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Morocco FTA Rule of Origin Changes for Textiles and Apparel Under Review

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission is seeking input on a newly initiated investigation of proposed modifications of the rules of origin for the following textile and apparel articles in the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement.

- dresses, skirts, blouses, and tops classified in HTSUS Chapter 62, of 100 percent viscose rayon woven fabric classified in HTSUS 5408.24

- women’s or girls’ cotton corduroy skirts and divided skirts classified in HTSUS 6204.52, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.22

- women’s or girls’ manmade fiber blouses, shirts, and shirt-blouses classified in HTSUS 6206.40, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.22

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of synthetic bi-stretch fabric of 45 to 52 percent by weight of polyester, 45 to 52 percent by weight of rayon, and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven fabric of 60 to 68 percent by weight of polyester, 29 to 37 percent by weight of rayon, and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven herringbone fabric of 31 to 37 percent by weight of viscose rayon, 17 to 23 percent by weight of polyester, 17 to 23 percent by weight of cotton, 13 to 19 percent by weight of wool, 5 to 11 percent by weight of nylon, and 1 to 6 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5408.33

The ITC will provide advice on the probable economic effect of the proposed modifications on U.S. trade under the U.S.-Morocco FTA, total U.S. trade, and domestic producers of the affected

articles. The ITC expects to submit its advice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Jan. 24, 2017. The ITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation but will accept written submissions for the record no later than Oct. 13.

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