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U.S. duty-free program, too few incentives for Dominican Republic

U.S. duty-free program

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its ninth annual review for the “earned import allowance program” (EIAP) that provides uncapped duty-free benefits for U.S. imports of certain woven cotton bottoms assembled in the Dominican Republic from third country fabric.


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According to an ITC release:

Nine years after its implementation, [the EIAP] is not providing enough incentives to significantly boost Dominican apparel exports to the U.S. market, as intended. The EIAP was created as a part of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).

The EIAP also requires the ITC to generate reports periodically and to evaluate the effectiveness of the EIAP program.

In summary, the ITC report found that:

  • The EIAP has not significant increased exports of woven cotton bottoms from the Dominican Republic to the United States.
  • Imports under the EIAP reached their lowest point since implementation of the program in 2009.
  • Only four firms are currently using the program.
  • U.S. imports of woven cotton bottoms from the Dominican Republic fell by 57% by value (from $3.5M in 2017 to $1.5M) and 80% by quantity in 2017.

The program is set to expire 1 December 2018. The status of the program’s renewal is uncertain.


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