Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

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

DATES:

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

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

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

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

1. India Country Eligibility Review

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

2. Indonesia Country Eligibility Review

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

3. Kazakhstan Country Eligibility Review

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through April 25, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Safety Toe Footwear
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Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             103rd Sustainment CMD OCP Patch
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DISPOSABLE GLOVES
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-18-Q-2404
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DRI-FIT TRAINING JACKETS AND PANTS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000008
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             PURCHASE OF SAFETY SHOES - DDNV
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers and Slacks, MDW, Army, Blue #151
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Life Support
Sol. #:            W91247-18-Q-GG41
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             TARPAULIN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HDT BASE -X, MODEL 305 SHELTER
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Rocky Tropical Boots
Sol. #:            M67854-18-Q-1360
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Law Enforcement Equipment
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HDT BASE -X, MODEL 305 SHELTER
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENTS
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             103rd Sustainment CMD OCP Patch
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,FLYERS HELMET
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-R-0141
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
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Title:             Touch Screen Gloves
Sol. #:            FA4528-18-Q-GM06
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TENT,CANVAS
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1394
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Improved Ghillie System - Over Garment and Kit
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-IGS
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Brigade TAC Tent
Sol. #:            FBNC382PJS00010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Simunition Protective Gear
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hard sided yurts
Sol. #:            12034318Q0135
Agency:            Department of Agriculture
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Title:             Tactical Backpack and Field Hydration Kit
Sol. #:            20105034
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Supply Blanket Purchase Agreement
Sol. #:            H92244-18-Q-0001
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             UNDERSHIRT,EXTREME
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q02010001
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ10 - AND OTHER REPLACEMENT PARTS
Sol. #:            N0010417QER09
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE UNIFORM PROGRAM
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1314
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1255
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Promotional Item Bulk Order
Sol. #:            USACBRNS0419
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             HARD HATS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2336
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Security Forces Clothing (Fire Retardant)
Sol. #:            F6T3LS8108AW01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             US Army Band Scarlet Caps
Sol. #:            MYERTUSABTAP0031
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             RAIN GEAR
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1369
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Canteen, Water 
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0229
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HELMET, LIGHTWEIGHT, HGU-55/P
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0082
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             USAF Band Ceremonial Overcoats (Gore-Tex Trench Coats)
Sol. #:            N00189-18-Q-0094
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Training Class Equipment 
Sol. #:            W911S710001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safariland, Surefire and Streamlight accessories
Sol. #:            POLKDESPOLICELJP0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - Cadet Mess Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1364
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES
Sol. #:            S5102A82635
Agency:            Defense Contract Management Agency
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Title:             Webbing 
Sol. #:            N68335-18-Q-0156
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Training Class Equipment 
Sol. #:            W911S710001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Army shoulder patches 
Sol. #:            BENNING211S4GLR0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CANTEEN,WATER
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             POCKET,AMMUNITION M
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Grenade Pouches
Sol. #:            RHHCS80075
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             LINER,END SECTION,TEMPER(TEMPERATE)
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             India White Cloth
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-T-0039
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPRRA118Q0010
Sol. #:            SPRRA118Q0010
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BLACK TWILL FABRIC - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2241-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Law Enforcement Equipment
Sol. #:            W9124M-18-Q-TF22
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Leather,Full Grain, Chrome Tanned, Berry Amendment Compliant
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Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Deployment Gear
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Clothing Product Demonstration Models Based on Supplied Purchase Descriptions and Patterns
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0223
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CLOTH, BANNER, RAYON
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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, April 23, 2018

Why a Cashmere Sweater Can Cost $2,000 … or $30

Agathon Associates assisted in retrieving and interpreting international trade data for this BLOOMBERG ARTICLE ON CASHMERE.

FTZ Filed for Fluoropolymer Films and Coated Substrates - Glass Fiber Fabrics Excluded

On April 10, 2018, Textiles Coated International Inc. submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the Foreign-Trade Zone Board for its facilities in Manchester and Londonderry, New Hampshire. The facilities are used for the production of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) products.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt TCI from customs duty payments on the foreign-status materials/components used in export production (an estimated 40 percent of production). On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below, TCI would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: fluoropolymer film sheeting .152mm in thickness in rolls and not in rolls; PTFE fiberglass colored and not colored; PTFE gaskets; joint sealants; sheet gasketing material with and without adhesives; silicone fiberglass fabrics with and without color; flexible PTFE ducting with coils reinforced and unreinforced; and, PTFE coated fiberglass sheets (duty rate ranges from 3.1% to 7.3%). TCI would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreignstatus production equipment.

