IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

SMEs

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 15 Jul 2016 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

In a final rule published in the Federal Register (Volume 81, Number 115) on June 15, 2016 and effective July 15, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture eliminated a provision that exempted certain low-value imports of cotton from an assessment. The existing Cotton Board rules and regulations had provided a de minimis provision with respect to the Cotton Research and Promotion (R&P) program, which assesses U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton-containing products. Importers are exempt from paying the cotton import assessment (known commonly among importers as the 'cotton fee') if a line item on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) documentation is $2.00 or less. (The rates at which products are assessed are posted at http://www.cottonboard.org/buyers/assessment-rates/ and http://www.cottonboard.org/sites/454/uploaded/files/ratechart10.pdf.) The exemption was initially established to lessen the administrative burden of collecting an import assessment, which was originally estimated to be $2.00 per line item, in instances in which the transactions costs of the collection would exceed the actual value of the assessment. According to AMS, technological advances in the CBP documentation process significantly reduced the transactions costs associated with collecting import assessments, and CBP has since stopped charging for the processing and collecting of assessments. Given that transactions costs no longer exceed assessment rates of $2.00 or less, AMS is removing this de minimis provision from the regulations. The removal of this exception may result in an increase in the administrative costs associated with certain imports.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

019 Forage; natural rubber; living plants; raw vegetable materials
5201 Cotton, not carded or combed.
520100 Cotton, not carded or combed.
263 Textile yarn & thread of natural fibres
5204 Cotton sewing thread, whether or not put up for retail sale.
520411 Containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton
520420 Put up for retail sale
5205 Cotton yarn (other than sewing thread), containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton, not put up for retail sale.
520511 Measuring 714.29 decitex or more (not exceeding 14 metric number)
520512 Measuring less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number)
520513 Measuring less than 232.56 decitex but not less than 192.31 decitex (exceeding 43 metric number but not exceeding 52 metric number)
520522 Measuring less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number)
520523 Measuring less than 232.56 decitex but not less than 192.31 decitex (exceeding 43 metric number but not exceeding 52 metric number)
520524 Measuring less than 192.31 decitex but not less than 125 decitex (exceeding 52 metric number but not exceeding 80 metric number)
520531 Measuring per single yarn 714.29 decitex or more (not exceeding 14 metric number per single yarn)
520532 Measuring per single yarn less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number per single yarn)
520542 Measuring per single yarn less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number per single yarn)
5206 Cotton yarn (other than sewing thread), containing less than 85 % by weight of cotton, not put up for retail sale.
520611 Measuring 714.29 decitex or more (not exceeding 14 metric number)
520612 Measuring less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number)
520622 Measuring less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number)
520623 Measuring less than 232.56 decitex but not less than 192.31 decitex (exceeding 43 metric number but not exceeding 52 metric number)
520624 Measuring less than 192.31 decitex but not less than 125 decitex (exceeding 52 metric number but not exceeding 80 metric number)
520632 Measuring per single yarn less than 714.29 decitex but not less than 232.56 decitex (exceeding 14 metric number but not exceeding 43 metric number per single yarn)
5207 Cotton yarn (other than sewing thread) put up for retail sale.
520710 Containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton
264 Textile yarn & thread of man-made filaments or staple fibres
5509 Yarn (other than sewing thread) of synthetic staple fibres, not put up for retail sale.
550911 Single yarn
550921 Single yarn
550922 Multiple (folded) or cabled yarn
550931 Single yarn
550932 Multiple (folded) or cabled yarn
550941 Single yarn
550951 Mixed mainly or solely with artificial staple fibres
550952 Mixed mainly or solely with wool or fine animal hair
550953 Mixed mainly or solely with cotton
550969 Other
550992 Mixed mainly or solely with cotton
550999 Other
5510 Yarn (other than sewing thread) of artificial staple fibres, not put up for retail sale.
551011 Single yarn
551012 Multiple (folded) or cabled yarn
551030 Other yarn, mixed mainly or solely with cotton
551090 Other yarn
266 Woven fabrics (except special fabrics) of cotton
5208 Woven fabrics of cotton, containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton, weighing not more than 200 g/m2.
520811 Plain weave, weighing not more than 100 g/m2
520812 Plain weave, weighing more than 100 g/m2
520819 Other fabrics
520821 Plain weave, weighing not more than 100 g/m2
520822 Plain weave, weighing more than 100 g/m2
520829 Other fabrics
520832 Plain weave, weighing more than 100 g/m2
520839 Other fabrics
520842 Plain weave, weighing more than 100 g/m2
520843 3thread or 4thread twill, including cross twill
520849 Other fabrics
520852 Plain weave, weighing more than 100 g/m2
520859 Other fabrics
5209 Woven fabrics of cotton, containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton, weighing more than 200 g/m2.
520911 Plain weave
520912 3thread or 4thread twill, including cross twill
520919 Other fabrics
520921 Plain weave
520922 3thread or 4thread twill, including cross twill
520929 Other fabrics
520931 Plain weave
520932 3thread or 4thread twill, including cross twill
520939 Other fabrics
520941 Plain weave
520942 Denim
520949 Other fabrics
520951 Plain weave
520959 Other fabrics
5210 Woven fabrics of cotton, containing less than 85 % by weight of cotton, mixed mainly or solely with manmade fibres, weighing not more than 200 g/m2.
521011 Plain weave
521019 Other fabrics
521021 Plain weave
521031 Plain weave
521051 Plain weave
5211 Woven fabrics of cotton, containing less than 85 % by weight of cotton, mixed mainly or solely with manmade fibres, weighing more than 200 g/m2.
521119 Other fabrics
521120 Bleached
521131 Plain weave
521132 3thread or 4thread twill, including cross twill
521139 Other fabrics
521142 Denim
521149 Other fabrics
5212 Other woven fabrics of cotton.
521224 Of yarns of different colours
392 Non-metal wastes or scraps
5202 Cotton waste (including yarn waste and garnetted stock).
520299 Other

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