The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking input for a new investigation concerning whether certain textile and apparel articles from Nepal are import sensitive.

The investigation, which was requested by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on 30 March, will provide advice on the likely impact on US imports, competing US industries, and US consumers of providing duty-free treatment for 66 products.

Among the items are shawls, scarves, hats and gloves. The USITC will submit its confidential report to USTR by 29 September, following which, a public version of the report will be made available. 

The USITC is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties and will hold a public hearing on 9 June, which can be attended by request. The USITC is also welcoming written submissions for the record, which should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions appears in the USITC's notice of investigation, dated April 15, 2016.