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Introduced in Senate (04/15/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 952


To provide for duty-free treatment of certain recreational performance outerwear, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 15, 2015

Ms. Ayotte (for herself, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Portman, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Merkley, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To provide for duty-free treatment of certain recreational performance outerwear, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “United States Optimal Use of Trade to Develop Outerwear and Outdoor Recreation Act” or the “U.S. OUTDOOR Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The outdoor industry generates $646,000,000,000 in consumer spending annually and directly supports 6,000,000 jobs.

(2) Outdoor activities are vitally important to the health and well-being of the people of the United States.

(3) Duty rates on recreational performance apparel are among the highest duty rates imposed by the United States Government, with duties on some recreational performance apparel as high as 28.2 percent.

(4) The duties currently imposed by the United States on recreational performance apparel were set in an era during which high rates of duty were intended to protect the production of other apparel in the United States, and before the technologies and innovations that create today's recreational performance apparel industry were developed.

(5) In July 2007, the United States International Trade Commission confirmed, in USITC Publication 3937, that recreational performance apparel produced in the United States makes up less than 1 percent of the total recreational performance apparel market.

(6) The elimination of duties on the importation of certain recreational performance apparel would provide an economic benefit to United States consumers of outdoor products and would promote increased participation in healthy and active lifestyles.

SEC. 3. Apparel articles and accessories classifiable under chapter 62 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

(a) Notes.—The Additional U.S. Notes to chapter 62 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States are amended—

(1) in Additional U.S. Note 2—

(A) by striking “For the purposes of subheadings” and all that follows through “6211.20.15” and inserting “For purposes of this chapter”;

(B) by striking “garments classifiable in those subheadings” and inserting “a garment”; and

(C) by striking “D 3600-81” and inserting “D 3779–81”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new notes:

“3. (a) For purposes of this chapter, the term ‘recreational performance outerwear’ means trousers (including, but not limited to, paddling pants, ski or snowboard pants, and ski or snowboard pants intended for sale as parts of ski-suits), coveralls and bib overalls, and jackets (including, but not limited to, full zip jackets, paddling jackets, ski jackets, and ski jackets intended for sale as parts of ski-suits), windbreakers, and similar articles (including padded, sleeveless jackets) composed of fabrics of cotton, wool, hemp, bamboo, silk, or manmade fiber, or a combination of such fibers, that are either water resistant or treated with plastics, or both, with critically sealed seams, and with 5 or more of the following features:

“(i) Insulation for cold weather protection.

“(ii) Pockets, at least one of which has a zippered, hook and loop, or other type of closure.

“(iii) Elastic, drawcord, or other means of tightening around the waist or leg hems, including hidden leg sleeves with a means of tightening at the ankle for trousers and tightening around the waist or bottom hem for jackets.

“(iv) Venting, not including grommet(s).

“(v) Articulated elbows or knees.

“(vi) Reinforcement in one of the following areas: the elbows, shoulders, seat, knees, ankles, or cuffs.

“(vii) Weatherproof closure at the waist or front.

“(viii) Multi-adjustable hood or adjustable collar.

“(ix) Adjustable powder skirt, inner protective skirt, or adjustable inner protective cuff at sleeve hem.

“(x) Construction at the arm gusset that utilizes fabric, design, or patterning to allow radial arm movement.

“(xi) Odor control technology.

The term ‘recreational performance outerwear’ does not include occupational outerwear.

“(b) For purposes of this Note, the following terms have the following meanings:

“(i) The term ‘treated with plastics’ refers to textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered, or laminated with plastics, as described in Note 2 to chapter 59.

“(ii) The term ‘sealed seams’ means seams that have been covered by means of taping, gluing, bonding, cementing, fusing, welding, or a similar process so that water cannot pass through the seams when tested in accordance with the current version of AATCC Test Method 35.

“(iii) The term ‘critically sealed seams’ means—

“(A) for jackets, windbreakers, and similar articles (including padded, sleeveless jackets), sealed seams that are sealed at the front and back yokes, or at the shoulders, arm holes, or both, where applicable; and

“(B) for trousers, overalls and bib overalls and similar articles, sealed seams that are sealed at the front (up to the zipper or other means of closure) and back rise.

“(iv) The term ‘insulation for cold weather protection’ means insulation with either synthetic fill, down, a laminated thermal backing, or other lining for thermal protection from cold weather.

“(v) The term ‘venting’ refers to closeable or permanent constructed openings in a garment (excluding front, primary zipper closures and grommet(s)) to allow increased expulsion of built-up heat during outdoor activities. In a jacket, such openings are often positioned on the underarm seam of a garment but may also be placed along other seams in the front or back of a garment. In trousers, such openings are often positioned on the inner or outer leg seams of a garment but may also be placed along other seams in the front or back of a garment.

