Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; Invitation for Public Comment on Possible De Minimis Waivers and Redesignations, 15970-15980 [05-6144]

Download as PDF 15970 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices Incident: Severe Winter Storm. Incident Period: 01/07/2005 through 01/12/2005. Effective Date: 03/14/2005. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 05/13/2005. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Area Office 4, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that as a result of the President’s major disaster declaration on 03/14/2005, applications for Private Non-Profit organizations that provide essential services of a governmental nature may file disaster loan applications at the address listed above or other locally announced locations. The following areas have been determined to be adversely affected by the disaster: Primary Counties: North Slope Borough. The Interest Rates are: Percent Other (Including Non-Profit Organizations) with Credit Available Elsewhere ................................... Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations without Credit Available Elsewhere ................................... Effective Date: 03/07/2005. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 05/06/2005. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Area Office 1, 360 Rainbow Blvd. South, 3rd floor, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that as a result of the President’s major disaster declaration on 03/07/2005, applications for Private Non-Profit organizations that provide essential services of a governmental nature may file disaster loan applications at the address listed above or other locally announced locations. The following areas have been determined to be adversely affected by the disaster: Primary Counties: Clark Lincoln. The Interest Rates are: DATES: Percent Other (Including Non-Profit Organizations) With Credit Available Elsewhere ................................... Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations Without Credit Available Elsewhere ................................... The number assigned to this disaster for physical damage is 10081B. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008.) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 05–6151 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] 4.000 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008.) Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 05–6150 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BILLING CODE 8025–01–P [Disaster Declaration #10029 and #10030] Ohio Disaster Number OH–00002 [Disaster Declaration # 10080] AGENCY: Nevada Disaster # NV–00002 Disaster Declaration Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is a Notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of Nevada (FEMA–1583–DR), dated 03/07/2005. Incident: Heavy rains and flooding. Incident Period: 01/07/2005 through 01/13/2005. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 2. SUMMARY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Ohio (FEMA– 1580–DR), dated February 15, 2005. Incident: Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides. Incident Period: December 22, 2004 through February 1, 2005. DATES: Effective Date: March 18, 2005. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: April 18, 2005. PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Herbert L. Mitchell, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 05–6149 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P The number assigned to this disaster for physical damage is 100806. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) 4.750 4.750 4.000 EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: November 15, 2005. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Area Office 1, 360 Rainbow Blvd. South 3rd Floor, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street, Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the Presidential disaster declaration for the State of Ohio dated February 15, 2005, is hereby amended to include the following areas as adversely affected by the disaster. Primary Counties: Ashland, Auglaize, Huron, Miami, Yandot. Contiguous Counties: Ohio; Allen, Erie, Lorain, Medina, Sandusky, Van Wert. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; Invitation for Public Comment on Possible De Minimis Waivers and Redesignations Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice is to inform the public of full year 2004 import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Public comments are invited by 5 p.m., April 22, 2005, regarding possible de minimis CNL waivers with respect to particular articles, and possible redesignations under the FSP program of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNLs. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F–220, Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395–6971. E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Competitive Need Limitations The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries (BDCs). The GSP program is authorized by title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ‘‘1974 Act’’), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. Section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act sets out the two competitive need limitations (CNLs). When the President determines that a BDC exported to the United States during a calendar year either (1) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value in excess of the applicable amount for that year ($115 million for 2004), or (2) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value equal to or greater than 50 percent of the value of total U.S. imports of the article from all countries (the ‘‘50 percent CNL’’), the President must terminate GSP duty-free treatment for that article from that BDC by no later than July 1 of the next calendar year. Under section 503(c)(2)(F) of the 1974 Act, the President may waive the 50 percent CNL with respect to an eligible article imported from a BDC if the value of total imports of that article from all countries during the calendar year did not exceed the applicable de minimis amount for that year ($17 million for 2004). Under section 503(c)(2)(C) of the 1974 Act, if imports of an eligible article from a BDC ceased to receive duty-free treatment due to exceeding a CNL in a prior year, the President may redesignate such an article for duty-free treatment if imports in the most recently completed calendar year did not exceed the CNLs. II. Implementation of Competitive Need Limitations, Waivers, and Redesignations Exclusions from GSP duty-free treatment where CNLs have been exceeded will be effective July 1, 2005, unless granted a waiver by the President. CNL exclusions, as well as decisions with respect to de minimis waivers and redesignations, will be based on full 2004 calendar year import