-rich future. I am looking forward to meeting the team and listening to their ideas and aspirations for the next chapter of Milliken & Company.”

About Milliken

For over 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com, and join us on Twitter (@MillikenandCo), Facebook and Instagram (@MillikenandCo).

Tariff Classification and Duty Rate Determined by ASTM Test in the Case of Certain Wool Fabric.

In a June 25, 2018, Binding Ruling Letter (N293870) U.S. Customs and Border Protections addressed the tariff classification of two wool plaid twill woven fabrics from China. The importer, Teijin Frontier (U.S.A.), Inc., suggested classification under subheading 5112.19.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for other woven tapestry and upholstery fabrics of combed wool, with rate of duty of 7%. However, according to tests performed by the CBP Laboratory, the fabric did not meet the minimum surface abrasion requirements for light duty upholstery fabric as specified by the American Society of Testing Materials (ATSM) D3597-02. Accordingly, CPB ruled that the applicable subheading wwas 5112.19.9520, HTSUS, which provides for Woven fabrics of combed wool or of combed fine animal hair: Containing 85 percent or more by weight of wool or of fine animal hair: Other: Other: Other: Weighing more than 270 g/m2 but not more than 340 g/m2. The rate of duty will be 25%.

In Washington AGOA Forum Ambassador Lighthizer Calls for FTA, Cites Apparel Giant PVH as Potential Investor in Africa

Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at the Opening Plenary of the 2018 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) Ambassador Lighthizer, July 11, 2018:

Welcome to this year’s AGOA Forum. I am pleased to be with you all this morning. The theme for this AGOA Forum is “Forging New Strategies for U.S. – Africa Trade and Investment.” I’d like to spend my time with you addressing one very specific new strategy—the Trump Administration’s desire to negotiate a model free trade agreement with a sub-Saharan African country.

It has long been the desire of the United States for AGOA-beneficiary countries to advance to a point where it would be possible to talk about a comprehensive and more permanent framework to deepen our relationship. Indeed, AGOA was designed to encourage alignment around best practices in order to pave the way for a free trade agreement between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries. Our Congress reinforced this point during the reauthorization of AGOA in 2015 when it expressly instructed the USTR to pursue free trade agreement negotiations with AGOA eligible countries. In part because of AGOA’s success, we believe that many of you are at the point where we could enter into FTA negotiations. If you are willing, we are eager to take this next logical step in our relationship.

Let me start by explaining why I believe the time is right for this initiative and why it makes sense, both for the United States and sub-Saharan Africa.

My trip to the AGOA Forum in Togo last year, the opportunities I’ve had to meet my fellow trade ministers from the Continent, and consultations I’ve had with Congress, business leaders, and others have convinced me that deepening the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship is critical to both American and African interests. It is a goal shared by both sides.

Right now, our trade and investment involvement is centered around AGOA. I know your governments place a strong value on this program. We do as well. Since its enactment in 2000, it has had an important and positive impact on U.S.-African trade. AGOA has also provided incentives for reforms that promote rules-based, market-oriented economies, and it has supported regional integration.

Just two weeks ago, my office issued a report on the implementation of the AGOA program over the past two years. The report highlighted many of these achievements. But the report also confirms what I heard from many of you last year – that while AGOA has brought important benefits, there remains much more to be done to fully realize the potential of U.S.-Africa trade.

One-way tariff preferences can only do so much to drive trade and investment. When corporations decide where to invest and do business, much more goes into the equation. U.S. companies value clear rules of the road and a sound business environment. With the renewal of AGOA until 2025, we have a unique opportunity to use the next several years to build on and go beyond this one program.

To be clear, the United States is not abandoning AGOA for either the short term or the long term. But there are compelling reasons to pursue a comprehensive and more permanent trade and investment framework to govern trade between the United States and Africa.

First, American companies are increasingly recognizing that Africa’s growth presents immense opportunities. Just in the last several years, many U.S. companies that never before had a large footprint on the continent have made major investments there. These companies range from Kellogg’s Cereal to Marriott Hotels to Prudential Insurance to PVH, one of the largest apparel companies in the world. I’m just as encouraged by many U.S. small- and medium-sized businesses also pursuing business across the continent.

Second, as you know far better than I, there is a growing need for infrastructure and other development projects in Africa to support continued economic growth and enable Africa to tap into global markets. The United States—and, in particular, American businesses and the African diaspora in the United States—are well-positioned to assist with these efforts.

