Friday, February 22, 2019

Army and Air Force Cold/Wet Weather Jacket Contract Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $30,493,800 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for extreme cold/wet weather jackets. This is an 18-month base contract with one, one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with seven responses received. Location of performance is Florida and Tennessee, with an Aug. 20, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019, through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1136).

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Federal Business Opportunities through February 20, 2019

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1121
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             KATUSA Athletic Shoes
Sol. #:            W90VN819R0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             T3 Geronimo 2 Plate Carrier (Multi-Cam)
Sol. #:            FA461319Q1002
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Jacket, Air Force Intermediate Weather Outer Layer, Flame Resistant
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0059
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers, Air Force Intermediate Weather Outer Layer, Flame Resistant
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0055
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police Uniforms
Sol. #:            HM157519Q0016
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Master BPA - FCC Coleman Boot Truck for Uniformed and Boots Required Employees
Sol. #:            965205
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SLING,FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1110
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Screen Print Services
Sol. #:            RFQ-19-039
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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Title:             Martime Buoyant Plates (MBP)
Sol. #:            N61331-19-KN-0001
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ9
Sol. #:            N0010419QBC75
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Custom Tents for the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
Sol. #:            NFFR7400-19-00862
Agency:            Department of Commerce
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Title:             Snow Camo Parka
Sol. #:            SPE1C119RXXXX
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Pin Container, Temper
Sol. #:            77504143
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Paraclete Omega ICW Plate or Equivalent
Sol. #:            W911N2-19-Q-0003
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:             16oz Fire Retardant Canvas Tarpaulins 8' x 20'
Sol. #:            FLWCEHCRV0034
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Fabric, Berry Amendment Compliant for AF Trunk Program
Sol. #:            CT2259-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES - WEST
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FIELD PACK
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R00140005
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Athletic Socks
Sol. #:            W90VN8-19-R-0008
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PAIL,PLASTIC COLLAP
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q00320003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Retention
Sol. #:            PolkW6N9AATMC0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Transport Cover Frame, LME
Sol. #:            8340014759504
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Repair Kit, MGPTS
Sol. #:            8340014910486
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Liner, Helmet (Zetaliner III)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0105
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT SECTION
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CARRIER,TENT FRAME
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0022
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Second Chance Vests 
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-19-R-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Wildland Fire Boots BPA
Sol. #:            W912JV-19-Q-2000
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Boiler Suits
Sol. #:            SPMYM319Q3011
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES,MEN'S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1081
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Uniform Jackets and Bibs various sizes 
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0018
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:             IFAK
Sol. #:            DPGOPDTS190213a
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Screen Print Services
Sol. #:            RFQ-19-039
Agency:            Department of Health and Human Services
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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 19, 2019

List 3 China 301 Tariffs to Have Exclusion Process

In the appriations bill signed last week, Congress provided funds for the Office of the United States Trade Representative and in Explanatory Statement directed USTR to establish an exclusion process, similar to the process for goods on List 1 and List 2, no later than March 17, 2019.

Companies seeking to file for exclusions should begin preparing now, as the process requires highly detailed product description. If Agathon Associates assisted you with comments or hearing testimony relating to List 3, contact David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com to set up an appointment to begin the evaluation of any potential exclusion filings.

Here is the relevant language in the Explanatory Statement--

Section 301 Exclusion Process. USTR has finalized tariffs on goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 in three separate rounds, and provided an exclusion process that allows U.S. businesses to obtain relief from the Section 301 tariffs for goods subject to tariffs in rounds 1 and 2. It is concerning that there is no exclusion process for goods subject to tariffs in round 3 of the Section 301 proceedings, as was done in the first two rounds. USTR shall establish an exclusion process for tariffs imposed on goods subject to Section 301 tariffs in round 3. This process should be initiated no later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act, following the same procedures as those in rounds 1 and 2, allowing stakeholders to request that particular products classified within a tariff subheading subject to new round 3 tariffs be excluded from the Section 301 tariffs. USTR shall consult with the Committees on Appropriations, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance regarding the nature and timing of the exclusion process. USTR shall also report to such committees no later than 30 days after enactment of this Act on the status of the exclusion process.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Army Combat Helmet Chinstrap Contract Awarded

Lions Services, Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $11,403,650 modification (P00020) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-B008) with two one-year option periods 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, 2020, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019, through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

"Here Let US Stop" - George Washington, 1796

Monday, February 18, 2019, is a federal holiday in the United States honoring George Washington's birthday. Government offices, banks, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the holiday which is annually celebrated on the third Monday in February. Because the date typical falls between the actual calendar date birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln, it is commonly called "Presidents Day," although the official designation is "Washington's Birthday."

