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TBT-08-015-01 Mexico Inputs Allowed Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)


  • TBT-08-006 Preferential Rule Modifications for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
  • SUPERCEDES: TBT-08-015


On August 7, 2008, the United States Trade Representative published a Federal Register notice (73 FR 46057) establishing an effective date of August 15, 2008 for certain amendments to the CAFTA-DR.  The amendments were announced in Presidential Proclamation 8213 and its Annex, dated December 20, 2007, published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2007

(72 FR 73555).  These amendments were partially modified by Annex VI of Presidential Proclamation 8272, dated June 30, 2008, and published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2008 (73 FR 38297).

Section D of the Annex to Proclamation 8213, as amended by Annex VI of Proclamation 8272,  allows for cumulation from Mexico and Canada for woven apparel provided that each country has met the necessary requirements of Appendix 4.1-B of the CAFTA-DR.  Pursuant to the August 7, 2008 Federal Register notice, USTR has determined that Mexico has met the requirements.    

Therefore, certain apparel items of Chapter 62 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) produced with Mexican materials may be treated as though they originated in a CAFTA-DR country.  Pursuant to new General Note (GN) 29(d)(vii), Mexican materials may be used for the purposes of meeting the tariff shift rules for certain garments of Chapter 62 and qualify the finished garment for preferential duty treatment under CAFTA-DR.

Sections A, B, and C of the Annex to Proclamation 8213, as modified by Proclamation 8272, provide for other changes to the CAFTA-DR with regard to pocket bag fabric,  items subject to the single transformation rule, the Nicaragua Tariff Preference Level, and an allowance for reduced duty treatment for certain apparel items and are addressed in TBT-08-014.

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For additional information, please contact the Textile Policy and Enforcement Branch.

Last modified: 
July 11, 2019