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Trade Preferences for Nepal Implemented, Central African Republic Added to AGOA

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

President Obama has issued a proclamation providing duty-free treatment from Dec. 30, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2025, to the following products from Nepal:

- luggage articles and attaché cases classified under HTSUS 4202.11.00, 4202.12.21, 4202.12.29, 4202.12.40, 4202.12.60, 4202.12.81, and 4202.12.89;

- handbags classified under HTSUS 4202.21.60, 4202.21.90, 4202.22.15, 4202.22.40, 4202.22.45, 4202.22.60, 4202.22.70, 4202.22.81, 4202.22.89, 4202.29.50, and 4202.29.90;

- pocket goods classified under HTSUS 4202.31.60, 4202.32.40, 4202.32.80, 4202.32.91, 4202.32.93, and 4202.32.99;

- travel, sports, and similar bags, backpacks, and other containers classified under HTSUS 4202.91.10, 4202.91.90, 4202.92.08, 4202.92.15, 4202.92.20, 4202.92.31, 4202.92.39, 4202.92.45, 4202.92.60, 4202.92.91, 4202.92.93, 4202.92.94, 4202.92.97, and 4202.99.90;

- carpets and rugs classified under HTSUS 5701.10.90, 5702.31.20, 5702.49.20, 5702.50.40, 5702.50.59, 5702.91.30, 5702.91.40, 5702.92.90, 5702.99.15, 5703.10.20, 5703.10.80, 5703.90.00, and 5705.00.20;

- shawls, scarves, headbands, and travel blankets classified under HTSUS 6117.10.60, 6117.80.85, 6214.10.10, 6214.10.20, 6214.20.00, 6214.40.00, 6214.90.00, 6217.10.85, and 6301.90.00;

- gloves classified under HTSUS 4203.29.50 and 6216.00.80; and

- hats classified under HTSUS 6504.00.90, 6505.00.08, 6505.00.15, 6505.00.20, 6505.00.25, 6505.00.30, 6505.00.40, 6505.00.50, 6505.00.60, 6505.00.80, 6505.00.90, 6506.99.30, and 6506.99.60.

To qualify for duty-free treatment, the product must be the growth, product or manufacture of Nepal; at least 35 percent of the value of the product must be added in Nepal and/or the U.S.; and the product must be imported directly from Nepal into the U.S.

The proclamation also (1) designates the Central African Republic as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under the AGOA; (2) extends through Dec. 31, 2017, a 2004 agreement with Israel that provides duty-free access to specified quantities of certain agricultural products of that country; and (3) modifies the U.S.-Oman FTA, U.S.-Panama TPA and CAFTA-DR origin rules to ensure that the tariff and certain other treatment accorded under each of those agreements to originating goods will continue to be provided under certain tariff categories that were previously modified.

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