Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Reminder to the Trade: Free Trade Agreement Treatment of Brassieres

Most persons active in the intimate apparel sector are aware that the rule of origin for brassieres is more generous of third-country components than is the general yarn forward rule. For example, as far back as 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement provided for a "cut-and-sew" rule for brassieres. However the rules are complex, varying from agreement to agreement. For example, notwithstanding the cut-and-sew rule, sewing thread may need to originate depending on which agreement you are using. Even the definition of what is a "brassiere" versus other upper body garment has been a disputed, even to the extend of court action. Finally, even Customs has been known to get it wrong concerning brassieres and has had to reverse itself.

Clients of Agathon Associates can read summary and analysis of the brassiere rules HERE. You will need your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at

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