Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, 22237-22238 [2016-08635]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 73 / Friday, April 15, 2016 / Notices The USMFTA Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to proclaim as part of the HTSUS, modifications to the USMFTA rules of origin set out in Annex 4–A of the USMFTA as are necessary to implement an agreement with Morocco under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA, subject to the consultation and layover requirements of Section 104 of the USMFTA Implementation Act. See Section 203(j)(2)(B)(i) of the USMFTA Implementation Act. Executive Order 11651 established CITA to supervise the implementation of textile trade agreements and authorizes the Chairman of CITA to take actions or recommend that appropriate officials or agencies of the United States take actions necessary to implement textile trade agreements. 37 FR 4699 (March 4, 1972). The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Morocco, dated March 1, 2016, on behalf of ARYANS, requesting that the United States consider whether the USMFTA rule of origin for dresses, skirts, blouses and tops classified in HTSUS chapter 62, should be modified to allow the use of 87%–93% cotton/ 5%–9% polyester/2%–4% elastane woven fabric classified in subheading 5209.42 of the HTSUS that is not originating under the USMFTA. CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether 87%–93% cotton/ 5%–9% polyester/2%–4% elastane woven fabric described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than May 16, 2016. Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or information electronically to OTEXA_MoroccoFTA@ trade.gov, and/or in hard copy to: Chairman, Committee for theImplementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. If comments include business confidential information, commenters must submit a business confidential version in hard copy to the Chairman of CITA, and also provide a public version, either in hard copy or electronically. CITA will protect any information that is marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. All public versions of the comments will be posted on OTEXA’s Web site for Commercial Availability VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 proceedings under the Morocco FTA: http://otexa.trade.gov/Morocco_CA.htm. Joshua Teitelbaum, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 2016–08632 Filed 4–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for modification of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) rules of origin for certain women’s pants made from certain woven fabrics. AGENCY: The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Morocco, dated March 9, 2016, on behalf of MODALINE HOLDING to initiate consultations under Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA. The Government of Morocco is requesting that the United States and Morocco (‘‘the Parties’’) consider revising the rules of origin for women’s pants to address availability of supply of certain woven fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the USMFTA rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Morocco on a modification under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. SUMMARY: Comments must be submitted by May 16, 2016 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria D’Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482–1550. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22237 Authority: Section 203 (j)(2)(B)(i) of the United States—Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 3805 note) (USMFTA Implementation Act); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended. Background: Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA provides that, on the request of either Party, the Parties shall consult to consider whether the rules of origin applicable to a particular textile or apparel good should be revised to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. In the consultations, pursuant to Article 4.3.4 of the USMFTA, each Party shall consider data presented by the other Party that demonstrate substantial production in its territory of a particular fiber, yarn, or fabric. The Parties shall consider that there is substantial production if a Party demonstrates that its domestic producers are capable of supplying commercial quantities of the fiber, yarn, or fabric in a timely manner. The USMFTA Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to proclaim as part of the HTSUS, modifications to the USMFTA rules of origin set out in Annex 4–A of the USMFTA as are necessary to implement an agreement with Morocco under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA, subject to the consultation and layover requirements of Section 104 of the USMFTA Implementation Act. See Section 203(j)(2)(B)(i) of the USMFTA Implementation Act. Executive Order 11651 established CITA to supervise the implementation of textile trade agreements and authorizes the Chairman of CITA to take actions or recommend that appropriate officials or agencies of the United States take actions necessary to implement textile trade agreements. 37 FR 4699 (March 4, 1972). The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Morocco, dated March 9, 2016, on behalf of MODALINE HOLDING, requesting that the United States consider whether the USMFTA rule of origin for women’s pants classified in HTSUS heading 6204 should be modified to allow the use of certain woven fabrics that are not originating under the USMFTA. The fabrics subject to this request are: Fabric 1: 45%–52% polyester, 45%– 52% rayon, 1%–7% spandex woven synthetic bi-stretch fabric, classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS; Fabric 2: 60%–68% polyester, 29%– 37% rayon, 1%–7% spandex woven poly-viscose fabric, classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS; E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1 22238 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 73 / Friday, April 15, 2016 / Notices Fabric 3: 31%–37% viscose, 17%– 23% polyester, 17%–23% cotton, 13%– 19% wool, 5%–11% nylon, 1%–6% spandex woven herringbone fabric, classified in subheading 5408.33 of the HTSUS; Fabric 4: 94%–99% virgin wool, 1%– 6% spandex, twill stretch flannel reactive dyed fabric, classified in subheading 5112.11 of the HTSUS; and Fabric 5: 89%–95% polyester, 5%– 11% spandex printed and solid woven polyester crepe fabric (with filament yarn size of 120D + 40D*120D + 40D and a construction of 175*104), classified in subheading 5407.61 of the HTSUS. CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the fabrics described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than May 16, 2016. Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or information electronically to OTEXA_ MoroccoFTA@trade.gov, and/or in hard copy to: Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. If comments include business confidential information, commenters must submit a business confidential version in hard copy to the Chairman of CITA, and also provide a public version, either in hard copy or electronically. CITA will protect any information that is marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. All public versions of the comments will be posted on OTEXA’s Web site for Commercial Availability proceedings under the Morocco FTA: http://otexa.trade.gov/Morocco_CA.htm. Joshua Teitelbaum, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 2016–08635 Filed 4–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Request for public comments concerning a request for modification of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 (USMFTA) rules of origin for pants, skirts, jackets, shirts, and casual dresses made from certain woven fabrics. The Government of the United States received a request from the Government ofMorocco, submitted on March 9, 2016, and updated on April 1, 2016, on behalf of CROSSING to initiate consultations under Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA. The Government of Morocco is requesting that the United States and Morocco (‘‘the Parties’’) consider revising the rules of origin for pants, skirts, jackets, shirts and casual dresses to address availability of supply of certain woven fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the USMFTA rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Morocco on a modification under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. DATES: Comments must be submitted by May 16, 2016 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria D’Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482–1550. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Authority: Section 203 (j)(2)(B)(i) of the United States-Morocco Free Trade AgreementImplementation Act (19 U.S.C. 3805 note) (USMFTA Implementation Act); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended. Background: Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA provides that, on the request of either Party, the Parties shall consult to consider whether the rules of origin applicable to a particular textile or apparel good should be revised to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. In the consultations, pursuant to Article 4.3.4 of the USMFTA, each Party shall consider data presented by the other Party that demonstratesubstantial production in its territory of a particular fiber, yarn, or fabric. The Parties shall consider that there is substantial production if a Party demonstrates that its domestic producers are capable of PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 supplying commercial quantities of the fiber, yarn, or fabric in a timely manner. The USMFTA Implementation Act provides the President with the authority to proclaim as part of the HTSUS, modifications to the USMFTA rules of origin set out in Annex 4–A of the USMFTA as are necessary to implement an agreement with Morocco under Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA, subject to the consultation and layover requirements of Section 104 of the USMFTA Implementation Act. See Section 203(j)(2)(B)(i) of the USMFTA Implementation Act. Executive Order 11651 established CITA to supervise the implementation of textile trade agreements and authorizes the Chairman of CITA to take actions or recommend that appropriate officials or agencies of the United States take actions necessary to implement textile trade agreements. 37 FR 4699 (March 4, 1972). The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Morocco, submitted on March 9, 2016, and updated on April 1, 2016, on behalf of CROSSING, requesting that the United States consider whether the USMFTA rule of origin for pants, skirts, jackets, shirts, and casual dresses classified in HTSUS subheading 6204.52 and 6206.40 should be modified to allow the use of certain woven fabrics that are not originating under the USMFTA. The fabrics subject to this request are: Fabric 1: 100% lyocell classified in subheading 5516.11 and 5516.12 of the HTSUS; Fabric 2: Lyocell/cotton classified in subheading 5516.41, 5516.42, and 5516.43 of the HTSUS; Fabric 3: Cotton/polyester classified in subheading 5210.49 and 5211.42 of the HTSUS; Fabric 4: Cotton/polyester/elastane classified in subheading 5210.49 and 5211.4210 of the HTSUS; Fabric 5: Corduroy with cotton classified in subheading 5801.22 of the HTSUS; and Fabric 6: Corduroy polyester classified in subheading 5801.32 of the HTSUS. CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the fabrics described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than May 16, 2016. Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or information electronically to OTEXA_ MoroccoFTA@trade.gov, and/or in hard copy to: Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 73 (Friday, April 15, 2016)]
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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request 
Under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION:  Request for public comments concerning a request for 
modification of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) rules of 
origin for certain women's pants made from certain woven fabrics.

