[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 209 (Friday, October 28, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 66914]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-27950]


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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Amendment of Limitation of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of 
Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary ATPDEA Countries From 
Regional Country Fabric

AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements 
(CITA).

ACTION: Amending the 12-Month Cap on Duty and Quota Free Benefits.

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DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Stetson, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-3400.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

    Authority: Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107-
210; Presidential Proclamation 7616 of October 31, 2002, 67 FR 67283 
(November 5, 2002); Executive Order 13277, 67 FR 70305 (November 19, 
2002); and the Office of the United States Trade Representative's 
Notice of Authority and Further Assignment of Functions, 67 FR 71606 
(November 25, 2002).

    Section 3103 of the Trade Act of 2002 amended the Andean Trade 
Preference Act (ATPA) to provide for duty and quota-free treatment for 
certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated Andean 
Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) beneficiary 
countries. Section 204(b)(3)(B)(iii) of the amended ATPA provides duty- 
and quota-free treatment for certain apparel articles assembled in 
ATPDEA beneficiary countries from regional fabric and components, 
subject to quantitative limitation. More specifically, this provision 
applies to apparel articles sewn or otherwise assembled in one or more 
ATPDEA beneficiary countries from fabrics or from fabric components 
formed or from components knit-to-shape, in one or more ATPDEA 
beneficiary countries, from yarns wholly formed in the United States or 
one or more ATPDEA beneficiary countries (including fabrics not formed 
from yarns, if such fabrics are classifiable under heading 5602 and 
5603 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and are formed in one or 
more ATPDEA beneficiary countries). Such apparel articles may also 
contain certain other eligible fabrics, fabric components, or 
components knit-to-shape.
    Title VII of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act (TRHCA) of 2006, 
Public Law 107-432, extended the expiration of the ATPA to June 30, 
2007. See Section 7002(a) of the TRHCA 2006. H.R. 1830, 110th Cong. 
(2007), further extended the expiration of the ATPA to February 29, 
2008. H.R. 5264, 110th Cong. (2008), further extended the expiration of 
the ATPA to December 31, 2008. H.R. 7222, 110th Cong. (2008), further 
extended the expiration of the ATPA to December 31, 2009. H.R. 4284, 
111th Cong. (2009), further extended the expiration of the ATPA to 
December 31, 2010. H.R. 6517, 111th Cong. (2010), further extended the 
expiration of the ATPA to February 12, 2011. H.R. 3078, 112th Cong. 
(2011), further extended the expiration of the ATPA to July 31, 2013.
    The purpose of this notice is to extend the period of the 
quantitative limitation for preferential tariff treatment under the 
regional fabric provision for imports of qualifying apparel articles 
from Colombia and Ecuador through September 30, 2012. For the period 
beginning on October 1, 2011 and extending through September 30, 2012 
the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment 
under the regional fabric provision is 1,341,021,673 square meters 
equivalent. Apparel articles entered in excess of this quantity will be 
subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.
    This quantity is calculated using the aggregate square meter 
equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, 
derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to 
the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), 
and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter 
equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC.

Kim Glas,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2011-27950 Filed 10-27-11; 8:45 am]
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