Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries from Regional and Third-Country Fabric, 56164-56165 [05-19276]

Download as PDF 56164 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 185 / Monday, September 26, 2005 / Notices A description of the textile and apparel categories in terms of HTS numbers is available in the CORRELATION: Textile and Apparel Categories with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel website at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov). Also see 69 FR 57272, published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2004. COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries from Regional and ThirdCountry Fabric September 22, 2005. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Publishing the New 12-Month Cap on Duty- and Quota-Free Benefits AGENCY: D. Michael Hutchinson, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements EFFECTIVE DATE: September 20, 2005. Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC 20229 Dear Commissioner: This directive amends, but does not cancel, the directive issued to you on September 20, 2004, by the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. That directive concerns imports of certain cotton and man– made fiber textiles and textile products, produced or manufactured in Vietnam and exported during the twelve-month period which began on January 1, 2005 and extends through December 31, 2005. Effective on September 27, 2005, you are directed to adjust the limits for the following categories, as provided for under the terms of the current bilateral textile agreement between the Governments of the United States and Vietnam: October 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Flaaten, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Title I, Section 112(b)(3) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, as amended by Section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002 and Section 7(b)(2) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004; Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 4, 2000 (65 FR 59321); Presidential Proclamation 7626 of November 13, 2002 (67 FR 69459). Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA 2000) provides for duty- and quota-free treatment for certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. Section 112(b)(3) of TDA 2000 provides dutyand quota-free treatment for apparel 1 Category Restraint limit articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African 200 ........................... 161,252 kilograms. countries from fabric wholly formed in 301 ........................... 394,171 kilograms. one or more beneficiary countries from 332 ........................... 179,684 dozen pairs. yarn originating in the U.S. or one or 345 ........................... 167,923 dozen. more beneficiary countries. This 620 ........................... 8,087,620 square meters. preferential treatment is also available for apparel articles assembled in one or 1 The limits have not been adjusted to account for any imports exported after December more lesser-developed beneficiary subSaharan African countries, regardless of 31, 2004. the country of origin of the fabric used The Committee for the Implementation of to make such articles. This special rule Textile Agreements has determined that for lesser-developed countries applies these actions fall within the foreign affairs through September 30, 2004. TDA 2000 exception to the rulemaking provisions of 5 imposed a quantitative limitation on U.S.C. 553(a)(1). imports eligible for preferential Sincerely, treatment under these two provisions. D. Michael Hutchinson, The Trade Act of 2002 amended TDA Acting Chairman, Committee for the 2000 to extend preferential treatment to Implementation of Textile Agreements. apparel assembled in a beneficiary sub[FR Doc. 05–19164 Filed 9–23–05; 8:45 am] Saharan African country from BILLING CODE 3510–DS components knit-to-shape in a beneficiary country from U.S. or beneficiary country yarns and to apparel formed on seamless knitting machines in a beneficiary country from U.S. or beneficiary country yarns, subject to the quantitative limitation. The Trade Act of 2002 also increased the quantitative VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Sep 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 limitation but provided that this increase would not apply to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries. Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act extended the expiration of the quantitative limitations. It also further amended the percentages to be used in calculating the quantitative limitations for each twelve-month period, beginning on October 1, 2003. The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 provides that the quantitative limitation for the twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2005 will be an amount not to exceed 5.8735 percent of the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period for which data are available. See Section 112(b)(3)(A)(ii)(I) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act. Of this overall amount, apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries is limited to an amount not to exceed 2.9285 percent of apparel imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period. See Section 112(b)(3)(B)(ii)(II) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act. For the purpose of this notice, the most recent 12-month period for which data are available is the 12-month period ending July 31, 2005. Presidential Proclamation 7350 directed CITA to publish the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period in the Federal Register. Presidential Proclamation 7626, published on November 18, 2002, modified the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period. For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2005, and extending through September 30, 2006, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 1,344,476,567 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 670,349,813 square meters equivalent is available to apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries. These quantities will be recalculated for each subsequent year. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs. These quantities are calculated using the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 185 / Monday, September 26, 2005 / Notices equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC. James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc.05–19276 Filed 9–22–05; 1:43 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary ATPDEA Countries from Regional Country Fabric September 22, 2005. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Publishing the New 12-Month Cap on Duty and Quota Free Benefits. AGENCY: EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Stetson, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002; Presidential Proclamation 7616 of October 31, 2002 (67 FR 67283). Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002 amended the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) to provide for duty and quota-free treatment for certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) beneficiary countries. Section 204(b)(3)(B)(iii) of the amended ATPA provides duty- and quota-free treatment for certain apparel articles assembled in ATPDEA beneficiary countries from regional fabric and components. More specifically, this provision applies to apparel articles sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more ATPDEA beneficiary countries from fabrics or from fabric components formed or from components knit-to-shape, in one or more ATPDEA beneficiary countries, from yarns wholly formed in the United States or one or more ATPDEA beneficiary countries (including fabrics not formed from yarns, if such fabrics are classifiable under heading 5602 and 5603 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and are formed in one or more ATPDEA beneficiary countries). Such apparel articles may also contain certain other eligible fabrics, fabric components, or components knit-toshape. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Sep 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2005, and extending through September 30, 2006, preferential tariff treatment is limited under the regional fabric provision to imports of qualifying apparel articles in an amount not to exceed 4.25 percent of the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period for which data are available. For the purpose of this notice, the 12-month period for which data are available is the 12-month period that ended July 31, 2005. In Presidential Proclamation 7616, (published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2002, 67 FR 67283), the President directed CITA to publish in the Federal Register the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period. For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2005, and extending through September 30, 2006, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under the regional fabric provision is 972,848,456 square meters equivalent. This quantity will be recalculated for each subsequent year, under Section 204(b)(3)(B)(iii). Apparel articles entered in excess of this quantity will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs. This quantity is calculated using the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC. James C. Leonard, III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc.05–19277 Filed 9–22–05; 1:43 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000–0069] Federal Acquisition Regulation; Information Collection; Indirect Cost Rates AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56165 Notice of request for public comments regarding an extension to an existing OMB clearance (9000–0069). ACTION: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Secretariat will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a currently approved information collection requirement concerning indirect cost rates. The clearance currently expires on December 31, 2005. Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 25, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to the General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (VIR), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, Washington, DC 20405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeritta Parnell, Contract Policy Division, GSA (202) 501–4082. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Purpose The contractor’s proposal of final indirect cost rates is necessary for the establishment of rates used to reimburse the contractor for the costs of performing under the contract. The supporting cost data are the cost accounting information normally prepared by organizations under sound management and accounting practices. The proposal and supporting data is used by the contracting official and auditor to verify and analyze the indirect costs and to determine the final indirect cost rates or to prepare the Government negotiating position if negotiation of the rates is required under the contract terms. B. Annual Reporting Burden Respondents: 3,000. E:\FR\FM\26SEN1.SGM 26SEN1

