Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on wool fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of wool fabric.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

For example, payments could be used to pay the salaries of the eligible claimant"s employees.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Payments to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on wool fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of wool fabric.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries limited to: each eligible manufacturer under paragraph (3) of section 4002(c) of the Wool Suit and Textile Trade Extension Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-429; 118 Stat. 2600), as amended by section 1633(c) of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-280; 120 Stat. 1166) and section 325(b) of the Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 (division C of Public Law 110-343; 122 Stat. 3875), and any successor-in-interest to such a manufacturer as provided for under paragraph (4) of such section 4002(c).

Credentials/Documentation

Per Section 12315 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (b) "Distribution of Funds.". This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Per Section 12315 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (b)(2).

Deadlines

Mar 01, 2016 to Mar 01, 2019: Wool Duty Refund Program (calendar years 2016 to 2019). See Agricultural Act of 2014 Section 12314, subsection (b)(2) for additional details.

Authorization

Agricultural Act of 2014, Title 7, Part C, Section 12315, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 995-997.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

See specific record keeping requirements for each eligible manufacturer (and any successor-in-interest to such a manufacturer) under paragraph (3) of section 4002(c) of the Wool Suit and Textile Trade Extension Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-429; 118 Stat. 2600), as amended by section 1633(c) of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-280; 120 Stat. 1166) and section 325(b) of the Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 (division C of Public Law 110-343; 122 Stat. 3875).

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-5636-0-2-351.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $11,000,000; and FY 15 est $30,000,000 - Approximately $11 million specifically for catch up payments to cover funding shortfalls under the Customs and Border Protection Wool Duty Refund program in calendar years 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Unknown.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register Documents: Publication Title: Federal Register Volume 66, Issue 78 (April 23, 2001) 66 FR 20392; Amendment to Wool Duty Refund Program (Customs and Border; Protection Wool Duty Refund Program); Publication Date: Monday, April 23, 2001.
Publication Title: Federal Register Volume 76, No. 153 (Tuesday, August 9, 2011); Grants to Manufacturers of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics; Publication Date: Tuesday, August 09, 2011. Paperwork Reduction Act Documents: Refund of Duties Paid on Imports of Certain Wool Products (Customs and Border Protection Wool Duty Refund Program); OMB Control No: 1515-0227; ICR Reference No: 200010-1515-001; Previous ICR Reference No: 200303-1651-084.





Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Benjamin Chan 1400 Independence Ave, SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: benjamin.chan@fas.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-8877

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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