Solicitation of Public Comments Regarding Possible Safeguard Action on Imports from China of Cotton Trousers, 17980-17981 [05-7256]

Download as PDF 17980 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 67 / Friday, April 8, 2005 / Notices during the first 12 months of the most recent 14 months preceding the request. On April 4, 2005, the Committee decided, on its own initiative, to consider whether imports of Chinese origin cotton and man-made fiber underwear, Category 352/652 are, due to the existence of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products. See 68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 494440, August 18, 2003. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this matter. It invites the public to provide information and analyses to assist the Committee in considering whether market disruption exists, and, if so, the role of imports from China in that disruption. Such information may include the following: recent and historical data regarding the U.S. market for cotton and man-made fiber underwear (including import and U.S. production data); a description of how, if at all, Chinese origin cotton and man-made fiber underwear have affected the domestic industry, such as the effects of imports from China on prices in the United States; and any other pertinent information. Any member of the public who provides information to the Committee should also indicate the sources from which information provided was obtained. In providing comments, the public may wish to consider the following data which are available at website: http:// otexa.ita.doc.gov: Category 352/652, Cotton and manmade fiber underwear (1,000 dozen) Period Imports from the World 2002 2003 2004 Year-todate March 2004 Year-todate March 2005 1 Yearending March 2004 Yearending March 2005 1 1 Includes Imports from China China’s Share of Imports (%) 242,402 255,977 268,287 57,451 4,446 5,394 5,211 1,256 1.8 2.1 1.9 2.2 63,769 5,125 8.0 254,897 5,570 2.2 274,605 9,080 3.3 preliminary data for 2005. For purposes of clarification, the Committee notes this is not a solicitation for comments regarding any possible ‘‘threat’’ of market disruption. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:00 Apr 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than May 9, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3100A, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230. The Committee will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided in which business confidential information is summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the exception of information marked ‘‘business confidential’’, will be available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433. The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by which it will make a determination. If the Committee makes a negative determination, it will cause this determination and the reasons therefore to be published in the Federal Register. If the Committee makes an affirmative determination that imports of Chinese origin cotton and man-made fiber underwear, Category 352/652 are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products, the United States will request consultations with China with a view to easing such market disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and with the Committee’s procedures. James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–7255 Filed 4–06–05; 2:34 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Solicitation of Public Comments Regarding Possible Safeguard Action on Imports from China of Cotton Trousers April 6, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the Committee) ACTION: Solicitation of public comments regarding possible safeguard action on imports from China of cotton trousers, Category 347/348. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Committee has decided, on its own initiative, to consider whether imports of Chinese origin cotton trousers, Category 347/348 are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products. The Committee is soliciting public comments to assist it in considering this issue and in determining whether safeguard action is appropriate. Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than May 9, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jay Dowling, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 204 of the Agriculture Act of 1956, as amended; Executive Order 11651, as amended. BACKGROUND: The Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (Accession Agreement) provides that, if a WTO Member, such as the United States, believes that imports of Chinese origin textile and apparel products are, ‘‘due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products’’, it may request consultations with China with a view to easing or avoiding the disruption. Pursuant to this provision, if the United States requests consultations with China, it must, in the context of this request, provide China with a detailed factual statement showing (1) the existence of market disruption; and (2) the role of products of Chinese origin in that disruption. Beginning on the date that it receives such a request, China must restrict its shipments to the United States to a level no greater than 7.5 percent (6 percent for wool product categories) above the amount entered during the first 12 months of the most recent 14 months preceding the request. E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 67 / Friday, April 8, 2005 / Notices On April 4, 2005, the Committee decided, on its own initiative, to consider whether imports of Chinese origin cotton trousers, Category 347/348 are, due to the existence of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products. See 68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 494440, August 18, 2003. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this matter. It invites the public to provide information and analyses to assist the Committee in considering whether market disruption exists, and, if so, the role of imports from China in that disruption. Such information may include the following: recent and historical data regarding the U.S. market for cotton trousers (including import and U.S. production data); a description of how, if at all, Chinese origin cotton trousers have affected the domestic industry, such as the effects of imports from China on prices in the United States; and any other pertinent information. Any member of the public who provides information to the Committee should also indicate the sources from which information provided was obtained. In providing comments, the public may wish to consider the following data which are available at website: http:// otexa.ita.doc.gov: Category 347/348, Cotton trousers (1,000 dozen) Period Imports from the World 2002 2003 2004 Year-todate March 2004 Year-todate March 2005 1 Yearending March 2004 Yearending March 2005 1 1 Includes Imports from China China’s Share of Imports (%) 140,305 154,903 149,307 41,032 2,787 2,476 2,184 406 2.0 1.6 1.5 1.0 47,860 6,583 13.8 151,619 2,026 1.3 156,134 8,361 5.4 James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–7256 Filed 4–6–05; 2:34 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS preliminary data for 2005. For purposes of clarification, the Committee notes this is not a solicitation for comments regarding any possible ‘‘threat’’ of market disruption. Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than May 9, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit VerDate jul<14>2003 ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3100A, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230. The Committee will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided in which business confidential information is summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the exception of information marked ‘‘business confidential’’, will be available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433. The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by which it will make a determination. If the Committee makes a negative determination, it will cause this determination and the reasons therefore to be published in the Federal Register. If the Committee makes an affirmative determination that imports of Chinese origin cotton trousers, Category 347/348 are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products, the United States will request consultations with China with a view to easing such market disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and with the Committee’s procedures. 19:00 Apr 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Senior Corps; Schedule of Income Eligibility Levels Corporation for National and Community Service. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: 17981 Notice. SUMMARY: This Notice revises the schedules of income eligibility levels for participation in the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP) of the Corporation for National and Community Service, published in 69 FR 16527–16529, March 30, 2004. DATES: These guidelines are effective as of March 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Corporation for National and Community Service, Peter L. Boynton, Senior Program Officer, Senior Corps, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525, by telephone at (202) 606–5000, ext. 554, or e-mail: seniorfeedback@cns.gov. The revised schedules are based on changes in the Poverty Guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), published in 70 FR 8373–8375, February 18, 2005. In accordance with program regulations, the income eligibility level for each State, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia is 125 percent of the DHHS Poverty Guidelines, except in those areas determined by the Corporation to be of higher cost of living. In such instances, the guidelines shall be 135 percent of the DHHS Poverty levels (See attached list of High Cost Areas). The level of eligibility is rounded to the next higher multiple of $5.00 In determining income eligibility, consideration should be given to the following, as set forth in 45 CFR 2551– 2553 dated October 1, 1999, as amended per the Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 188, Friday, September 27, 2002, Vol. 69, No.72, Wednesday, April 14, 2004, and Vol. 69, No. 75, Monday, April 19, 2004. Allowable medical expenses are annual out-of-pocket expenses for health insurance premiums, health care services, and medications provided to the applicant, enrollee, or spouse and were not and will not be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other insurance, or by any other third party, and must not exceed 50 percent of the applicable Corporation income guideline. Annual income is counted for the past 12 months, for serving SCP and FGP volunteers, and is projected for the subsequent 12 months, for applicants to become SCP and FGP volunteers, and includes: The applicant or enrollee’s income and the applicant or enrollee’s spouse’s income, if the spouse lives in the same residence. Sponsors must count the value of shelter, food, and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 67 (Friday, April 8, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17980-17981]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-7256]