Third, many African countries have already signed free trade agreements with some of America’s largest trade competitors, like the EU and China. Many of these competitors are also investing heavily in sub-Saharan Africa. My sense, however, is that many of you recognize the value of diversifying your commercial ties, and I know you recognize what American companies bring to the table, in terms of quality, state-of-the-art products and services, and reputable, reliable business practices.

Fourth, establishing a more stable, permanent, and mutually-beneficial trade and investment framework with the United States could be transformative for Africa. The most tangible benefit for countries that enter into FTAs with us is that they could lock in the benefits of AGOA, bringing the certainty businesses need for long-term business decisions. An FTA with the United States will also send a strong signal of commitment to high standards of transparency and due process, which is critical to attracting business investment.

I hope this Forum and my discussions with many of you will help inform our approach. Our current thinking is based on three core objectives: (1) pursue a bilateral agreement with a willing partner; (2) ensure that this agreement is crafted so that it can serve as a model that can be rolled out to other willing partners in sub-Saharan Africa in the future; and (3) ensure that the model agreement will reinforce regional and continental integration in Africa.

Let me conclude by emphasizing that we are excited about the prospect of entering into a successful free trade agreement with an African country. We believe that this will be good for the United States, the FTA partner, and ultimately Africa.

We do not believe this will be an easy process to be sure, but I think it’s one that is well worth the effort.

We have heard expressions of interest from several of you about this initiative, and I encourage others interested in it to contact my office. We have not made any final decision about which country or countries we will negotiate with to develop a model agreement. But I can tell you this much: We are serious and intend to move quickly. I hope to announce exploratory talks soon.

I will now invite my distinguished co-chair, Minister Adan Mohamed, to share his thoughts and then we will open the floor for discussion. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Baiocco and Staff Meeting with Representatives from American Home Furnishings Alliance

On July 16, 2018, CPSC Commissioner Dana Baiocco, Chris Hudgins, Director, CPSC Office of Legislative Affairs, and Dottie Yahr, Policy Advisor, meeting with representatives from American Home Furnishings Alliance: Bill Perdue, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Matt Howsare, Mintz Levin for introduction and overview of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and their issues related to CPSC.

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Title:             CLOTH,LAMINATED
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Title:             Uniforms
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Title:             MP Black Gear
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Title:             T-shirts for PIDC
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Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             INMATE JUMPSUITS
Sol. #:            15B61618Q00000169
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SECURITY GUARD UNIFORMS & APPAREL
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0034
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             RIBBON,AWARD COMPON
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Neutral Day Visor
Sol. #:            FA487718Q0359
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Title:             Football Helmets
Sol. #:            140A1618Q0092
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Bunker Gear Fire Department
Sol. #:            FA4600-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Commercial Item, Various Ticking Fabric for Bedding Mattresses
Sol. #:            CT2245-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Backpacks - Promotional
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Bunker Gear Fire Department
Sol. #:            FA4600-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FIREMAN HOOD
Sol. #:            SPE8E918Q0401
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plastic quick release holster for Frag Grenade/Flash Bang Grenade 
Sol. #:            0075RS8
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:             Tactical Gear for Air and Marine Operations
Sol. #:            20106514
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             SECURITY GUARD UNIFORMS & APPAREL
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0034
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             BALLISTIC BODY ARMOR (VESTS)    
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

USTR Lighthizer Welcomes Extension of Trade Promotion Authority

On July 2, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today issued the following statement about the extension of Trade Promotion Authority:

"The President is pleased that Congress has extended Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for three more years, which he requested as part of his Trade Agenda. Extension of TPA is critical to negotiating accountable, enforceable and reciprocal trade deals that will benefit American workers, farmers and ranchers. The Trump Administration is pursuing a number of potential bilateral free trade agreements, and TPA extension means we may continue to aggressively pursue these opportunities."

TPA was set by the 2015 law to expire at the end of June, however the law also provided for extension through June 2021 if the President requests an extension and neither House of Congress adopts an extension disapproval resolution.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

On July 6, 2018, USTR published in the Federal Register (83 FR 31629) Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) Approved for AGOA

On July 3, 2018, USTR published in the Federal Register (83 FR 31254) Determination, Relating to Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent the unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel articles and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with the shipment of such articles, and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress towards implementing and following, the custom procedures required by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Therefore, imports of eligible products from Eswatini qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

USITC RELEASES NINTH ANNUAL REPORT ON U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS FROM CHINA

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released its annual compilation of reports published every two weeks on textile and apparel imports from China.

