The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements reports that Canada has asked Mexico and the U.S. to consider changing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement rules of origin for certain end-use fabrics used in the production of fire hose based on the lack of commercial availability of certain polyester yarns in these countries. The subject yarns are described as high-tenacity polyester yarns, single or multiple, multifilament, untwisted, untextured, and measuring more than 920 decitex, used in the production of fire hose, with or without lining, armor, or accessories of other materials. They are classified under HTSUS 5402.20. Comments on whether these yarns can be supplied by the U.S. industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner are due no later than May 24.

Separately, CITA has approved a short supply request alleging that certain double-knit jacquard fabric is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from potential suppliers in the CAFTA-DR countries. This fabric is made of 55-65 percent polyester, 30-40 percent cotton, and 3-6 percent nylon and is classifiable under HTSUS 6006.33.

CITA has therefore added this fabric to the short supply list in Annex 3.25 of CAFTA-DR in unrestricted quantities, which will allow duty-free imports of apparel made in CAFTA-DR countries with this fabric regardless of where it is sourced. This determination is applicable as of April 25.

If your company is interested in exploring a short supply petition, please contact textile and apparel practice leader Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403 or via email

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