Background

CBP has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain surgical and isolation gowns that may be offered to the U.S. government under an undesignated government procurement contract. Any party-at-interest may seek judicial review of this determination by July 7. CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain “Buy American” restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. government.

The product under consideration is made of rolled nonwoven fabric from China, Vietnam, or India. The fabric is shipped to the Dominican Republic, where it is laid out on a cutting table and cut to specification using a cutting template. Components are then cut from the fabric (body, left arm, right arm, ties); arms are ultra-sonically welded to the body fabric or sewn; in the case of the isolation gowns, the knit cuffs are sewn to the arms; and the gowns are folded, packaged, and shipped to the U.S. Based on these facts, CBP determined that the country of origin of these gowns is the Dominican Republic.

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