Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China, 23136-23142 [05-8906]

Download as PDF 23136 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 85 / Wednesday, May 4, 2005 / Notices [FR Doc.05–8905 Filed 4–29–05; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–C COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China April 28, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the Committee) ACTION: Solicitation of public comments concerning a request for safeguard action on imports from China of manmade fiber trousers (Category 647/648). AGENCY: SUMMARY: On April 6, 2005, the Committee received a request from the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, and UNITE HERE requesting that the Committee limit imports from China of man-made fiber trousers (Category 647/648). They request that a textile and apparel safeguard action, as provided for in the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (the Accession Agreement), be taken on imports of such man-made fiber trousers. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such man-made fiber trousers are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments must be submitted by June 3, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 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, at the time of the request, provide China with a detailed factual statement showing (1) the existence or threat 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 month in which the request was made. On April 6, 2005, the Committee received a request that an Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be taken on imports from China of man-made fiber trousers (Category 647/648). The Committee has determined that this request provides the information necessary for the Committee to consider the request in light of the considerations set forth in the Procedures. In this case, the Committee notes that imports from China of man-made fiber trousers (Category 647/648) have increased from 615,356 dozen in the first quarter of 2004 to 2,300,622 dozen in the first quarter of 2005 (includes preliminary data for 2005). The text of the request is reproduced in full below. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such man-made fiber trousers are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than June 3, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 If a comment alleges that there is no market disruption or that the subject imports are not the cause of market disruption, the Committee will closely review any supporting information and documentation, such as information about domestic production or prices of like or directly competitive products. Particular consideration will be given to comments representing the views of actual producers in the United States of a like or directly competitive product. 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 man-made fiber trousers 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 or avoiding such market disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and the Committee’s procedures. D. Michael Hutchinson, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. 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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedules and summary for the forthcoming meetings of the BRAC. The purposes of these meetings are to receive testimony from the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), or their representatives; the Department of the Air Force; the Department of the Navy; the Department of the Army; and the Department of Defense’s Joint Cross Service Groups on the recommendations and methodology regarding the closure and realignment of military installations. The Commission Chairman, Anthony J. Principi, will chair the hearings. AGENCY: Dates and Times Monday, May 16, 2005, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Secretary of Defense, Chairman, JCS Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Department of the Air Force Tuesday, May 17, 2005, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Department of the Navy Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., Department of the Army Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 1:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m., Defense Joint Cross Service Groups Thursday, May 19, 2005, 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., Defense Joint Cross Service Groups Senate Russell Building, Room 418, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Mr. Charles Battaglia, Executive Director, BRAC Commission, 2521 South Clark St., Suite 600, Arlington VA 22202, telephone 703–699–2952 Dated: April 29, 2005. L.M. Bynum, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 05–8850 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of the Secretary BILLING CODE 3510–DS–C Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education; Notice of Proposed Changes to Requirements Notice; Meeting of the Independent Review Panel To Study the Relationships Between Military Department General Counsels and Judge Advocates General—Open Meeting SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 96–463, notice is hereby given that the Independent Review Panel To Study the Relationships between Military Department General Counsels and Judge Advocates General will hold an open meeting at the Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202, on May 18–19, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Purpose: The Panel will meet on May 18–19, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in order to hear testimony from current and former senior Defense Department officials concerning the relationships between the legal elements of their respective Military Departments. These sessions will be open to the public, subject to the availability of space. During these initial sessions, the public will not have the opportunity to address the Panel orally, but will be afforded the opportunity at subsequent sessions. In keeping with the spirit of FACA, the Panel welcomes written comments concerning its work from the public at any time. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the sessions. May 18–19, 2005: 8:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Location: Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning this meeting or wishing to submit written comments may contact: Mr. James R. Schwenk, Designated Federal Official, Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel, 1600 Defense Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia 20301–1600. Telephone: (703) 697–9343. Fax: (703) 693–7616. schwenkj@dodgc.osd.mil. Interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Panel at any time prior to June 10, 2005. DATES: Dated: April 29, 2005. L.M. Bynum, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 05–8849 Filed 5–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M VerDate jul<14>2003 21:08 May 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education proposes to change certain requirements governing the Community Technology Centers (CTC) program that were established in 2004 and used for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 CTC competition. Specifically, the Assistant Secretary proposes to remove the following two requirements: (1) Novice and nonnovice applicants in CTC competitions must be ranked and funded separately, and (2) at least 75 percent of the funds must be set aside for non-novice applicants and up to 25 percent of the funds must be set aside for novice applicants. The Assistant Secretary intends to make awards in FY 2005 from the list of unfunded applicants from the FY 2004 CTC competition. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before June 3, 2005. ADDRESSES: Address all comments about these proposed changes to the requirements to Inas El-Sabban, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 11055, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202– 7100. If you prefer to send your comments through the Internet, use the following address: inas.elsabban@ed.gov. You must include the phrase ‘‘CTC Comments’’ in the subject line of your electronic message. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Inas El-Sabban. Telephone: (202) 245–7736. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Invitation To Comment We invite you to submit comments regarding these proposed changes to the requirements that we established for the FY 2004 CTC competition. These changes will apply only to the awards we will make in FY 2005 based on the list of unfunded applications from the FY 2004 competition. We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific E:\FR\FM\04MYN1.SGM 04MYN1

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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and 
Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China

April 28, 2005.
AGENCY: The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the 
Committee)

ACTION: Solicitation of public comments concerning a request for 
safeguard action on imports from China of man-made fiber trousers 
(Category 647/648).

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SUMMARY: On April 6, 2005, the Committee received a request from the 
American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of 
Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, and UNITE HERE 
requesting that the Committee limit imports from China of man-made 
fiber trousers (Category 647/648). They request that a textile and 
apparel safeguard action, as provided for in the Report of the Working 
Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (the 
Accession Agreement), be taken on imports of such man-made fiber 
trousers. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this 
request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of 
such man-made fiber trousers are, due to market disruption, threatening 
to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments 
must be submitted by June 3, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the 
Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, United States 
Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, 
D.C. 20230.

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, at the time 
of the request, provide China with a detailed factual statement showing 
(1) the existence or threat 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 month in which the 
request was made.
    On April 6, 2005, the Committee received a request that an 
Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be taken on 
imports from China of man-made fiber trousers (Category 647/648). The 
Committee has determined that this request provides the information 
necessary for the Committee to consider the request in light of the 
considerations set forth in the Procedures. In this case, the Committee 
notes that imports from China of man-made fiber trousers (Category 647/
648) have increased from 615,356 dozen in the first quarter of 2004 to 
2,300,622 dozen in the first quarter of 2005 (includes preliminary data 
for 2005). The text of the request is reproduced in full below.
    The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in 
particular with regard to whether imports from China of such man-made 
fiber trousers are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the 
orderly development of trade in this product.
    Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must 
be received no later than June 3, 2005. Interested persons are invited 
to submit ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for 
the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230.
    If a comment alleges that there is no market disruption or that the 
subject imports are not the cause of market disruption, the Committee 
will closely review any supporting information and documentation, such 
as information about domestic production or prices of like or directly 
competitive products. Particular consideration will be given to 
comments representing the views of actual producers in the United 
States of a like or directly competitive product.
    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 man-
made fiber trousers 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 or 
avoiding such market disruption in accordance with the Accession 
Agreement and the Committee's procedures.

D. Michael Hutchinson,
Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile 
Agreements.
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