The materials and components sourced from abroad include: PTFE dispersions; PTFE fine powders; fluoropolymer film sheeting 0.152mm in thickness in rolls and not in rolls; woven glass fiber mats; woven glass fiber fabrics colored and not colored; fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) pellets; ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) pellets; and, perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) pellets (duty rate ranges from 4.2% to 7.3%).

The request indicates that woven glass fiber mats and woven glass fiber fabrics colored and not colored will be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items.

The request also indicates that, PTFE dispersions and PTFE fine powders are subject to an antidumping/countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigation if imported from certain countries. The FTZ Board’s regulations (15 CFR 400.14(e)) require that merchandise subject to AD/CVD orders, or items which would be otherwise subject to suspension of liquidation under AD/CVD procedures if they entered U.S. customs territory, be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41).

Friday, April 20, 2018

Darlington Fabrics continues to make sustainability a priority, receives Unifi REPREVE Champions of Sustainability Award

Darlington Fabrics is a recipient of Unifi’s Inaugural REPREVE Champions of Sustainability Award for recycling over 100 million or more bottles through the use of the REPREVE fiber.

REPREVE Champions of Sustainability is awarded to 25 brand and retail partners that have each used the equivalent of 10 million or more bottles, and 15 textile partners that have each used the equivalent of 50 million or more bottles.

"Unifi created the REPREVE Champions of Sustainability awards to recognize our brand and textile partners that have achieved plastic bottle recycling milestones as a result of their use of REPREVE performance fibers," said Kevin Hall, Unifi Chairman & CEO.

Darlington Fabrics continues to make sustainability in textiles a high priority through thoughtful purchasing and best use policies keeping the environment in the forefront in their processes.

May of 2016 Darlington achieved Zero Landfill status through partnership with Waste Management. Darlington continues to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Through the use of the Repreve fiber Darlington has reached beyond their back yard and kept more than 100 million bottles out of landfills.

“At Darlington Fabrics, we are committed to providing innovative warp knit products to the market coupled with the highest environmental standards possible." Steve Perry, Senior Vice President – Darlington Fabrics

Darlington Fabrics, http://www.darlingtonfabrics.com, a warp knit manufacturer, is a division of The Moore Company, founded in 1909 and still focused on innovation.

The Moore Company manufactures products in the United States. International manufacturing facilities complement domestic capabilities, while serving regional markets around the globe. For more information contact: Steven Perry 401-315-6346 or sperry@dfabrics.com.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Army Boot Contract Awarded

Belleville Shoe Manufacturing Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a $10,787,065 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of cold weather combat boots. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work will be performed in Belleville, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,787,065 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-18-F-0300).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Primark Recalls Decorative Cushions Due to Fire Hazard

This recall involves 21 different Primark decorative cushions. The cushions were sold in various colors and shapes, including square, rectangular, heart-shaped, unicorn-shaped, and pumpkin-shaped. The product code is printed on the label attached to the cushion. The product codes listed below are included in the recall

Product Code Color Style Description
0608803 Pink TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608804 Mint TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608805 Black TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608806 Light Pink TWO TONE SEQUIN
0608808 White TWO TONE SEQUIN
0822101 Cream TWIN PACK PLAIN CUSHION
0822102 Gray TWIN PACK PLAIN CUSHION
4467001 Cream PV FUR SQUARE
4467002 Gray PV FUR SQUARE
4727601 Gray HY OVERSIZED FAUX HEART
5512101 Cream ROSEFUR HEART
5512102 Pink ROSEFUR HEART
5512103 Gray ROSEFUR HEART
8191201 Pink GLITTER HEART CUSHION
8191202 Black GLITTER HEART CUSHION
9752806 Light Pink PV FUR HEART CUSHION
3685901 Aqua UNICORN SHAPED CUSHION
4467701 Pink CG STAR PRINT CUSHION
5912001 Orange PUMPKIN SHAPED CUSHION
4467201 White CG SWAN SHAPED CUSHION
8167401 Black HOME OBLONG CUSHION

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the cushions and return the cushions to a Primark store for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None Reported

Sold Exclusively At: Primark’s eight stores located in the northeastern U.S. from May 2017 through February 2018 for between $5 and $9.