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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles 
Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries from Regional 
and Third-Country Fabric

September 22, 2005.
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION: Publishing the New 12-Month Cap on Duty- and Quota-Free 
Benefits

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EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Flaaten, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-3400.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: Title I, Section 112(b)(3) of the Trade and 
Development Act of 2000, as amended by Section 3108 of the Trade Act 
of 2002 and Section 7(b)(2) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004; 
Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 4, 2000 (65 FR 59321); 
Presidential Proclamation 7626 of November 13, 2002 (67 FR 69459).
    Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA 2000) 
provides for duty- and quota-free treatment for certain textile and 
apparel articles imported from designated beneficiary sub-Saharan 
African countries. Section 112(b)(3) of TDA 2000 provides duty- and 
quota-free treatment for apparel articles wholly assembled in one or 
more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly 
formed in one or more beneficiary countries from yarn originating in 
the U.S. or one or more beneficiary countries. This preferential 
treatment is also available for apparel articles assembled in one or 
more lesser-developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, 
regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make such 
articles. This special rule for lesser-developed countries applies 
through September 30, 2004. TDA 2000 imposed a quantitative limitation 
on imports eligible for preferential treatment under these two 
provisions.
    The Trade Act of 2002 amended TDA 2000 to extend preferential 
treatment to apparel assembled in a beneficiary sub-Saharan African 
country from components knit-to-shape in a beneficiary country from 
U.S. or beneficiary country yarns and to apparel formed on seamless 
knitting machines in a beneficiary country from U.S. or beneficiary 
country yarns, subject to the quantitative limitation. The Trade Act of 
2002 also increased the quantitative limitation but provided that this 
increase would not apply to apparel imported under the special rule for 
lesser-developed countries. Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration 
Act extended the expiration of the quantitative limitations. It also 
further amended the percentages to be used in calculating the 
quantitative limitations for each twelve-month period, beginning on 
October 1, 2003. The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 provides that the 
quantitative limitation for the twelve-month period beginning October 
1, 2005 will be an amount not to exceed 5.8735 percent of the aggregate 
square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the 
United States in the preceding 12-month period for which data are 
available. See Section 112(b)(3)(A)(ii)(I) of TDA 2000, as amended by 
Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act. Of this overall 
amount, apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed 
countries is limited to an amount not to exceed 2.9285 percent of 
apparel imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month 
period. See Section 112(b)(3)(B)(ii)(II) of TDA 2000, as amended by 
Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act. For the purpose of 
this notice, the most recent 12-month period for which data are 
available is the 12-month period ending July 31, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation 7350 directed CITA to publish the 
aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period in 
the Federal Register. Presidential Proclamation 7626, published on 
November 18, 2002, modified the aggregate quantity of imports allowed 
during each 12-month period.
    For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2005, and 
extending through September 30, 2006, the aggregate quantity of imports 
eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 
1,344,476,567 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 670,349,813 
square meters equivalent is available to apparel imported under the 
special rule for lesser-developed countries. These quantities will be 
recalculated for each subsequent year. Apparel articles entered in 
excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable 
tariffs.
    These quantities are calculated using the aggregate square meter 
equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, 
derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to 
the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), 
and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter

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equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC.

James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc.05-19276 Filed 9-22-05; 1:43 pm]
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