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Announcements


  • 12/06/2022 – October 2022 Textile and Apparel Import Report

  • 11/29/2022 – 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. The previous exclusions covering 81 products, scheduled to expire on November 30, have been extended for an additional three months, through February 28, 2023. For more details see Federal Register notice 87 FR 73383.

  • 11/03/2022 – September 2022 Textile and Apparel Import Report

  • 11/03/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments as part of its statutory four-year review of two actions taken under the Section 301 Investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. USTR is seeking public comments on the effectiveness of certain actions taken in achieving the objectives of the investigation, other actions that could be taken, and the effects of such actions on the U.S. economy, including consumers. A public docket on USTR’s web portal will be open from November 15, 2022 to January 17, 2023 for interested persons to submit comments. See Federal Register notice 87 FR 62914 for more information and the Preview of Questions for the Four-Year Review

  • 09/21/2022 - Federal Register Notice 87 FR 57681 on the 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, 2022 – September 30, 2023.

  • 08/15/2022 – The International Trade Administration (ITA) has developed an interactive training course to help U.S. firms and the public understand the laws and regulations that prevent goods made with forced labor from entering the United States. See the interactive training entitled Human Trafficking: Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains on ITA’s Forced Labor in Supply Chains webpage.

  • 08/05/2022 – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public comments on matters relevant to specified trade areas that will help develop objectives and positions for enhanced engagement and subsequent negotiation under the U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership. Written comments are due by September 16, 2022. See the Federal Register notice 87 FR 48060 for further details.

  • 07/21/2022 – In accordance with the Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act, President Biden issued an executive order on June 27, 2022, increasing tariffs to 35 percent on certain products from Russia. The higher tariffs—including those on a number of textile, apparel, footwear, and travel goods products—are effective 30 days after the date of the order. See Presidential Proclamation 10420 for further details and a list of affected products.  

  • 06/14/2022 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released importer guidance to assist the trade community in preparing for the implementation of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) rebuttable presumption that goes into effect on June 21, 2022. The UFLPA requires CBP to apply a presumption that imports of all goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, or by entities identified by the U.S. government on the UFLPA Entity List, are presumed to be made with forced labor and are prohibited from entry into the United States. See the UFPLA Operational Guidance for Importers on the CBP website

  • 04/07/2022 – The European Union (EU) will be putting forward several pieces of legislation in 2022 to achieve its circular economy transition. One initiative, the Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) will focus on “key product value chains” (including textiles) that the Commission sees as requiring “urgent, comprehensive and coordinated action” to jumpstart the transition to circularity. The EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles was published on March 30, 2022. For more information, see the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles webpage. For information on how U.S. businesses can engage with the EU on circular economy, see the Service-EU market intelligence article.

  • 03/15/2022 – Effective March 11, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has banned the export, reexport, and transfer (in country) of luxury goods to all end users in Russia and Belarus and to certain Russian and Belarusian oligarchs and malign actors located worldwide. This action is in response to Russia’s brutal, continuing invasion of Ukraine (as substantially enabled by Belarus) in flagrant violation of international law. Among the restricted products are various apparel, home textile, floor covering, tents/camping/boating, footwear, and travel goods products. For more details and a full list of products, see the Federal Register notice 87 FR 14785.

  • 2/11/2021 – 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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