Request for Public Comment on Short Supply Petition Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 16226-16227 [E5-1398]

Download as PDF 16226 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices Dated: March 25, 2005. Regina L. Spallone, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–6312 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Request for Public Comment on Short Supply Petition Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) March 25, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for modification of the NAFTA rules of origin for woven cotton boxer shorts made from certain fabrics. AGENCY: On March 2, 2005 the Chairman of CITA received a request from Alston & Bird LLP, on behalf of Robinson Manufacturing Company (Robinson), alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the NAFTA region in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting that the President proclaim a modification of the NAFTA rule of origin. Robinson requests that the NAFTA rule of origin for boxer shorts classified under HTSUS 6207.11 should be modified to allow the use of non-North American woven fabrics of the type described below. The President may proclaim a modification to the NAFTA rules of origin only after reaching an agreement with the other NAFTA countries on the modification. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether woven fabrics of the type described below can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by April 29, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin J. Walsh, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482–2818. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 Authority: Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 USC 1854); Section 202(q) of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (19 USC 3332(q)); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended. BACKGROUND Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), NAFTA countries are required to eliminate customs duties on textile and apparel goods that qualify as originating goods under the NAFTA rules of origin, which are set out in Annex 401 to the NAFTA. The NAFTA provides that the rules of origin for textile and apparel products may be amended through a subsequent agreement by the NAFTA countries. In consultations regarding such a change, the NAFTA countries are to consider issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the free trade area and whether domestic producers are capable of supplying commercial quantities of the good in a timely manner. The Statement of Administrative Action (SAA) that accompanied the NAFTA Implementation Act stated that any interested person may submit to CITA a request for a modification to a particular rule of origin based on a change in the availability in North America of a particular fiber, yarn or fabric and that the requesting party would bear the burden of demonstrating that a change is warranted. The SAA provides that CITA may make a recommendation to the President regarding a change to a rule of origin for a textile or apparel good. The NAFTA Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to proclaim modifications to the NAFTA rules of origin as are necessary to implement an agreement with one or more NAFTA country on such a modification. On March 2, 2005 the Chairman of CITA received a request from Alston & Bird LLP, on behalf of Robinson Manufacturing Company, alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting that CITA consider whether the NAFTA rule of origin for boxer shorts classified under HTSUS 6207.11 should be modified to allow the use of non-North American woven fabrics of the type described below. Such a proclamation may be made only after reaching agreement with the other NAFTA countries on the modification. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Specifications Fabric 1 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 2 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 3 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 4 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 5 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 5210.11.60 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 100 to 112 Greige Plain 55 to 65 5210.51.60 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 105 to 112 Printed Plain 50 to 60 5210.41.80 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 85 to 90 Yarn Dyed Plain 69 to 75 5210.41.60 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 77 to 82 Yarn Dyed Plain 43 to 48 5210.51.60 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 92 to 98 Printed Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 6 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 7 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 8 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 9 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Fabric 10 HTSUS Fiber Content Grams/ Square Meter Finish Weave Average Yarn No. Plain 43 to 48 5210.51.40 51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester 107 to 113 Printed Plain 33 to 37 5208.42.40 100% cotton 100 to 105 Yarn Dyed Plain 47 to 53 5208.41.40 100% cotton 95 to 100 Yarn Dyed Plain 37 to 42 James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. E5–1398 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] 5208.52.30 100% cotton 112 to 118 mass destruction. The Committee will receive classified briefings on chemical and biological warfare defense, nuclear deterrence transformation, combating weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence requirements. The Committee will hold classified discussions on these and related national security matters. In accordance with Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix II), it has been determined that this Committee meeting concerns matters listed in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), and that accordingly the meeting will be closed to the public. DATES: Thursday, April 7, 2005, (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Friday, April 8, 2005, (8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) ADDRESSES: Institute for Defense Analyses, Board Room, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia and the USD (AT&L) Conference Room (3D1019), the Pentagon, Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Don Culp, USAF, Defense Threat Reduction Agency/AST, 8725 John J. Kingman Road MS 6201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060–6201. Phone: (703) 767–5717. Dated: March 23, 2005. L.M. Bynum, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 05–6207 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S Printed Plain 38 to 42 Revised Non-Foreign Overseas Per Diem Rates DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AGENCY: Office of the Secretary Threat Reduction Advisory Committee Department of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). ACTION: Notice of advisory committee meeting. AGENCY: 5208.51.40 100% cotton 93 to 97 Printed Plain 38 to 42 CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the woven fabrics VerDate jul<14>2003 described above can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than April 29, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of such comments or information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, room 3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. If a comment alleges that these woven fabrics can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner, CITA will closely review any supporting documentation, such as a signed statement by a manufacturer of woven fabrics stating that it produces one or more of the woven fabrics that are the subject of the request, including the quantities that can be supplied and the time necessary to fill an order, as well as any relevant information regarding past production. CITA will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. CITA will make available to the public non-confidential versions of the request and non-confidential versions of any public comments received with respect to a request in room 3100 in the Herbert Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Persons submitting comments on a request are encouraged to include a nonconfidential version and a nonconfidential summary. 16227 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 SUMMARY: The Threat Reduction Advisory Committee will meet in closed session on Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), and on Friday, April 8, 2005 in the Pentagon, Washington, DC. The Committee meets twice per year to advise the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) on reducing the threat from weapons of PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DoD, Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee. ACTION: Notice of revised non-foreign overseas per diem rates. SUMMARY: The Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee is publishing Civilian Personnel Per Diem Bulletin Number 238. 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[Pages 16226-16227]
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[FR Doc No: E5-1398]


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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Request for Public Comment on Short Supply Petition Under the 
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

March 25, 2005.
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements 
(CITA)

ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for 
modification of the NAFTA rules of origin for woven cotton boxer shorts 
made from certain fabrics.

