Friday, October 11, 2019

Air Force Boot Contract Awarded

Belleville Shoe Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $12,524,036 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Force temperate weather, Coyote boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a one-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Illinois, with an Oct. 10, 2020, performance completion date. Using customer is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting agency is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-20-D-1208).

Carbon Fiber FTZ Approved for Export Only

On June 24, 2019, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (84 FR 29496) Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. (Polyacrylonitrile-Based Carbon Fiber); Greenwood, South Carolina

Production under FTZ procedures will exempt TCF 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, TCF wanted to able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to carbon fiber (duty free).

On October 11, 2019, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (84 FR 54837) Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 38— Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Authorization of Limited Production Activity; Teijin Carbon Fibers, Inc. (Polyacrylonitrile-Based Carbon Fiber); Greenwood, South Carolina.

The Board authorized the production activity described in the notification on a limited basis, subject to a restriction requiring that all foreign status polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber admitted for production activity must bere-exported (entry for U.S. consumption was not authorized).

This is consistent with earlier FTZ filings relating to carbon fiber approved for export only.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Monday is Columbus Day in the U.S.

Monday, October 14th, is Columbus Day, a federal holiday in the United States. National, State, and local government offices will be closed. Observance of the holiday by the private sector varies from region to region.

Columbus and the Last Hope of Mankind

"We do not read even of the discovery of this continent, without feeling something of a personal interest in the event; without being reminded how much it has affected our own fortunes and our own existence. It would be still more unnatural for us, therefore, than for others, to contemplate with unaffected minds that interesting, I may say that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark, the shades of night falling on the sea, yet no man sleeping; tossed on the billows of an unknown ocean, yet the stronger billows of alternate hope and despair tossing his own troubled thoughts; extending forward his harassed frame, straining westward his anxious and eager eyes, till Heaven at last granted him a moment of rapture and ecstasy, in blessing his vision with the sight of the unknown world." -- Daniel Webster, First Bunker Hill Monument Oration, 1825

In Boston we are surrounded by familiar sights -- Old North Church, the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, and the other stops on the Freedom Trail -- that remind us of Boston's unique Revolutionary War history. At 243 years distance from 1775, we are nearly two-and-a–half centuries removed from the beginning of the American War of Independence. In like manner, 1775 was a bit more than two-and-a-half centuries (283 years to be precise) removed from Columbus' discovery of the New World. Independence and the Revolutionary War mark not the beginning, but the halfway point in the history of European civilization in America.

In his remarks, quoted above, Mr. Webster, on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, traced the origins of the United States not to the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock (although he mentions them in the oration), nor to the earlier English settlement of Virginia (not even mentioned by Webster), but to Christopher Columbus and his first "sight of the unknown world."

Others came here earlier -- possibly the Vikings, maybe other Europeans, and certainly the American Indians who arrived most probably from Asia by land-bridge to Alaska. But Webster -- and many of us concur -- begins our history with Columbus. All month we celebrate Italian-American Heritage and we celebrate the brave and persevering Italian navigator who opened the way for immigrants from every nation to settle in this New World and create the United States that remains, to quote again from Webster's speech, "the last hope of mankind." This is a phrase that will be echoed by Abraham Lincoln in his December 1862 Annual Message to Congress ("the last best, hope of earth") and Ronald Reagan in his January 1974 "We Will Be a City on a Hill" speech ("the last best hope of man on earth"). God willing America shall continue for many years as a beacon of liberty.

USITC report U.S. SME Exports: Trade-related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

On October 4, 2019, the U.S. International Trade Commission released Inv. No. 332-569, Publication 4953, U.S. SME Exports: Trade-related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

The report focuses on barriers identified by SMEs that hinder their ability to export to the UK. The USITC collected primary qualitative information and data to analyze both tariff and nontariff measures that may affect U.S. SME exports to the UK.  The report includes suggestions from SMEs and relevant literature for actions that would help address some of the identified barriers and enhance the participation of U.S. SMEs in U.S.-UK trade.

Main Findings:

  • SMEs believe they are particularly affected by a number of specific crosscutting trade-related barriers imposed by a European Union (EU) or UK government law or policy; these include tariffs and taxes, customs procedures, intellectual property measures, and temporary entry provisions.  Further, SMEs noted various market-related barriers that they perceive as affecting their ability to export to the UK market, including logistical and finance-related issues, and difficulties in entering or participating in the UK market.

  • Standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures are most often cited by SMEs as limiting their exports to the UK.  The most frequently cited SME concern is that the UK often does not recognize the standards set by U.S. standards bodies, which forces many U.S. firms to seek dual U.S. and UK certifications before they can export their products.

  • SMEs producing manufactured goods reportedly face numerous regulatory measures related to standards and regulations, which include labeling, licensing, and certification.  U.S. agrifood SMEs also identified a variety of nontariff barriers that they face in the UK with respect to labeling requirements, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, geographical indications and wine names, packaging rules, food safety requirements, and certifications.

  • There are limited trade-related barriers for U.S. service exports to the UK.  However, the largest hardships U.S. SMEs engaged in the professional services industry say they face are temporary entry provisions, and licensing and credential issues. SMEs that export computer services reportedly encounter issues related to data protection and privacy laws, cybersecurity, and customs requirements.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Air Force on schedule with new uniform issue timeline

Trainees entering into Basic Military Training, or BMT, at the 37th Training Wing this week are the first group to be issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, uniforms.

After taking Airmen feedback into consideration, the uniform board members said they chose the OCP for the improved fit and comfort and so that they will blend in with their soldier counterparts’ uniforms in the joint environments, according to Cooper.

When Air Force officials announced last year they are adopting the Army OCP as the official utility uniform, they developed a three-year roll-out timeline across the force for the entire change over. This week puts them on target for issuing to the newest members.

“Each trainee is issued four sets of uniforms with their initial issue,” said Bernadette Cline, clothing issue supervisor. “Trainees who are here in ABUs (Airmen Battle Uniforms) will continue to wear them throughout their time here, and will be replaced when they get their clothing allowance.”

The 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Initial Issue Clothing outfits nearly 33,000 BMT trainees every year and maintains more than 330,000 clothing line items.

“We partner with Defense Logistics Agency, who provides the clothing items upfront to be issued,” said Donald Cooper, Air Force initial clothing issue chief. “Then we warehouse and issue to the individuals’ size-specific clothing.”

The OCP was chosen because its form will allow airmen to do their jobs easier, it fits in alongside soldiers in the field and functions well in the joint environment.

“Right now, if someone deploys, they’ll get it issued,” Cline said, “Now that everyone is converting over to this uniform, they [the trainees] already have the uniform to work and deploy in.”

Following the timeline, the OCP should now be available online for purchase as well.

The next mandatory change listed on the timeline, to take place by June 1, 2020, will be the Airmen’s boots, socks, T-shirts, U.S. Flag and officer ranks to the spice brown or tan color.

Switching from two different types of utility uniforms to just one, multifunction uniform could also simplify life for the airmen.

“I think the biggest value is going to be the thought that they aren’t required to have two uniforms anymore once they convert to a uniform that is for deployment and day-to-day work,’” Cooper said.

For more information on uniform guidance, visit https://www.afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/Dress-and-Appearance/.

IKEA Recalls Infant Bibs Due to Choking Hazard

Description: This recall involves the MATVR├ů bibs for infants sold in a two pack with one blue and one red bib with a snap at the back of the neck. The blue bib has a green seam along the outside with white polka dots. The red bib has a yellow seam along the outside with red polka dots. MATVRA, IKEA and the IKEA logo are printed on a white tag on the back of the bib.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bibs and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received two reports of the snaps on the bibs detaching. Neither incident occurred in the United States. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from August 2019 through September 2019 for about $2.

Importer(s): IKEA Supply AG, of Switzerland

Distributor(s): IKEA Supply AG, of Switzerland

Manufactured In: Vietnam

Recall number: 20-008

MORE INFO AND PHOTOS.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Army recruits receive American-made athletic footwear at basic training for first time

A new fiscal new marked the initial issue of American-made athletic footwear to new Army recruits at Ft. Benning, Georgia Oct. 1, thanks to Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.

Approximately 134 recruits received the shoes, along with other uniform items part of the organizational clothing and individual equipment kit. Recruits at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri also received athletic footwear this week, with recruits at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to receive the new shoes starting Oct. 7.

During the issuance process recruits are fitted for size, and provided items are scanned with radio-frequency identification technology. This system allows DLA Troop Support’s Clothing and Textiles supply chain to receive accurate inventory information directly from the recruit center’s issue line, customer relationship management supervisor Monique Williams explained.

