WASHINGTON — The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements on Thursday published its denial of a request by Alarmex Holdings Group Inc. to declare rayon fabrics under short supply by the terms of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.

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The preferential import law largely requires that garments be constructed of U.S.-made fabrics if they are to qualify for duty-free status. But the law makes some exemptions for foreign-made textiles if those textiles are not commercially available in the U.S.

CITA, an interagency group that oversees the requests, denied the request for certain printed 100 percent rayon herringbone fabric. It said Thursday it had determined the rayon herringbone fabrics could be supplied by the domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

Alarmex, a New York-based apparel company, manufactures under the brands Caribbean Joe and Periscope and also produces private label brands for a number of retailers.

Milliken & Co. filed the only opposition to the petition.