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Morocco FTA Rule of Origin Changes for Apparel Would Have Negligible Effect, ITC Finds

Monday, February 27, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has determined that proposed modifications of the rules of origin in the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement for the following articles are likely to have a negligible effect (i.e., a trade or production value change of less than six percent) on U.S. imports from Morocco, total U.S. trade, and U.S. industry. The ITC states that the proposed changes would allow the use of more non-originating fabrics in the production of certain women’s or girls’ apparel.

- dresses, skirts, blouses, and tops classified in HTSUS Chapter 62, of 100 percent viscose rayon woven fabric classified in HTSUS 5408.24

- women’s or girls’ cotton corduroy skirts and divided skirts classified in HTSUS 6204.52, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.22

- women’s or girls’ manmade fiber blouses, shirts, and shirt-blouses classified in HTSUS 6206.40, of polyester corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.32

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of synthetic bi-stretch fabric of 45 to 52 percent by weight of polyester, 45 to 52 percent by weight of rayon, and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven fabric of 60 to 68 percent by weight of polyester, 29 to 37 percent by weight of rayon, and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11

- women’s pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven herringbone fabric of 31 to 37 percent by weight of viscose rayon, 17 to 23 percent by weight of polyester, 17 to 23 percent by weight of cotton, 13 to 19 percent by weight of wool, 5 to 11 percent by weight of nylon, and 1 to 6 percent by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5408.33

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