Friday, February 16, 2018

Announcement of Program for the Private Sector To Participate in Trade-Related Training of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Personnel

On February 16, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register (83 FR 7064) the process to solicit, evaluate, and select interested parties in the private sector to fulfill agency needs for instruction and related instructional materials for trade-related training, pursuant to section 104 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA).

Background

On February 24, 2016, former President Barack Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA), (Pub. L. 114-125, 130 Stat. 122, Feb. 24, 2016) (19 U.S.C. 4301 note). Section 104 of the TFTEA directs the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to establish and carry out, on a fiscal year basis, trade-related educational seminars to: (1) Improve the ability of personnel of CBP to classify and appraise imported merchandise; (2) improve the trade enforcement efforts of CBP and ICE personnel; and (3) otherwise improve the ability and effectiveness of CBP and ICE personnel to facilitate legitimate international trade. Interested parties in the private sector that meet the guidelines and criteria set forth in this notice and are selected by CBP or ICE may provide instruction and related instructional materials at these seminars pursuant to section 104.

Topics upon which training may be conducted include tariff classification, customs valuation, country of origin (including procedures for identifying merchandise bearing mislabeled country of origin markings), proper assessment of AD/CVD, evasion of duties on imports of textiles, border enforcement of IPR, enforcement of child labor laws, and other topics as appropriate and useful as concerns the trade-related duties and missions of CBP and ICE.

Trade-Related Training by Private Sector Parties

Interested parties desiring to conduct training under this program will be selected based on: (1) The availability of CBP and ICE personnel for such training; (2) the relevance of the training to the topics specified in section 104; (3) the usefulness of the proposed training as concerns the trade-related duties and missions of CBP and ICE; (4) any existing or future need to train CBP and ICE personnel on identifying and detecting incorrect or false country of origin with respect to imported merchandise; and (5) the expertise and experience of the proposed private sector instructors in the subject matter of the proposed training.

British Luxury Knitwear Retailer and CEO Agree to Pay $908,100 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Concerning Improper Avoidance of Customs Duties

Portland, Maine, February 13, 2018 -- United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Pure Collection Ltd. ("Pure") and its CEO, Samantha Harrison (“Harrison”), both of Harrogate, England, have entered into civil settlement agreements with the U.S. under which they will pay a total of $908,100 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act ("FCA"). The FCA is the government’s primary civil remedy to redress false claims involving government funds.

The settlements resolve allegations that Pure and Harrison improperly avoided U.S. customs duties owed on merchandise shipped from the United Kingdom to U.S. customers, including many customers in Maine. See United States ex rel. Patrick v. Pure Collection Ltd., 2:16-cv-00230-GZS (D. Me.). Generally, U.S. customers owed no customs duties on single shipments of merchandise into the U.S. worth less than $200 (a limit later raised to $800). The complaint alleged that Pure and Harrison improperly evaded customs duties that would have been paid by U.S. customers by breaking up single shipments worth more than those amounts into multiple shipments of lesser value in order to avoid the applicable duties.

The FCA action was originally filed by Andrew Patrick, a citizen of the United Kingdom, under the Act’s whistleblower, or qui tam, provisions that allow private individuals who have knowledge of fraud committed against the government to file lawsuits on the government's behalf. The FCA permits the government to recover up to three times the amount of damages incurred by the U.S., in addition to civil penalties for each violation. The government may also intervene and file its own lawsuit for damages and penalties, as it did in this case. If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower, also known as the relator, may receive a share of the recovery. Here, the government will pay the relator, Mr. Patrick, a share of the settlement proceeds.

The government was represented by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maine, the National Courts Section of the Department of Justice, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Pure and Harrison cooperated throughout the investigation.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Media registration for NAFTA renegotiations: Round seven in Mexico

The seventh round of NAFTA renegotiations will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, from February 25 to March 5, 2018.

The Government of Mexico is leading this event and is solely responsible for the registration process. Media are invited to register as per the information below:

Members of the media must register before 11 p.m. (Mexico City time) on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at TLCAN/NAFTA (available in English or Spanish only).

