By and  on March 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Haitian apparel industry has asked the Obama administration and Congress to increase the volume of textiles and apparel that can be shipped here duty free in an effort to help its domestic industry get back on its feet following the devastating earthquake in January.

Under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act, or HOPE II, 70 million square meter equivalents of knit apparel and 70 million SMEs of woven apparel made with third-country fabric can be shipped to the U.S. duty free.

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