The report, Textile and Apparel Imports from China: Statistical Reports, Annual Compilation 2017, was requested by the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, produced an annual compilation of data that has been posted on a bi-weekly basis on the USITC website. The data in the report are shown on an annual and quarterly basis, by category and by Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 10-digit subheadings.

By category, annual data are provided from 2011 through 2017, and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2016 through fourth quarter 2017. By HTS10 subheading, annual data are provided from 2015 through 2017, and quarterly data are provided from first quarter 2016 through fourth quarter 2017.

Navy Trouser Contract Awarded

Omega Apparel Inc., Smithville, Tennessee, has been awarded a maximum $8,200,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for trousers. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Maximum dollar amount is for the life of the contract, including options. This was a competitive acquisition with four offers received. Location of performance is Tennessee, with a June 25, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1066). (Awarded June 22, 2018)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

PFPA Uniform Vendor Day

Washington Headquarters Services (WHS)/Acquisition Directorate (AD) Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) will host a Uniform Vendor Day on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 1:00 PM until 3:00PM. The purpose of this event is to bring innovations from potential vendors in law enforcement equipment technology to the Pentagon Police for review and consideration when developing future requirements.

Location: Pentagon Library and Conference Center, 9000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301

Vendors are invited to attend a Vendor Day Event for law enforcement professionals, hosted by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), Facilities, Acquisitions & Logistics Division (FALD), Pentagon Police Department (PPD), and the Washington Headquarters Services, Acquisitions Directorate (WHS/AD).

There is a 25 vendor limit for attendance to this event. Priority for registration will be given to Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) that can demonstrate technological innovations.

PFPA is interested in a modern style and durable Class B Duty uniform. See minimum requirements below:

Shirt Characteristics
1. Constructed of breathable and moisture-wicking material
2. Comfortable when worn with or without an external vest
3. Dress collar and pen pocket
4. Machine washable at home and dry cleanable
5. Long/Short sleeve options and Male/Female Cuts
6. Navy Blue and Gray options

Trousers Characteristics
1. Tactical look and feel
2. Various sizes and lengths
3. Cargo pocket(s) on each leg
4. Machine washable at home and dry cleanable
5. Long/Short sleeve options and Male/Female Cuts
6. Navy Blue

Request vendors to bring samples for officers to try on.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Title:             Retention items
Sol. #:            W9124M-18-Q-AD07
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             MESH, POLY 8 OZ
Sol. #:            CT2243-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Football Helmets
Sol. #:            140A1618Q0092
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1659
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plain Wall and Cloth Liner
Sol. #:            013334718
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Maritime Clothing
Sol. #:            H92240-18-Q-2041
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             FA3099-18-Q-0005 Plate Carriers
Sol. #:            FA3099-18-Q-0005_Plate_Carriers
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             122nd Special Deployment Clothing
Sol. #:            W912NR-18-Q-5032
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SAFETY FOOTWEAR
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0240
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             NAVY TFU SLACKS
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0120
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Canopy Tents
Sol. #:            SILL434KJR0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Male Briefs
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000138
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Geofabric
Sol. #:            140P9718Q0153
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Pelican Case with laptop overnight Case, travel duffel bags
Sol. #:            70FB7018B00000011
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Fall Protection
Sol. #:            FA485518Q0012
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CLOTH,COATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1435
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Backpacks - Promotional
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pallet Covers
Sol. #:            M6700418Q1043
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             NTC RETENTION
Sol. #:            FTIRWINNTCRPISAQ001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1655
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Sleeping Bags and Cots
Sol. #:            70T05018Q3NOSO024
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Male Briefs
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000138
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             HEADBAND,GOGGLES,FL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1650
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Student Backpacks
Sol. #:            20104285
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             20x20 Pop-Up Canopy Tents
Sol. #:            W912CN-18-Q-DD01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SECURITY GUARD UNIFORMS & APPAREL
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0034
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             DHS Uniform Acquisition Innovation Roundtable
Sol. #:            DHS-Uniform-AIR
Agency:            
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Title:             Nordic Ski Boot 
Sol. #:            WWD_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0122
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Deployment Items Maintenance (2)
Sol. #:            W9127Q-18-R-5003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             20 x 40 Pole Tent with Custom Graphics gold and black
Sol. #:            Benning311KLR0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SAFETY FOOTWEAR    
Sol. #:            36C24818Q9274
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Bag, Water Assembly
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0282
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniforms Fire Resistant/Retardant 598-18-3-8307-0209/VA256-18-AP-8128   
Sol. #:            36C25618Q9606
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Army Retention items
Sol. #:            Stewart2ABCTNBA0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Protective Clothing for DACPA
Sol. #:            FLWUSAMPSTER0006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - BATES DRESS SHOES
Sol. #:            N0018918Q0336A
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             PFPA Uniform Vendor Day
Sol. #:            HQ003407202018AMM
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.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