This is Washington’s Birthday and I Can’t Tell a Lie

Monday is WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY, a federal and state holiday to honor the hero of the Revolutionary War, the Father of His Country, and the first President of the United States. Of the 45 men to serve as chief executive of the Union, only Washington is so singled out for honor with a federal holiday. Federal, state, and local government offices in the United States will be closed. Many businesses, especially those that routinely engage with government offices, will also be closed in observance of the day.

That many persons now call the third Monday in February "Presidents Day" is an indicator of our lack of discrimination and devaluing of true accomplishment and fame. To put it in perspective, Catholics believe that each of the 266 popes was the Vicar of Christ on Earth, infallible in matters of faith and morals, and yet fewer than 90 have been added to the calendar of Saints (and no less erudite writer than Dante placed some of the popes in Hell), but common American usage honors equally the great Washington and the least noble and least accomplished of men to hold the office by jumbling them all together on "Presidents Day," the equivalent of declaring each a "secular saint."

Slighting of Washington by calling his birthday "Presidents Day" also errs by neglecting the 29th of May, which by state law (Mass. Gen. Laws Chap. 6 Section 15VV) is our PRESIDENTS DAY, in memory of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, former presidents from the Commonwealth.

Virginia, home of eight presidents, including Washington, beats us out in total number. But here in the Bay State we have something the Old Dominion lacks. We have in our midst the Washington Library -- About 800 books and pamphlets from George Washington's personal library at Mount Vernon given to the Boston Athenæum by a group of Bostonians in 1848. The books themselves are priceless and only serious scholars need apply for permission to use the collection. However, in 1997 the library published a catalog so the rest of us can see what sort of books the great man was reading.

Books on history and government from Washington's library include his personal copy of Common Sense, the tract by Thomas Paine that was so influential in promoting the revolutionary spirit. The General, of course, had several books on military science. Remembering that Mount Vernon was a working farm, we are not surprised to find books on agriculture and practice arts such as carpentry and horsemanship. President Washington's mind ranged beyond those necessary topics, for we also find books on religion, linguistics, and poetry.

I could lump Washington in the same group with some of the lesser men who occupied the White House -- but that would be a lie.

Video offers an edgy lens into New England's textile manufacturing industry

Check out this video showing at Slater Mill.

Rural King Recalls Electric Blankets and Throws Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves Rural King’s electric heated blankets and throws. The 100% polyester blankets and throws were sold in cream and brown colors and in two sizes: 50 x 60 inches (smaller than a twin size) and 84 x 90 inches (queen size). They have one or two multi-setting controllers attached to the electric cord. Model numbers starting with BLV-OB and ending in 200, 201A, 201B, 201C, 202, 202BN, 202CM, 203, 204A1, 204A2, 204A3, 204A2BR , 204A2CM, 205B1, 205B2, 205B3 or 206C1 can be found on a corner tag. Matton Rural King Supply, Inc. is printed on the back of the tag.

Remedy: Customers should immediately stop using the recalled blankets and throws and contact Rural King for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: Rural King has received four reports of the blankets and throws overheating. Two incidents resulted in fires and one burn injury to a consumer’s foot.

Sold At: Rural King stores nationwide and online at www.ruralking.com from October 2017 through December 2017 for between $30 and $60.

Importer(s): Rural King, of Mattoon, Ill.

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 18-100

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tea Collection Recalls Children’s Rompers Due to Choking Hazard

Description: This recall involves two styles of children’s rompers sold in sizes 0-3 months and 18-24 months. They are Vermillion Painted OPP Floral Romper with style number 7F32500, and the Shocking Fuchsia Rose Romper with style number 7F32504. The Vermillion rompers are red with white floral print, and the Shocking Fuchsia are maroon with a pink floral print. The style number is printed on a tag sewn on the inside of the garment located in the waist area.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled rompers away from children and contact Tea Living for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of the snaps detaching from the garments. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Nordstrom, Von Maur and various boutique stores nationwide and online at teacollection.com from July 2017 through December 2017 for about $27.

