By  on July 12, 2005

WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has approved three categories of goods for duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.

The goods include certain kinds of woven cotton shirts and blouses, and two types of men's and boys' woven cotton shirts.

CITA, an interagency panel chaired by the Commerce Department, determined the materials used in the goods could not be supplied domestically in large enough quantities and in a timely enough manner to be commercially viable.

Petitions requesting the actions were filed in March by Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg on behalf of a company called BWA.

CBTPA allows goods assembled in 24 Caribbean countries to be shipped to the U.S. duty free, but usually stipulates that the goods be made of U.S. yarn and fabric.

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