statistics. III. 2004 Import Statistics In order to provide notice of articles that have exceeded the CNLs for 2004, and to afford an opportunity for comment regarding potential de VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 minimis waivers and redesignations, import statistics for 2004 are included with this notice. Full calendar year 2004 data for individual tariff subheadings may be viewed on the Web site of the U.S. International Trade Commission at http://dataweb.usitc.gov/. The following lists contain, for each article, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading and BDC country of origin, the value of imports of the article for calendar year 2004, and the percentage of total imports of that article from all countries. The flags indicate the status of GSP eligibility. Articles marked with an ‘‘*’’ are those that have been excluded from GSP eligibility for the entire past calendar year. Articles marked with a ‘‘D’’ are those that, based on 2004 data, may be eligible for a de minimus waiver of the 50 percent CNL. List I shows GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that exceeded the CNL by having been exported in excess of $115 million, or by an amount greater than 50% of the total U.S. import value in 2004. Those articles without a flag were GSP-eligible during 2004 but stand to lose GSP dutyfree treatment on July 1, 2005, unless a waiver is granted. Such waivers are required to have been previously requested in the 2004 GSP Annual Review. List II is a subset of List I. List II identifies GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that are above the 50 percent CNL, but that are eligible for a de minimis waiver of the 50 percent CNL. Each year, de minimis waivers are considered automatically without a petition, and public comments are invited. List III shows GSP-eligible articles from certain BDCs that are currently not receiving GSP duty-free treatment, but that may be considered for redesignation based on 2004 trade data. Recommendations to the President on redesignations are normally made with any recommendations resulting from the annual review, and public comments are invited. The attached lists are computergenerated and may not include all articles to which the GSP CNLs may apply. All determinations and decisions regarding the CNLs of the GSP program are based on full calendar year 2004 import data with respect to each GSPeligible article. Each interested party is advised to conduct its own review of 2004 import data with regard to the possible application of GSP CNLs. IV. Public Comments Requirements for Submissions All submissions must conform to the GSP regulations set forth at 15 CFR part PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15971 2007, except as modified below. Furthermore, each party providing comments should indicate on the first page of the submission its name, the relevant HTSUS subheading(s), the BDC of interest, and the type of action (e.g., de minimis waiver or redesignation) in which the party is interested. Comments must be submitted, in English, to the Chairman of the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) as soon as possible, but no later than 5 p.m., April 22, 2005. Comments submitted after this date may be considered at the discretion of the GSP Subcommittee until the time its advice is provided to the TPSC. In order to facilitate prompt consideration of submissions, USTR strongly urges and prefers electronic email submissions in response to this notice. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. Submissions should be single-copy transmissions in English with the total submission not to exceed 50 single-spaced standard letter-size pages and 3 megabytes as a digital file attached to an e-mail transmission. The e-mail transmission should use the following subject line: ‘‘Comments on 2004 CNL Review,’’ followed by the HTSUS subheading number and BDC country of origin as set out in the appropriate list. Documents must be submitted as either WordPerfect (‘‘.wpd’’), MSWord (‘‘.doc’’), or text (‘‘.txt’’) files. Documents submitted as electronic image files or containing imbedded images (for example, ‘‘.jpg’’, ‘‘.pdf’’, ‘‘.bmp’’, or ‘‘.gif’’ files) will not be accepted. Spreadsheets submitted as supporting documentation are acceptable as QuattroPro or Excel, preformatted for printing on 81⁄2 x 11 inch paper. To the extent possible, any data attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. Submissions in response to this notice will be subject to public inspection by appointment with the staff of the USTR Public Reading Room, except for information granted ‘‘business confidential’’ status pursuant to 15 CFR 2003.6. If the submission contains business confidential information, a nonconfidential version of the submission must also be submitted that indicates where confidential information was redacted by inserting asterisks where material was deleted. In addition, the confidential version must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version must be clearly marked ‘‘PUBLIC’’ or ‘‘NON-CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15972 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices bottom of each page. Documents that are submitted without any marking might not be accepted or will be considered public documents. For any document containing business confidential information submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC-’’, and the file name of the public version should begin with the character ‘‘P-’’. The ‘‘BC-’’ or ‘‘P-’’ should be followed by the name of the party (government, company, union, association, etc.) which is submitting the comments. E-mail submissions should not include separate cover letters or VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 messages in the message area of the email; information that might appear in any cover letter should be included directly in the attached file containing the submission itself, including the sender’s identifying information with telephone number, FAX number, and email address. The e-mail address for these submissions is FR0441@USTR.GOV. Documents not submitted in accordance with these instructions might not be considered in this review. If unable to provide submissions by e-mail, please contact the GSP Subcommittee to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public version of all documents relating to this review will be available for public review approximately two weeks after the due date by appointment in the USTR Public Reading Room, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be ascertained, and appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 202–395–6186. Jon Rosenbaum, Acting Executive Director for GSP, GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee. BILLING CODE 3190–W5–M E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00157 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15973 