US – CITA seeks comments on KORUS commercial availability request

On October 16, 2018, the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) published in the Federal Register a request for public comments concerning a request for modification of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) rules of origin for certain textile and apparel products.

The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Korea, submitted on September 24, 2018, to initiate consultations under the KORUS. The Government of Korea is requesting that the United States and Korea (“the Parties”) consider revising the rules of origin for certain yarns, woven fabrics, and knit apparel to address availability of supply of fibers and yarns in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the KORUS rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Korea on a modification under the KORUS to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA is soliciting public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain fibers, yarns, and knit fabrics can be supplied by the US domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. The fibers and yarns subject to this request, and their specific end-uses, are described in the Federal Register notice.

Comments must be submitted by November 16, 2018.