DOC News: Short Supply, BIS Chief, Korea Exports, Nuclear Trade
Short Supply Request. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has received a request to modify the rules of origin under U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement with respect to women’s or girls’ swimwear classified under HTSUS 6112.41 to allow the use of printed and piece-dyed warp knit fabrics of polyester or nylon fibers containing between 6 and 41 percent elastomeric yarns classified under HTSUS 6004.10 that is not originating under the FTA. Comments on whether this fabric can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner are due by May 20.
BIS Chief Nominated. President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Nazak Nikakhtar as under secretary of commerce for industry and security. In this position she would head the Bureau of Industry and Security, a position that has been vacant for a year. Nikakhtar currently serves as assistant secretary of commerce (industry and analysis), where she is the department’s primary liaison with U.S. industry and trade associations. Earlier in her career she served as a partner at an international trade law firm and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Exports to Korea. The International Trade Administration and the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea have signed a memorandum of agreement to support the growth of exports by U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises to South Korea. The ITA states that through this partnership a U.S.-Korea SME Center will be established to provide on-the-ground resources for information and solutions for entering the Korean market. The center will also provide assistance in the areas of business, location, marketing, government procurement, and trade missions.
Nuclear Trade. The Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee will hold an open meeting May 6 via conference call. This committee advises DOC on the development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services, including advice on how export policies, programs, and activities will affect the industry’s competitiveness and ability to participate in the international market.
The May 6 meeting will include a discussion of activities related to the DOC’s Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative and the establishment of CINTAC subcommittees. Members of the public wishing to participate must notify DOC by May 2.