“(vi) The term ‘articulated elbows or knees’ refers to the construction of a sleeve (or pant leg) to allow improved mobility at the elbow (or knee) through the use of extra seams, darts, gussets, or other means.

“(vii) The term ‘reinforcement’ refers to the use of a double layer of fabric or section(s) of fabric that is abrasion-resistant or otherwise more durable than the face fabric of the garment.

“(viii) The term ‘weatherproof closure’ means a closure (including, but not limited to, laminated or coated zippers, storm flaps, or other weatherproof construction) that has been reinforced or engineered in a manner to reduce the penetration or absorption of moisture or air through an opening in the garment.

“(ix) The term ‘multi-adjustable hood or adjustable collar’ means, in the case of a hood, a hood into which is incorporated two or more draw cords, adjustment tabs, or elastics, or, in the case of a collar, a collar into which is incorporated at least one draw cord, adjustment tab, elastic, or similar component, to allow volume adjustments around a helmet, or the crown of the head, neck, or face.

“(x) The terms ‘adjustable powder skirt’ and ‘inner protective skirt’ refer to a partial lower inner lining with means of tightening around the waist for additional protection from the elements.

“(xi) The term ‘arm gusset’ means construction at the arm of a gusset that utilizes an extra fabric piece in the underarm, usually diamond- or triangular-shaped, designed, or patterned to allow radial arm movement.

“(xii) The term ‘radial arm movement’ refers to unrestricted, 180-degree range of motion for the arm while wearing performance outerwear.

“(xiii) The term ‘odor control technology’ means the incorporation into a fabric or garment of materials, including, but not limited to, activated carbon, silver, copper, or any combination thereof, capable of adsorbing, absorbing, or reacting with human odors, or effective in reducing the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

“(xiv) The term ‘occupational outerwear’ means outerwear garments, including uniforms, designed or marketed for use in the workplace or at a worksite to provide durable protection from cold or inclement weather and/or workplace hazards, such as fire, electrical, abrasion, or chemical hazards, or impacts, cuts, punctures, or similar hazards.

“(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b)(i) of this Note, for purposes of this chapter, Notes 1 and 2(a)(1) to chapter 59 and Note 1(c) to chapter 60 shall be disregarded in classifying goods as ‘recreational performance outerwear’.

“(d) For purposes of this chapter, the importer of record shall maintain internal import records that specify upon entry whether garments claimed as recreational performance outerwear have an outer surface that is water resistant, treated with plastics, or a combination thereof, and shall further enumerate the specific features that make the garments eligible to be classified as recreational performance outerwear.”.

(b) Tariff classifications.—Chapter 62 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended as follows:

(1) By striking subheading 6201.11.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.11 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.11.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.11 Of wool or fine animal hair:
6201.11.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 52.9¢/kg + 58.5%
6201.11.10   Other 41¢/kg + 16.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 16.4¢/kg + 6.5% (OM) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5% ”.

(2) By striking subheadings 6201.12.10 and 6201.12.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.12.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.12.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.12.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6201.12.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 3.9% (AU) 60%
6201.12.20   Other 9.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(3) By striking subheadings 6201.13.10 through 6201.13.40 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.13.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.13.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.13.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6201.13.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 3.9% (AU) 60%
  Other:
6201.13.30     Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 49.7¢/kg + 19.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5%
6201.13.40     Other 27.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(4) By striking subheadings 6201.19.10 and 6201.19.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.19.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.19.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.19.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 35%
Other:
6201.19.10   Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste Free 35%
6201.19.90   Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35% ”.

(5) By striking subheadings 6201.91.10 and 6201.91.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.91.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.91.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.91.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 58.5%
Other:
6201.91.10   Padded, sleeveless jackets 8.5% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 7.6% (AU) 3.4% (OM) 58.5%
6201.91.20   Other 49.7¢/kg + 19.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 19.8¢/kg + 7.8% (OM) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5% ”.

(6) By striking subheadings 6201.92.10 through 6201.92.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.92.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.92.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.92.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6201.92.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 3.9% (AU) 60%
  Other:
6201.92.15     Water resistant 6.2% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 5.5% (AU) 37.5%
6201.92.20     Other 9.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(7) By striking subheadings 6201.93.10 through 6201.93.35 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.93.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.93.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.93.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6201.93.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 3.9% (AU) 60%
  Other:
6201.93.20     Padded, sleeveless jackets 14.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
    Other:
6201.93.25       Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 49.5¢/kg + 19.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5%
      Other:
6201.93.30         Water resistant 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6201.93.35         Other 27.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(8) By striking subheadings 6201.99.10 and 6201.99.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6201.99.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6201.99.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6201.99.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 35%
Other:
6201.99.10   Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste Free 35%
6201.99.90   Other 4.2% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)3.7% (AU) 35% ”.

