The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has received a short supply request alleging that certain two-way stretch polyester/spandex woven fabric is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from potential suppliers in the CAFTA-DR countries. The petition states that this fabric has the look and feel of combed cotton dresswear fabric and is classifiable under HTSUS 5407.51, 5407.52, and 5407.53.
The petitioner is requesting that this fabric be added to the short supply list in Annex 3.25 of CAFTA-DR, which would allow duty-free imports of apparel made in CAFTA-DR countries with this fabric regardless of where they are sourced. Responses with an offer to supply this fabric are due no later than Nov. 15.
If your company is interested in exploring a short supply petition under CAFTA-DR or any other U.S. free trade agreement, please contact textile and apparel practice leader Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403 or via email.
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