September 1, 2004
News Release 04-098
Inv. Nos. NAFTA-103-7 and 8

ITC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATIONS ON POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RULES OF ORIGIN FOR CERTAIN TEXTILE ARTICLES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for two newly initiated investigations concerning proposed modifications of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin for five textile articles.

The investigations, Certain Textile Articles: Effect of Modifications of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-7) and Certain Textile Articles: Effect of Modifications of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-8), were requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the probable effects of the proposed NAFTA rules of origin modifications for certain textile articles on U.S. trade under the NAFTA, total U.S. trade, and on domestic producers of the affected articles. If adopted, the rules changes would effectively extend duty-free and quota-free treatment to qualifying apparel and other end-use goods made in the specified NAFTA countries from the named fibers, yarns, and fabrics, regardless of the source of such inputs.

The articles covered by Inv. No. NAFTA-103-7 are gimped nylon yarns and woven fabrics of viscose rayon filament yarns. The articles covered by Inv. No. NAFTA-103-8 are yarns spun from acid-dyeable acrylic tow, fabrics woven from yarns of combed camel hair or cashmere, and pile fabrics containing dry spun acrylic fibers.

The ITC expects to submit its advice to USTR by October 19, 2004.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigations from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the ITC is requested to provide information and advice. The ITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with the investigations; however, the ITC welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436 and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on September 23, 2004.

Further information on the scope of the investigations, the proposed rules of origin modifications, and the procedures for written submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated September 1, 2004, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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