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Applications Sought for 2014 Worsted Wool Fabric TRQ Allocations

Friday, September 13, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Administration is soliciting applications by Oct. 15 for allocations of the 2014 tariff-rate quotas on certain worsted wool fabrics to persons who weave such fabrics in the U.S. and persons who cut and sew men’s and boys’ worsted wool suits, suit-type jackets and trousers in the U.S.

Pursuant to the Trade and Development Act of 2000, as subsequently amended, the ITA oversees TRQs providing for temporary reductions (through 2014) of the import duties on specific quantities of two categories of worsted wool fabrics suitable for use in making suits, suit-type jackets or trousers: (a) fabric with average fiber diameters greater than 18.5 microns (HTSUS 9902.51.11; 5.5 million square meters) and (b) fabric with average fiber diameters of 18.5 microns or less (HTSUS 9902.51.15; 5 million square meters). These TRQs must be allocated to persons who cut and sew men’s and boys’ worsted wool suits, suit-type jackets and trousers in the U.S. The Miscellaneous Trade Act of 2004 created a third TRQ, which is also for worsted wool fabric with average fiber diameters of 18.5 microns or less (HTSUS 9902.51.16; 2 million square meters) but is only for use by persons who weave such fabric in the U.S. that is suitable for making men’s and boys’ suits.

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