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Change to DR-CAFTA Opens Door for Duty-Free Stretch Fabrics

Stretch fabrics have been added to the short supply list for DR-CAFTA. This includes woven nylon, rayon, and spandex. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements found that the fabric is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner from a supplier in the DR-CAFTA countries.

This opens the door for manufacturers to import the fabric from low-cost countries anywhere in the world, cut and assemble in a DR-CAFTA country, and then import duty free into the US. Previously, manufacturers were expected to obtain fabric from a DR-CAFTA or US source.