July 12, 2007
News Release 07-071
Inv. No. NAFTA-103-018
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC ISSUES REPORT ON POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO NAFTA RULES OF ORIGIN FOR SANITARY ARTICLES, NONWOVEN WIPES, AND CHENILLE FABRICS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued its report regarding proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin for certain textile articles.

The investigation, Certain Textile Articles: Probable Effect of Modification of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Sanitary Articles and Nonwoven Wipes) and for Goods of Canada (Chenille Fabrics), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice concerning the probable effect on U.S. trade under the NAFTA on total U.S. trade and on domestic producers of proposed modifications to the NAFTA rules of origin for sanitary towels or tampons and nonwoven wipes of viscose rayon staple fibers that are goods of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and chenille fabrics of acrylic staple fibers that are goods of the United States and Canada. The ITC submitted its report to USTR on June 15, 2007.

The rules changes for the sanitary articles and nonwoven wipes, if adopted, would apply to goods of all three NAFTA parties (the United States, Canada, and Mexico) and would allow the articles to be made from viscose rayon staple fibers produced outside the NAFTA territory and still be considered NAFTA-originating goods and qualify for NAFTA duty-free treatment when imported into the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

The rule change for the chenille fabrics, if adopted, would apply to goods of the United States and Canada and would allow the fabrics to be made of acrylic staple fibers produced outside the NAFTA territory and still be considered NAFTA-originating goods and qualify for NAFTA duty-free treatment when imported into the United States or Canada.

Certain Textile Articles: Probable Effect of Modification of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Sanitary Articles and Nonwoven Wipes) and for Goods of Canada (Chenille Fabrics) (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-018, USITC Publication No. 3926, June 2007) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Printed copies may be requested by calling 202-205-2000 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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