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Interim Procedures for Considering Short Supply Requests Under Panama FTA

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has issued interim procedures for considering requests under the commercial availability (short supply) provision of the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. These procedures will be effective as of May 14, and comments on them may be submitted through June 13.

The Panama FTA provides in Annex 3.25 a specific list of fibers, yarns and fabrics determined to not be available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from suppliers in Panama or the U.S. A textile or apparel good imported into the U.S. containing fibers, yarns or fabrics that are included on this list will be treated as if it is an originating good for purposes of the FTA, regardless of the actual origin of those inputs.

CITA has now issued interim procedures that govern the submission of requests that a specific fabric, yarn or fiber be added to or removed from this list and provide the opportunity for interested entities to submit comments and supporting evidence. These procedures are intended to facilitate the transmission of requests, allow the market to indicate the availability of the products that are the subject of requests, make available promptly information regarding the requests for products and offers received for those products, ensure wide participation by interested entities and parties, allow for careful scrutiny of information provided to substantiate requests and responses, and provide timely public dissemination of information used in making commercial availability determinations.

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