This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs Regulations to implement the trade benefit provisions for Andean countries contained in Title XXXI of the Trade Act of 2002. The trade benefits under Title XXXI, also referred to as the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (the ATPDEA), apply to Andean countries specifically designated by the President for ATPDEA purposes. The ATPDEA trade benefits involve the entry of specific apparel and other textile articles free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions, limitations, or consultation levels, the extension of duty-free treatment to specified non-textile articles normally excluded from duty-free treatment under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) program if the President finds those articles to be not import- sensitive in the context of the ATPDEA, and the entry of certain imports of tuna free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions. The regulatory amendments contained in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for the trade benefits under the ATPDEA and also include specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain those benefits.
Agency Contact: Operational issues regarding textiles: Robert Abels, Office of Field Operations (202-927-1959).
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on May 27, 2003.