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‘Buy American’ final rule issued by DHS

Industry News | September 1, 2010 | By:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected concerns about whether the buy American requirements for textile and apparel products in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sufficiently assists textile manufacturing in the U.S. The agency adopted, without change, the interim rule issued in August 2009, ignoring commenters’ call to have the new rules mirror the Berry Amendment that governs textile and apparel purchases by the Department of Defense. Objections to the new rules include concerns about de minimis exceptions to the rule, allowing use of non-domestically made parts, definition of the term ‘national security interests’ and refusing to make exceptions for preferred trading partners, such as Mexico, Canada and Chile.

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