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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Solicitation of Public Comments Regarding Possible Safeguard 
Action on Imports from China of Cotton Trousers

April 6, 2005.
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the 
Committee)

ACTION: Solicitation of public comments regarding possible safeguard 
action on imports from China of cotton trousers, Category 347/348.

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SUMMARY: The Committee has decided, on its own initiative, to consider 
whether imports of Chinese origin cotton trousers, Category 347/348 
are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly 
development of trade in these products. The Committee is soliciting 
public comments to assist it in considering this issue and in 
determining whether safeguard action is appropriate.
    Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must 
be received no later than May 9, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jay Dowling, Office of Textiles and 
Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority: Section 204 of the Agriculture Act of 1956, as 
amended; Executive Order 11651, as amended.

BACKGROUND:

    The Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the 
World Trade Organization (Accession Agreement) provides that, if a WTO 
Member, such as the United States, believes that imports of Chinese 
origin textile and apparel products are, ``due to market disruption, 
threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these 
products'', it may request consultations with China with a view to 
easing or avoiding the disruption. Pursuant to this provision, if the 
United States requests consultations with China, it must, in the 
context of this request, provide China with a detailed factual 
statement showing (1) the existence of market disruption; and (2) the 
role of products of Chinese origin in that disruption. Beginning on the 
date that it receives such a request, China must restrict its shipments 
to the United States to a level no greater than 7.5 percent (6 percent 
for wool product categories) above the amount entered during the first 
12 months of the most recent 14 months preceding the request.

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    On April 4, 2005, the Committee decided, on its own initiative, to 
consider whether imports of Chinese origin cotton trousers, Category 
347/348 are, due to the existence of market disruption, threatening to 
impede the orderly development of trade in these products. See 68 FR 
27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 494440, August 18, 2003.
    The Committee is soliciting public comments on this matter. It 
invites the public to provide information and analyses to assist the 
Committee in considering whether market disruption exists, and, if so, 
the role of imports from China in that disruption. Such information may 
include the following: recent and historical data regarding the U.S. 
market for cotton trousers (including import and U.S. production data); 
a description of how, if at all, Chinese origin cotton trousers have 
affected the domestic industry, such as the effects of imports from 
China on prices in the United States; and any other pertinent 
information. Any member of the public who provides information to the 
Committee should also indicate the sources from which information 
provided was obtained.
    In providing comments, the public may wish to consider the 
following data which are available at website: http://
otexa.ita.doc.gov:

Category 347/348, Cotton trousers (1,000 dozen)

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                           Imports from    Imports from    China's Share
         Period             the World          China      of Imports (%)
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2002                     140,305          2,787           2.0
2003                     154,903          2,476           1.6
2004                     149,307          2,184           1.5
Year-to-date March 2004  41,032           406             1.0
Year-to-date March 2005  47,860           6,583           13.8
 \1\
Year-ending March 2004   151,619          2,026           1.3
Year-ending March 2005   156,134          8,361           5.4
 \1\
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\1\ Includes preliminary data for 2005.

    For purposes of clarification, the Committee notes this is not a 
solicitation for comments regarding any possible ``threat'' of market 
disruption.
    Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must 
be received no later than May 9, 2005. Interested persons are invited 
to submit ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for 
the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3100A, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230.
    The Committee will protect any business confidential information 
that is marked ``business confidential'' from disclosure to the full 
extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential 
information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must 
also be provided in which business confidential information is 
summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the 
exception of information marked ``business confidential'', will be 
available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m 
in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA 
Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania 
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433.
    The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar 
days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States 
will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is 
unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause 
to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by 
which it will make a determination. If the Committee makes a negative 
determination, it will cause this determination and the reasons 
therefore to be published in the Federal Register. If the Committee 
makes an affirmative determination that imports of Chinese origin 
cotton trousers, Category 347/348 are, due to market disruption, 
threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these 
products, the United States will request consultations with China with 
a view to easing such market disruption in accordance with the 
Accession Agreement and with the Committee's procedures.

James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 05-7256 Filed 4-6-05; 2:34 pm]
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