The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has received a request from the government of Korea to consider whether the rules of origin in the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement for certain yarns, woven fabrics, and knit apparel should be modified to allow the use of the following fibers and yarns that are not originating under KORUS.

- viscose rayon staple fibers classified under HTSUS 5504.10 or 5507.00 to be used in cotton yarn containing less than 85 percent by weight of cotton

- textured and non-textured cuprammonium rayon filament yarns classified under HTSUS 5403.39 to be used in woven fabrics of artificial filament yarn

- cashmere yarn classified under HTSUS 5108 to be used in sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, vests, and similar articles; other made-up clothing accessories; and knitted or crocheted parts of garments or clothing accessories

CITA is therefore accepting comments through Nov. 16 on whether these fibers and yarns can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

If your company is interested in exploring a short supply petition under KORUS or any other U.S. free trade agreement, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson or Mark Tallo.

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