Importer(s): Tea Living Inc, San Francisco, Calif. (d/b/a Tea Collection)

Distributor(s): Tea Living Inc, San Francisco, Calif. (d/b/a Tea Collection)

Manufactured In: Indonesia

Recall number: 18-097

More information and photos HERE

Army Combat Helmet Chinstrap Contract Awarded

Lions Services, Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $11,348,700 modification (P00014) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B008) with two one-year options for advanced combat helmet chinstraps and hardware. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are North Carolina and Texas, with a Feb. 16, 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.

Federal Business Opportunities through February 14, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Fire Resistant Uniforms
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Door Mats
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1006
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Running Shoes
Sol. #:            FA700018T0017
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Wildfire Nomex 
Sol. #:            PolkDPWMJL013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Request for Information - NIOSH Certified M53 Mask System
Sol. #:            W911SR18M53A1
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Eagle Carrier
Sol. #:            FA487718Q0151
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             SPECIALIZED FLIGHT CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Special Annoucement  NGA Police Uniforms Showcase Day
Sol. #:            HM157518Q0023
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             INDUSTRY MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY FOR THE MHS HOLSTER SLEEVE 
Sol. #:            M67854-18-I-1334
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             (S) Uniform Supply Contract Base +1   Update replacement solicitation #36C25918Q0236 
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Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             (S) Uniform Supply Contract Base +1 Replaces canceled solicitation 36C25918Q0189.  SDVOSB set-aside. New item list (attached). 
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0008
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0006
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Deployment IEU 
Sol. #:            F3F1A18029AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             300 EA 16' x 20' Canvas Tarp
Sol. #:            177TH-AR-BDE-CSMS-HS-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BOOT, COMBAT, TEMPERATE WEATHER, (BLACK)
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0052
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Eagle Carrier
Sol. #:            FA487718Q0151
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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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:             Plate Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             8415 CHEF UNIFORMS EMBROIDERED WITH MULTICOLOR LOGOS
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0087
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Womens' White Overblouse
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0074
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
Sol. #:            
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:             Tulsa ANG Gear
Sol. #:            TulsaANGGear
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tulsa ANG Clothing
Sol. #:            TulsaANGClothing
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tulsa ANG Boots
Sol. #:            TulsaANGBoots 
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Door Mats
Sol. #:            W912CN18QRJ02
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0712
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             JB2GU
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-JB2GU
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STREAMER SET,AWARD
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0130
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Deployment Gear and Supplies
Sol. #:            fa468618R0018
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Tactical Ballistic Vests
Sol. #:            MCPRFI25
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             ZUMRO Mdl 600 SHELTER SYSTEM 
Sol. #:            F6X3D87321AW01
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:             Massif Jackets and Pants
Sol. #:            141SFMASSIFCLOTHING
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear and Supplies
Sol. #:            fa468618R0018
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Unit Patch Shoulder Sleeve ARMY HEALTH SERVICE COMMAND  OCP 8455-01-664-2459.   P/N MIL-1-14652  
Sol. #:            WTUBNS4
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Men's/Women's White Dress Glove
Sol. #:            8440001600770
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Laundry Supply and Services
Sol. #:            12034318Q0029
Agency:            Department of Agriculture
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Title:             Afghan Hats
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0048
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0153
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             APRON,CONSTRUCTION
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0043
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ARCH,TENT FRAME
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0152
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0151
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Eagle Carrier
Sol. #:            F1PT5B8025AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0150
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0149
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0112
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0753
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Naval Security Forces Vests IDIQ
Sol. #:            N61331-17-R-0007
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Cell Padding and Installation 
Sol. #:            W91WRZ-18-Q-0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Military Clothing and MISC items
Sol. #:            PANNGB18P0000065431
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Soft Torso Protection Body Armor (Level IV)
Sol. #:            70Z08418QBB512700
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BODY ARMOR FOR RLE NEW HIRE
Sol. #:            140F0918Q0017
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Men's/Women's White Dress Glove
Sol. #:            8440001600770
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Rifleman Set w/TAP
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0037
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Radiactive Contaminants Protective (RCP) Coverall
Sol. #:            8415015900608
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
Office:            Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniform, clothing and Laundry Services
Sol. #:            CQ18085-CPR
Agency:            Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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Title:             PT Gear, Polos, T-Shirts, Sweatshirts
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800031
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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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, February 7, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through February 7, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             HARD HAT
