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Haiti HOPE Program Adjusts Allowable Duty-Free Import Limits for 2017

Imports of certain Haitian manufactured textile and apparel goods are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) with additional benefits created through the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE). In order to qualify for duty-free treatment, apparel articles must be wholly assembled, or knit-to-shape, in Haiti from any combination of fabrics, fabric components, components knit-to-shape, and yarns, as long as the sum of the cost or value of materials produced in Haiti or one or more beneficiary countries, plus the direct costs of processing operations performed in Haiti or one or more beneficiary countries is more than a required percentage of the declared customs value.

This required percentage is evaluated annually and adjusted for each upcoming 12-month period. For the period December 20, 2016 through December 19, 2017, this is 55 percent (337,117,964 square meters equivalent), which is equal to 1.25 percent of the total aggregate square meter equivalent of apparel articles imported into the United States over the last 12-month period. Any apparel articles imported in excess of these quantities will be subject to applicable tariffs.

To read the full ruling on this adjustment, click here.

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