Importer(s): Primark US Corp., of Boston, Mass.

Distributor(s): Primark US Corp., of Boston, Mass.

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 18-142

Federal Business Opportunities through April 18, 2018

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Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0039
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Police Training Equipment
Sol. #:            PR6845816
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Ceremony Canopy Tent
Sol. #:            FBNC382PJS0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2097
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BLACK TWILL FABRIC - BERRY AMENDMENT COMPLIANT
Sol. #:            CT2241-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            N6328518T0554
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1346
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Electrical, Coat 
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CRT Course - Tactical Equipment
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Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             WEBBING,TEXTILE
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Title:             CLOTH,COATED
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Soft Armor
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tarpaulin 15 x 15  Deck Gray Navy
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CCMCK MASK 8415-99-359-9160 
Sol. #:            BENNING211CIP0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hard sided yurts
Sol. #:            12034318Q0135
Agency:            Department of Agriculture
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Title:             Intent To Sole Source - Danner Reckoning Boot
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Final Bid - Mobile Safety Shoe Sales
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Title:             HGU 68/P Helmet Assembly, HGU 84/P Helmet Assembly, and Associated Components
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Title:             Establish BPA for Security Guard Uniform Items
Sol. #:            140R2018Q0085
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
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Title:             3-IN-1 RESPONSE JACKET Color
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:              Police Long Gun Equipment for Central Alabama Veterans Heathcare System, East Campus, Tuskegee, AL   
Sol. #:            36C24718Q0518
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Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             STAMP MACHINE
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             US NAVY ALTERNATIVE COMBO COVERS (STYLE ACC)  AND WHITE VINYL COVERS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000009
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             Plastic Film Sheeting
Sol. #:            SPMYM318Q4033
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            F3V5A18086AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Sol. #:            M0026318USMCBRIDGECOAT
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             VRP-NON-FIRE-SAFETY JACKET
Sol. #:            140P2118Q0009
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             CCMCK MASK 8415-99-359-9160 
Sol. #:            BENNING211CIP0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             WOMEN'S KHAKI SLACKS AND MEN'S KHAKI TROUSERS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000007
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             IHWCU/ACU Coats and Trousers
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0062
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BACKPACKS
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plastic Film Sheeting
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             APPAREL: MEN/WOMEN TEE SHIRTS
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0055
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             APPAREL: T-SHIRTS, LONG SLEEVE
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0061
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Wilcox NVG Helmet Mounts
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Charleston AFB Model Aircraft
Sol. #:            FA441818Q0015
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             HELMET, LIGHTWEIGHT, HGU-55/P
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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, April 17, 2018

ITC Launches Investigation Related to the President's Request to Extend Trade Promotion Authority

On april 13, 2017 the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced that it has instituted an investigation related to the President’s request to Congress for an extension of his trade authorities procedures.

The President submitted a request to Congress on March 20, 2018, for an extension of trade authorities procedures, commonly known as trade promotion authority. At the same time, the USTR notified the USITC of the President’s request. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (Bipartisan Trade Act) requires the USITC, having been notified of the President’s request, to provide a report to Congress that contains a review and analysis of the economic impact on the United States of all trade agreements implemented between the date of the enactment of the Bipartisan Trade Act and the date of the President’s notification to Congress. 

The USITC is unaware of any trade agreements that were implemented under the Bipartisan Trade Act between the date of its enactment and March 20, 2018. While at least one trade agreement was negotiated during this period, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, it was not implemented during this period.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide the required report to the USTR by June 1, 2018. 

The USITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation; however, the USITC welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC, 20436, and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 2, 2018.

Blog Post - Guilty Until Proven Innocent - by Janet Labuda

The following is reprinted with permission of Janet Labuda, trade consultant and former U.S Customs officer. She can be contacted at janetlabuda@hotmail.com.

The legal premise of innocent until proven guilty gets turned on its head with the passage of the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” known as CAATSA. At a government meeting last week representatives from the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Labor, and Treasury participated in a panel discussion of addressing North Korean forced labor in the supply chain.

A kickoff of the two hour meeting by Assistant Secretary (Homeland Security) Michael Dougherty and Deputy Assistant Secretary (State) Scott Busby set the stage for highlighting the seriousness of this enforcement focus that is starting to descend on the import community. The government officials were joined by Greg Scarlatolu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Bob Mitchell, Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance.