(9) By striking subheading 6202.11.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.11 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.11.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.11 Of wool or fine animal hair:
6202.11.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 46.3¢/kg + 58.5%
6202.11.10   Other 41¢/kg + 16.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 16.4¢/kg + 6.5% (OM) 46.3¢/kg + 58.5% ”.

(10) By striking subheadings 6202.12.10 and 6202.12.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.12.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.12.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.12.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6202.12.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)3.9% (AU) 60%
6202.12.20   Other 8.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)8% (AU) 90% ”.

(11) By striking subheadings 6202.13.10 through 6202.13.40 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.13.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.13.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.13.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6202.13.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)3.9% (AU) 60%
Other:
6202.13.30     Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 43.5¢/kg + 19.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 46.3¢/kg + 58.5%
6202.13.40     Other 27.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(12) By striking subheadings 6202.19.10 and 6202.19.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.19.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.19.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.19.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 35%
Other:
6202.19.10   Containing 70 percent or more by weight or silk or silk waste Free 35%
6202.19.90   Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35% ”.

(13) By striking subheadings 6202.91.10 and 6202.91.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.91.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.91.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.91.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 58.5%
Other:
6202.91.10   Padded, sleeveless jackets 14% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 5.6% (OM) 58.5%
6202.91.20   Other 36¢/kg + 16.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 14.4¢/kg + 6.5% (OM) 46.3¢/kg + 58.5% ”.

(14) By striking subheadings 6202.92.10 through 6202.92.20 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.92.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.92.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.92.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6202.92.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)3.9% (AU) 60%
  Other:
6202.92.15     Water resistant 6.2% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)5.5% (AU) 37.5%
6202.92.20     Other 8.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)8% (AU) 90% ”.

(15) By striking subheadings 6202.93.10 through 6202.93.50 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.93.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.93.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.93.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6202.93.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down 4.4% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 3.9% (AU) 60%
  Other:
6202.93.20     Padded, sleeveless jackets 14.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
    Other:
6202.93.40       Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 43.4¢/kg + 19.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 46.3¢/kg + 58.5%
      Other:
6202.93.45         Water resistant 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6202.93.50         Other 27.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90% ”.

(16) By striking subheadings 6202.99.10 and 6202.99.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6202.99.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6202.99.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6202.99.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 35%
Other:
6202.99.10   Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste Free 35%
6202.99.90   Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35% ”.

(17) By striking subheadings 6203.41 and 6203.41.05, and the superior text to subheading 6203.41.05, and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6203.41 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6203.41 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6203.41 Of wool or fine animal hair:
6203.41.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 52.9¢/kg + 58.5%
  Trousers, breeches and shorts:
6203.41.10     Trousers and breeches, containing elastomeric fiber, water resistant, without belt loops, weighing more than 9 kg per dozen 7.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.8% (AU) 3% (OM) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5% ”.

(18) By striking subheadings 6203.42.10 through 6203.42.40 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6203.42.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6203.42.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6203.42.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6203.42.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down Free 60%
  Other:
6203.42.20     Bib and brace overalls 10.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90%
6203.42.40     Other 16.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 11.6% (KR) 90% ”.

(19) By striking subheadings 6203.43.10 through 6203.43.40 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6203.43.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6203.43.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6203.43.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6203.43.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down Free 60%
  Other:
    Bib and brace overalls:
6203.43.15       Water resistant 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6203.43.20       Other 14.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
    Other:
6203.43.25       Certified hand-loomed and folklore products 12.2% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
      Other:
6203.43.30         Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 49.6¢/kg + 19.7% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 52.9¢/kg + 58.5%
        Other:
6203.43.35           Water resistant trousers or breeches 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 2.8% (KR) 65%
6203.43.40           Other 27.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 11.1% (KR) 90% ”.

(20) By striking subheadings 6203.49 through 6203.49.80 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6203.49 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6203.49 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6203.49 Of other textile materials:
6203.49.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 76%
  Other:
    Of artificial fibers:
6203.49.10       Bib and brace overalls 8.5% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 7.6% (AU) 76%
      Trousers, breeches and shorts:
6203.49.15         Certified hand-loomed and folklore products 12.2% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
6203.49.20         Other 27.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90%
6203.49.40     Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste Free 35%
6203.49.80     Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG)1.1% (KR) 35% ”.

