Friday, February 9, 2024

Trump Proposes 60% Tariff on China

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Men's Poromeric Dress Shoe Contract Awarded

February 8, 2024, Original Footwear Manufacturing BR Inc.,* Big Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $30,238,042 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men's poromeric dress shoes. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Feb. 7, 2026. Using military services are Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2026 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0029).

*Small Business

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Defense Logistics Agency Seeks Source for Long Staple Aramid Fiber Spinners

National Spinner went out of business at the end of 2023. The company provided a long staple material to a DLA contractors to manufacture the ATAGs 22/P and 23/P suits.

They have been unsuccessful in their search for a replacement.

Monday is Washington's Birthday

Monday, February 19th, is Washington's Birthday, a public holiday in the United States. Federal, state, and local government offices will be closed as will many non-retail business.

Since 1971, Washington's Birthday has been observed, as a public holiday on the third Monday in February. The day is commonly called "Presidents’ Day," but the legal name remains, "Washington's Birthday."

"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and enduring scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. To his equals he was condescending, to his inferiors kind, and to the dear object of his affections exemplarily tender; correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence, and virtue always felt his fostering hand; the purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues. His last scene comported with the whole tenor of his life although in extreme pain, not a sigh, not a groan escaped him; and with undisturbed serenity he closed his well-spent life. Such was the man America has lost such was the man for whom our nation mourns."
-- Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee

We could do no better, in reflecting on the life and influence of President Washington, than to consult his 1796 Farewell Address to the nation written as he prepared to retire from public life. It was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in pamphlet form.

In the address Washington argues that the Union of the States "ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty," and that "there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands." He warns against sectionalism: North versus South, or Atlantic versus West. He praises the Constitution, which he declares, "improved upon [the Articles of Confederation]" and "better calculated than [the Articles] for an intimate union." The Constitution, he says, "till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all." As every schoolboy knows, he then goes on to warn against factions and "the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally."

Washington stresses the need for religion and morality if the republic is to be preserved. And he exhorts to maintain good public credit and to be careful with regard to public debt "not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear." Finally Washington warns against foreign alliances.

The full text of the Address is available at libraries and online. The original hand-written address is 32 pages in length, far from a 140 character "tweet."

Request for Proposals for Customs Brokers Continuing Education Accreditors Issued in SAM

The Final Rule Continuing Education for Licensed Customs Brokers was published on June 23, 2023 (88 FR 41224). In that Final Rule, CBP noted that it would publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit submissions from parties interested in becoming a recognized accreditor. The accreditor(s) ultimately chosen by CBP will receive, review, and provide decisions to education providers on whether their offerings will be eligible for the new continuing education credits requirement.

The RFP has been issued in the System for Award Management (SAM). To review the RFP, visit the SAM website at www.SAM.gov. On the Search tab, type in “broker education” in the provided search field. You can also search by the Notice ID: 70B06C24R00000030. All instructions for submitting information are included in the RFP. CBP is accepting RFP submissions until March 7, 2024.

Read more HERE.

Foreign-Trade Zones Board Proceedings

On February 8, 2024, the Foreign-Trade Zone Board published in the Federal Register (89 FR 8525) Foreign-Trade Zones Board Proceedings: Final rule.

This action adopts minor modifications to the regulations of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board). The primary purpose for these modifications is to provide flexibility on the method to submit application fees. The prior regulations required submitting application fees by check. The changes allow for the submission of multiple forms of electronic payments in addition to paper checks. Other revisions in this rulemaking update the regulatory language to provide clarification and to reflect current practices. The Board is also confirming it has met the information collection requirements from a 2012 final rule.

CITA Determines that Certain Nylon Dobby Weave Fabric is Short Supply for DR-CAFTA

On February 6, 2024, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements published in the Federal Register (89 FR 8183) Determination Under the Textile andApparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement (‘‘CAFTA–DR’’)

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (‘‘CITA’’) has determined that certain nylon dobby weave fabric, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA–DR countries. The product is added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA–DR in unrestricted quantities.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Rucksack Contract Awarded

February 7, 2024, Peckham Vocational Industries Inc.,** Lansing, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $13,338,750 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for modular lightweight load-bearing equipment 4000 rucksacks. This is a three-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Feb. 6, 2027. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2027 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-N005).