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SUMMARY: The Government of the United States received a request from 
the Government of Morocco, dated March 9, 2016, on behalf of MODALINE 
HOLDING to initiate consultations under Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA. 
The Government of Morocco is requesting that the United States and 
Morocco (``the Parties'') consider revising the rules of origin for 
women's pants to address availability of supply of certain woven 
fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United 
States may proclaim a modification to the USMFTA rules of origin for 
textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an 
agreement with the Government of Morocco on a modification under 
Article 4.3.6 of the USMFTA to address issues of availability of supply 
of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA 
hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with 
regard to whether certain woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. 
domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by May 16, 2016 to the Chairman, 
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 30003, 
United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria D'Andrea, Office of Textiles and 
Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-1550.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

    Authority:  Section 203 (j)(2)(B)(i) of the United States--
Morocco Free Trade Agreement

    Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 3805 note) (USMFTA Implementation 
Act); Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended.

    Background: Article 4.3.3 of the USMFTA provides that, on the 
request of either Party, the Parties shall consult to consider whether 
the rules of origin applicable to a particular textile or apparel good 
should be revised to address issues of availability of supply of 
fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. In the 
consultations, pursuant to Article 4.3.4 of the USMFTA, each Party 
shall consider data presented by the other Party that demonstrate 
substantial production in its territory of a particular fiber, yarn, or 
fabric. The Parties shall consider that there is substantial production 
if a Party demonstrates that its domestic producers are capable of 
supplying commercial quantities of the fiber, yarn, or fabric in a 
timely manner. The USMFTA Implementation Act provides the President 
with the authority to proclaim as part of the HTSUS, modifications to 
the USMFTA rules of origin set out in Annex 4-A of the USMFTA as are 
necessary to implement an agreement with Morocco under Article 4.3.6 of 
the USMFTA, subject to the consultation and layover requirements of 
Section 104 of the USMFTA Implementation Act. See Section 
203(j)(2)(B)(i) of the USMFTA Implementation Act. Executive Order 11651 
established CITA to supervise the implementation of textile trade 
agreements and authorizes the Chairman of CITA to take actions or 
recommend that appropriate officials or agencies of the United States 
take actions necessary to implement textile trade agreements. 37 FR 
4699 (March 4, 1972).
    The Government of the United States received a request from the 
Government of Morocco, dated March 9, 2016, on behalf of MODALINE 
HOLDING, requesting that the United States consider whether the USMFTA 
rule of origin for women's pants classified in HTSUS heading 6204 
should be modified to allow the use of certain woven fabrics that are 
not originating under the USMFTA. The fabrics subject to this request 
are:
    Fabric 1: 45%-52% polyester, 45%-52% rayon, 1%-7% spandex woven 
synthetic bi-stretch fabric, classified in subheading 5515.11 of the 
HTSUS;
    Fabric 2: 60%-68% polyester, 29%-37% rayon, 1%-7% spandex woven 
poly-viscose fabric, classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS;

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    Fabric 3: 31%-37% viscose, 17%-23% polyester, 17%-23% cotton, 13%-
19% wool, 5%-11% nylon, 1%-6% spandex woven herringbone fabric, 
classified in subheading 5408.33 of the HTSUS;
    Fabric 4: 94%-99% virgin wool, 1%-6% spandex, twill stretch flannel 
reactive dyed fabric, classified in subheading 5112.11 of the HTSUS; 
and
    Fabric 5: 89%-95% polyester, 5%-11% spandex printed and solid woven 
polyester crepe fabric (with filament yarn size of 120D + 40D*120D + 
40D and a construction of 175*104), classified in subheading 5407.61 of 
the HTSUS.
    CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, 
particularly with respect to whether the fabrics described above can be 
supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a 
timely manner. Comments must be received no later than May 16, 2016. 
Interested persons are invited to submit such comments or information 
electronically to OTEXA_MoroccoFTA@trade.gov, and/or in hard copy to: 
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 
30003, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.
    If comments include business confidential information, commenters 
must submit a business confidential version in hard copy to the 
Chairman of CITA, and also provide a public version, either in hard 
copy or electronically. CITA will protect any information that is 
marked business confidential from disclosure to the full extent 
permitted by law. All public versions of the comments will be posted on 
OTEXA's Web site for Commercial Availability proceedings under the 
Morocco FTA: http://otexa.trade.gov/Morocco_CA.htm.

Joshua Teitelbaum,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2016-08635 Filed 4-14-16; 8:45 am]
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