August 12, 2010
News Release 10-091
Inv. No. Bahrain FTA-103-025
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

USITC RELEASES REPORTS ON POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO U.S.-BAHRAIN FTA RULES OF ORIGIN

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today released a public version of its report concerning proposed modifications to U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA) rules of origin.

Certain Combed Cotton Yarns: Effect of Modification of U.S.-Bahrain FTA Rules of Origin, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on February 12, 2010. The USITC's confidential report was submitted to the USTR on July 12, 2010.

As requested, the USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice on the probable effect of proposed modifications to the U.S.-Bahrain FTA rules of origin on U.S. trade and on domestic production for certain textile products.

The USITC's analysis indicates that for certain home furnishings made with certain combed, compacted, single, ring-spun cotton yarns, the proposed rule of origin changes could result in a large increase in U.S. trade under the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, but have little or no effect on total U.S. trade and little or no effect on U.S. producers of the affected articles.

Details on the articles covered by the investigation can be found at: http://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/ongoing/BFTA_332-513.pdf .

Certain Combed Cotton Yarns: Effect of Modification of U.S.-Bahrain FTA Rules of Origin (Inv. No. Bahrain-FTA-103-025, USITC Publication No. 4173, July 2010) is posted on the USITC Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4173.pdf. Copies may be requested by e-mailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing to 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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