September 18, 2007
News Release 07-096
Inv. No. DR-CAFTA 103-016
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC ISSUES PUBLIC VERSION OF REPORT ON PROBABLE ECONOMIC EFFECT OF MODIFICATIONS TO THE DR-CAFTA RULES OF ORIGIN FOR CERTAIN APPAREL GOODS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued a public version of its report on the probable economic effect of modifications to the DR-CAFTA rules of origin for apparel containing pocket bag fabric and other modifications to tariff treatment under the Agreement.

The investigation, Probable Economic Effect of Modifications to DR-CAFTA Rules of Origin and Tariffs for Certain Apparel Goods, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by the USTR, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided information related to the probable economic effect of modifications to the DR-CAFTA's rules of origin and other modifications. The specific modifications were detailed in an annex to the USTR's request letter (http://www.usitc.gov/ext_relations/news_release/2007/Annex.pdf).

The President has the authority to proclaim such modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, subject to congressional consultation and layover requirements, but is required to obtain advice regarding the proposed action from the ITC. The ITC submitted a confidential version of the report to the USTR on August 30, 2007.

Probable Economic Effect of Modifications to DR-CAFTA Rules of Origin and Tariffs for Certain Apparel Goods (Inv. No. DR-CAFTA-103-016, USITC Publication No. 3946, September 2007) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Printed copies may be requested by calling 202-205-2000 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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