- A US committee on textile agreements has added certain nylon dobby weave fabrics not timely available in commercial quantities in the member nations of the Dominican Republic-Central America-US FTA to the list in Annexure 3.25 of the agreement in unrestricted quantities.
- Sourcing of the fabrics is no more a problem for manufacturers in the member nations.
The US Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) recently decided that as certain nylon dobby weave fabrics are not timely available in commercial quantities in the countries signatory to the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), the product is added to the list in Annexure 3.25 of the agreement in unrestricted quantities.
The step will allow duty-free imports of apparel made in CAFTA-DR countries with this fabric regardless of where it is sourced.
This Annexure 3.25 list is modified from time to time. CITA is an interagency group chaired by the department of commerce and is responsible for matters affecting textile trade policy and for supervising the implementation of all textile trade agreements.
On December 27 last year, CITA had received a commercial availability request from The Powers Manufacturing Company doing business as Powers Athletic for certain nylon dobby weave fabric, as specified below:
HTS: 5407.43.2030 and .2060 (weight more than 170 grams/square metre)
Fabric type: Dobby weave on a triple beam air jet loom
Fiber content: 100 per cent nylon
Warp yarn 1: 160 Denier (D)/96 Filament (F)
Warp yarn 2: 166D/68F Cordura (nylon 6.6)
Warp yarn 3: 30D monofilament
Filling yarn 1: 70D/48F
Filling yarn 2: 160D/96F
Filling yarn 3: 30D monofilament plus 166D/68F Cordura (nylon 6.6)