The International Trade Administration is soliciting comments through May 9 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with requests for textile and apparel safeguard actions under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement.

This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the FTA, an Omani textile or apparel article is being imported into the U.S. in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or directly competitive article. If the ITA determines that a safeguard is warranted, the U.S. may increase duties on the imported article from Oman to a level that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations/most favored nation duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty rate in effect on the day before the FTA entered into force.

Those requesting such safeguards must provide the following information: name and description of the imported article concerned, import data supporting the claim, U.S. domestic production of like or directly competitive articles, imports from Oman as a percentage of the domestic market of the like or directly competitive article, and all data available showing changes in productivity, utilization of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, profits, investment and any other supporting information.

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