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Trade News and Events

Announcements

  • 01/06/2022 – November 2021 Textile and Apparel Import Report

  • 01/05/2022 – Webinar on Complying with Made in USA Labeling Standards- January 19/ 2 pm EST: Register Here.
  • 12/27/2021 – As part of E.O. 14017 to strengthen supply chains of critical materials, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) invites public comments on Potential Parameters of EXIM Financing for Domestic Projects that would establish or expand U.S. manufacturing facilities that would facilitate U.S. exports. Comments on the usefulness of such an option and need for EXIM to extend its medium and long-term loans and guarantees to domestic projects with an export connection, and the hypothetical parameters of such an EXIM program are due by January 20, 2022.

  • 12/23/2021 – Determination to Approve CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability Request for Certain Polyester/Spandex 3-Layered Bonded Fabric (#1): CA2021001.

  • 12/23/2021 – Determination to Approve CAFTA-DR Commercial Availability Request for Certain 100% Polyester 3-Layered Bonded Fabric (#2): CA2021002.

  • 12/21/2021 – Limitation of Duty-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Haiti Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as Amended by the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE): For the period December 20, 2021 through December 19, 2022, the annual quantitative limit of the Haiti HOPE Value-Added program is 367,770,223 square meters equivalent (SME).

  • 12/15/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requests comments regarding its Special 301 Review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Public comments are requested by January 31. See further information in Federal Register notice 86 FR 70885.

  • 12/08/2021 – Free webinar: Complying with Made in USA Labeling Standards, January 19, 2022, 2 p.m. ET. Register Here.

  • 12/07/2021 – The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has published a Federal Register notice (16 CFR Part 323) announcing the opportunity for public comment on a request to modify the rules of origin in the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Public comments must be received no later than January 5, 2022.
     
  • 11/15/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) extends exclusions of certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic from additional duties imposed under the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. To provide a transition period, USTR is extending the 99 exclusions scheduled to expire on November 14, through November 30, 2021. An additional extension of 6 months (expiring on May 31, 2022) will be provided for 81 of the COVID exclusions. For more details see the notice on USTR’s China Section 301-Tariff Actions and Exclusion Process-COVID Exclusions webpage.
     
  • 10/06/2021 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites comments on whether to reinstate particular product exclusions from additional duties related to the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. Most of the 549 previously extended exclusions have expired. The public docket at USTR Comments will be open for parties to submit comments from October 12 through December 1, 2021. Further information and a list of products can be found on USTR’s Reinstatement of Certain Exclusions Previously Extended webpage.
     
  • 09/30/2020 – Limitations on Duty and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The new AGOA caps are for the one-year period from October 1, 2021-September 30, 2022.
     
  • 07/19/2021 – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published the final rule for ‘Made in USA’ Labeling (16 CFR Part 323). The rule, effective August 13, 2021, is intended to strengthen enforcement while making it easier for businesses to understand the requirements of ‘Made in USA’ labeling.
     
  • 06/21/2021 – The European Union (EU) and the United States agree on the mutual suspension for five years of the tariffs related to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Aircraft disputes . In a separate agreement, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States will also suspend the tariffs related to the aircraft disputes. See the EU list of $4 billion of U.S. products subject to retaliatory tariffs, including a 25-percent levy on travel goods and cotton. See 85 FR 50866 for EU products subject to U.S. tariffs.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 02/11/2021 – Issuance of Temporary Waiver of CITA’s Procedures Requiring Receipt of Original Signed Submissions in Commercial Availability Proceedings.  Interested entities planning to file a commercial availability request should contact Laurie Mease (Laurie.Mease@trade.gov) for instructions before submitting any documents (either public or confidential versions) to CITA.

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