The panel focused specifically on CAATSA Section 321(B) which provides for sanctions on goods produced by North Korean forced labor. It was stressed that these sanctions are part of the Administration’s larger strategy regarding the denuclearization of North Korea.

The State Department indicated in the last call for information on forced North Korean labor from U.S. embassies around the world, 39 countries reported the use of such labor. In the latest call for information, the number of countries reporting the use of forced Korean labor has risen to 59. China exceeds the number of laborers followed by Russia, and various Southeast Asian nations along with those in Latin America. While North Korean forced labor has been used in the countries of the Middle East and Africa it appears that here it is part of a construction labor force.

Key industries where North Korean forced labor is used include textiles and footwear, mining, seafood, logging, and pharmaceuticals.

The panel stressed the need for comprehensive due diligence by and on behalf of U.S. companies involved in importing goods. Careful consideration of, and reasonable care with respect to, the different risks presented in your supply chain should always be taken into account when importing into the United States. Failure to do so will result in seizures, penalties, and possible criminal prosecution.

The presumed prohibition of merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured with North Korean nationals or citizens may be overcome by “clear and convincing evidence.” Clear and convincing evidence is a higher standard of proof than a preponderance of the evidence. Determining that the importer has met this standard will be under the authority of U.S Customs and Border Protection. Importers will have to show clear evidence that the goods were not produced with convict labor, forced labor, or indentured labor.

You are encouraged to read the newly published FAQ document which can be found posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s website. One area to note is section 8 of the document entitled: “What steps should my company take to ensure North Korean workers are not in our supply chain?” While many questions were raised regarding the due diligence aspect, the government was adamant that when it comes to due diligence there is no such thing as one size fits all. In addition, they stressed that use of prior disclosure may mitigate the penalty, but does not exonerate one from having committed a violation.

I highly recommend intense training on this issue and that someone in the corporate legal department and someone in the import compliance department join forces to ensure that strong corporate measures are in place to address this hot burner issue. Please contact Vandegrift if you have received a CF28 on this issue or been contacted by directly by CBP regarding North Korea forced labor.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Army Trouser Contract Awarded

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,452,012 modification (P00002) exercising the first one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B017) with two one-year option periods for trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Location of performance is Texas, with an April 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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Portland, Oregon, Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Nike Sneakers Online

James Pepion, of Portland, was sentenced in federal court April 4th to four months in prison followed by three years supervised release for selling counterfeit Nike sneakers online and laundering his proceeds.

This case is the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI).

According to court documents, Pepion offered rare Nike sneakers for sale on the website Get-Supplied.com and through related businesses, including Supplied, Inc., and SwagSupply, Inc. using online platforms such as Instagram, eBay, and Shopify.

Although Pepion acquired many of the limited-edition sneakers he resold through legitimate channels, he also imported counterfeit versions of some sneakers directly from black market sources in China, selling them as authentic Nike footwear to unwitting buyers. These fraudulent sales triggered numerous complaints to Nike as well as to the defendant.

Between June 2013 and September 2015, Pepion wired $174,460.00 to sellers in China, almost all of which was for counterfeit shoes and packaging. Pepion combined the proceeds of the sales of these counterfeit Nike sneakers with the proceeds of sales of authentic sneakers in various financial accounts in order to conceal the illegal source of much of his income.

Pepion previously pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in counterfeit goods and money laundering on Friday, June 30, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by Ryan W. Bounds and Julia E. Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon. A restitution hearing has been scheduled for July 9, 2018.

USTR Announces New GSP Eligibility Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan

On April 12, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced that it is reviewing the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) based on concerns about the countries’ compliance with the program. The reviews are based on the Trump Administration’s new GSP country eligibility assessment process as well as GSP country eligibility petitions.

“GSP provides an important tool to help enforce the Trump Administration’s key principles of free and fair trade across the globe. The President is committed to ensuring that those countries who receive GSP benefits uphold their end of the bargain by continuing to meet the eligibility criteria outlined by Congress,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish. “We hope that India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan will work with us to address the concerns that led to these new reviews.”

For India, the GSP country eligibility review is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion. For Indonesia, the review is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion and the GSP services and investment criterion. Kazakhstan’s eligibility review is based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP worker rights criterion.

A public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.

