IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 24 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

President Obama signed into law on May 24, 2010 a bill that extended and expanded trade benefits offered to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The legislation also goes beyond the specific preferences for Haiti in order to renew for ten years the broader Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), under which imports of apparel, oil, and certain other products imported from Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean Basin are eligible for duty-free treatment. The CBTPA had been scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010 (i.e., at the end of Fiscal Year 2010).
This bill was acted upon with remarkable speed. The leaders of the trade committees in both chambers of the U.S. Congress introduced the bill on April 28, 2010. The House of Representatives approved this bill on a voice vote (i.e., a vote for which the specific yeas and nays are not available) on May 5, 2010, and the Senate approved it on a voice vote the next day.
The Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act (H.R. 5160/S.3275) will expand duty-free access to the U.S. market for Haitian textile and apparel exports, and will extend the existing trade preference programs offered under the Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act of 2006 and continued in HOPE II, approved in 2008. The bill offers the following new or extended trade preferences for imports of textiles and apparel and certain other sensitive imports from Haiti, as well as additional benefits:
 

  • Extends CBTPA and HOPE - Extends the CBTPA and the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE) through September 30, 2020.
  • Expands the Wholly Assembled List - Provides duty-free treatment for additional textile and apparel products that are wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti regardless of the origin of the inputs.
  • Increases the Tariff Preference Levels - Increases from 70 million square meter equivalents (SMEs) to 200 million SMEs the respective tariff preference levels (TPLs) under which certain Haitian knit and woven apparel products may receive duty-free treatment regardless of the origin of the inputs.
  • Safeguards against Transshipment - Requires U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to verify that apparel articles imported under the TPLs are not being unlawfully transshipped into the United States. The bill also authorizes the president to reduce the TPLs to account for unlawful apparel transshipment.
  • Liberalizes the Earned Import Allowance Rule - Permits the duty-free importation into the United States of one SME of apparel wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti regardless of the origin of the inputs for every two SMEs of qualifying fabric purchased from the United States.
  • Extends the Value-Added Rule - Extends until December 20, 2015 the rule that provides duty-free treatment for apparel wholly assembled or knit-to-shape in Haiti with at least 50 percent value from Haiti, the United States, a U.S. free trade agreement partner or preference program beneficiary, or a combination thereof. The bill similarly extends until December 20, 2017, duty-free treatment for Haitian apparel with at least 55 percent of value from qualifying countries, and until December 20, 2018, duty-free treatment for Haitian apparel with at least 60 percent of value from qualifying countries.
  • Extends Duty-Free Treatment for Wire Harnesses - Extends until December 20, 2016 the rule that provides duty-free treatment for wire harness automotive components imported from Haiti.

 