** Mandatory Source

Friday, February 2, 2024

Hot Weather Steel Toe Boot Contract Awarded

February 1, 2024, Original Footwear LLC,* Morristown, Tennessee, has been awarded a maximum $8,407,848 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hot weather steel toe boots. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Michigan, with a Jan. 31, 2028, ordering period end date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2028 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0028).

*Small Business

Army and Air Force Coat Contract Awarded

February 1, 2024, Federal Prison Industries Inc.,** doing business as UNICOR, Washington, D.C., has been awarded a maximum $22,980,000 modification (P00019) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-20-D-F057) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina, with a Feb. 5, 2025, ordering period end date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Mandatory source

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

All-Weather Coat Contract Awarded

January 31, 2024, ROICOM USA LLC,* El Paso, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $36,687,299 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men's service uniform all-weather coats. This was a competitive acquisition with six responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Jan. 30, 2029. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2029 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-0026).

*Small Business

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Army and Air Force Trouser Contract Awarded

January 30, 2024, Goodwill Industries of South Florida Inc.,** Miami, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $10,512,305 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for trousers. This is a one-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Jan. 29, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-24-D-N009).

**Mandatory Source

DR-CAFTA SOURCE SOUGHT

O Detailed Product Description O Two-Way Stretch Woven Polyester, Rayon, Spandex Fabric O HTS Subheading: 5515.11.00 O Contact Steven Wolfe, CFI Textiles, 212-239-6919, Steven@cfitextiles.com

USTR Releases 2023 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy

On January 30, 2024, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the findings of its 2023 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Notorious Markets List). The Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

The complete 2023 Notorious Markets List can be found HERE.

Trouser Contract Awarded

January 29, 2024, SNC Manufacturing LLC,** Orocovis, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $26,389,688 modification (P00021) exercising the third one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-21-D-1413) with four one-year option periods for various types of trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is Jan. 31, 2025. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

**Small-disadvantaged business in historically underutilized business zones

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Polyester Textured Yarn From India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2022

On January 25, 2024, the International Trade Administration published in the Federal Register (89 FR 4903) Polyester Textured Yarn From India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2022.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that polyester textured yarn (yarn) from India was not sold in the United States at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR) January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Apparel: Export Competitiveness of Certain Foreign Suppliers to the United States

On January 19, 2024, the International Trade Commission published in the Federal Register (89 FR 3692) Apparel: Export Competitiveness of Certain Foreign Suppliers to the United States.

Following receipt on December 20, 2023, of a request from the U.S. Trade Representative (the Trade Representative), under section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) instituted Investigation No. 332–602, Apparel: Export Competitiveness of Certain Foreign Suppliers to the United States. The Trade Representative requested that the Commission conduct an investigation and prepare a report that examines the export competitiveness of the apparel industries in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan, all of which are current leading suppliers to the U.S. market.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Flame Resistant Flight Deck Jersey Contract Awarded

January 17, 2024, Meke Corp.,* East Earl, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $9,889,230 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for flame resistant flight deck jerseys. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. The ordering period end date is Jan. 17, 2028. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2028 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-22-D-0022).

*Small Business

Sunday, January 7, 2024

FTC to Host Virtual Summit on Artificial Intelligence

On Janaury 5, 2024, The Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology announced it is hosting a virtual tech summit on January 25, 2024 that will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss key developments in the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI), looking across the layers of technology related to AI.

The summit will bring together representatives from academia, industry, civil society organizations, and government to discuss the state of technology, emerging market trends, and real-world impacts of AI. The discussions will also explore how to cultivate a marketplace that allows both consumers and businesses, including startups and small businesses, to thrive.

Read more HERE

Biennial Report on the Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act

On December 20, 2023, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the Fifteenth Biennial Report on the Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act.

The Caribbean Basin Initiative is a series of trade programs designed to facilitate the development of stable economies in the Caribbean. It was launched in 1983 with the passage of the CBERA and substantially expanded in 2000 with the CBTPA and later with the Trade Act of 2002. The HOPE Act, the HOPE II Act of 2008, and the HELP Act provided additional benefits for textile and apparel products from Haiti. As of 2023, the CBI provides 17 countries and dependent territories with duty-free access to the U.S. market for most goods. The CBI was initially envisioned as a program to facilitate economic development, increase production, and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies. After more than three decades, it is clear that CBI has also established a framework for engagement with the region in a number of trade policy areas and led to meaningful outcomes for the United States and its trading partners in the Caribbean and Central America.