Background

In October 2017, USTR announced a new triennial process to assess GSP beneficiary country eligibility. The first assessment period covered 25 Asian and Pacific island GSP beneficiary countries. For each such country, USTR and other U.S. Government agencies examined the country’s policies and practices related to each of the 15 eligibility criteria established by Congress, including respecting arbitral awards in favor of U.S. citizens or corporations, combating child labor, respecting internationally recognized worker rights, providing adequate and effective intellectual property protection, reducing barriers to services trade and investment, and providing the United States with equitable and reasonable market access.

USTR also received petitions from stakeholders requesting new eligibility reviews. Based on the information analyzed in its assessment process and on the petitions submitted by stakeholders, USTR has determined that the three new country eligibility reviews are warranted. The lack of a self-initiated review with respect to a GSP country should not be interpreted as an affirmation that the country is meeting all of the GSP criteria.

India: USTR is launching a self-initiated GSP eligibility review of India based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion and is also accepting two petitions related to the same criterion. The petitions filed by the U.S. dairy industry and the U.S. medical device industry requested a review of India’s GSP benefits, given Indian trade barriers affecting U.S. exports in those sectors. India has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce. The acceptance of these petitions and the GSP self-initiated review will result in one overall review of India’s compliance with the GSP market access criterion.

Indonesia: USTR is launching a self-initiated GSP eligibility review of Indonesia based on concerns related to its compliance with the GSP market access criterion and related to its compliance with the GSP services and investment criterion. Indonesia has implemented a wide array of trade and investment barriers that create serious negative effects on U.S. commerce.

Kazakhstan: USTR is accepting a petition from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) which alleges that Kazakhstan has not taken steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights, including the right to freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively. The petition further alleges that Kazakhstan actively restricts the right to form trade unions and employer associations. Serious concerns about restrictive legislation and the harassment of independent labor leaders have been raised repeatedly at the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The next GSP assessment process will start in the fall of 2018 and will cover beneficiary countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Western Hemisphere.

The GSP is the largest and oldest U.S. trade preference program and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. Congress voted last month to renew the GSP through 2020.

For more information on the GSP program, visit the GSP page on the USTR website here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018, is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts

Monday, April 16, 2018, is Patriots' (plural possessive) Day in Massachusetts and Patriot's (singular possessive) Day in Maine. State and local government offices in Massachusetts and Maine will be closed, as will some businesses.

"Listen, my children and you shall hear
of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five."

New England’s original "On the Road" man looms large in these parts --life-sized, in fact, in bronze, in Boston's North End. There, as well, you'll find his house preserved, just as his ride is preserved in the Longfellow poem.

"You know the rest. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and fled--"

And that morning of April 19 officially marks the beginning of the American War of Independence. In Massachusetts and Maine (part of Massachusetts until 1820, when, under the "Missouri Compromise" Maine, a free State was admitted to the Union, paired with Missouri, a slave State) we celebrate it as Patriots'/Patriot's Day, and, like Revere, take to the road – a renowned twenty-six miles of road from Hopkinton to Boston. The finish line is just over a mile, about a 25-minute walk, from the office of Agathon Associates.

At the original Marathon, 26 miles from Athens, Greece, free, Democratic, Western civilization faced and defeated the forces of absolutism. It is a battle that has been fought many times. It will be fought many more times. Freedom must always be prepared to fight just to be free.

On September 11, 2001, after the unprovoked terrorists' attacks on thousands of innocent, unsuspecting civilians, President George W. Bush spoke of why we were attacked, and why we shall prevail: "America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."

Our patriot forefathers (and every America is a Son of Liberty, regardless of when your people came here) knew that freedom is worth fighting for. This Patriots' Day let's reflect on the cause of freedom, and thank the brave American men and women who, in every war from the Revolution to our current engagements in the Near and Middle East, have made it possible for us to enjoy this April 16th as a free people.

Federal Business Opportunities through April 11, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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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, April 10, 2018

$9.6 Million Air Force Blue Poly/Wool Cloth Contract Awarded

Burlington Industries LLC, Greensboro, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $9,644,250 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for blue poly/wool cloth. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. Location of performance is North Carolina, with an April 10, 2019 performance completion date. Using military service is 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 (SPE1C1-18-D-1045).