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

271 Made-up textile articles
6301 Blankets and travelling rugs.
630120 Blankets (other than electric blankets) and travelling rugs, of wool or of fine animal hair
630130 Blankets (other than electric blankets) and travelling rugs, of cotton
630140 Blankets (other than electric blankets) and travelling rugs, of synthetic fibres
630190 Other blankets and travelling rugs
6302 Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen.
630210 Bed linen, knitted or crocheted
630221 Of cotton
630222 Of manmade fibres
630229 Of other textile materials
630231 Of cotton
630232 Of manmade fibres
630239 Of other textile materials
630240 Table linen, knitted or crocheted
630251 Of cotton
630253 Of manmade fibres
630259 Of other textile materials
630260 Toilet linen and kitchen linen, of terry towelling or similar terry fabrics, of cotton
630291 Of cotton
630293 Of manmade fibres
630299 Of other textile materials
6303 Curtains (including drapes) and interior blinds; curtain or bed valances.
630312 Of synthetic fibres
630319 Of other textile materials
630391 Of cotton
630392 Of synthetic fibres
630399 Of other textile materials
6304 Other furnishing articles, excluding those of heading 94.04.
630411 Knitted or crocheted
630419 Other
630491 Knitted or crocheted
630492 Not knitted or crocheted, of cotton
630493 Not knitted or crocheted, of synthetic fibres
630499 Not knitted or crocheted, of other textile materials
6305 Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods.
630510 Of jute or of other textile bast fibres of heading 53.03
630532 Flexible intermediate bulk containers
630533 Other, of polyethylene or polypropylene strip or the like
630539 Other
630590 Of other textile materials
6306 Tarpaulins, awnings and sunblinds; tents; sails for boats, sailboards or landcraft; camping goods.
630612 Of synthetic fibres
630619 Of other textile materials
630622 Of synthetic fibres
630629 Of other textile materials
630630 Sails
630640 Pneumatic mattresses
630690 Other
6307 Other made up articles, including dress patterns.
630710 Floorcloths, dishcloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths
630720 Lifejackets and lifebelts
630790 Other
6308 Sets consisting of woven fabric and yarn, whether or not with accessories, for making up into rugs, tapestries, embroidered table cloths or serviettes, or similar textile articles, put up in packings for retail sale.
630800 Sets consisting of woven fabric and yarn, whether or not with accessories, for making up into rugs, tapestries, embroidered table cloths or serviettes, or similar textile articles, put up in packings for retail sale.
282 Wearing apparel, except fur apparel
6101 Men's or boys' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, anoraks (including skijackets), windcheaters, windjackets and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, other than those of heading 61.03.
610120 Of cotton
610130 Of manmade fibres
610190 Of other textile materials
6102 Women's or girls' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, anoraks (including skijackets), windcheaters, wind jackets and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, other than those of heading 61.04.
610210 Of wool or fine animal hair
610220 Of cotton
610230 Of manmade fibres
610290 Of other textile materials
6103 Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), knitted or crocheted.
610331 Of wool or fine animal hair
610332 Of cotton
610333 Of synthetic fibres
610342 Of cotton
610343 Of synthetic fibres
6104 Women's or girls' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), knitted or crocheted.
610413 Of synthetic fibres
610419 Of other textile materials
610431 Of wool or fine animal hair
610432 Of cotton
610433 Of synthetic fibres
610439 Of other textile materials
610441 Of wool or fine animal hair
610442 Of cotton
610443 Of synthetic fibres
610444 Of artificial fibres
610449 Of other textile materials
610451 Of wool or fine animal hair
610452 Of cotton
610453 Of synthetic fibres
610459 Of other textile materials
610461 Of wool or fine animal hair
610462 Of cotton
610463 Of synthetic fibres
610469 Of other textile materials
6105 Men's or boys' shirts, knitted or crocheted.
610510 Of cotton
610520 Of manmade fibres
610590 Of other textile materials
6106 Women's or girls' blouses, shirts and shirtblouses, knitted or crocheted.
610610 Of cotton
610620 Of manmade fibres
610690 Of other textile materials
6107 Men's or boys' underpants, briefs, nightshirts, pyjamas, bathrobes, dressing gowns and similar articles, knitted or crocheted.
610711 Of cotton
610712 Of manmade fibres
610719 Of other textile materials
610721 Of cotton
610722 Of manmade fibres
610791 Of cotton
610799 Of other textile materials
6108 Women's or girls' slips, petticoats, briefs, panties, nightdresses, pyjamas, negligees, bathrobes, dressing gowns and similar articles, knitted or crocheted.
610811 Of manmade fibres
610821 Of cotton
610822 Of manmade fibres
610831 Of cotton
610832 Of manmade fibres
610891 Of cotton
610892 Of manmade fibres
610899 Of other textile materials
6109 Tshirts, singlets and other vests, knitted or crocheted.
610910 Of cotton
610990 Of other textile materials
6110 Jerseys, pullovers, cardigans, waistcoats and similar articles, knitted or crocheted.
611011 Of wool
611012 Of Kashmir (cashmere) goats
611019 Other
611020 Of cotton
611030 Of manmade fibres
611090 Of other textile materials
6111 Babies' garments and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted.
611120 Of cotton
611130 Of synthetic fibres
611190 Of other textile materials
6112 Track suits, ski suits and swimwear, knitted or crocheted.
611211 Of cotton
611212 Of synthetic fibres
611231 Of synthetic fibres
611241 Of synthetic fibres
6113 Garments, made up of knitted or crocheted fabrics of heading 59.03, 59.06 or 59.07.
611300 Garments, made up of knitted or crocheted fabrics of heading 59.03, 59.06 or 59.07.
6114 Other garments, knitted or crocheted.
611420 Of cotton
611430 Of manmade fibres
