Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary ATPDEA Countries from Regional Country Fabric, 55177-55178 [E7-19158]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 188 / Friday, September 28, 2007 / Notices determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by petitioner. In addition, the Department’s regulations, at 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2), require that requests by respondents for postponement of a final determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to not more than six months. See 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2). On September 11, 2007, Hubei Xingfa Chemicals Group Co., Ltd., the sole active mandatory respondent, requested a 60-day extension of the final determination and extension of the provisional measures. Thus, because our preliminary determination is affirmative, and the respondent requesting an extension of the final determination and an extension of the provisional measures, accounts for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, and no compelling reasons for denial exist, we are extending the due date for the final determination by 60 days. For the reasons identified above, we are postponing the final determination until January 22, 2008.1 This notice is issued and published pursuant to sections 777(i) and 735(a)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(g). Dated: September 21, 2007. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E7–19221 Filed 9–27–07; 8:45 am] jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S 1 The sixty-day extension would result in the signature day falling on January 19, 2008, which is a Saturday. Therefore, the signature day will roll over to the next business day, January 22, 2008, in accordance with our practice, as January 21, 2008, the following Monday, is a holiday. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Sep 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Notice of Allocation of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) on the Import of Certain Cotton Shirting Fabrics for Calendar Year 2007 Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. ACTION: Notice of allocation of 2007 cotton shirting fabrics tariff rate quota. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) has determined the allocation for Calendar Year 2007 of imports of certain cotton shirting fabrics under tariff rate quotas established by Section 406(b)(1) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Public Law No. 109-432). The reduction in duty is applicable to fabric entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption under a license during calendar year 2007. Claims for reduction in duty can be made retroactively to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for qualifying fabrics under the license as long as the fabrics were entered or withdrawn from warehouse during calendar year 2007. The companies that are being provided an allocation are listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Botero, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 20, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (‘‘the Act’’). Section 406(b)(1) of the Act requires the Secretary of Commerce to fairly allocate tariff rate quotas (‘‘TRQ’’) on the import of certain cotton woven fabrics through December 31, 2009. Section 406 (b)(1) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue licenses to eligible manufacturers under headings 9902.52.08 through 9902.52.19 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, specifying the restrictions under each such license on the quantity of cotton woven fabrics that may be entered each year on behalf of the manufacturer. The Act created an annual tariff rate quota providing for temporary reductions through December 31, 2009 in the import duties of cotton woven fabrics suitable for making cotton shirts (new Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) headings 9902.52.08, 9902.52.09, 9902.52.10, 9902.52.11, 9902.52.12, 9902.52.13, 9902.52.14, 9902.52.15, 9902.52.16, 9902.52.17, 9902.52.18, and PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55177 9902.52.19). The reduction in duty is limited to 85 percent of the total square meter equivalents of all imported woven fabrics of cotton containing 85 percent or more by weight of cotton used by manufacturers in cutting and sewing men’s and boy’s cotton shirts in the United States and purchased by such manufacturer during calendar year 2000. The Act requires that the tariff rate quotas be allocated to persons (including firms, corporations, or other legal entities) who, during calendar year 2000, were manufacturers cutting and sewing men’s and boy’s cotton shirts in the United States from imported woven fabrics of cotton containing 85 percent or more by weight of cotton of the kind described in HTS 9902.52.08 through 9902.5219 purchased by such manufacturer during calendar year 2000. On July 24, 2007, the Department published regulations establishing procedures for allocating the TRQ. 72 FR 40235, 15 CFR 336. On August 2, 2007 the Department published a notice in the Federal Register (72 FR 42400) soliciting applications for an allocation of the 2007 tariff rate quotas with a closing date of September 4, 2007. Companies Receiving Allocation: Retail Brand Alliance Inc. - Sunnyside, NY The Hancock Company - Ashland, PA Individualized Shirt Company - Perth Amboy, NJ Kenneth Gordon/IAG Inc. - New Orleans, LA The Pickett Company - Lafayette, TN Dated: September 24, 2007. Janet E. Heinzen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Goods Industries, Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. E7–19157 Filed 9–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS 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 24, 2007. 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, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Stetson, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-3400. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 55178 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 188 / Friday, September 28, 2007 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Authority: Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002, P.L. 107-210; Title VII of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA 2006), P.L. 109-432; H.R. 1830, 110th Cong. (2007) (H.R. 1830); 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. The TRHCA of 2006 extended the expiration of the ATPA to June 30, 2007. See section 7002(a) of the TRHCA 2006. H.R. 1830 further extended the expiration of the ATPA to February 29, 2008. See section 1 of H.R. 1830. For the period beginning on October 1, 2007 and extending through February 29, 2008, preferential tariff treatment is limited under the regional fabric provision to imports of qualifying apparel articles in an amount not to exceed 5 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, 2007. 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 period. For the period beginning on October 1, 2007 and extending through February VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Sep 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 29, 2008, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under the regional fabric provision is 1,247,713,244 square meters equivalent. 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. Janet E. Heinzen, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. E7–19158 Filed 9–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS 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 24, 2007. 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, 2007. 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, P.L. 106-200, as amended by section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002, P.L. 107-210; Section 7(b)(2) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, P.L. 108-274; Title VI, section 6002 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA 2006). P.L. 109-432; 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 subSaharan African countries, regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make such articles, subject to quantitative limitation. Title VI of the TRHCA 2006 extended this special rule for lesser-developed countries through September 30, 2012. The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 provides that the quantitative limitation for the twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2007 will be an amount not to exceed 7 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 3.5 percent of all apparel articles 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 6002(a) of TRHCA 2006. Presidential Proclamation 7350 directed CITA to publish the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period in the Federal Register. For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2007, and extending through September 30, 2008, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 1,746,798,542 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 873,399,271 square meters equivalent is available to apparel articles imported under the special rule for lesserdeveloped countries. 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\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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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 24, 2007.
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, 2007.

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002, P.L. 107-210; 
Title VII of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA 
2006), P.L. 109-432; H.R. 1830, 110th Cong. (2007) (H.R. 1830); 
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-to-shape.
    The TRHCA of 2006 extended the expiration of the ATPA to June 30, 
2007. See section 7002(a) of the TRHCA 2006. H.R. 1830 further extended 
the expiration of the ATPA to February 29, 2008. See section 1 of H.R. 
1830.
    For the period beginning on October 1, 2007 and extending through 
February 29, 2008, preferential tariff treatment is limited under the 
regional fabric provision to imports of qualifying apparel articles in 
an amount not to exceed 5 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, 2007. 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 period.
    For the period beginning on October 1, 2007 and extending through 
February 29, 2008, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for 
preferential treatment under the regional fabric provision is 
1,247,713,244 square meters equivalent. 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.

Janet E. Heinzen,
Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile 
Agreements.
[FR Doc. E7-19158 Filed 9-27-07; 8:45 am]
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