Request for Public Comment on Commercial Availability Request under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
On July 21, 2006 the Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Mexico alleging that filament yarn of cellulose acetate, classified in heading 5403 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), cannot be supplied by the Mexican industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner and requesting that the governments of Canada and the United States consult to consider whether the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rule of origin for woven fabrics classified under HTSUS heading 5408 and products classified in HTSUS chapter 58 should be modified to allow the use of non-North American filament yarns of cellulose acetate. 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 filament yarn of cellulose acetate of HTSUS heading 5403 can be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be submitted by September 20, 2006 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230.