Significant Increase in Volume of Knit Apparel from Haiti Eligible for Duty-Free Treatment
Effective June 8 the Department of Commerce has increased from 70 million square meter equivalents to 200 million SME the fiscal year 2015 tariff preference level for knit apparel manufactured in Haiti and classified under HTSUS 9820.61.35.
The Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement established TPLs for imports of certain knit apparel and woven apparel manufactured in Haiti and each TPL was originally set at 70 million SME. The Haiti Economic Lift Program established a mechanism to automatically increase either or both of these TPLs to 200 million SMEs if imports exceeded 52 million SMEs in one annual period (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). DOC states that imports under the knit apparel TPL reached this threshold on June 8 and that as a result this TPL will increase to 200 million SMEs until Sept. 30.
For the period Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, both the knit and woven apparel TPLs will be set at 70 million SMEs until such time as imports under either or both TPLs reach or exceed 52 million SMEs.