Haiti

Textile and apparel exports account for over 90 percent of Haitian exports of goods to the United States, entering duty free under the CBTPA, HOPE and HOPE II programs. Overall, United States textile and apparel imports from Haiti remained relatively steady throughout 2022, with nearly $1 billion in imports from the sector. These apparel items enter the United States duty free under CBTPA and the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE). CBTPA represents about one-third of these duty-free items. The preferences under HOPE, the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP), and CBTPA are the cornerstone of Haiti’s textile sector, which accounts for 80 percent of Haiti's exports and employed over 43,000 Haitians at the end of calendar year 2020. Natural disasters, strikes, fuel shortages, and prolonged insecurity have disrupted manufacturers’ operation and resulted in job cuts affecting just over 38,000 employees at the end of calendar year 2023. The legislation also ensures the fair treatment of workers through a monitoring program, Better Work Haiti, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Read the full report HERE

AFA Announces Flock 4.

The American Flock Association, which represents flock manufacturers and their suppliers throughout North America, today formally launched Flock 4.0, a communications & marketing program designed to highlight the many innovative ways that manufacturers are using flock to add value to a new generation of products.

Historically, flock has been seen as a design element that can enhance the appearance and hand of consumer goods. But today’s flock technology and end products are not ‘old school.’

Flock 4.0 underscores the fact that flocking can do - and is doing - much more. This includes, but is not limited to, using flock in new electric vehicles to reduce sound, rattles, echoes, and windshield glare. Flocking is also applied to boats to improve speed and save fuel, and can be used as a thermal isolator, or added to car floor mats for slip resistance.

“From absorbing sound, heat, and light to adding flame retardancy and antimicrobial qualities, today’s flock offers an unlimited number of solutions ready to solve challenges in a variety of industries,” said Steve Rosenthal, Managing Director of AFA. “Through Flock 4.0, we’re letting the world know about the many unique ways flock can add value to a vast number of products.”

As part of Flock 4.0, AFA has introduced a new website, logo, and tagline. The AFA website underwent a complete redesign and is easy to access and navigate on any smart phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer. The logo and tagline have been updated, but still reflect the design elements people have come to know and associate with the North American flock industry and AFA.

More information at www.flocking.org.

Proposed Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Coated or Laminated Woven Fabric of Strip

On December 13, 2023, in CUSTOMS BULLETIN AND DECISIONS, VOL. 57, NO. 46, CBP proposed Proposed Revocation of Three Ruling Letters and Proposed Modification of Two Ruling Letters and Proposed Revocation of Treatment Relating to the Tariff Classification of Coated or Laminated Woven Textile Fabrics of Strip of an Apparent Width not Exceeding 5 mm.

In NY N325833, NY N250680, and NY N250876, HQ H310928, and HQ H305437, CBP classified certain coated or laminated woven textile fabrics of strip of an apparent width not exceeding 5 mm in heading 5903, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 5903.90.2500, HTSUSA (“Annotated”), which provides for “Textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, other than those of heading 5902: Other: Of man-made fibers: Other: Other.” CBP has reviewed NY N325833, NY N250680, and NY N250876, HQ H310928, and HQ H305437, and has determined the ruling letters to be in error. It is now CBP’s position that the coated or laminated woven textile fabrics of strip of an apparent width not exceeding 5 mm are properly classified, in heading 5903, HTSUS, specifically in subheading 5903.90.30, HTSUS, which provides for “Textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, other than those of heading 5902: Other: Other

Comments must be received on or before January 12, 2024.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

AGOA Update

On December 29, 2023, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has had their eligibility restored under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), while the Central African Republic, Gabon, Niger, and Uganda have been removed from the Trade Preference Program. For more details see the Presidential Proclamation.

Determination Under the Textile and Apparel Commercial Availability Provision of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR'')

On January 3, 2024, The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements published in the Federal Register (89 FR 352) it determination that certain two-way stretch polyester/spandex woven fabric is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 of the CAFTA-DR in unrestricted quantities.

Coat and Trouser Contract Awarded

January 2, 2024, Kandor Manufacturing Inc.,** Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $28,920,375 modification (P00005) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-23-D-0008) with four one-year option periods for various types of coats and trousers. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The ordering period end date is Jan. 5, 2025. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2024 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

** Small-disadvantaged business in historically underutilized business zones