MTD Consumer Group Inc. Tries Again for Grass-Catcher Bag FTZ

On April 10, 2010, the Foreign Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (83 FR 15360) Foreign-Trade Zone 158--Vicksburg, Mississippi; Application for Production Authority; MTD Consumer Group Inc., (Textile Grass-Catcher Bags), Verona, Mississippi.

In 2016, MTD requested FTZ production authority in a notification proceeding (15 CFR 400.22 and 400.37). The request was opposed by Highland Industries. After an initial review, the requested production authority was approved subject to a restriction requiring that textile grasscatcher bags be admitted in domestic/duty-paid status (Doc. B–65–2016, 82 FR 6489, January 19, 2017). This pending application seeks authority to use foreign-status textile grass-catcher bags in the production of walk-behind mowers. As requested, production under FTZ procedures could exempt MTD from customs duty payments on the textile grass-catcher bags used in export production. The company estimates that less than ten percent of MTD’s walk-behind lawn mowers are exported. On its domestic sales, MTD would be able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to walk-behind lawn mowers (duty-free) for the textile grass-catcher bags (duty rate 3.8%). MTD would be able to avoid duty on textile grasscatcher bags which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

U.S. Releases List of Commodities from China Potentially Subject to 25% Additional Import Tariff

On April 6, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 14906) Notice of Determination and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.

Connecticut May Join California in Addressing Microfibers in Water

The State of Connecticut is following the example of California in eyeing a legislative response microfiber plastic from apparel in the state's waterways. Read more HERE

Air Force and Army Contract Awarded to Brooklyn Company

Carter Enterprises LLC, doing business as Mil-Spec Enterprises, Brooklyn, New York, has been awarded a maximum $15,854,179 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for improved outer tactical vest generation III conversion kits, yoke and collar assemblies, groin protector ballistic inserts and universal external side plate pouches. This is a one-year base contract with one one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Location of performance is New York, with an April 5, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Air Force and 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-1040).

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Army Parka Contract Awarded

Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Inc, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $10,620,588 modification (P00011) exercising the first one-year option of a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods for parkas. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Location of performance is North Carolina, with an April 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 (SPE1C1-17-D-B016).

Israel FTA Certificate of Origin Requirements

On May 10, 2017, the Governments of Israel and the United States amended the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement (ILFTA) to eliminate the certificate of origin (CO) requirement on exports to Israel in favor of an invoice declaration. This simplification was effective January 10, 2018 and is tied to a June 30, 2018 phase-out date.

USTR Announces WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India—Export Related Measures

On April 5, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 14711) WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India--Export Related Measures.

I. Background

USTR is providing notice that consultations have been requested pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU). If these consultations do not resolve the matter, the United States could request that the WTO establish a dispute settlement panel pursuant to the DSU, which would hold its meetings in Geneva Switzerland, and issue a report on its findings.

II. Major Issues Raised by the United States

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 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.

CPSC Staff Attending the IPC E-Textiles Brainstorming Session

On April 23, 2018, Jacqueline Campbell, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will be attending the IPC E-Textiles Brainstorming Session at the IPC Washington D.C. Office, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CPSC Hosting a Joint Technical Meeting on Upholstered Furniture Topics

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is hosting a 1-day joint technical meeting on Upholstered Furniture Flammability topics. The purpose of the meeting is to bring stakeholders together for an open discussion of current topics related to residential upholstered furniture flammability, including upholstered furniture flammability hazard data, state of the art technology to address flammability hazards, existing and in progress standards, stakeholder concerns and options for future considerations to improve consumer safety. The meeting may include presentations and panelist sessions.

The meeting will be held on May 16, 2018, at the CPSC National Product Testing and Evaluation Center (NPTEC), 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 20850 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Individuals interested in serving on panels or presenting information at the meeting should e-mail Chris Halstead at CHalstead@cpsc.gov by April 20, 2018 with 1.) short summary or abstract of topics to be presented and 2). estimate of time needed to present. Every effort will be made to accommodate all interested speakers. CPSC staff will determine the final agenda and will notify those who are selected as presenters by April 27, 2018.

All individuals who wish to attend should register by e-mail to Chris Halstead at CHalstead@cpsc.gov as soon as possible because available spots may fill up.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

On April 4, 2018, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (83 FR 14540) Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Revisions to the 2017/2018 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review; Deadline for Filing Petitions; GSP Renewal and Technical Modifications.

SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will consider petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP beneficiary countries because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive competitive need limitations (CNLs); deny de minimis waivers for products eligible for de minimis waivers; and redesignate currently excluded products. This review will include separate hearings on product petitions and country eligibility reviews, which will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.