C&T will outfit nearly 19,000 new soldiers at all four RTCs with athletic footwear by the end of the year.

DLA has been working with its industry and service partners for years gearing up for the roll-out, and overall athletic footwear program. Air Force recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas were the first to receive athletic footwear in January.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

U.S. to Impose 25% Tariff on Cashmere Sweaters and Wool Suits from the United Kingdom

On October 2, 2019, The United States won the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history in its dispute with the European Union over illegal subsidies to Airbus. This follows four previous panel and appellate reports from 2011-2018 finding that EU subsidies to Airbus break WTO rules. This decision demonstrates that massive EU corporate welfare has cost American aerospace companies hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue over the nearly 15 years of litigation.

The tariffs will be applied to a range of imports from EU Member States, with the bulk of the tariffs being applied to imports from France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom – the four countries responsible for the illegal subsidies. Although USTR has the authority to apply a 100 percent tariff on affected products, at this time the tariff increases will be limited to 10 percent on large civil aircraft and 25 percent on agricultural and other products. The U.S. has the authority to increase the tariffs at any time, or change the products affected. The articles covered by the additional tariffs vary from country to country. The only country subject to additional tariffs on textile articles is the United Kingdom.

Products of the United Kingdom described below are subject to additional import duties of 25 percent ad valorem.

6110.12.10Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, of Kashmir goats, wholly of cashmere
6110.20.20Sweaters, pullovers and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, of cotton, nesoi
6110.30.30Sweaters, pullovers and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, of manmade fibers, nesoi
6202.99.15Rec perf outwear, women's/girls' anoraks, wind-breakers & similar articles, not k/c, tex mats (not wool, cotton or mmf), cont < 70% by wt of silk
6202.99.80Women's orgirls' anoraks, wind-breakers & similar articles, not k/c, of tex mats (not wool, cotton or mmf), cont < 70% by wt of silk
6203.11.60Men's or boys' suits of wool, not knitted or crocheted, nesoi, of wool yarn with average fiber diameter of 18.5 micron or less
6203.11.90Men's or boys' suits of wool or fine animal hair, not knitted or crocheted, nesoi
6203.19.30Men's or boys' suits, of artificial fibers, nesoi, not knitted or crocheted
6203.19.90Men's or boys' suits, of textile mats(except wool, cotton or mmf), containing under 70% by weight of silk or silk waste, not knit or croch
6208.21.00Women's or girls' nightdresses and pajamas, not knitted or crocheted, of cotton
6211.12.40Women's or girls' swimwear, of textile materials(except mmf), containing 70% or more by weight of silk or silk waste, not knit or crocheted
6211.12.80Women's or girls' swimwear, of textile materials(except mmf), containing under 70% by weight of silk or silk waste, not knit or crocheted
6301.30.00Blankets (other than electric blankets) and traveling rugs, of cotton
6301.90.00Blankets and traveling rugs, nesoi
6302.21.50Bed linen, not knit or crocheted, printed, of cotton, cont any embroidery, lace, braid, edging, trimming, piping or applique work, not napped
6302.21.90Bed linen, not knit or croc, printed, of cotton, not cont any embroidery, lace, braid, edging, trimming, piping or applique work, not napped

The effective date of the additional duties is October 18, 2019.

For the complete list of articles the U.S. will be imposing additional duties on CLICK HERE.

The award of $7.5 billion annually is by far the largest award in WTO history—nearly twice the largest previous award. The Arbitrator calculated this amount based on WTO findings that EU launch aid for Airbus is causing significant lost sales of Boeing large civil aircraft, as well as impeding exports of Boeing large aircraft to the EU, Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, and UAE markets. Under WTO rules, the Arbitrator’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Proposed Revocation of One Ruling Letter and Revocation of Treatment Relating to The Country of Origin of Certain Laminated Fabrics

In March 15, 2012, Binding Ruling Letter HQ H192977, CBP determined that the country of origin of the fabric styles, identified as Styles Savoy and Taffeta, is China, and the country of origin of the fabric styles, identified as Styles Luna and Dahlia, is India. CBP has reviewed HQ H192977 and has determined that ruling letter to be in error. It is now CBP's position that the country of origin of the above-referenced styles, identified as Styles Savoy, Taffeta, Luna and Dahlia, is England. Before taking this action, consideration will be given to any written comments received by November 1, 2019.