AUGUSTINE TANTILLO RECEIVES CHAPMAN AWARD

Augustine Tantillo, National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has been awarded the Chapman Award, named in honor of James A. Chapman, Sr., James A. Chapman, Jr. and Joseph W. Chapman of Inman Mills. The Chapman Award was established by the Southern Textile Association to recognize individuals for exemplary service to the textile industry. By vote of the Board of Governors, Augustine Tantillo, President and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations, received the Award during the STA Business Breakfast Session of the Joint Annual Meeting of the STA and Fiber Buyer Groups at The Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Award was presented by Randy Blackston, Vice President of Operations, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics and Past President of STA.

Augustine Tantillo was named President and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in August 2013. NCTO is the voice of the domestic textile industry in Washington, DC. With more than 130 current members, NCTO represents manufacturers from every major sector of the U.S. textile industry, including fiber, yarn, fabric, home furnishings and vertically integrated apparel producers.

Prior to joining NCTO, Mr. Tantillo served as Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) for more than 10 years. AMTAC represented U.S. producers dedicated to improving international trade policies in order to bolster U.S. investment and employment in the manufacturing sector.

Mr. Tantillo began his thirty-plus year career in Washington, DC after graduating Clemson University in 1981. Other notable aspects include forming Washington consulting SRG & Associates in 1993, and an appointment by President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1989 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Goods. In that position, he developed and implemented policies to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel sector, as well as major consumer goods industries. In addition, he served as chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). Prior to his appointment at the Department of Commerce, he served as Chief-of-Staff to United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in the late 1980’s.

On a personal note, Auggie was born and raised in North Augusta, SC, and is the youngest of nine children. He is married to Lisa Shuping of NC, and they have three wonderful daughters and two grandsons.

CPSC Staff to Participate in ASTM Meeting

On Monday, June 25, 2018, Joanna Matheson, Consumer Product Saety Commission Directorate for Health Sciences, and possibly other CPSC staff will participate in a meeting (via WebEx) with the ASTM D13.50 sub-committee for Smart Textiles 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The meeting agenda is in process and will be posted and/or available at the meeting. This meeting was requested by and organized by ASTM.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Department of Defense Clothing Contract Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $9,309,281 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1090) with two one-year option periods for various designs of all-purpose parkas. This is a firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Tennessee and Florida, with a June 19, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Marine Corps and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Federal Business Opportunities through June 20, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Notice of Intent to Award a Single Source Contract
Sol. #:            FA4427-18-P-0139
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Uniforms Fire Resistant/Retardant 598-18-3-8307-0209/VA256-18-AP-8128   
Sol. #:            36C25618Q9606
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Ballistic Vests & Accessories
Sol. #:            HQ0034-18-R-0043
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE4A718Q1287
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH,PARACHUTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0244
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Male Briefs
Sol. #:            192118FAO00000138
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             NTC RETENTION
Sol. #:            FTIRWINNTCRPISAQ001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             POLE,TENT, Y Pole MGPTS
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             IR US Flag Reverse
Sol. #:            Eustis7TBXBCJ0006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tactical Gear for Air and Marine Operations
Sol. #:            20106514
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVID
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0281
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RIBBON,AWARD COMPON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1623
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FASTENER TAPE,PILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1622
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             OCP Military Helmet Bands w/ Sewing
Sol. #:            W912L1-18-Q-0185
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            H9225718Q0107
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            W912J2-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             JMAS Aiguillettes
Sol. #:            HHM402-18-Q-0078
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             US Army Band Distinctive Scarlet Caps
Sol. #:            MYERTUSABTAP0033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BODY ARMOR & ACCESSORIES
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0035
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3167
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BODY ARMOR & ACCESSORIES
Sol. #:            140R1718Q0031
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2892
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SAFETY FOOTWEAR
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0240
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            N68836-18-Q-0201
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            DUGWAYFIREDWA0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VA258-18-AP-1210 STRESS VEST    
Sol. #:            36C25818Q9476
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             RESTRAINT,INVOLUNTA
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1360
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLIGHT DECK JERSEY
Sol. #:            N0024418Q0158
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             10X10 Canopy Pop-Up Tents
Sol. #:            KNOX2NDBRIGADEPB0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             CSI and Forensics Equipment
Sol. #:            191NLE18Q0034
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Synopsis for Recruiting and Retention Recognition and Promotion Items (RPI)
Sol. #:            W91SMC-18-Q-1015
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Overshoe, Dress
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0279
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Blinds Installed Camp Williams Utah
Sol. #:            W91NSD8136-0104
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             GLOVES, THERMAL and IMMERSION PROTECTIVE
Sol. #:            8415-01-653-8436
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SHOE COVER
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q3161
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:             GEN III Layer 6 Parka, Class 3, OCP
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0115
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner Kits Used in Assembly of M8E1 Chemical and Biological Protective Shelters
Sol. #:            W52P1J-18-R-LINR
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Notice of Intent to Sole Source
Sol. #:            W91CRB-14-C-0005_NOTICEOFINTENT
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Flag Staff - 8 Foot
Sol. #:            POLKPROTLDT-00001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0268
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.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