EN29MR05.005</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices VerDate jul<14>2003 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00158 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 EN29MR05.006</GPH> 15974 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00159 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15975 EN29MR05.007</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices VerDate jul<14>2003 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00160 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 EN29MR05.008</GPH> 15976 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00161 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15977 EN29MR05.009</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices VerDate jul<14>2003 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00162 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 EN29MR05.010</GPH> 15978 VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00163 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 15979 EN29MR05.011</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices 15980 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 29, 2005 / Notices [FR Doc. 05–6144 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–C DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of the currently approved collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on December 24, 2004 on page 78520. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 28, 2005. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Judy Street on (202) 267–9895. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Dealer’s Aircraft Registration Application. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–0024. Forms(s): AC Form 8050–5. Affected Public: An estimated total of 2,740 aircraft dealers. Abstract: AC Form 8050–5 is an application for a dealer’s Aircraft Registration Certificate which, under 49 USC, 1404, may be issued to a person engaged in manufacturing, distributing, or selling aircraft. Information received enables the Civil Aviation registry to determine eligibility of an applicant to receive a Dealer’s Certificate. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 2,055 hours annually. ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention FAA Desk Officer. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Mar 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimates of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2005. Judith D. Street, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Standards and Information Division, APF–100. [FR Doc. 05–6068 Filed 3–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grant Assurances; Notice of Modifications Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice to modify Airport Improvement Program Grant Assurances on an interim basis. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In issuing this notice, the FAA incorporates, on an interim basis; two new assurances to the standard grant assurances that are required of a sponsor before receiving a grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Also, the FAA is modifying another grant assurance. Pursuant to applicable law, the Secretary of Transportation is required to provide notice in the Federal Register of, and to provide an opportunity for public comment on, proposals to modify the assurances and on proposals for additional AIR assurances. A notice of modification of Airport Improvement Program grant assurances and of the opportunity to comment was published in the Federal Register/Vol. 69, No. 163/Tuesday, August 24, 2004 on page 52057. The existing AIP grant assurances are being amended here for two reasons: To add two new assurances as required by Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, (Pub. L. 108–176) and to modify an existing assurance. The August 24 notice proposed, in addition to these new assurances to restructure the grant assurances to better reflect existing law. FAA also invited comments on all of the assurances for proposed changes or for possible recommendations to propose changes to existing statute. FAA is committed to this larger project and wishes to give PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 full considerations to the comments received. At the same time, FAA is obligated to implement changes to law as timely as possible. Therefore, this notice is issued to implement the law with respect to the new assurances and the modified assurance while the larger project is being considered. DATES: These modifications to the existing Grant Assurances will be adopted as of the date of publication in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kendall Ball, Airport Improvement Program Branch, Airports Financial Assistance Division, APP 520, Room 619, FAA, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, Telephone (202) 267–7436. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary must receive certain assurances from a sponsor (applicant) seeking financial assistance for airport planning, airport development, noise compatibility planning or noise mitigation under title 49, U.S.C., as amended. These assurances are submitted as part of a sponsor’s application for Federal assistance and are incorporated into all grant agreements. As need dictates, these assurances are modified to reflect new Federal requirements. Notice of such proposed modifications was published in the Federal Register and an opportunity was provided for comment by the public. The current assurances were published on February 3, 1988, at 53 FR 3104 and amended on September 6, 1988, at FR 34361, on August 29, 1999, at 54 FR 35748 on June 10, 1994 at 59 FR 30076, on January 4, 1995, at 60 FR 521, on June 2, 1997, at 62 FR 29761 on August 18, 1999, at 64 FR 45008, and on August 24, at 69 FR 163. Discussion of Comments Received in Response to the Notice of Modification of Airport Improvement Grant Assurances On August 24, 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration published in the Federal Register (69 FR 52057) modifications to the Airport Improvement Program grant assurances. The agency asked for public comment by September 23, 2004. On September 17, 2004 a notice was published in the Federal Register (69 FR 56112) extending the comment period until November 8, 2004. The FAA received comments from 14 respondents on the notice of proposed modifications of the grant assurances. One of the 14 respondents comments were received following the close of the comment period on November 8. E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 29, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15970-15980]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6144]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics 
Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; Invitation for Public Comment 
on Possible De Minimis Waivers and Redesignations

