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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: September 11, 2001

SUBJECT: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Caribbean Basin Country End Products

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 11, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 176, page 47112

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

ACTION: Interim Rule

SYNOPSIS: DOD is amending DFARS 252.225-7007, Buy America Act -- Trade Agreements -- Balance of Payments Program, and DFARS 252.225-7021, Trade Agreements, to remove Panama from the definition of "Caribbean Basin country," and to clarify which Caribbean Basin country products are subject to duty-free treatment.

DATES: This interim rule is effective September 11, 2001. Comments on the interim rule must be submitted on or before November 13, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on http://emissary.acq.osd.mil/dar/dfars.nsf/pubcomm; by e-mail to dfars@acq.osd.mil; to Defense Acquisition Regulations Council, Attn: Amy Williams, OUSD (AT&L) DP (DAR), IMD 3C132, 3062 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062; or by fax to 703-602-0350. Cite DFARS Case 2001-D302 when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Williams, 703-602-0288.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This interim rule implements Section 211 of the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (Title II of Public Law 106-200), and determinations of the United States Trade Representative published on October 10, 2000, November 21, 2000, and December 15, 2000. It amends paragraph (a)(1) of both DFARS 252.225-7007 and DFARS 252.225-7021 by removing Panama from the definition of "Caribbean Basin country," and clarifies which Caribbean Basin country products are subject to duty-free treatment by adding the following paragraph (e) to both clauses:

     (e) The HTSUS [Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States] is available on the Internet at http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/impoexpo/impoexpo.htm. The following sections of the HTSUS provide information regarding duty-free status of articles specified in paragraph (a)(2)(ii)(A) of this clause:
          (1) General Note 3(c), Products Eligible for Special Tariff Treatment.
          (2) General Note 17, Products of Countries Designated as Beneficiary Countries Under the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act of 2000.
           (3) Section XXII, Chapter 98, Subchapter II, Articles Exported and Returned, Advanced or Improved Abroad, U.S. Note 7(b).
           (4) Section XXII, Chapter 98, Subchapter 98, Subchapter XX, Goods Eligible for Special Tariff Benefits Under the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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