Saturday, March 29, 2014
US Trade Official to Speak at Washington Conference on Germany Industry and Transatlantic Trade and Manufacturing.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Rule, officially called the Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions for drycleaning, washing, bleaching, and drying/ironing garments and certain piece goods.
Robert Frisby, a staff attorney in the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Enforcement, will provide opening remarks at the roundtable. Participants will discuss professional instructions for wetcleaning, the use of ASTM and ISO care symbols, and the development of care instructions. A complete agenda for the CLR Roundtable and biographies for speakers are available online now.
The live webcast will begin at 9:15 a.m. EDT. Viewers can submit questions throughout the day via the following channels:
Twitter: Commission staff will tweet roundtable highlights from its @FTC account and use the hashtag: #FTCclr.
Facebook: Post questions to the CLR Roundtable comment thread on the FTC’s Facebook page.
Email: Submit questions via email to CareLabelingRoundtable@ftc.gov.
FTC staff members will answer as many questions as possible from the audience and online during the roundtable.
Note: The link for the webcast will be active on the FTC’s website five minutes before the workshop starts.
On March 14, 2014, ASO made a submission to the FTZ Board that included new evidence in response to the examiner's preliminary recommendation not to approve the requested expansion of FTZ production authority. Public comment is invited on ASO's new submission through April 28, 2014. Rebuttal comments may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period, until May 12, 2014. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board's Executive Secretary at: Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 21013, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230.
The ASO facility (270 employees, 31 acres/150,000 square feet) is located within Subzone 169A, in Sarasota, Florida. The facility is used for the production of plastic and textile fabric adhesive bandages. ASO is also proposing to coat foreign uncoated textile fabric under FTZ procedures. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt ASO from customs duty payments on the foreign textile fabrics used in export production. The company anticipates that some four percent of the plant's shipments will be exported. On its domestic sales, ASO would be able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to textile fabric adhesive bandages (duty-free) for the foreign inputs noted below. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment. The request indicates that the savings from FTZ procedures would help improve the plant's international competitiveness.
Uncoated textile fabrics sourced from abroad (representing some 22% of the value of the finished product) include the following: 100% polyester, 100% cotton dyed plain weave, and 62% cotton/38% polyester plain weave (duty rates range from 7 to 12%).
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
To see the AATCC press release CLICK HERE.
Monday, March 24, 2014
DR-CAFTA Short Supply Request Relating to Certain Cotton/Polyester/Spandex Rib Knit Velour Pile Fabric
Responses are due by 11:59 P.M. (EST), April 3, 2014. Rebuttals are due by 11:59 P.M. (EST), April 9, 2014.
SPECIFICATIONS: Certain Cotton/Polyester/Spandex Rib Knit Velour Pile Fabric
Fiber Content: 55-61% cotton, 37-41% polyester, 2-4% spandex
Yarn Type/Size: all
Machine Gauge: 20-22 GG
Fabric Weight: 237-263 grams per meter squared
Fabric Width: 145 cm or greater
NOTE: The specifications for the fabric apply to the fabric itself prior to cutting and sewing of the finished garment. Such processing may alter the measurements
Friday, March 21, 2014
The SKAPS facilities (185 employees) are located within Site 29 of FTZ 26. The facilities are used for the production of non-woven geotextile fabric using polypropylene staple fiber. SKAPS requested FTZ production authority in a notification proceeding (15 CFR 400.22) in 2013 (see, 78 FR 54234, 9-3-2013; Doc. B-37-2013). After an initial review, the requested production authority was limited to a five-year initial term, as well as a restriction that precludes inverted tariff benefits on foreign polypropylene staple fiber used in production of non-woven geotextile fabrics for U.S. consumption. For an explanation of the significance of the restriction see the Agathon Associates September, 3, 2013 blog posting.
