Thursday, January 13, 2022

Made in USA Sourcing Directory

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), maintains a Made in the USA Directory (trade.gov) as a tool to assist domestic and foreign buyers sourcing U.S.-made textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods. The Directory is a listing of over 500 U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and producers and receives over 5000 web visits per month.

Demand for Made-in-USA products is gaining popularity with consumers, retailers, and foreign buyers. The Directory will be a useful tool to help expand your company’s visibility and customer base. We invite you to register your company on the Directory – it’s FREE! To register - go to the link: Made in the USA Directory (trade.gov) and choose Register as a U.S.A. Company. Fill out the information that you want posted as your listing. You can also search the listings.

To qualify, a vendor must be a company established in the United States with at least one manufacturing plant, assembly plant, or distribution center that manufactures, assembles, or distributes U.S.-made textile, apparel, footwear or travel goods products.

Revocation of Three Ruling Letters and Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Child Car Seat Cushions

Binding Ruling Letters NY N132069, NY N245061, and NY N246761, CBP classified child car seat cushions in heading 9401, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 9401.90.50, HTSUS, which provides for “[s]eats (other than those of heading 9402), whether or not convertible into beds, and parts thereof: [p]arts: [o]ther: [o]ther”. CBP has reviewed the aforementioned rulings and determined the ruling letters to be in error. It is now CBP’s position that child car seat cushions are properly classified in heading 9404, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 9404.90.20, HTSUS, which provides for “[m]attress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered: [o]thers: [p]illows, cushions and similar furnishings: [o]thers”.

CBP analysis and conclusion are found in the Customs Bulletin for January 12, 2022 (Vol. 5, No. 1) beginning on Page 40.

Children’s Robes Recalled by HulovoX Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standards and Burn Hazard

Description: This recall involves children’s robes. The long-sleeved robes are made of 100% micro polyester and were available in sizes 3T through 12. The robes were sold in twenty-two multicolored tie-dye and rainbow colorways. The robes have a sewn-in side seam belt, internal button closure and some have a hood with unicorn décor features such as a mane, ears and horn. The sewn-in neck label states the fiber content, washing instructions and “Made in China.” The sewn-in side seam label states the garment’s size.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled robes away from children and stop using them. Consumers who purchased the garments from Amazon.com will be contacted through Amazon’s messaging platform and provided prepaid mailers to return the products for a refund. Consumers can also contact HulovoX to request a postage prepaid mailer to return the products for a full refund.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At:: Online at Amazon.com from January 2021 through May 2021 for about $30.

Manufactured In: China

Retailer: HulovoX, of Zhejiang in China

Recall number: 22-053

More information and photos HERE.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S.A

Monday, January 17th, U.S. government offices, and much of private business other than retail, will close in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

When President Ronald Reagan, on November 2, 1983, signed into law the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday he reminded his listeners that—

Martin Luther King was born in 1929 in an America where, because of the color of their skin, nearly one in ten lived lives that were separate and unequal…taught in segregated schools…could find only poor jobs, toiling for low wages…refused entry into hotels and restaurants, made to use separate facilities. In a nation that proclaimed liberty and justice for all, too many black Americans were living with neither.

If we consider the time from the arrival of the first slaves in the Virginia Colony in 1619 to the achievement of full civil rights for all African-Americans in every one of the 50 states in the 1960s, it was a very long struggle to achieve full civil equality. The modern African-American Civil Rights Movement that Dr. King was so important a leader in, on the other hand, was, for a major societal and legal change, relatively swift. It is generally considered to occupy the period from 1955 (Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott) to 1968 (King assassination and the Poor People's March). To those in the struggle it was long. But looking back, from 1955 to 1983, not quite 30 years, is, roughly, a generation. In one generation we advanced from a nation that tolerated legal discrimination against part of our citizenry based on the color of their skin, to a nation in which such as thing is not only forbidden, but absolutely unthinkable. It was Dr. King, more than any other single leader in the civil rights movement, who, with his insistence on non-violence, and his prophet-like call to the conscience of White American, who brought about such a marvelous and much needed change. That is why he is up there with Columbus and Washington as one of just three men who so influenced our nation that we honor them with a federal holiday.

