At the request of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission has initiated a new section 332 investigation of possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences.

As part of this investigation the ITC will provide data on U.S. production, imports, exports and consumption for the period 2012–2014 for the following five cotton articles.

- HTS 5201.00.18 (cotton, not carded or combed, having a staple length under 28.575 mm (1-1/8 inches), not harsh or rough, not elsewhere specified or included)

- HTS 5201.00.28 (cotton, not carded or combed, harsh or rough, staple length of 29.36875 mm or more but under 34.925 mm and white in color, not elsewhere specified or included)

- HTS 5201.00.38 (cotton, not carded or combed, staple length of 28.575 mm or more but under 34.925 mm, not elsewhere specified or included)

- HTS 5202.99.30 (cotton card strips made from cotton waste having staple length under 30.1625 mm and lap, sliver and roving waste, not elsewhere specified or included)

- HTS 5203.00.30 (cotton fibers, carded or combed, of cotton fiber processed, but not spun, not elsewhere specified or included)

The ITC will also provide advice on whether any industry in the United States is likely to be adversely affected by a waiver of the competitive need limitations for two articles from Thailand.

- HTS 2008.19.15 (coconuts, otherwise prepared or preserved, not elsewhere specified or included

- HTS 7408.29.10 (copper alloys (other than brass, cupro-nickel or nickel-silver), wire, coated or plated with metal)

The ITC will examine whether like or directly competitive products were being produced in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 1995, as well as the probable economic effect of the requested CNL waivers on total U.S. import as well as consumers.

Interested parties can file comments by July 30 and the ITC will issue its report to USTR by Aug. 28.

For more information, please contact Mark Ludwikowski at (202) 730-4967.

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