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SUMMARY: On March 2, 2005 the Chairman of CITA received a request from 
Alston & Bird LLP, on behalf of Robinson Manufacturing Company 
(Robinson), alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications 
detailed below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be 
supplied by the NAFTA region in commercial quantities in a timely 
manner and requesting that the President proclaim a modification of the 
NAFTA rule of origin. Robinson requests that the NAFTA rule of origin 
for boxer shorts classified under HTSUS 6207.11 should be modified to 
allow the use of non-North American woven fabrics of the type described 
below.
    The President may proclaim a modification to the NAFTA rules of 
origin only after reaching an agreement with the other NAFTA countries 
on the modification. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this 
request, in particular with regard to whether woven fabrics of the type 
described below can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial 
quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by April 29, 
2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile 
Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin J. Walsh, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-2818.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as 
amended (7 USC 1854); Section 202(q) of the North American Free 
Trade Agreement Implementation Act (19 USC 3332(q)); Executive Order 
11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended.

BACKGROUND

    Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), NAFTA 
countries are required to eliminate customs duties on textile and 
apparel goods that qualify as originating goods under the NAFTA rules 
of origin, which are set out in Annex 401 to the NAFTA. The NAFTA 
provides that the rules of origin for textile and apparel products may 
be amended through a subsequent agreement by the NAFTA countries. In 
consultations regarding such a change, the NAFTA countries are to 
consider issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics 
in the free trade area and whether domestic producers are capable of 
supplying commercial quantities of the good in a timely manner. The 
Statement of Administrative Action (SAA) that accompanied the NAFTA 
Implementation Act stated that any interested person may submit to CITA 
a request for a modification to a particular rule of origin based on a 
change in the availability in North America of a particular fiber, yarn 
or fabric and that the requesting party would bear the burden of 
demonstrating that a change is warranted. The SAA provides that CITA 
may make a recommendation to the President regarding a change to a rule 
of origin for a textile or apparel good. The NAFTA Implementation Act 
provides the President with the authority to proclaim modifications to 
the NAFTA rules of origin as are necessary to implement an agreement 
with one or more NAFTA country on such a modification.
    On March 2, 2005 the Chairman of CITA received a request from 
Alston & Bird LLP, on behalf of Robinson Manufacturing Company, 
alleging that certain woven fabrics, of the specifications detailed 
below, classified in the indicated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the 
domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and 
requesting that CITA consider whether the NAFTA rule of origin for 
boxer shorts classified under HTSUS 6207.11 should be modified to allow 
the use of non-North American woven fabrics of the type described 
below. Such a proclamation may be made only after reaching agreement 
with the other NAFTA countries on the modification.

Specifications

 
 
 
Fabric 1                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.11.60
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              100 to 112
Finish                          Greige
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                55 to 65
 
Fabric 2                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.51.60
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              105 to 112
Finish                          Printed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                50 to 60
 
Fabric 3                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.41.80
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              85 to 90
Finish                          Yarn Dyed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                69 to 75
 
Fabric 4                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.41.60
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              77 to 82
Finish                          Yarn Dyed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                43 to 48
 
Fabric 5                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.51.60
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              92 to 98
Finish                          Printed

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Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                43 to 48
 
Fabric 6                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5210.51.40
Fiber Content                   51 to 60% cotton, 49 to 40% polyester
Grams/Square Meter              107 to 113
Finish                          Printed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                33 to 37
 
Fabric 7                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5208.42.40
Fiber Content                   100% cotton
Grams/Square Meter              100 to 105
Finish                          Yarn Dyed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                47 to 53
 
Fabric 8                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5208.41.40
Fiber Content                   100% cotton
Grams/Square Meter              95 to 100
Finish                          Yarn Dyed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                37 to 42
 
Fabric 9                        ........................................
HTSUS                           5208.52.30
Fiber Content                   100% cotton
Grams/Square Meter              112 to 118
Finish                          Printed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                38 to 42
 
Fabric 10                       ........................................
HTSUS                           5208.51.40
Fiber Content                   100% cotton
Grams/Square Meter              93 to 97
Finish                          Printed
Weave                           Plain
Average Yarn No.                38 to 42
 


    CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, 
particularly with respect to whether the woven fabrics described above 
can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a 
timely manner. Comments must be received no later than April 29, 2005. 
Interested persons are invited to submit six copies of such comments or 
information to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of 
Textile Agreements, room 3100, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and 
Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230.
    If a comment alleges that these woven fabrics can be supplied by 
the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner, CITA 
will closely review any supporting documentation, such as a signed 
statement by a manufacturer of woven fabrics stating that it produces 
one or more of the woven fabrics that are the subject of the request, 
including the quantities that can be supplied and the time necessary to 
fill an order, as well as any relevant information regarding past 
production.
    CITA will protect any business confidential information that is 
marked ``business confidential'' from disclosure to the full extent 
permitted by law. CITA will make available to the public non-
confidential versions of the request and non-confidential versions of 
any public comments received with respect to a request in room 3100 in 
the Herbert Hoover Building, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., 
Washington, DC 20230. Persons submitting comments on a request are 
encouraged to include a non-confidential version and a non-confidential 
summary.

James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. E5-1398 Filed 3-29-05; 8:45 am]
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