Contributing Lawyers


Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Canada's CITT To Conduct an Investigation Whether to Remove Tariffs on Polyester Tuxedo Facing

On November 21, 2007, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) announced that it was conducting an investigation into the appropriateness of reducing or removing the customs duty on importations from all countries of a woven fabric, with or without backing, solely of yarns of textured polyester filaments, of a weight not exceeding 225 g/m2, of tariff item No, 5407.52.90, for use as facing or braids in the manufacture of tuxedos.

This type of proceeding is called a "textile reference".  It is usually conducted by way of written submissions and does not involve a hearing unless complex matters arise.  The CITT will make recommendations to the Minister of Finance at the conclusion of the investigation.

Interested parties (persons that will be affected by the recommendations of the CITT - e.g., domestic manufacturers, users, importers, etc.) may file notices or participation.  The deadline for filing notices of participation is December 5, 2007.  Questionnaires will be issued and the questionnaires are due on December 5, 2007.  Submissions must be filed by January 11, 2008.  The CITT will issue its recommendations on February 22, 2008.

If you would like to read a copy of the Notice of Commencement of investigation, please click on CITT File No. TR-2007-003.

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