The US may modify some rules of origin under the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement

The US may modify some rules of origin under the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement

The United States is looking at possible modifications to the rules of origin under the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement – and is seeking input on the proposals.

The investigation by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) – 'Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the US-Morocco FTA Rules of Origin' – was requested by the US Trade Representative (USTR) last month.

The possible changes have been prompted by concerns that US and Moroccan producers are unable to produce certain fabrics, in commercial quantities, in a timely manner.

Products affected by the proposed modifications include:

  • Dresses, skirts, blouses, and tops classified in HTSUS Chapter 62, of 100% viscose rayon woven fabric classified in HTSUS 5408.24
  • Women's or girls' cotton corduroy skirts and divided skirts classified in HTSUS 6204.52, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.22
  • Women's or girls' manmade fibre blouses, shirts, and shirt-blouses classified in HTSUS 6206.40, of cotton corduroy fabrics classified in HTSUS 5801.22
  • Women's pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of synthetic bi-stretch fabric of 45-52% by weight of polyester, 45-52% by weight of rayon, and 1-7% by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11
  • Women's pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven fabric of 60-68% by weight of polyester, 29-37% by weight of rayon, and 1-7% by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5515.11
  • Women's pants classified in HTSUS 6204, of woven herringbone fabric of 31-37% by weight of viscose rayon, 17-23% by weight of polyester, 17-23% by weight of cotton, 13-19% by weight of wool, 5-11% by weight of nylon, and 1-6% by weight of spandex, classified in HTSUS 5408.33

The USITC expects to submit its findings to the USTR by 24 January 2017.