Amendment to DR-CAFTA on Textiles Approved

The amendment relates to technical details regarding the rules of origin related to spandex or lycra fabrics, thread, and pajama pants.

Friday, August 3, 2012

A package containing technical changes to the rules of origin for textiles was ratified by the House of Representatives of the United States.

According to an article in Alejandro Ceballos, a member of the board of the Committee on Textiles and Clothing (Vestex) of Guatemala, said: "Spandex used in garments used to have to be native to the region, but this has now been relaxed and it can be obtained from other countries so as to make the article of clothing here."

The other change is related to monofilament yarn. "Now it must originate from the region in order to be able to be exported under the DR-CAFTA."

The third measure is related to the woman's pajama pants, "free export was established in the Treaty, but the tariffs were not noted, and that presented a legal problem. These have now been included in the text. "

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