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Colombia FTA Short Supply Request on Men’s Shirting Fabrics Withdrawn

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has announced the withdrawal of a short supply request alleging that certain men’s cotton shirting fabrics are not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from suppliers in Colombia. The petitioner had requested that these fabrics be added to the short supply list in Annex 3-B of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement in unrestricted quantity, which would have allowed duty-free imports of apparel made in Colombia with these fabrics. However, two U.S. companies have submitted offers to supply these fabrics, prompting the petitioner to withdraw its request.

The fabrics at issue are woven fabrics of combed cotton yarns, of 85 percent or more by weight of cotton, of yarn count of 60 nm or higher, of various constructions and finishes, suitable for use in the production of men’s and boys’ shirts and similar apparel. They are classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 5208.22, 5208.29, 5208.32, 5208.33, 5208.39, 5208.42, 5208.43, 5208.49 and 5208.52.

If your company is interested in exploring a short supply petition, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson or Mark Tallo.

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