[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 177 (Wednesday, September 11, 1996)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47892-47893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-23054]


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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


New Transshipment and Misclassification Charges for Certain 
Cotton, Man-Made Fiber, Silk Blend and Other Vegetable Fiber Textiles 
and Textile Products Produced or Manufactured in the People's Republic 
of China

September 5, 1996.
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner of Customs charging 
transshipments and misclassified merchandise to 1996 limits.

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EFFECTIVE DATE: September 11, 1996.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Aldrich, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-4212.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended; 
section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 
1854).

    In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 3, 1995 (60 FR 
21792), CITA announced that Customs would be conducting other 
investigations of transshipments of textiles produced in China and 
exported to the United States. Based on these investigations, the U.S. 
Customs Service has determined that textile products in certain 
categories, produced or manufactured in China and entered into the 
United States with the incorrect country of origin or with the 
incorrect classification, were entered in circumvention of the 
Bilateral Textile Agreement, effected by exchange of notes dated March 
29, 1995 and June 8, 1995, between the Governments of the United States 
and the People's Republic of China. Consultations were held between the 
Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China on 
this matter March 25 through March 27, 1996. Accordingly, in the letter 
published below, the Chairman of CITA directs the Commissioner of 
Customs to charge the following amounts to the 1996 quota levels for 
the categories listed below. The quota levels for Categories 339-S, 
348, 351, 641 and 840 have been triple charged in accordance with 
paragraph 13(E) of the Bilateral Textile Agreement between the 
Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China.

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                 Category                       Amounts to be charged   
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200.......................................  2,268 kilograms.            
335.......................................  136 dozen.                  
338-S \1\.................................  73,420 dozen.               
339.......................................  16,983 dozen.               
339-S \2\.................................  5,120 dozen.                
347.......................................  19,360 dozen.               
348.......................................  37,699 dozen.               
351.......................................  18,000 dozen.               
369-D \3\.................................  15,511 kilograms.           
369-S \4\.................................  116,250 kilograms.          
433.......................................  520 dozen.                  
641.......................................  22,680 dozen.               
840.......................................  1,083 dozen.                
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\1\ Category 338-S: all HTS numbers except 6109.10.0012, 6109.10.0014,  
  6109.10.0018 and 6109.10.0023.                                        
\2\ Category 339-S: all HTS numbers except 6109.10.0040, 6109.10.0045,  
  6109.10.0060 and 6109.10.0065.                                        
\3\ Category 369-D: only HTS numbers 6302.60.0010, 6302.91.0005 and     
  6302.91.0045.                                                         
\4\ Category 369-S: only HTS number 6307.10.2005.                       

    U.S. Customs continues to conduct other investigations of such 
transshipments of textiles produced in China and exported to the United 
States. The charges resulting from these investigations will be 
published in the Federal Register.
    The U.S. Government is taking this action pursuant to U.S. letter 
dated February 6, 1996, and the Bilateral Textile Agreement, effected 
by exchange of notes dated May 29, 1995 and June 8, 1995, between the 
Governments of the United States and the People's Republic of China.
    A description of the textile and apparel categories in terms of HTS 
numbers is available in the CORRELATION: Textile and Apparel Categories 
with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (see Federal 
Register notice 60 FR 65299, published on December 19, 1995). Also see 
60 FR 65292, published on December 19, 1995.
Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
September 5, 1996.

Commissioner of Customs,
Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC 20229.

    Dear Commissioner: To facilitate implementation of the Bilateral 
Textile Agreement, effected by exchange of notes dated May 29, 1995 
and June 8, 1995, between the Governments of the United States and 
the People's Republic of China, I request that, effective on 
September 11, 1996, you charge the following amounts to the 
following categories for the 1996 restraint period (see directive 
dated December 13, 1995):

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                 Category                       Amounts to be charged   
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200.......................................  2,268 kilograms.            
335.......................................  136 dozen.                  
338-S a...................................  73,420 dozen.               
339.......................................  16,983 dozen.               
339-S b...................................  5,120 dozen.                
347.......................................  19,360 dozen.               
348.......................................  37,699 dozen.               
351.......................................  18,000 dozen.               
369-D c...................................  15,511 kilograms.           
433.......................................  520 dozen.                  
641.......................................  22,680 dozen.               
840.......................................  1,083 dozen.                
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a Category 338-S: all HTS numbers except 6109.10.0012, 6109.10.0014,    
  6109.10.0018 and 6109.10.0023.                                        
b Category 339-S: all HTS numbers except 6109.10.0040, 6109.10.0045,    
  6109.10.0060 and 6109.10.0065.                                        
c Category 369-D: only HTS numbers 6302.60.0010, 6302.91.0005 and       
  6302.91.0045.                                                         

    Also, you are directed to deduct 116,250 kilograms from the 
charges made to Category 369-D for the 1996 quota period. This same

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amount should be charged to the 1996 limit for Category 369-S \1\.
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    \1\ Category 369-S: only HTS number 6307.10.2005.
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    This letter will be published in the Federal Register.
    Sincerely,
Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 96-23054 Filed 9-10-96; 8:45 am]
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