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: This notice is to inform the public of full year 2004 import 
statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the 
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Public comments are 
invited by 5 p.m., April 22, 2005, regarding possible de minimis CNL 
waivers with respect to particular articles, and possible 
redesignations under the FSP program of articles currently not eligible 
for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNLs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the GSP Subcommittee of the 
Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F-220, Washington, DC 20508. 
The telephone number is (202) 395-6971.

[[Page 15971]]


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Competitive Need Limitations

    The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of 
designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary 
developing countries (BDCs). The GSP program is authorized by title V 
of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the 
``1974 Act''), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 
11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders 
and Presidential Proclamations.
    Section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act sets out the two competitive 
need limitations (CNLs). When the President determines that a BDC 
exported to the United States during a calendar year either (1) a 
quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value in excess of the 
applicable amount for that year ($115 million for 2004), or (2) a 
quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value equal to or greater 
than 50 percent of the value of total U.S. imports of the article from 
all countries (the ``50 percent CNL''), the President must terminate 
GSP duty-free treatment for that article from that BDC by no later than 
July 1 of the next calendar year.
    Under section 503(c)(2)(F) of the 1974 Act, the President may waive 
the 50 percent CNL with respect to an eligible article imported from a 
BDC if the value of total imports of that article from all countries 
during the calendar year did not exceed the applicable de minimis 
amount for that year ($17 million for 2004).
    Under section 503(c)(2)(C) of the 1974 Act, if imports of an 
eligible article from a BDC ceased to receive duty-free treatment due 
to exceeding a CNL in a prior year, the President may redesignate such 
an article for duty-free treatment if imports in the most recently 
completed calendar year did not exceed the CNLs.

II. Implementation of Competitive Need Limitations, Waivers, and 
Redesignations

    Exclusions from GSP duty-free treatment where CNLs have been 
exceeded will be effective July 1, 2005, unless granted a waiver by the 
President. CNL exclusions, as well as decisions with respect to de 
minimis waivers and redesignations, will be based on full 2004 calendar 
year import statistics.

III. 2004 Import Statistics

    In order to provide notice of articles that have exceeded the CNLs 
for 2004, and to afford an opportunity for comment regarding potential 
de minimis waivers and redesignations, import statistics for 2004 are 
included with this notice. Full calendar year 2004 data for individual 
tariff subheadings may be viewed on the Web site of the U.S. 
International Trade Commission at http://dataweb.usitc.gov/.
    The following lists contain, for each article, the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading and BDC country 
of origin, the value of imports of the article for calendar year 2004, 
and the percentage of total imports of that article from all countries. 
The flags indicate the status of GSP eligibility. Articles marked with 
an ``*'' are those that have been excluded from GSP eligibility for the 
entire past calendar year. Articles marked with a ``D'' are those that, 
based on 2004 data, may be eligible for a de minimus waiver of the 50 
percent CNL.
    List I shows GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that exceeded the CNL 
by having been exported in excess of $115 million, or by an amount 
greater than 50% of the total U.S. import value in 2004. Those articles 
without a flag were GSP-eligible during 2004 but stand to lose GSP 
duty-free treatment on July 1, 2005, unless a waiver is granted. Such 
waivers are required to have been previously requested in the 2004 GSP 
Annual Review.
    List II is a subset of List I. List II identifies GSP-eligible 
articles from BDCs that are above the 50 percent CNL, but that are 
eligible for a de minimis waiver of the 50 percent CNL. Each year, de 
minimis waivers are considered automatically without a petition, and 
public comments are invited.
    List III shows GSP-eligible articles from certain BDCs that are 
currently not receiving GSP duty-free treatment, but that may be 
considered for redesignation based on 2004 trade data. Recommendations 
to the President on redesignations are normally made with any 
recommendations resulting from the annual review, and public comments 
are invited.
    The attached lists are computer-generated and may not include all 
articles to which the GSP CNLs may apply. All determinations and 
decisions regarding the CNLs of the GSP program are based on full 
calendar year 2004 import data with respect to each GSP-eligible 
article. Each interested party is advised to conduct its own review of 
2004 import data with regard to the possible application of GSP CNLs.