USTR Seeks Comments on India's Export Subsidies

On June 18, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 28306) WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India--Export Related Measures.

On March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations concerning certain Indian export subsidies provided through: (1) The Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme, (2) the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme, (3) the Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme, (4) Special Economic Zones, and (5) a duty-free imports for exporters program. The parties failed to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution to this dispute. On May 17, 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. The Dispute Settlement Body considered this request at its meeting of May 28, 2018, and established a panel to consider this dispute.

The United States alleges that India is providing prohibited export subsidies contrary to Articles 3.1(a) and 3.2 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Navy Dress Shoe Contract Awarded

Original Footwear LLC, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $10,393,386 modification (P00019) exercising the third one-year option of a one-year base (SPE1C1-15-D-1067) with three one-year options for men's and women's leather dress shoes. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Puerto Rico and Michigan, with a June 16, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Navy Uniform Contract Awarded

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $25,552,591 modification (P00140) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-14-D-1048) with four one-year option periods for various types of Navy working uniform blouses and trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $82,243,090 from $56,690,499. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a June 15, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through June 13, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Officer Caps
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800077
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:             JUMP PACK,MISSILE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0275
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Chest, Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-TBA3
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            DJF-18-2300-PR-0008154
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Linen    
Sol. #:            36C25218Q9580
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1600
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1593
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniforms
Sol. #:            ftgordon001104727
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SNAP LINK,RAPPELLER
Sol. #:            SPE2DH18T5185
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:             Hot Weather Combat Boot
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-HWCB
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINER,WATERBAG
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0262
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             LINER,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0273
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HOOD,RADIOACTIVE CO
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1591
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tactical Military Boot
Sol. #:            W912L718Q1103_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             NTC RETENTION
Sol. #:            FTIRWINNTCRPISAQ001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Fire Resistant Clothing
Sol. #:            140R1018Q0009
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Yaktrax chains
Sol. #:            W912L7-18-Q-1428
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Head & Face Protection System
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-CW-HFP
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - Safety Shoes
Sol. #:            W91QV1-18-Q-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USCP Shouider Patch
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800081
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:              Airframe body core support equipment 
Sol. #:            SPMYM1-18-Q-0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             10X10 Canopy Pop-Up Tents
Sol. #:            KNOX2NDBRIGADEPB0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Flight Clothing
Sol. #:            W912JM-18-Q-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             T-Shirt w/ National Guard custom Logo
Sol. #:            W912JM-18-Q-0001-01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Weather Boot Insulators
Sol. #:            HAAF175AML0053
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Blinds Installed Camp Williams Utah
Sol. #:            W91NSD8136-0104
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aircrew Laser Eye Protection Block 3 IDIQ Request for Proposal
Sol. #:            FA8606-18-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             OPTION - Cadet Mess Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            F3V5A18086AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Officer Caps
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800077
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:              Airframe body core support equipment 
Sol. #:            SPMYM1-18-Q-0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            W912J2-18-R-0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             ARC FLASH UNIFORMS
Sol. #:            M0068118Q0050
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H9240318R0001
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Amy Retention Publicity Items
Sol. #:            SAMRETPC0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             ZIP FULL SUITS
Sol. #:            70Z02918QSWN001
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Promotional & Incentive Items
Sol. #:            M0026317R1004
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Promotional Items
Sol. #:            H9225718Q0107
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             PILOT BAGS
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Bags
Sol. #:            W912K6-18-Q-5005
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.