[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 184 (Wednesday, September 23, 1998)]
[Page 50889]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-25388]



Amendment and Redesignation of Import Limits for Certain Cotton, 
Wool and Man-Made Fiber Textiles and Textile Products and Silk Blend 
and Other Vegetable Fiber Apparel Produced or Manufactured in the 

September 16, 1998.
AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner of Customs increasing 
and amending the coverage of limits.


EFFECTIVE DATE: September 23, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janet Heinzen, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-4212. For information on the quota status of this 
limit, refer to the Quota Status Reports posted on the bulletin boards 
of each Customs port or call (202) 927-5850. For information on 
embargoes and quota re-openings, call (202) 482-3715.


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

    In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated August 19, 1998, the 
Governments of the United States and the Republic of the Philippines 
agreed to amend the coverage of Group II to include Categories 361, 
369-S and 611 and to increase the 1998 Group II limit.
    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 62 FR 66057, published on December 17, 1997). Also see 
62 FR 64361, published on December 5, 1997.
Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
September 16, 1998.

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

    Dear Commissioner: This directive amends, but does not cancel, 
the directive issued to you on December 1, 1997, as corrected on 
December 23, 1997, by the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation 
of Textile Agreements. That directive concerns imports of certain 
cotton, wool and man-made fiber textiles and textile products and 
silk blend and other vegetable fiber apparel, produced or 
manufactured in the Philippines and exported during the twelven-
month period which began on January 1, 1998 and extends through 
December 31, 1998.
    Effective on September 23, 1998, you are directed to amend the 
Group II designation to include the coverage of Categories 361, 369-
S \1\ and 611. Categories 361, 369-S and 611 shall be sublevels in 
Group II. Import charges already made to these categories shall be 
moved to Group II. The 1998 limit for Group II shall be increased to 
190,612,355 square meters equivalent \2\.

    \1\ Category 369-S: only HTS number 6307.10.2005.
    \2\ The limit has not been adjusted to account for any imports 
exported after December 31, 1997.

    The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has 
determined that these actions fall within the foreign affairs 
exception of the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1).
Troy H. Cribb,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 98-25388 Filed 9-22-98; 8:45 am]