CITA ISSUES DETERMINATION TO ALLOW CERTAIN COTTON FABRICS TO BE SOURCED OUTSIDE DR-CAFTA COUNTRIES

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) has issued determinations that certain 100% combed cotton woven indigo-dyed fabrics cannot be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner under the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). This fabric may be sourced outside DR-CAFTA countries in unrestricted quantities effective June 11, 2008. The affected products are classified under HTS 5208.39.6090 and 5208.39.8090. The current member countries under CAFTA are the U.S., Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This designation allows these fabrics to be sourced outside the CAFTA countries without destroying eligibility for preferential treatment.

To view the technical descriptions for this fabric and the complete list of products that are considered to be short supply under Annex 3.25 click on the following link:

CAFTA Annex 3.25 Short Supply List