(21) By striking subheadings 6204.61.10 and 6204.61.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6204.61.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6204.61.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6204.61.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 58.5%
Other:
6204.61.10   Trousers and breeches, containing elastomeric fiber, water resistant, without belt loops, weighing more than 6 kg per dozen 7.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 3% (OM) 6.8% (AU) 58.5%
6204.61.90   Other 13.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 5.4% (OM) 8% (AU) 58.5% ”.

(22) By striking subheadings 6204.62.10 through 6204.62.40 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6204.62.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6204.62.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6204.62.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6204.62.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down Free 60%
  Other:
6204.62.20     Bib and brace overalls 8.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90%
    Other:
6204.62.30       Certified hand-loomed and folklore products 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 37.5%
6204.62.40       Other 16.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 11.6% (KR) 90% ”.

(23) By striking subheadings 6204.63.10 through 6204.63.35 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6204.63.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6204.63.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6204.63.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 60%
Other:
6204.63.10   Containing 15 percent or more by weight of down and waterfowl plumage and of which down comprises 35 percent or more by weight; containing 10 percent or more by weight of down Free 60%
  Other:
    Bib and brace overalls:
6204.63.12       Water resistant 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6204.63.15       Other 14.9% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
6204.63.20     Certified hand-loomed and folklore products 11.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
    Other:
6204.63.25       Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 13.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 58.5%
      Other:
6204.63.30         Water resistant trousers or breeches 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6204.63.35         Other 28.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 11.4% (KR) 90% ”.

(24) By striking subheadings 6204.69 through 6204.69.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6204.69 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6204.69 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6204.69 Of other textile materials:
6204.69.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 76%
  Other:
    Of artificial fibers:
6204.69.10       Bib and brace overalls 13.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 76%
      Trousers, breeches and shorts:
6204.69.20         Containing 36 percent or more by weight of wool or fine animal hair 13.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 58.5%
6204.69.25         Other 28.6% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 90%
    Of silk or silk waste:
6204.69.40       Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste 1.1% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, J, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 65%
6204.69.60       Other 7.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.3% (AU) 65%
6204.69.90     Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35% ”.

(25) By striking subheadings 6210.40.30 and 6210.40.50 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6210.40.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6210.40.30 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6210.40.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 65%
Other:
6210.40.30   Having an outer surface impreg- nated, coated, covered or laminated with rubber or plastics material which completely obscures the underlying fabric 3.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PE, SG) 65%
6210.40.50   Other 7.1% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PE, SG) 65% ”.

(26) By striking subheadings 6210.50.30 and 6210.50.50 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6210.50.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6210.50.30 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6210.50.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 65%
Other:
6210.50.30   Having an outer surface impreg- nated, coated, covered or laminated with rubber or plastics material which completely obscures the underlying fabric 3.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PE, SG) 65%
6210.50.50   Other 7.1% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PE, SG) 65% ”.

(27) By striking subheading 6211.32.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.32 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.32.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.32 Of cotton:
6211.32.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 90%
6211.32.10   Other 8.1% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 90% ”.

(28) By striking subheading 6211.33.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.33 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.33.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.33 Of man-made fibers:
6211.33.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 76%
6211.33.10   Other 16% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.4% (OM) 76% ”.

(29) By striking subheadings 6211.39.05 through 6211.39.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.39.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.39.05 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.39.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 58.5%
Other:
6211.39.10   Of wool or fine animal hair 12% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 4.8% (OM) 58.5%
6211.39.20   Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste 0.5% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35%
6211.39.90   Other 2.8% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E*, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35% ”.

(30) By striking subheading 6211.42.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.42 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.42.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.42 Of cotton:
6211.42.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 90%
6211.42.10   Other 8.1% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 7.2% (AU) 90% ”.

(31) By striking subheading 6211.43.00 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.43 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.43.00 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.43 Of man-made fibers:
6211.43.05   Recreational performance outerwear Free 90%
6211.43.10   Other 16% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 8% (AU) 6.4% (OM) 90% ”.

(32) By striking subheadings 6211.49.10 through 6211.49.90 and inserting the following, with the article description for subheading 6211.49.05 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 6211.49.10 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act):



6211.49.05 Recreational performance outerwear Free 35%
Other:
6211.49.10   Containing 70 percent or more by weight of silk or silk waste 1.2% Free (AU, BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 35%
6211.49.41   Of wool or fine animal hair 12% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, IL, JO, KR, MA, MX, P, PA, PE, SG) 4.8% (OM)8% (AU) 58.5%
6211.49.90   Other 7.3% Free (BH, CA, CL, CO, E, IL, JO, MA, MX, OM, P, PA, PE, SG) 6.5% (AU)2.9% (KR) 35% ”.

