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Office of Textiles and Apparel
Dedicated to increasing the international competitiveness of the U.S. fiber, textile, apparel, footwear, and travel goods industries
Trade News and Events
09/21/2021 – USTR invites comments to assist in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for inclusion in the annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report). Deadline for submission of comments is October 26, 2021. See the Federal Register notice for further details and instructions.
09/08/2021 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative requests comments that identify online and physical markets that infringe on U.S. intellectual property for inclusion in the 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (Notorious Markets List). The deadline for submission of written comments is October 11, 2021. See the Federal Register notice for further details and instructions.
08/30/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments on certain exclusions for products related to COVID–19 that are subject to additional tariffs under Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. Comments on whether to extend particular exclusions (expiring on September 30) for up to six months may be submitted until September 27 through USTR’s Public Dockets portal. See 86 FR 48280 for detailed instructions and 85 FR 85831 for lists of products.
06/04/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has determined to take action in the form of additional duties on products of Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in connection with the Section 301 investigation of Digital Services Taxes (DSTs). However, the additional 25-percent import duties on various products, which include certain textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods, will be suspended for a period of up to 180 days. See USTR’s DST webpage for further information and links to relevant Federal Register Notices, which include the lists of affected products.
05/19/2021 – The United States and the European Union (EU) announce the start of discussions to address global steel and aluminum excess capacity. “To ensure the most constructive environment for these joint efforts, they agreed to avoid changes on these issues that negatively affect bilateral trade,” indicating the suspension of proposed EU retaliatory tariffs of 25 percent on certain imports from the United States (including apparel, home furnishings, and footwear) effective June 22 would be suspended. Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU were imposed by the United States in 2018 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
03/09/2021 – As of January 1, 2021, Turkey replaced its additional customs duties (in place since April 2020) with new additional customs duties on 4,815 products, including most textile and apparel products. Decision 3351 in the Official Gazette dated December 31, 2020 lists the affected products according to their HS (GTIP in Turkish) and the corresponding additional duty rate.
02/16/2021 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a number of frequently asked questions on the Withhold Release Order (WRO) for cotton, tomatoes and downstream products produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Additional information on all WROs currently in force can be found by visiting the CBP.gov website.