DATES: To be considered in the 2017/2018 Annual GSP Review, USTR must receive your petition by Monday, April 16, 2018 at midnight EST. This is the deadline for petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices; petitions requesting waivers of CNLs; petitions on GSP product eligibility additions and removals; petitions to deny de minimis waivers; or petitions to redesignate an excluded product.

USTR will not consider petitions submitted after the April 16, 2018 deadline. USTR will announce decisions on which petitions are accepted for review, along with a schedule for any related public hearings and the opportunity for the public to provide comments, at a later date.

CPSC Staff to Attend Smart Fabrics Summit

Jacqueline Campbell, Consumer Product Safety Commission Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other staff from the CPSC Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction will be attending the Smart Fabrics Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC, April 24, 2018.

Federal Business Opportunities through April 4, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Boots, Ski-Mountain
Sol. #:            8430-99-493-0202(s)
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BARS ICP Replenishment - Footwear
Sol. #:            FA8629-18-R-5020
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Leather Gloves Large
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0043
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FRAME,ASSEMBLY, LME
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Extra Large Gloves
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0052
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             OPTION - WHINSEC PT Uniforms
Sol. #:            W911SF-18-T-5410
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Leather,Full Grain, Chrome Tanned, Berry Amendment Compliant
Sol. #:            CT2240-18
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             BARS ICP Replenishment - Survival/Navigation
Sol. #:            FA8629-18-R-5011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Safety Work Boot
Sol. #:            70FBR218Q00000308_01
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             APPAREL: T-SHIRTS, LONG SLEEVE
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0061
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Intent To Sole Source - Danner Reckoning Boot
Sol. #:            M67854-18-Q-1361
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             BARS ICP Replenishment - Packs/Bags
Sol. #:            FA8629-18-R-5016
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TEXTILE TAPE - PLAIN WEAVE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0210
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COMBAT,TENT REPAIR
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Equipped Visor, Flyer's Helmet (OTO - Tinted Visor)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0065
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VCL_Tubular_Headwear_2018
Sol. #:            547055
Agency:            Government Publishing Office
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Title:             VRP-NON-FIRE-SAFETY JACKET
Sol. #:            140P2118Q0009
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             CLOTH,CHEESECLOTH
Sol. #:            SPE1C118U0009
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             T-Shirt Purchase
Sol. #:            W912L1-18-0080
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FLAG,IDENTIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1174
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Safety Work Boot
Sol. #:            70FBR218Q00000308_01
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Safety Work Boot
Sol. #:            70FBR218Q00000308
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             VCL Tote Bags.
Sol. #:            535320
Agency:            Government Publishing Office
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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:             Honor Guard Sun Shade
Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0064
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Fire Resistant  Uniform Rental and Laundering Service
Sol. #:            FA2835-18-Q-0002
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             APPAREL: MEN/WOMEN TEE SHIRTS
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0055
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Chemical Equipment and Clothing
Sol. #:            21572_01
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             Chemical Equipment and Clothing
Sol. #:            21572
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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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:             Ultra-Light Weight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ultra-Light Weight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ultra-Light Weight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Soldier Protection System Torso and Extremity Protection Ballistic Battle Belt 
Sol. #:            W91CRB-18-R-B3
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Lot1: Improved Duffel Bag Lot 2: Regular Duffel Bag and Regular Duffel Bag W/O US Markings
Sol. #:            SPE1C118R0067
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:             Clothing Product Demonstration Models Based on Supplied Purchase Descriptions and Patterns
Sol. #:            W911QY18R0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             APPAREL: T-SHIRTS, LONG SLEEVE
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0061
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Individual Water Desalination System
Sol. #:            W911QY-18-DESAL
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Apparel for Navy Earn Store
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0054
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PC Gen III Soft Armor Inserts- Amendment 0006
Sol. #:            M67854-18-R-1305
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES - WEST
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Chemical Equipment and Clothing
Sol. #:            21572
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             DACRON LINT FREE COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2026
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Womans Marine Corps Blue Slacks
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0072
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Door, Tent & Container, Tent Pin
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-18-Q-0038
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Awards and Accolade Plaques
Sol. #:            D-18-HR-0030
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Military Reconnaissance Gear
Sol. #:            FBGARRCBKW0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD A SOLE SOURCE
Sol. #:            M00264-18-Q-0064
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:             Ballistic Vests & Accessories
Sol. #:            HQ0034-18-R-0043
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Athletic socks
Sol. #:            W91QVN18T0025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Honor Guard Sun Shade
Sol. #:            FA4661-18-Q-0064
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1201
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             T-Shirt Purchase
Sol. #:            W912L1-18-0080
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Military Gear
Sol. #:            FBGARRCBKW0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDIVID
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1270
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DRI-FIT TRAINING JACKETS AND PANTS
Sol. #:            6923G218Q000008
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             MEDAL,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1268
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T1269
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DACRON LINT FREE COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM218Q2026
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Safety Shoes    
Sol. #:            36C24618Q0561
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Apparel for Navy Earn Store
Sol. #:            SPMYM118Q0054
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Shipboard, Utility, Blue, Coveralls
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0059
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             OCP Patrol Cap RABU Utility Cap
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0038
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES, MEN & WOMENS (WORK)
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0208
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Splash 2018