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Red Belt and Red Sash 
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            FY18RR005
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             VARIOUS THREADS - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2239-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
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Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ballistic Vests & Accessories
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Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             COVERALLS, MEN'S BOILER SUITS FOR SANDBLASTING
Sol. #:            SPMYM3-18-Q-6046
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STREAMER,WARNING
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0118
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniforms    
Sol. #:            36C24718Q0182
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             POWER DISTRIBUTION
Sol. #:            18Q0146
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CRT - 7.62 Defeating Ballistic Shields
Sol. #:            FY18RR003
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             PT Gear, Polos, T-Shirts, Sweatshirts
Sol. #:            IQ1_LOG201800031
Agency:            United States Capitol Police
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Title:             RFQ FOR FSC 8340 - PAINTER'S DROPCLOTH
Sol. #:            47QSWB-D6-18-7024-SQ
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Millitary Boots COYOTE (Belleville C390) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCC390
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             8415 CHEF UNIFORMS EMBROIDERED WITH MULTICOLOR LOGOS
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0087
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0958
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Womens' White Overblouse
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0074
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Buttons, Berry Amendment Compliant
Sol. #:            CT2238-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OF
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0951
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Fuel Ops Safety Equipment
Sol. #:            0011146072
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             300 EA 16' x 20' Canvas Tarp
Sol. #:            177TH-AR-BDE-CSMS-HS-0007
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:             Vital Torso Protection - Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-16-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VARIOUS THREADS - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2239-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVID
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0142
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0141
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Coyote Brown Boots
Sol. #:            W912LM18Q6023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ballistic Protection Systems (Body Armor)
Sol. #:            15DDHQ18N00000003
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0140
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Entry tools 3 with Carry Bag  Qty 28 Kits
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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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:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Athletic socks
Sol. #:            W91QVN18T0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Massif Jackets and Pants
Sol. #:            141SFMASSIFCLOTHING
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             8415 CHEF UNIFORMS EMBROIDERED WITH MULTICOLOR LOGOS
Sol. #:            N0040618Q0087
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             UNIFORM ORDER FOR VC
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Rappel and Fast Rope Gloves
Sol. #:            FBGARRCBKW0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Military Gear
Sol. #:            FBGARRCBKW0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Injection Molded Polymers
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-POLY
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0939
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0936
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Aircraft Helmets
Sol. #:            70Z048-18-Q-PCL41800
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0931
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,SKI-MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0929
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Intent to Award a Sole Source Notice
Sol. #:            W912PP18P0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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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:             Entry tools 3 with Carry Bag  Qty 28 Ktis
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Millitary Boots COYOTE (Belleville C390) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCC390
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Plate Carrier Generation III (PC Gen III)
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit (NGABS)
Sol. #:            W91CRB-18-R-0028
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USMC Sword and Scabbard, Noncommissioned Officer 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0049
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0137
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Restricted ANA, ASO Uniform, Trouser, Coat, Fabric Yard
Sol. #:            eBuySolicitation(1)
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0103
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Industrial Strength Case
Sol. #:            IndustrialStrengthCase
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Industrial Strength Case
Sol. #:            StrenghtCaseBuy2
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             TARPAULIN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic socks
Sol. #:            W91QVN18T0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Millitary Boots COYOTE (Belleville C390) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCC390
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CASE, 1300 WITH FOAM-ORANGE
Sol. #:            140L0218Q0005
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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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:             SNAP LINK,MOUNTAIN
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T0924
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-18-Q-0948
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,FIREMEN'S
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0086
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RAINCOATS with POUCH
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0033
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             MP DUI's
Sol. #:            000000012495
Agency:            General Services Administration
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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, February 6, 2018

Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC)

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Miami, Florida. The meeting will be open to the public.