"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop." -- George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796.

Poor George, both revered and kicked around by us. He was born February 11th but when he was 20 Britain and her colonies finally caught up with Catholic Europe by switching to the Gregorian Calendar, moving his birthday to the 22nd of the month. Then, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved the official celebration of his birth to the third Monday in February. In popular parlance we slight our first President by neglecting the legal name of the holiday, WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY and refer to it as a generic "Presidents’ Day."

We likewise neglect Washington's sage warning against entangling foreign alliances. Even in our commercial relations our leaders, not content merely to trade with the rest of the world, have entered into binding agreements restricting our ability to control our own commerce, to encourage domestic manufacturing, or even to protect our citizens from unsafe products. Our legal obligations to the World Trade Organization and our bilateral and multilateral trade agreements entangle us in a network of supra-national laws that can, effectively, overturn the actions of our elected Congress and President.

On November 8, 2016, the American people finally said, "Enough," and elected a President who promised to put the interest of the American people first. President Donald J. Trump has fulfilled that promise. As President his first major action was withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a monstrosity of a trade deal, calculated to destroy hundreds of thousands of American jobs. In his statement upon exiting the TPP, Trump said:

"It is the policy of my Administration to represent the American people and their financial well-being in all negotiations, particularly the American worker, and to create fair and economically beneficial trade deals that serve their interests."

During the campaign, Barack Obama, who pushed for the TPP, which would have given preferred access to the U.S. market to Islamofascist Brunei and totalitarian Communist Vietnam, said that Trump would need a "magic wand" to fulfill his promises to restore the U.S. economy to health. Well, President Trump found that wand. The President has brought record low unemployment, record high employment, and rising wages, by going back to the wisdom of George Washington.

NCTO ANNOUNCES KIMBERLY GLAS AS NEXT PRESIDENT & CEO

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the appointment Kimberly Glas as the organization's new President & CEO, effective April 29th of this year. Ms. Glas will succeed Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo, who previously announced his intention to step down from the same position at NCTO.

Current NCTO Chairman Marty Moran, CEO of Jefferson, Ga.-based Buhler Quality Yarns, noted that the selection follows a rigorous search process that led to her unanimous approval by NCTO Board of Directors. Ms. Glas brings over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and most recently leading a non-profit organization working to advance critical policies to grow quality, U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy.

"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead NCTO and to work on behalf of this innovative industry. I am grateful to Auggie for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity," said Glas. "I could not be more excited about taking on this role. I know how critical this industry is to so many across the United States and the value it represents. I am thrilled to be able to work on its behalf to advance its priorities."

Ms. Glas most recently served as Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor and environmental organizations working to advance the creation of quality U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy. In this capacity, she worked closely with labor, environmentalists and U.S. industry at the intersection of energy, the environment and trade to advance common-sense policy solutions in order to help achieve a stronger economy and a more sustainable future.

Prior to that, from 2009 to 2014, Ms. Glas served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama administration. In this capacity, Ms. Glas managed three offices of nearly 40 employees and oversaw programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industries. Ms. Glas worked closely with the United States Trade Representative, other key agencies, and Congress to advance a multitude trade policy interests critical to the U.S. industry, including advancing fixes to the CAFTA-DR agreement to help maintain and grow the U.S. textile workforce.

Ms. Glas also brings extensive Capitol Hill experience, having worked for U.S. Representatives Michael Michaud of Maine and John J. LaFalce of New York. Kim helped to initially organize, and then served as the key Congressional staffer for the House Trade Working Group, a key coalition of Members of Congress that works extensively on trade policy and domestic competitiveness issues to this day.

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

U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017.

The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion in 2017.

U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2017.

Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available.

FTZ Filing Seeks Exemption from U.S. Import Duty on Woven and Knitted Fabrics

The Foreign-Trade Zone Board has docketed an application from Woodbridge Group, El Paso, Texas, relating to production of laminates by bonding foam/fabric or foam/film and passing the foam over an open flame.

Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Woodbridge from customs duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreign-status materials/components noted below, Woodbridge would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: Synthetic textile fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam and woven scrim; vinyl goods laminated with polyurethane foam and knit or woven scrim backing; vinyl goods laminated with polyurethane foam; synthetic textile and cotton mix fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam; and, polyurethane foam laminated with woven scrim (duty rate ranges from 2.7% to 6.5%). Woodbridge would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment.

The components and materials sourced from abroad include: Vinyl coated fabric with polyvinyl chloride; woven polyester fabric yarn dyed and coated with polyurethane; synthetic leather rolls; vinyl leather imitation; artificial leather cloth; sheets of plastics--cellular--polyvinyl chloride fabric of man-made fibers; sheets of plastics--non-cellular--polyvinyl chloride; sheets of plastics--cellular--100% plastic; rolls of cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chlorides; fabric of man-made fibers coated with over 70% plastic; fabric of man-made fibers coated with under 70% plastic; sheets of plastics--cellular--polyvinyl chloride--over 70% plastic combined with 65/35 poly cotton fabrics; sheets of plastics--cellular--of other plastics; woven synthetic fabric rolls 100% for automotive industry; polyvinyl chloride leather; 100% polyester knit fabrics; 9803X polyester nonwoven backing; polyester nonwoven scrim; and, knitted polyester fabric 100% (circular knit) (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 14.9%).

Of particular interest to readers of Textiles and Trade is the request for exemption from import duties on the following fabrics:

DescriptionHTSUSDuty
Synthetic fiber woven fabric5407.52.20.6014.9%
Cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chloride5903.10.10002.7%
Man-made fiber fabric coated with less than 70% of polyvinyl chloride5903.10.25007.5%
Man-made fiber fabric coated with less than 70% of polyurethane chloride5903.20.25007.5%
100% polyester warp knit fabric 6005.37.00.8010.0%
100% polyester circular knit fabric6006.31.00.4010.0%

Comments are due by March 25, 2019. If you are interested in opposing this application for exemption from import duties, Agathon Associates can assist you, contact David Trumbull at

Federal Business Opportunities through February 13, 2019

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             Alaska Shelter Tent Parts
Sol. #:            FA524019S0003
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Safety Gloves
Sol. #:            W911KF-19-Q-0011
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             140th Wing AEF Gear and Uniforms
Sol. #:            W912LC19Q5003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1076
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Balistic Helmets
Sol. #:            DPGOPDTS190212a
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1071
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLOOR,TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1063
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police/ Law Enforcement Badge
Sol. #:            70US0918Q70090012
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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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:             30' x 32.5' Maintenance Shelter with Barn Doors Qty 2 furnish and install
Sol. #:            McCOYDESDJT0020
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Tents for the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
Sol. #:            NFFR7400-19-00862
Agency:            Department of Commerce
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Title:             Firefighter Flash Hood PGC 34401
Sol. #:            FirefighterFlashHoodSPE1C1-19-R-X007
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PERMETHRIN TREATMENT FOR GARMENTS
Sol. #:            CT2255-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             MODULAR SCALABLE VEST-SM-SCORPION,-MD-SCORPION, LG-SCORPION, XL SCORPION
Sol. #:            FTPOLKJRTCOPSGRPAAJ0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1053
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLI, AIR S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1041
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SHOE, M/W, DRESS OXFORD, (NAVY) CERTIFIED
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0006
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GUIDON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1054
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police/ Law Enforcement Badge
Sol. #:            70US0918Q70090012
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             GLOVES,DISPOSABLE
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Intent to Sole Source - Chinstrap Extenders
Sol. #:            M6785419P1548
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Textile Tape
Sol. #:            47QSWA-19-D-1708
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Food Handler's Cap
Sol. #:            47QSWA-19-D-1707
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Chemical Carrier Mask
Sol. #:            W56HZV-19-Q-0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             On Site Mobile Shoe Mobile 
Sol. #:            N64498-19-Q-5041
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0937
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police Uniforms
Sol. #:            HM157519Q0016
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             TROUSERS, GEN III, LAYER 5
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R0043
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Plastic quick release holster for Frag Grenade/Flash Bang Grenade 
Sol. #:            0075rs82
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Bootlist
Sol. #:            0075rs8boots3
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STRIPE,TROUSERS, DRESS
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0092
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ACU FR Unisex & Female Coats and Trousers 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-XX00
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Personal Promotional Item: T-Shirts
Sol. #:            PANMCC19P0000009019
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Chemical Carrier Mask
Sol. #:            W56HZV-19-Q-0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             60' x 38' x 9.5' TENT
Sol. #:            N0016719Q0048
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Wildland Fire Boots BPA
Sol. #:            W912JV-19-Q-2000
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DRIVERS GLOVES
Sol. #:            W44W9M19T0058
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ballistic Advanced Combat Helmets
Sol. #:            FA487719QA018
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Custom Tents for the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
Sol. #:            NFFR7400-19-00862
Agency:            Department of Commerce
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Title:             Lanyards with custom logos for US Army Marketing and Research Group, Fort Knox, KY
Sol. #:            W9124D-19-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0103
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Gray Blue Flannel
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Long Gun Lockers    
Sol. #:            36C24719Q0273
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             PC Gen III Carrier J&A for P00005
Sol. #:            M67854-18-D-1309
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             USMC Ballistic Post, Ballistic Screw and Spacer 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-16-C-0016
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1021
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1016
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             DECORATION,UNIT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1022
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SERVICE RIBBON,AWAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1017
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
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Title:             Horse Hair
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Market Research Survey - Butyl and TAP Gloves
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-TBD(Butyl_Gloves)
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: Trade Reciprocity Needed Now

Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross says, "[Under the] WTO's "Most Favored Nation" rule, we do not have the ability to vary tariff rates in order to directly match or offset the tariffs or non-tariff barriers of one country or another," in promoting the The U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act introduced in the House of Representatives this week...READ MORE.

Target Recalls Toddler Boots Due to Choking Hazard

This recall includes the Cat & Jack “Chiara” toddlers’ unicorn boots in sizes 5-13, and size 1. The boots are white with silver shimmer, include a white zipper, and white faux fur lining. The unicorn’s horn and inner ears are silver glitter and its eyelashes and nostrils are stitched and gray in color. At the base of the unicorn’s horn is pink, purple, and blue faux fur.  The back and sides of the boots contain multi-colored stripes. The model numbers are located on the inside tag of the boot. The recalled model numbers begin with TARGET0930156XX, where XX corresponds to a specific sized boot.

 

Item Number

Product Name

093-01-5653

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 5

093-01-5654

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 6

093-01-5655

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 7

093-01-5656

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 8

093-01-5657

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 9

093-01-5658

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 10

093-01-5659

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 11

093-01-5660

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 12

093-01-5661

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 13

093-01-5662

Cat & Jack "Chiara" Boots Size 1

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled boots away from children and return them to any Target Store for a full refund. ​​​​

Incidents/Injuries: Four consumers reported the unicorn’s horn detached. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Target stores nationwide, online at Target.com, and on Google Express from October 2018 through November 2018 for about $27.

Manufacturer(s): Putian Licheng Phoenix Footwear CO., of Fujian, China

Importer(s): Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Distributor(s): Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn.

Manufactured In: China

Recall number: 19-062

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Notice of February 27 Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee Meeting.

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public.

Agenda

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

1. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will present plans for the scope and activities of the Trusted Trader and CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Working Groups. Recommendations will be presented regarding the proposed Forced Labor Trusted Trader Strategy. The subcommittee will also deliver recommendations from the Petroleum Pipeline Working Group for CBP to develop and codify uniform reporting procedures for pipeline carriers as well as entry and bonding procedures for importers. The subcommittee will also deliver recommendations from the In-Bond Working Group regarding potential automation and process enhancements.

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

3. The Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will discuss the E-Commerce Working Group's progress on mapping the supply chains of various modes of transportation to identify the differences between e-commerce and traditional channels to address CBP's strategic plan regarding e-commerce threats and opportunities for both the government and trade. The subcommittee will also provide an update on the status of the Emerging Technologies Working Group's NAFTA/CAFTA and Intellectual Property Rights Blockchain Proof of Concept Projects. Finally, the subcommittee will provide recommendations from the Regulatory Reform Working Group upon completing its review of Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to identify regulations for potential repeal or modification to eliminate or reduce costs and burdens for U.S. businesses.

