Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Public Law 109-53, the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the “CAFTA-DR Act”) approved the CAFTA-DR Agreement. Presidential Proclamations 7987 of February 28, 2006, 7991 of March 24, 2006, 7996 of March 31, 2006, 8034 of June 30, 2006, 8111 of March 1, 2007, and 8331 of December, 23 2008, implemented the CAFTA-DR Agreement with respect to the United States and, pursuant to the CAFTA-DR Act, incorporated in the HTS the tariff modifications and rules of origin necessary or appropriate to carry out the CAFTA-DR Agreement. On February 23, 2011, the CAFTA-DR Agreement Free Trade Commission adopted a decision to modify certain rules of origin for textile and apparel products set forth in Annex 4.1 of the CAFTA-DR.
Public Law 112-163 enacted these modifications into the HTS, however, they have not entered into force. The law provides that these modifications apply to goods of a CAFTA-DR Party that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date that the USTR determines is the first date on which the equivalent amendments to the rules of origin to the CAFTA-DR have entered into force in all other CAFTA-DR Parties. After making this determination, the USTR is to publish notice of such determination in the