Join students and faculty from the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design for Spring Splash 2018, an exciting evening debuting one-of-a-kind apparel designed by our talented TMD students. Take in the show while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres in an elegant setting.

For more information, to sign up to attend this fabulous event, or for sponsorship opportunities, CLICK HERE.

President Trump Determines Trade Preference Program Eligibility For Rwanda, Tanzania, And Uganda

On March 29, 2018, the President determined the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In response to a petition filed by the U.S. used clothing industry in March 2017, the Administration initiated an out-of-cycle review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda’s AGOA eligibility regarding their decisions to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear. The review found that this import ban harms the U.S. used clothing industry and is inconsistent with AGOA beneficiary criteria for countries to eliminate barriers to U.S. trade and investment.

Based on the results of the review, the President determined that Rwanda is not making sufficient progress toward the elimination of barriers to U.S. trade and investment, and therefore is out of compliance with eligibility requirements of AGOA. Consequently, the President notified Congress and the Government of Rwanda of his intent to suspend duty-free treatment for all AGOA-eligible apparel products from Rwanda in 60 days.

The President believes suspension of these benefits, instead of termination of Rwanda’s status as an AGOA beneficiary, would allow for continued engagement with the aim of restoring market access and thereby bringing Rwanda into compliance with the AGOA eligibility requirements.

The President is not suspending benefits for Tanzania and Uganda because each has taken steps toward eliminating prohibitive tariff rates on imports of used clothing and footwear and committed not to phase in a ban of these products. The United States will continue to monitor whether Tanzania and Uganda implement these commitments and demonstrate compliance with all of AGOA’s eligibility requirements.

“The President’s determinations underscore his commitment to enforcing our trade laws and ensuring fairness in our trade relationships,” said Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney. “I commend Tanzania and Uganda for taking corrective steps to address the United States’ concerns. We have and will continue to work with Rwanda to resolve this situation.”

Background

On March 21, 2017, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), asserted that the East African Community (EAC)’s 2016 decision to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear imposes significant economic hardship on the U.S. used clothing industry, and is inconsistent with AGOA beneficiary criteria for countries to establish a market-based economy and eliminate barriers to U.S. trade and investment. Its petition requested an out-of-cycle review to determine whether Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, members of the EAC, are meeting AGOA eligibility criteria. In its petition, SMART estimates that 40,000 U.S. jobs related to the collection, processing, and distribution of used clothing and footwear will be negatively affected once the ban is implemented. SMART also asserts that the ban will negatively affect tens of thousands of jobs in the secondhand clothing sector in EAC countries.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted the petition filed by SMART and initiated an out-of-cycle review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda’s AGOA eligibility on June 20, 2017. A public hearing was held on July 13, 2017 in Washington at which officials from the governments of Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and from the EAC Secretariat testified. The USTR determined that an out-of-cycle review of Kenya’s AGOA eligibility was not warranted due to the government’s commitment to reverse the tariff back to pre-2016 levels, effective July 1, 2017, and a commitment not to ban imports of used clothing through other policy measures. Tanzania and Uganda also made similar commitments during the course of the out-of-cycle review.

In order to qualify for AGOA trade benefits, partner countries must meet certain statutory eligibility requirements, including making continual progress toward establishing market-based economies, the rule of law, political pluralism, and elimination of barriers to U.S. trade and investment, among others.