WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has denied a short-supply request for the use of non-U.S. cotton yarn-dyed flannel apparel fabrics under the Caribbean Basin trade-parity law.

Intradeco Corp., a Miami-based manufacturer of knit fabrics that assembles cotton sleepwear, underwear, men’s shirts, women’s blouses and trousers in El Salvador, filed the short-supply request for flannel. The law allows garments made of non-U.S. materials to qualify for duty-free status if they are not commercially available in the U.S.

Kellwood Co. filed a petition in support of Intradeco’s request, noting that it has been forced to source the majority of its flannel goods outside the U.S. due to lack of producer capability.

Meanwhile, CITA is seeking public comment on a request made by Amicale Industries in July for a modification of the rules of origin under NAFTA. Amicale alleges that yarn of combed fine animal hair, such as cashmere, cannot be supplied by the NAFTA region in commercial quantities in a timely manner. The company is requesting that men’s and women’s apparel items woven with non-U.S. fine animal hair be allowed to enter the U.S. duty-free.

The rules-of-origin for textile and apparel products may be amended through a subsequent agreement by the NAFTA countries. CITA must also make a recommendation to the President.

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