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GSP Currently Set to Expire Next Month

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2013. Under GSP, thousands of products originating in over 100 developing countries are eligible for duty-free entry into the United States.

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FTC Requests Comments on Textile Fiber Rules; Comments Due January 3, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a request for comments concerning the FTC’s rules and regulations pursuant to the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (“Textile Act”), 15 U.S.C. 70-70k. Written comments and submissions in response to this request must be received by the FTC by January 3, 2012.

The Textile Act requires marketers to attach a label to each covered textile product disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product; the name under which the manufacturer or other responsible company does business or the registered identification number of the company; and the name of the country where the product was processed or manufactured. The Textile Act also contains advertising and record-keeping provisions.

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CIT Finds Shelf Bra Garments are Not Classifiable under Heading 6109, HTSUS

On May 1, 2013, The U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) held that Customs had incorrectly classified Victoria's Secret’s shelf bra tops as “tank tops” for tariff purposes.

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Proposed Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011 (H.R. 2754)

On August 1, 2011, the “Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2011,” (H.R. 2754) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This proposed bill (which must be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President in order to be enacted into law) provides for a host of additional enforcement tools and restrictions specifically targeted at importers of textiles and apparel.

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Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Seminar in Boston - New Date

On May 15, 2013, Arthur W. Bodek will be presenting at a Free Trade Agreement Seminar in Boston sponsored by CONECT (Coalition of New England Companies for Trade).  His topic will be “Stories from the trenches – real life examples and case studies of how claims can go wrong (and hidden opportunities found).”  Other panellists will be addressing general requirements under FTAs and Preference Programs (including the recent Korea, Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements).

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