CMP-1 FO:TCF:TEO:TO SST
October 15, 2004
MEMORANDUM FOR: DIRECTORS, FIELD OPERATIONS
FROM: Executive Director, Trade Compliance & Facilitation
Office of Field Operations
SUBJECT: TBT-04-030 Chinese Safeguards Not Reported
Properly Due to Importers and Brokers Not Declaring
the Correct Country of Origin
As of December 24, 2003, the United States established a twelve-month limit on knit
fabric, Category 222; brassieres and other body supporting garments, Category
349/649; and cotton and man-made fiber dressing gowns and robes, Category 350/650,
produced, or manufactured, in the People’s Republic of China. This was done in
accordance with paragraph 242 of the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of
China to the World Trade Organization and the procedures set forth by the Committee
for the Implementation of Textile Agreements on May 21, 2003 (68 FR 27787), as
clarified on August 18, 2003 (68 FR 49440). The safeguards are in effect for goods
exported during the period December 24, 2003 through December 23, 2004.
Import Specialists have been directed to review entries of goods that may be subject to
the Chinese safeguards. Customs and Border Protection has reviewed numerous
entries not claiming country of origin China for the above categories and determined
based on entry documentation that the country of origin was China. The ports will
pursue gross negligence penalties against importers and brokers if the entry
documentation has clearly identified these articles as country of origin China.
It is strongly suggested that importers and brokers review their entries of the subject
categories to ensure that the proper country of origin has been declared.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Susan Thomas, at (202) 344-3719 or
Mr. Robert Abels, at (202) 344-1959.
Elizabeth G. Durant