611490 Of other textile materials
6115 Panty hose, tights, stockings, socks and other hosiery, including graduated compression hosiery (for example, stockings for varicose veins) and footwear without applied soles, knitted or crocheted.
611510 Graduated compression hosiery (for example, stockings for varicose veins)
611521 Of synthetic fibres, measuring per single yarn less than 67 decitex
611522 Of synthetic fibres, measuring per single yarn 67 decitex or more
611529 Of other textile materials
611530 Other women's fulllength or kneelength hosiery, measuring per single yarn less than 67 decitex
611594 Of wool or fine animal hair
611595 Of cotton
611596 Of synthetic fibres
611599 Of other textile materials
6116 Gloves, mittens and mitts, knitted or crocheted.
611610 Impregnated, coated or covered with plastics or rubber
611691 Of wool or fine animal hair
611692 Of cotton
611693 Of synthetic fibres
611699 Of other textile materials
6117 Other made up clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted; knitted or crocheted parts of garments or of clothing accessories.
611710 Shawls, scarves, mufflers, mantillas, veils and the like
611780 Other accessories
611790 Parts
6201 Men's or boys' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, anoraks (including skijackets), windcheaters, windjackets and similar articles, other than those of heading 62.03.
620111 Of wool or fine animal hair
620112 Of cotton
620113 Of manmade fibres
620119 Of other textile materials
620191 Of wool or fine animal hair
620192 Of cotton
620193 Of manmade fibres
620199 Of other textile materials
6202 Women's or girls' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, anoraks (including skijackets), windcheaters, windjackets and similar articles, other than those of heading 62.04.
620211 Of wool or fine animal hair
620212 Of cotton
620213 Of manmade fibres
620219 Of other textile materials
620291 Of wool or fine animal hair
620292 Of cotton
620293 Of manmade fibres
620299 Of other textile materials
6203 Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear).
620311 Of wool or fine animal hair
620312 Of synthetic fibres
620319 Of other textile materials
620322 Of cotton
620331 Of wool or fine animal hair
620332 Of cotton
620333 Of synthetic fibres
620339 Of other textile materials
620341 Of wool or fine animal hair
620342 Of cotton
620343 Of synthetic fibres
620349 Of other textile materials
6204 Women's or girls' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear).
620411 Of wool or fine animal hair
620412 Of cotton
620413 Of synthetic fibres
620419 Of other textile materials
620422 Of cotton
620423 Of synthetic fibres
620431 Of wool or fine animal hair
620432 Of cotton
620433 Of synthetic fibres
620439 Of other textile materials
620441 Of wool or fine animal hair
620442 Of cotton
620443 Of synthetic fibres
620444 Of artificial fibres
620449 Of other textile materials
620451 Of wool or fine animal hair
620452 Of cotton
620453 Of synthetic fibres
620459 Of other textile materials
620461 Of wool or fine animal hair
620462 Of cotton
620463 Of synthetic fibres
620469 Of other textile materials
6205 Men's or boys' shirts.
620520 Of cotton
620530 Of manmade fibres
620590 Of other textile materials
6206 Women's or girls' blouses, shirts and shirtblouses.
620610 Of silk or silk waste
620630 Of cotton
620640 Of manmade fibres
620690 Of other textile materials
6207 Men's or boys' singlets and other vests, underpants, briefs, nightshirts, pyjamas, bathrobes, dressing gowns and similar articles.
620711 Of cotton
620719 Of other textile materials
620721 Of cotton
620722 Of manmade fibres
620791 Of cotton
620799 Of other textile materials
6208 Women's or girls' singlets and other vests, slips, petticoats, briefs, panties, nightdresses, pyjamas, negligees, bathrobes, dressing gowns and similar articles.
620811 Of manmade fibres
620821 Of cotton
620822 Of manmade fibres
620829 Of other textile materials
620891 Of cotton
620892 Of manmade fibres
620899 Of other textile materials
6209 Babies' garments and clothing accessories.
620920 Of cotton
620930 Of synthetic fibres
620990 Of other textile materials
6210 Garments, made up of fabrics of heading 56.02, 56.03, 59.03, 59.06 or 59.07.
621010 Of fabrics of heading 56.02 or 56.03
621020 Other garments, of the type described in subheadings 6201.11 to 6201.19
621030 Other garments, of the type described in subheadings 6202.11 to 6202.19
621040 Other men's or boys' garments
621050 Other women's or girls' garments
6211 Track suits, ski suits and swimwear; other garments.
621111 Men's or boys'
621112 Women's or girls'
621120 Ski suits
621132 Of cotton
621133 Of manmade fibres
621139 Of other textile materials
621142 Of cotton
621143 Of manmade fibres
621149 Of other textile materials
6212 Brassieres, girdles, corsets, braces, suspenders, garters and similar articles and parts thereof, whether or not knitted or crocheted.
621210 Brassieres
621220 Girdles and pantygirdles
621230 Corselettes
621290 Other
6213 Handkerchiefs.
621320 Of cotton
621390 Of other textile materials
6214 Shawls, scarves, mufflers, mantillas, veils and the like.
621410 Of silk or silk waste
621420 Of wool or fine animal hair
621430 Of synthetic fibres
621440 Of artificial fibres
621490 Of other textile materials
6215 Ties, bow ties and cravats.
621510 Of silk or silk waste
621520 Of manmade fibres
6216 Gloves, mittens and mitts.
621600 Gloves, mittens and mitts.
6217 Other made up clothing accessories; parts of garments or of clothing accessories, other than those of heading 62.12.
621710 Accessories
621790 Parts
392 Non-metal wastes or scraps
6309 Worn clothing and other worn articles.
630900 Worn clothing and other worn articles.
6310 Used or new rags, scrap twine, cordage, rope and cables and worn out articles of twine, cordage, rope or cables, of textile materials.
631010 Sorted
631090 Other
448 Domestic appliances & parts
6301 Blankets and travelling rugs.
630110 Electric blankets

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