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NEWS RELEASE 04-110; October 27, 2004 October 27, 2004
News Release 04-110
Inv. No.NAFTA-103-7 and 8

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

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued its report 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). The ITC issued a single report concerning both investigations.

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided 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 proposed rules of origin would apply to U.S. imports from and exports to the NAFTA parties.

The articles covered by Inv. No. NAFTA-103-7 were gimped nylon yarns and woven fabrics of viscose rayon filament yarns. The articles covered by Inv. No. NAFTA-103-8 were 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.

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) (USITC Publication 3729, October 2004) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A CD-ROM or printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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