ANDEAN PLANS: U.S. trade officials are discussing the concept of “cumulation” with three Andean countries involved in free-trade negotiations with the U.S., Regina Vargo, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas, said Monday in a teleconference. The U.S. has said it plans to include Bolivia, currently an observer country, in the pact at a later time. Under a cumulation provision, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador could use certain fabrics and yarns in their apparel assembly from a designated number of countries that already have free-trade pacts with the U.S. The U.S. completed the seventh round of negotiations last week in Cartagena, Colombia, and Vargo said textile and apparel negotiations will take place March 16-18 at the Material World show in Miami.

This story first appeared in the February 16, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.