A new 12-month extension has been agreed for apparel made under the regional fabric provision of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) to qualify for duty- and quota-free imports into the US.

A Federal Register notice from the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) today (28 October) says qualifying apparel articles from Colombia and Ecuador will now benefit from preferential treatment until 30 September 2012.

For the period from 1 October 2011 until 30 September 2012, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under the regional fabric provision is 1,341,021,673 square metres equivalent. Apparel articles entered in excess of this quantity will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs.

Under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), certain apparel articles qualify for duty and quota-free treatment if they are assembled in ATPDEA beneficiary countries from regional fabric and components.

The Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA), which expired earlier this year, was renewed and extended through 31 July 2013 earlier this month.