March 26, 2012
News Release 12-029
Inv. No. Korea FTA-103-026
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC TO INVESTIGATE THE EFFECT OF CORRECTING THE U.S.-KOREA PRODUCT-SPECIFIC RULES OF ORIGIN

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation on the effect of correcting the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement product-specific rules of origin.

The investigation, Effect of Adding References to HS 6104.32 to Correct the U.S.-Korea Product-Specific Rules of Origin, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on March 22, 2012.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the probable effect on U.S. trade under the FTA and total U.S. trade of correcting the U.S.-Korea product-specific rules of origin by adding references to HS 6104.32. HS 6104.32 covers women's or girls' knit cotton suit-type jackets and blazers. The USTR explained in his request letter that HS 6104.32 had been inadvertently omitted from both the English and Korean language versions of the FTA through a clerical error. The USTR's request letter can be viewed at: http://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/ongoing/documents/Request_Letter_103-026_KORUS_HTS_Correction.pdf.

The USITC expects to submit its advice to the USTR by May 22, 2012.

The USITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the USITC is requested to provide information and advice. The USITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation; however, the USITC 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 April 18, 2012.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and the procedures for written submissions is available in the USITC's notice of investigation, dated March 26, 2012, which can be downloaded from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Secretary at the above address.

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