IV. Public Comments

Requirements for Submissions

    All submissions must conform to the GSP regulations set forth at 15 
CFR part 2007, except as modified below. Furthermore, each party 
providing comments should indicate on the first page of the submission 
its name, the relevant HTSUS subheading(s), the BDC of interest, and 
the type of action (e.g., de minimis waiver or redesignation) in which 
the party is interested.
    Comments must be submitted, in English, to the Chairman of the GSP 
Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) as soon as 
possible, but no later than 5 p.m., April 22, 2005. Comments submitted 
after this date may be considered at the discretion of the GSP 
Subcommittee until the time its advice is provided to the TPSC.
    In order to facilitate prompt consideration of submissions, USTR 
strongly urges and prefers electronic e-mail submissions in response to 
this notice. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. 
Submissions should be single-copy transmissions in English with the 
total submission not to exceed 50 single-spaced standard letter-size 
pages and 3 megabytes as a digital file attached to an e-mail 
transmission. The e-mail transmission should use the following subject 
line: ``Comments on 2004 CNL Review,'' followed by the HTSUS subheading 
number and BDC country of origin as set out in the appropriate list. 
Documents must be submitted as either WordPerfect (``.wpd''), MSWord 
(``.doc''), or text (``.txt'') files. Documents submitted as electronic 
image files or containing imbedded images (for example, ``.jpg'', 
``.pdf'', ``.bmp'', or ``.gif'' files) will not be accepted. 
Spreadsheets submitted as supporting documentation are acceptable as 
QuattroPro or Excel, pre-formatted for printing on 8\1/2\ x 11 inch 
paper. To the extent possible, any data attachments to the submission 
should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not 
as separate files.
    Submissions in response to this notice will be subject to public 
inspection by appointment with the staff of the USTR Public Reading 
Room, except for information granted ``business confidential'' status 
pursuant to 15 CFR 2003.6.
    If the submission contains business confidential information, a 
non-confidential version of the submission must also be submitted that 
indicates where confidential information was redacted by inserting 
asterisks where material was deleted. In addition, the confidential 
version must be clearly marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and 
bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version must 
be clearly marked ``PUBLIC'' or ``NON-CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and

[[Page 15972]]

bottom of each page. Documents that are submitted without any marking 
might not be accepted or will be considered public documents.
    For any document containing business confidential information 
submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, the 
file name of the business confidential version should begin with the 
characters ``BC-'', and the file name of the public version should 
begin with the character ``P-''. The ``BC-'' or ``P-'' should be 
followed by the name of the party (government, company, union, 
association, etc.) which is submitting the comments.
    E-mail submissions should not include separate cover letters or 
messages in the message area of the e-mail; information that might 
appear in any cover letter should be included directly in the attached 
file containing the submission itself, including the sender's 
identifying information with telephone number, FAX number, and e-mail 
address. The e-mail address for these submissions is FR0441@USTR.GOV. 
Documents not submitted in accordance with these instructions might not 
be considered in this review. If unable to provide submissions by e-
mail, please contact the GSP Subcommittee to arrange for an alternative 
method of transmission.
    Public version of all documents relating to this review will be 
available for public review approximately two weeks after the due date 
by appointment in the USTR Public Reading Room, 1724 F Street, NW., 
Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be ascertained, and 
appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, by calling 202-395-6186.

Jon Rosenbaum,
Acting Executive Director for GSP, GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy 
Staff Committee.
BILLING CODE 3190-W5-M

[[Page 15973]]

[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.005


[[Page 15974]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.006


[[Page 15975]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.007


[[Page 15976]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.008


[[Page 15977]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.009


[[Page 15978]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.010


[[Page 15979]]


[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN29MR05.011


[[Page 15980]]


[FR Doc. 05-6144 Filed 3-28-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3190-W5-C