August 1, 2008
News Release 08-074
Inv. No. AGOA-003
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC MAKES AGOA TEXTILE DETERMINATIONS

The U.S. International Trade Commission today announced its determinations in connection with its investigation Denim Fabric: Commercial Availability in AGOA Countries During Fiscal Year 2009, Inv. No. AGOA-003.

The determinations were made under amendments to the African Growth and Opportunity Act that the President signed into law in December 2006.

The Commission's determinations relate only to denim fabric and estimate the amount of regional African denim fabric that will be available during the 12-month period beginning October 1, 2008, for use in lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries in the production of denim apparel receiving U.S. duty-free treatment. The Commission reported its determinations to the President and the U.S. Trade Representative.

All six Commissioners determined that the subject denim fabric will be available in commercial quantities during the upcoming 12-month period. Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, Vice Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun, Charlotte R. Lane, and Irving A. Williamson determined that the amount available will be 18,260,400 square meter equivalents (smes). Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert determined that the subject denim fabric will be available in commercial quantities within a range from 19,054,860 smes to 20,515,692 smes during the 12-month period.

The Commission's determinations are made in the context of a statutory provision that allows apparel made in lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from third-country fabric to enter the United States duty free.

In coming months the Commission will initiate a study to determine how much of the denim fabric previously determined to be available during the 12-month period ended September 30, 2008 (FY 2008), was used in the production of denim apparel receiving U.S. duty-free treatment.

The Commission's public report, Denim Fabric: Commercial Availability in AGOA Countries During Fiscal Year 2009 (Inv. No. AGOA-003, USITC Publication 4027, August 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after August 5, 2008, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing to the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104. When available, the report will also be posted on the ITC web site at /publications/docs/pubs/agoa/pub4027.pdf.

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