Agenda

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

1. The Trusted Trader Subcommittee will present an update from the C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria Working Group on its recommendations 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.

2. The One U.S. Government Subcommittee will continue discussions on the progress of the Fish & Wildlife Service Working Group and will present the white paper on the Harmonized Tariff Schedule project. The subcommittee will also discuss an update from CBP's Trade Transformation Office on ACE Deployment G Release 4 and also from the Technical and Operational Outages Working Group.

3. The Exports Subcommittee will discuss the final work of the Export Manifest Working Group, which has been developing comprehensive recommendations on the following topics: Timelines, filing regime, targeting regime, hold issuance and shipment interception process, and an account-based penalties regime. 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.

4. The Trade Modernization Subcommittee will discuss the International Engagement and Trade Facilitation Working Group's efforts to prioritize the recommendations it made in 2017. The subcommittee will discuss the establishment of the Regulation Modernization Working Group and its efforts to identify and prioritize areas of regulations administered by CBP that can be reformed. In addition, the subcommittee will discuss the establishment of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) Educational Mandate Working Group that will identify educational opportunities as referenced in Section 104 of FTEA. Finally, the subcommittee will discuss the progress being made in the e-Commerce Working Group.

5. The Global Supply Chain Subcommittee will present the status of a pilot that will test the utilization of existing Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) automation in the pipeline mode of transportation. The committee will also discuss the progress of the Global Supply Chain Subcommittee's Emerging Technologies Working Group. The subcommittee will discuss the activities of the newly formed In-Bond Working Group that will focus on identifying issues within the scope of the ``Changes to the In-Bond Process'' final rule published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2017 regarding their implementation.

6. The Trade Enforcement & Revenue Collection (TERC) Subcommittee will provide necessary updates from the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty, Bond, Forced Labor and Intellectual Property Rights Working Groups.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Foreign-Trade Zone 81--Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Application for Reorganization Under Alternative Site Framework

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board by the Pease Development Authority, grantee of FTZ 81, requesting authority to reorganize the zone under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the FTZ Board (15 CFR Sec. 400.2(c)). The ASF is an option for grantees for the establishment or reorganization of zones and can permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new subzones or ``usage-driven'' FTZ sites for operators/users located within a grantee's ``service area'' in the context of the FTZ Board's standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a zone. The application was submitted pursuant to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on January 30, 2018.

The application was filed with assistance by Agathon Associates and Foreign Trade Zone Solutions.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Afghan National Police Apparel Contracts Awarded to Puerto Rican Manufacturer

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $28,335,938 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for trousers. This is a three-year contract with no options. This was a competitive acquisition with 13 responses received. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a Jan. 31, 2021, performance completion date. Using customer is Afghan National Police. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2021 foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1023).

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $28,103,438 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for coats. This is a three-year contract with no options. This was a competitive acquisition with 13 responses received. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a Jan. 31, 2021, performance completion date. Using customer is Afghan National Police. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2021 foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-18-D-1021).

Within the U.S. industry it is widely understood that Department of Defense acquisitions of textiles and clothing are government by the Berry Amendment which requires domestic U.S. sourcing. Less well known is that the Berry Amendment applies to all funds "made available" to the Defense Department. That includes Department of Defense procurement for Foreign Military Sales.

'Operation Team Player' nets over $15 million in fake sports merchandise

On February 1, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representatives announced that enforcement actions led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection resulted in the seizure of over 171,926 counterfeit sports- and entertainment-related items worth an estimated $15.69 million, and joint investigative efforts led to 65 arrests with 24 convictions.

The results from Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and entertainment merchandise, were revealed at a press conference hosted by the NFL with participation from ICE, CBP and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

“Intellectual property theft is a serious crime, and black-market organizations descend on the Super Bowl and other major sporting events to sell counterfeit goods and substandard merchandise to unsuspecting consumers,” said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan. “ICE agents are committed to investigating the trafficking of counterfeit goods that wreak havoc on local economies, threaten the health and safety of the

American public and fund criminal organizations engaged in other illegal activities.” Special agents from HSI teamed with industry, CBP, FBI, Minneapolis police officers and other partner agencies to identify flea markets, retail outlets and street vendors selling counterfeit goods during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII. They seized fake jerseys, hats, cell-phone accessories and thousands of other bogus items prepared to be sold to unsuspecting consumers.