Style Savoy is a bonded fabric consisting of a face fabric woven in China and printed with a striped pattern, laminated to a backing woven in Pakistan and an ethylene vinyl acetate adhesive multi-layer film made in Italy.

Style Taffeta is a bonded fabric consisting of a face fabric woven in China and printed with flock in a floral pattern that has been laminated to woven backing from Pakistan and an ethylene vinyl acetate adhesive multi-layer film made in Italy.

Style Luna is a bonded fabric consisting of jacquard face fabric woven in India and laminated to a plain-woven backing made in Pakistan laminated to a backing woven and an ethylene vinyl acetate adhesive multi-layer film made in Italy.

Style Dahlia is a bonded fabric consisting of a jacquard face fabric woven in India and laminated to a plain-woven backing from Pakistan and an ethylene vinyl acetate adhesive multi-layer film made in Italy.

Based on the information submitted, the greige fabrics are sent to England, where they are printed, laminated together with the adhesive film, treated with a non-visible coating, trimmed and cut to width into long rectangular pieces of fabric with right angled corners. The fabrics are then wound onto rolls for export into the United States for the manufacture of window blinds.

In determining country of origin is England, Customs stated: "The fabrics ... are composed of three separately manufactured components (the face fabrics, the back fabrics and the adhesive film), assembled together. The term “wholly assembled,” ... means all components, of which there must be at least two, preexisted in essentially the same condition as found in the finished good and were combined to form the finished good in a single country, territory, or insular possession. ... the assembly operation performed abroad may consist of any method used to join or fit together solid components, such as welding, soldering, riveting, force fitting, gluing, lamination, sewing, or the use of fasteners). In the instant case, the face and back fabrics, as well as the adhesive film, preexisted in essentially the same condition prior to being laminated together in England. Therefore, we find that the fabrics at issue meet the above-discussed definition of wholly assembled. Since the fabrics were wholly assembled in England, we find that England is the country of origin for fabric styles Savoy, Taffeta, Luna and Dahlia."

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Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             ANTENNA COVER
Sol. #:            N6339419T0221
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CLOTHING
Sol. #:            20115351
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             FLAG,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T2219
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PENNANT,SIGNAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T2375
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STRAP AND DRINK TUBE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0214
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STRAP,RETENTION,GRO
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R0108
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEN'S 3-N-1 JACKETS
Sol. #:            SPMYM119Q0131
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             T3 Geronimo Plate Carriers (Brand Name Only)
Sol. #:            FA4877-19-Q-U051
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             USMC LAYER 6 JACKETS
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0179
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tactical Vests
Sol. #:            W912LM19Q5028
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PERSONNEL CLOTHING AND EQUIPAGE
Sol. #:            W9136419R7020
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Prefabricated Canopy
Sol. #:            ANCENGPW1005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             36P Tan & Green/45P Tan & Green Flyers Jacket
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0165
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Safety Shoes
Sol. #:            W90VN9-19-R-0073
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PR8468070 FAC-Workers uniforms
Sol. #:            PR8468070
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU)
Sol. #:            W911QY-19-R-0040
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SHOES,WOMEN'S
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BARs Packs & Bags
Sol. #:            FA862919C5027
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Military Funeral Honors, Army Service Unitforms
Sol. #:            W912L7-19-Q-0701
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Arctic Gear Kits
Sol. #:            F1L1249200AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             BELT,MILITARY POLIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0142
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Class 2 - 65/35% Polyester/Cotton Plain Weave
Sol. #:            W911QY19PolyCotten
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Coating and Uncoating Webbing
Sol. #:            N68335-19-Q-0367
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             NCTRF Female Uniform Shirt Prototypes
Sol. #:            N0018919QG157
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CBP Issues Detention Orders against Apparel Company Suspected of Using Forced Labor

On September 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") issued five Withhold Release Orders covering five different products, imported from five different countries. This action was based on information obtained and reviewed by CBP that indicates that the products are produced, in whole or in part, using forced labor.

Included in the list was garments produced by Hetian Taida Apparel Co., Ltd. in Xinjiang, China; produced with prison or forced labor.

Under U.S. law, it is illegal to import goods into the U.S that are made wholly or in part by forced labor, which includes convict labor, indentured labor, and forced or indentured child labor. When sufficient information is available, CBP may detain goods believed to have been produced with forced labor. Importers have the opportunity to either re-export the detained shipments at any time or to submit information to CBP demonstrating that the goods are not in violation.