SEC. 4. Sustainable Textile and Apparel Research Fund.

(a) Establishment.—There is established in the Treasury of the United States the Sustainable Textile and Apparel Research Fund (in this section referred to as the “STAR Fund”).

(b) Deposits.—There shall be deposited into the STAR Fund amounts equal to the fees collected on recreational performance outerwear under subsection (d).

(c) Board of directors.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The STAR Fund shall be administered by a board of directors (in this section referred to as the “Board”) composed of 5 individuals familiar with the recreational performance outerwear textile and apparel industry, including the production of raw materials and the finished products thereof, who shall be appointed by the President.

(2) MEMBERS.—Not fewer than 2 of the individuals appointed to the Board under paragraph (1) shall be representatives of entities involved in the production of fabrics or raw materials for use in recreational performance outerwear in the United States, and not fewer than 2 of such individuals shall be representatives of entities involved in the production of recreational performance outerwear that pay the fees imposed on the importation of such outerwear under subsection (d).

(3) INELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS.—The President may not appoint individuals to the Board under paragraph (1) who are representatives of entities not involved in the production of recreational performance outerwear, such as customs brokers, converters, forwarders, or shippers.

(d) Funding.—

(1) FEE.—In addition to any other fee authorized by law, the Secretary of the Treasury shall charge and collect upon entry, or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption, a fee of 1.5 percent of the appraised value of imported garments (as determined under section 402 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1401a)) that are classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States as recreational performance outerwear (as defined in Additional U.S. Note 2 to chapter 61 and Additional U.S. Note 3 to chapter 62 of such Schedule).

(2) EXCLUSIONS.—The assessment of fees under paragraph (1) shall not apply to imports of recreational performance outerwear from the following:

(A) Any country that is party to a free trade agreement with the United States that—

(i) is in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(ii) enters into force under the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 (19 U.S.C. 3801 et seq.), or similar subsequent authority.

(B) Any country designated as a CBTPA beneficiary country under section 213(b)(5)(B) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (19 U.S.C. 2703(b)(5)(B)).

(C) Any country designated as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country under section 506A(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(1)), if the President has determined that the country has satisfied the requirements of section 113(a) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (19 U.S.C. 3722(a)), and has published that determination in the Federal Register.

(3) TERMINATION.—The fee under paragraph (1) shall apply only to entries, or withdrawals from warehouse for consumption, that are made during the 10-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(e) Distribution.—

(1) QUARTERLY DISTRIBUTIONS.—The Secretary of Commerce, upon a majority vote of the Board, taken annually, shall, not later than 60 days after the end of each calendar quarter, distribute amounts in the STAR Fund to one or more entities that the Board considers appropriate to use the funds in accordance with subsection (f).

(2) ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.—An entity may receive funds under paragraph (1) only if the entity—

(A) is an organization described in section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that is exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code;

(B) is an organization having at least 10 years of experience providing applied research, technology development, and education to all parts of the textile and apparel supply chain, with a research capability demonstrated through past research programs involving supply chain management, product development, fit specifications, operations management, lean manufacturing, or digital supply chain technologies on behalf of the textile and sewn products industries in the United States; and

(C) is comprised of members representing the following segments of the supply chain:

(i) One or more of the following types of producers: fiber, yarn, or fabric producers in the United States.

(ii) Apparel producers in the United States.

(iii) Retail companies in the United States.

(f) Use of funds.—Funds distributed under subsection (e) may be used only to conduct applied research, development, and education activities to enhance the competitiveness of businesses in the United States in clean, eco-friendly apparel, other textile and apparel articles, and sewn-product design and manufacturing.

(g) Requirements.—The Secretary of Commerce may impose such requirements on the use of funds distributed under subsection (e) as the Secretary considers necessary to ensure compliance with subsection (f), including requiring reporting and assurances by the entities using the funds.

(h) Reports to congress.—The Secretary of Commerce shall submit to Congress a report, not later than April 1 of each year, explaining in detail how amounts in the STAR Fund were distributed under subsection (e) and used under subsection (f) during the preceding calendar year.

SEC. 5. Staged rate reductions.

Any staged reduction of a rate of duty proclaimed by the President before the effective date of this Act, that—

(1) would take effect after such effective date, and

(2) would, but for an amendment made by this Act, apply to a subheading of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States amended by this Act,

applies to the corresponding rate of duty set forth in such amendment.

SEC. 6. Effective date.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall—

(1) take effect on the 15th day after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) apply to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after such day.


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