Friday, February 8, 2019

MAS Holdings Chairman Honored for Humanitarian Work

Mahesh Amalean, the chairman and co-founder of Sri Lankan apparel and fabric manufacturing giant MAS Holdings, has been honored for his humanitarian work in the apparel sector... READ MORE.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Federal Business Opportunities through February 6, 2019

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1014
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ballistic Advanced Combat Helmets
Sol. #:            FA487719QA018
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0904
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Security Forces MASSIF Cold Weather Layering System 
Sol. #:            FA4626-19-Q-0024
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Medium Rucksack Set
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-TBA4
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Fire Marshall Uniform and Alteration Svcs
Sol. #:            HQ0034-19-R-XXXX
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             Liner Kits Used in Assembly of M8E1 Chemical and Biological Protective Shelters
Sol. #:            W52P1J-18-R-LINR
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             WET WEATHER GEAR
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-X011
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Danner name brand Flashpoint II 10" All Leather Black Wildland Fire Fighter Boot 
Sol. #:            sources_sought_F2K2AC9014A001
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             TYVEK SUITS
Sol. #:            DJF192200PR0001949
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             SPMYM2-19-Q-0903
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-19-Q-0903
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0100
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Court Shoes
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Trousers, Mens, PW, Gab, Marine Corps, Green, Shade 2212
Sol. #:            Trousers_Mens_PW_Gab_Marine_Corps_Green_Shade_2212
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Trousers, Mens, PW, Gab, Marine Corps, Sky Blue, Shade 2319
Sol. #:            Trousers_Mens_PW_Gab_Marine_Corps_Sky_Blue_Shade_2319
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOT,CONNECTOR,TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1008
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT,COT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1003
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0999
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:             Emergency Military Personnel Decontamination Package
Sol. #:            CAMPBELL45SFGNK0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Competition_Accessories
Sol. #:            Competition_Accessories_MU8355-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tent for NTC 19--04
Sol. #:            W91QVP19P6500P00003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Aircrew OCP Uniform Items
Sol. #:            POPE43AESFB0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INL/Mexico Tactical Equipment
Sol. #:            191NLE19Q0028
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Maintenance Tent
Sol. #:            BRAGG1SWTGVSW0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SHROUD,FACE AND NEC
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0095
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF HEAD
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0982
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0980
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STREAMER SET,AWARD
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0986
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MENS JACKET
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0442
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Police/ Law Enforcement Badge
Sol. #:            70US0918Q70090012
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0075
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STS Cold WX Garments 
Sol. #:            W912KZ-19-Q-5006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Generation II Advanced Bomb Suit (GEN II ABS) - Phase 2 Production Award 
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLOTH, FILAMENT
Sol. #:            SPMYM2-19-Q-0982
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Helmet Retention System Prize Challenge
Sol. #:            MCSC-HelmetRetentionSystem-PrizeChallenge
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Lightweight Plate Solicitation Package
Sol. #:            M67854-19-R-1500
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Second Chance Vests 
Sol. #:            W91ZRU-19-R-0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Coyote Brown Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            W912LD-19-Q-5002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             White Cotton Webbing
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0034
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Police Long Gun Lockers    
Sol. #:            36C24719Q0273
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             THREAD
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0970
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0967
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLI, AIR S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0960
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RAIN COATS WITH POUCH
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Fire Suppression Lithium-Ion Bags
Sol. #:            W9133L-19-R-0040
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Maintenance Tent
Sol. #:            BRAGG1SWTGVSW0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Satin Cloth
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0038
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLOOR,TENT
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:             Pail, Plastic Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0032
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0777
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             84 -- Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             GREY & WHITE DRESS CAPS
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-Q-0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Point Blank Level IIIA Body Armor
Sol. #:            WSMRATECRB0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Black Wind Breaker
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0027
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DECORATION SET,INDI
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0096
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

U.S. Report Finds China out of Compliance with WTO Commitments Relating to Textiles, Intellectual Property, Export Subsidies, and Import Barriers

On February 4, 2019, USTR Released the Annual Reports on China's WTO Compliance

China and Russia present unique and serious challenges for members of the WTO and the multilateral trading system, largely because of their failure to embrace the pursuit of open, market-oriented policies, the U.S. Trade Representative said in the annual reports. China became a member of the WTO in 2001 and Russia joined the WTO in 2012.

