WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, a multiagency U.S. government group, on Friday published a denial of two separate short-supply requests filed by Levi Strauss & Co. under two preferential trade programs covering the Caribbean, African and Andean regions.

The preferential import laws largely require that U.S. textiles be used in order to receive duty-free status. But the laws allow garments made of non-U.S. materials to qualify for duty-free status if the materials are not commercially available in the U.S.

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