President Reagan went on to remark that "Dr. King had awakened something strong and true, a sense that true justice must be colorblind." And Mr. Reagan pointed to both the progress made—and yet to be made—in the struggle for an America that lives up to her noble sentiment that all men are created equal, citing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Reagan, as he so often did, then called on Americans to embrace and enlarge upon their better nature, and exhorted his listeners—

But most important, there was not just a change of law; there was a change of heart. The conscience of America had been touched . Across the land, people had begun to treat each other not as blacks and whites, but as fellow Americans.

Traces of bigotry still mar America. So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day: Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. And I just have to believe that all of us —- if all of us, young and old, Republicans and Democrats, do all we can to live up to those Commandments, then we will see the day when Dr. King's dream comes true.

Army and Air Force Coat and Trouser Contract Awarded

Puerto Rico Apparel Manufacturing Corp., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $12,981,967 modification (P00040) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-19-D-1127) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a Jan. 15, 2023, ordering period end date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

CBP Issues Broker Guidance for CAFTA Cumulation

On January 11, 2022, CBP issued QB 22-105 CAFTA Cumulation

Apparel goods of chapter 62, cut or knit-to-shape, and sewn or otherwise assembled in a CAFTA-DR country, utilizing materials from Mexico, as provided for in chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 21

QUOTA PERIOD:

January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022

OPENING DATE:

Monday January 3, 2022

Limits
LIMIT 
100,000,000 SME Goods of chapter 62 sub-limits use HTS1 9822.05.11 for quota limited entries
45,000,000 SMEsublimit for trousers, skirts, and parts thereof, of cotton or man-made fibers, or subject to cotton or man-made fiber restraints (see chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. note 21(b)(i) for qualifying HTS numbers.)
20,000,000 SME SME sublimit for cotton blue denim trousers and skirts (see chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. note 21(b)(ii) for qualifying HTS numbers.) 
1,000,000 SMEsublimit for apparel goods, not knitted or crocheted, containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or subject to wool restraints (see chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. note 21(b)(iii) for qualifying HTS numbers.)

 

HTS NUMBERS:

HTS NUMBERS
First Tariff FieldSecond Tariff Field
9822.05.11See chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 21(b) for details
9822.05.13See chapter 98, subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 21(c) for details of certain wool garments that are exempt from the limit.

REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Use entry type code 02, 06, 07, 12, 23, 32, 38, or 52

Report in units of measure as shown in the HTSUS.

Read more HERE.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa

On January 11, 2021, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (87 FR 1473) Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is establishing a new four-year charter term and accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA). The TACA is a trade advisory committee that provides general policy advice and guidance to the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy and development matters that have a significant impact on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

USTR will accept nominations on a rolling basis for membership on the TACA for the four-year charter term beginning in March 2022. To ensure consideration before the new charter term, you should submit your application by February 4, 2022.

The TACA is a discretionary trade advisory committee established to provide general policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy and development matters that have a significant impact on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically, the TACA provides general policy advice on issues that may affect the countries of sub-Saharan Africa including: (1) Negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements; (2) the impact of the implementation of trade agreements; (3) matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement once entered into; and (4) other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation, and administration of the trade policy of the United States. The TACA also facilitates the goals and objectives of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and assists in maintaining ongoing discussions with sub-Saharan African trade and agriculture ministries and private sector organizations on issues of mutual concern, including regional and international trade concerns and World Trade Organization issues. The TACA meets as needed, at the call of the U.S. Trade Representative or their designee, or two-thirds of the TACA members, depending on various factors such as the level of activity of trade negotiations and the needs of the U.S. Trade Representative.