“The NFL greatly appreciates its partnership with ICE, the IPR Center, and local law enforcement in our coordinated efforts to protect consumers ahead of Super Bowl LII,” said NFL Vice President of Legal Affairs, Dolores DiBella. “Disrupting the sale of counterfeit merchandise and counterfeit tickets helps ensure an authentic gameday experience for all fans. The NFL remains committed to consumer protection efforts year-round, and this collaboration with law enforcement is essential for every organization engaged in the fight against counterfeiting.”

This year’s Operation Team Player, which saw a 16 percent increase in arrests, began at the conclusion of last year’s Super Bowl. Throughout the year, the IPR Center led coordinated efforts with major sporting leagues to target contraband that impacts the economy, enables additional criminality and poses potential health and safety hazards to the public.

“Collaborative efforts like Operation Team Player put the health and safety of the American people and the vitality of our economy first,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “CBP is proud to partner with ICE, the IPR Center and local authorities to ensure businesses and consumers are protected from intellectual property thieves.”

As one of the U.S. government’s key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy, the IPR Center is not only committed to closely coordinating with its 23 member agencies, but also collaborating with industry and anti-counterfeiting associations to develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property theft.

“As the Super Bowl approaches, consumers should be vigilant when they’re purchasing fan gear, because illicit trade carries consequences that linger far after the fourth quarter,” said David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center. “Counterfeiters sell substandard products, jeopardize consumers’ personal and financial information, and undermine American jobs and innovation. Fans deserve the real deal: Only purchase known brands from known sellers that bear the official holographic marks of authenticity.”

Infant Bodysuits Recalled Due to Choking Hazard; Made by Alstyle

Recall Details

Description: This recall involves Alstyle infant bodysuits. The 100% cotton, short-sleeved bodysuits were sold in black, blue, pink and white. They have a lap shoulder construction with three-snap closure at the crotch. The bodysuits were sold in sizes 6M, 12M and 18M. “Alstyle” and “Made in Mexico” are printed on the neck label and “CAT – # – J” is printed on a white label sewn into the left inside seam.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bodysuits and contact Alstyle for instructions on returning the recalled bodysuits free of cost and to receive a $10 Alstyle gift card per bodysuit.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of snaps detaching from the bodysuit. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Wholesale and screen printers nationwide and online at www.alstyle.com from August 2015 through September 2017 for between $2.15 and $2.25.

Manufacturer(s): Gildan Activewear SLR, dba Alstyle, of Barbados

Manufactured In: Mexico

Recall number: 18-091

More information and photos HERE.

Statement on the Conclusion of US-Korea (Korus) FTA Meetings in Seoul

Seoul, Korea -- Officials from the United States and the Republic of Korea met in Seoul, Korea on January 31 - February 1 to advance amendment and modification negotiations and other discussions on the U.S.- Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement.

Discussions focused on specific proposals, including those related to market access and tariffs. The United States emphasized steps to rebalance the Agreement to improve the large trade deficit in industrial goods, including autos and auto parts. Additionally, the United States pressed for the resolution of Agreement implementation concerns that have hindered U.S. goods and services export growth and opportunities in Korea.

Both sides anticipate setting dates in the near future for further meetings in Washington, DC.

The U.S. delegation was led by Michael Beeman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC. Korea's delegation was led by Deputy Minister Myung-hee Yoo of the Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry (MOTIE).

At the direction of President Trump, in July 2017 Ambassador Lighthizer initiated talks to consider matters affecting the operation of the KORUS FTA, including to address the significant trade imbalance and to resolve market access problems in Korea for U.S. exports. This meeting follows KORUS amendment and modification negotiations held on January 5, 2018, as well as special sessions of the KORUS Joint Committee in 2017.