Background

In December 2018 President Trump issued a proclamation modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. to, among other things, reflect an agreement to modify certain textile and apparel origin rules under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. These changes had been requested by the government of Morocco based on the commercial availability of specific inputs.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has now announced that, effective with respect to goods of Morocco that are entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after April 1, the product-specific rules for chapter 62 set forth in HTSUS General Note 27(h) will be modified by inserting the following new chapter rule.

“Chapter rule 4: The products listed in this rule are read in conjunction with the product-specific rules set out in this note. For purposes of determining whether a good is originating, a product listed in this rule shall be considered originating, notwithstanding the origin of the input mentioned in the rule, provided the goods meets any specified requirements, including any end-use requirement:

  • Women’s or girls’ cotton corduroy skirts and divided skirts classified in subheading 6204.52, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in subheading 5801.22;
  • Women’s or girls’ man-made fiber blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses classified in subheading 6206.40, of polyester corduroy fabrics classified in subheading 5801.32;
  • Women’s trousers classified in subheading 6204, of synthetic bi-stretch fabric containing 45 to 52 percent by weight of polyester, 45 to 52 percent by weight of rayon and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in subheading 5515.11;
  • Women’s trousers classified in subheading 6204, of woven fabric containing 60 to 68 percent by weight of polyester, 29 to 37 percent by weight of rayon and 1 to 7 percent by weight of spandex, classified in subheading 5515.11;
  • Women’s trousers classified in subheading 6204, of woven herringbone fabric containing 31 to 37 percent by weight of viscose rayon, 17 to 23 percent by weight of polyester, 17 to 23 percent by weight of cotton, 13 to 19 percent by weight of wool, 5 to 11 percent by weight of nylon and 1 to 6 percent by weight of spandex, classified in subheading 5408.33.”

For more information on using rules of origin to obtain preferential tariff treatment for textiles and apparel under free trade agreements, please contact Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.

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