March 31, 2006
News Release 06-027
Inv. No. NAFTA-103-13
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC ISSUES REPORT ON POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO THE U.S.-NAFTA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RULES OF ORIGIN FOR WOVEN COTTON BOXER SHORTS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued its report concerning proposed modification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin for boxer shorts made from certain cotton woven fabrics.

The investigation, Woven Cotton Boxer Shorts: Probable Effect of Modification of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-13) was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice on the probable effect of the proposed NAFTA rules of origin modification for woven cotton boxer shorts made from certain cotton woven fabrics on U.S. trade under the NAFTA, total U.S. trade, and on domestic producers of the affected articles. If adopted, the rule change would effectively extend duty-free and quota-free treatment to qualifying boxer shorts made from certain cotton woven fabrics in the NAFTA countries, regardless of the source of the fabrics.

Woven Cotton Boxer Shorts: Probable Effect of Modification of NAFTA Rules of Origin for Goods of Canada and Mexico (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-13, USITC publication 3487, April 2006) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A CD-ROM or printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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