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Textile and Apparel, Customs Information Collections Under Review

Monday, November 11, 2013
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Peru Safeguards. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements is accepting comments through Dec. 9 on the proposed extension of an information collection concerning the procedures for considering requests and comments under the textile safeguard provision of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. CITA must collect information to determine whether a domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by imports from Peru, thereby allowing it to take corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile or apparel industry.

This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the agreement, a Peruvian textile or apparel article is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or directly competitive article. In these circumstances, the U.S. may increase duties on the imported article from Peru to a level that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations/most-favored-nation duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty rate in effect on the day before the agreement entered into force.

Worsted Wool TRQ. The International Trade Administration is accepting comments through Dec. 12 on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with the implementation of the tariff-rate quota for imports of certain worsted wool fabric. These TRQs are allocated to persons who cut and sew men’s and boys’ worsted wool suits and suit-like jackets and trousers in the United States and apply for an allocation based on the amount of suits they produced in the prior year.

Forms for surrender and reallocation of TRQ amounts have been developed to create a standardized method of reporting such information. The information collected on the surrender

and reallocation application is utilized to determine the eligibility of applicants for additional quota and the amount of additional quota they will receive. The information includes the licensee’s name and license control number as well as the amount surrendered and/or requested for reallocation.

Importer ID Input Record. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through Jan. 13, 2014, on the proposed extension of CBP Form 5106, the Importer ID Input Record. The information collected on this form is used to identify entities who wish to import merchandise into the United States, act as consignee on an importation when not the importer of record, or otherwise do business with CBP that would involve the payment of duties, taxes or fees or the issuance of a refund. Each person, business firm, government agency or other organization that intends to file an import entry must file CBP Form 5106 with the first formal entry or request for services that will result in the issuance of a bill or a refund check upon adjustment of a cash collection. This form must also be filed by or on behalf of the ultimate consignee at the first importation in which the party acting as ultimate consignee is so named.

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