Selected highlights of the 2018 annual report on China’s WTO compliance:

  • Despite repeated commitments to refrain from forcible technology transfer from U.S. companies, China continues to do so through market access restrictions, the abuse of administrative processes, licensing regulations, asset purchases, and cyber and physical theft.

  • China committed to open the electronic payment services market in 2006. This commitment was confirmed in a 2012 ruling by the WTO’s dispute settlement body resulting from a U.S. legal challenge. Today, the reality remains that no foreign electronic payment services companies conduct business in China’s domestic market.

  • China’s use of export and import substitution subsidies has been ubiquitous throughout the past two decades in sectors as diverse as automobiles, textiles, advanced materials, medical products and agriculture, despite explicit prohibitions in the WTO Agreement.

  • China has repeatedly committed to review applications of agricultural biotechnology products in a timely, ongoing and science-based manner. However, the Chinese regulatory authorities continue to review applications slowly and without scientific rationale, while Chinese companies continue to build up their own capabilities in the area of agricultural biotechnology.

  • China has repeatedly deployed illegal export restraints, such as export quotas, export licensing, minimum export prices, export duties and other restrictions, on scores of raw material inputs, as determined in multiple WTO cases brought by the United States and other WTO members. China has used these illegal export restraints to provide substantial cost advantages to a wide range of downstream producers in China at the expense of foreign producers, while creating pressure on foreign producers to move their operations, technologies and jobs to China.

  • Any review of China’s trade regime also shows that China’s regulatory system is so opaque that it is often difficult for U.S. companies – or even the U.S. government – to fully understand China’s legal requirements in a particular area of the economy. This problem is exacerbated by China’s extremely poor record of adhering to its transparency obligations as a WTO member. These shortcomings create their own trade barriers and undermine the competiveness of China’s trading partners.

Monday, February 4, 2019

CPSC Commissioners to Meet with Arlene Blum from Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI) on Furniture Flammability

On March 18, 2019, Consumer Product Safety Commissioners Robert Adler and Peter Feldman and staff are scheduled to meet with Arlene Blum, Executive Director of Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI). The topic for discussion is furniture flammability and flame retardant standards.

NCTO Announces Retirement of President & CEO Auggie Tantillo

Augustine “Auggie” D. Tantillo, President & CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations, has announced his intention to retire from his position later this year. Tantillo has enjoyed a 38-year, multifaceted career in the Washington policy arena, most of which involved direct representation of the U.S. textile industry.

NCTO Chairman Marty Moran stated, “Due to his vast institutional knowledge and skill in navigating policy matters in Washington, Auggie will certainly be missed. On behalf of our entire membership, I want to express our gratitude to Auggie for his dedicated and important service to our industry,” Moran added.

Tantillo stated, “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent an industry that has made such an enormous contribution to the U.S. economy and the U.S. workforce. I will always be grateful for the confidence that the domestic textile sector has shown in me as the head of this important organization.”

In the spring of last year, NCTO formed a search committee to undertake the process of selecting a replacement for Tantillo. After vetting numerous highly-qualified individuals and conducting a thorough interview process with leading candidates, the organization intends to make a public announcement on Tantillo’ s replacement in the coming weeks.

Tantillo has worked in government service or government relations in Washington, D.C. since 1981. Prior to joining NCTO, he served as Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of U.S. manufacturing, particularly with respect to textiles. At earlier points in his career, Tantillo was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles & Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President George H. W. Bush, and Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Tantillo earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University.

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

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Two Manufacturers Win Contracts for Army and Air Force jackets, Extreme Cold/Wet Weather GEN III Jackets

Aurora Industries LLC, Camuy, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $30,507,300 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for jackets, extreme cold/wet weather, GEN III. This is an 18-month base contract with one one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with four responses received. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with an Aug. 1, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1133).

Coachys & Associates LLC, Roswell, Georgia, has been awarded a maximum $28,390,500 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for jackets, extreme cold/wet weather, GEN III. This is an 18-month base contract with one one-year option period. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. Locations of performance are Georgia and Tennessee with an Aug. 1, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1134).