The pending application seeks to remove the above-mentioned restriction by requesting authority for SKAPS to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to non-woven geotextile fabrics (duty rate--free) for the polypropylene staple fiber (duty rate--4.3%) sourced from abroad. The request indicates that the savings related to inverted tariff benefits on polypropylene staple fiber used in production for the U.S. market would further improve the facilities' international competitiveness.
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board by the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority, grantee of FTZ 83, requesting production authority on behalf of Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. (Toray), located in Decatur, Alabama. Toray is requesting authority to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber and PAN-based carbon fiber under FTZ procedures. The Toray facility produces carbon fiber from both proprietary, domestically-produced PAN and foreign-sourced PAN.
On March 7, 2014, Toray made a submission to the FTZ Board that included new evidence in response to the examiner's preliminary recommendation for approval with a restriction requiring re-export of all foreign-status PAN. Public comment is invited on Toray's new evidence through April 21, 2014. Rebuttal comments may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period, until May 5, 2014.
Description: This recall involves IKEA children’s bed canopies. The canopies are made out of mesh fabric and hang from the ceiling onto a child’s crib or bed. They measure about 7 ft. long and about 2 ft. in diameter.
Importer: IKEA North America Services LLC, of Conshohocken, Pa.
Manufactured in Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and Vietnam.
Details and photos at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/IKEA-Recalls-Childrens-Bed-Canopies/.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
SEC. 12314. PIMA AGRICULTURE COTTON TRUST FUND.
SEC. 12315. AGRICULTURE WOOL APPAREL MANUFACTURERS TRUST FUND.
SEC. 12316. WOOL RESEARCH AND PROMOTION.
The Secretary of Agriculture and the respective USDA agencies are working to implement the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill as expeditiously as possible to meet the needs of producers and other stakeholders. In order to implement the provisions expeditiously and to ensure transparency, it is important to hear from stakeholders to be aware of their priorities, concerns, or requests. USDA is hosting, in Washington, D.C., a listening session for initial public input about the new programs. The listening session will be on March 27, 2014, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end by 5:00 p.m. The two Miscellaneous Title provisions related to the Trust Funds for pima cotton and wool are the last item on the day-long agenda. David Trumbull, Principal, Agathon Associates, will be attending this listening session on behalf of his clients in the wool trade.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SPECIFICATIONS: Certain Cashmere Yarns
HTS: 5108.10 & 5108.20
Fiber content: 100% cashmere 2-ply yarns
Denier and length of staple (the figures below include the +/- 10% variance that may occur after knitting, weaving and finishing)
Weaving Count (single yarn): 22.86 – 27.94 nm (13.5 – 16.5 Ne), 25.2 - 33mm
Knitting Count (two plied): 39.62 – 48.43 nm (23.4 – 28.626 Ne), 30.6 – 37.4mm
Yarn sizes were calculated using a conversion factor of Ne x 1.69336 = Nm
Put up: Cone type packages.
The petition was filled under the procedures of the U.S.-Korean Free Trade Agreement. The due diligence statement accompanying the petition shows an exhaustive attempt to locate potential U.S. producers of this yarn (Agathon Associates assisted with background information on the domestic U.S. wool spinning industry) and the petition is expected to be approved in about a month. Once approved, fabrics and apparel made in Korea of these specific yarns will enter the U.S. duty-free without regard to the source of the yarn. Other cashmere and wool products will remain under the "yarn forward" rule of origin that requires that all stages of production, from spinning to finished product take place in Korea and/or the U.S.
FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Down to Earth Designs, Inc. Made Deceptive Environmental Claims for its Diapers and Related Products
VPEP was originally released to the public several years ago by the National Textile Association (which since then has merged with the National Council of Textile Organizations). The American Apparel and Footwear Association ("AAFA") has adopted the project and updated the form in 2013. White the use of VPEP is completely voluntary, it is preferred and has been widely implemented by many major companies in the chemical and textile industries. For more information, or for a free downloadable VPEP form, go to the AAFA website.