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Import Sensitivity of Textile and Apparel from Nepal is Focus of ITC Report

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The International Trade Commission has issued the public version of a confidential report on the likely impact on U.S. imports, competing U.S. industries, and U.S. consumers of providing duty-free treatment to the following textile and apparel products from Nepal. Section 915 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act authorizes the president to establish trade preferences for some or all of these products through December 2025 if they meet specific eligibility criteria (drawn directly from the Generalized System of Preferences and the African Growth and Opportunity Act) and are not import sensitive in the context of U.S. imports from Nepal.

- luggage articles and attaché cases: HTSUS 4202.11.00, 4202.12.20, 4202.12.40, 4202.12.60, and 4202.12.80

- handbags: HTSUS 4202.21.60, 4202.21.90, 4202.22.15, 4202.22.40, 4202.22.45, 4202.22.60, 4202.22.70, 4202.22.80, 4202.29.50, and 4202.29.90

- pocket goods: HTSUS 4202.31.60, 4202.32.40, 4202.32.80, and 4202.32.95

- travel, sports, and similar bags, backpacks, and other containers: HTSUS 4202.91.00, 4202.92.08, 4202.92.15, 4202.92.20, 4202.92.30, 4202.92.45, 4202.92.60, 4202.92.90, and 4202.99.90

- carpets and rugs: 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: 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

- hats: 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

- gloves: HTSUS 4203.29.50 and 6216.00.80

The report states that Nepal supplied less than 0.05 percent of total U.S. imports of textiles and apparel in 2015 and that U.S. imports under the above subheadings from Nepal totaled $7.9 million in 2015, or roughly 13 percent of all U.S. textile and apparel imports from Nepal that year. These products faced a relatively low trade-weighted average duty of 7.8 percent in 2015, compared to an average of 14.5 percent for all U.S. imports of textiles and apparel that year. U.S. imports under the above subheadings from Nepal declined seven percent from May 2015 to May 2016, with no reported U.S. imports from Nepal for 20 of the 66 subheadings during that period.

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