The Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2008 (HOPE II) affords preferential treatment for imports of apparel, textiles, and certain other goods from Haiti. To be eligible for preferential treatment under HOPE II, Haiti was required to (i) implement the Technical Assistance Improvement and Compliance Needs Assessment and Remediation (TAICNAR) program; (ii) establish a Labor Ombudsperson’s Office; (iii) require producers of articles for which preferential tariff treatment may be requested to participate in the TAICNAR program; and (iv) develop a system to ensure participation by such producers, including by establishing a producer registry. On October 16, 2009, the President certified to Congress that Haiti had taken these actions. Further, to remain eligible for preferential treatment, Haiti must establish or be making continual progress toward establishing the protection of internationally recognized worker rights.1 On June 29, 2015, the President signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act, which extended this program until September 30, 2025.
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