Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program: Notice Regarding the 2005 and Ongoing Country Practice Reviews, 54435-54436 [05-18228]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 14, 2005 / Notices (202) 395–6186. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 05–18278 Filed 9–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program: Notice Regarding the 2005 and Ongoing Country Practice Reviews Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the timetable for the hearing and public comments on petitions requesting modifications in the status of certain GSP beneficiary countries. DATES: The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the schedule of dates for conducting the annual country practice review unless otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice. The current revised schedule follows. Notification of any other changes will be given in the Federal Register. Notice of Public Hearing A hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on November 30, 2005, beginning at 10 a.m., in combined Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC. The hearing will be open to the public and a transcript of the hearing will be made available for public inspection or can be purchased from the reporting company. No electronic media coverage will be allowed. All interested parties wishing to make an oral presentation at the hearing must submit, following the ‘‘Requirements for Submissions’’ below, the name, address, telephone number, and facsimile number and e-mail address, if available, of the witness(es) representing their organization to Marideth Sandler, Executive Director of the GSP Program and Chairman of the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC by 5 p.m., November 9, 2005. Requests to present oral testimony in connection with the public hearing must be accompanied by a written brief or statement, in English, and also must be received by 5 p.m., November 9, 2005. Oral testimony before the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC will be limited to five-minute presentations that summarize or supplement information contained in briefs or statements submitted for the record. Post-hearing briefs or statements will be accepted if VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:17 Sep 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 they conform with the regulations cited below and are submitted, in English, by 5 p.m., December 14, 2005. Parties not wishing to appear at the public hearing may submit post-hearing written briefs or statements, in English, by 5 p.m., December 14, 2005. Modifications to the list of countries eligible for GSP benefits resulting from the 2005 Annual Review of Country Practice Cases will be announced on or about June 30, 2006, in the Federal Register, and any changes will take effect on the effective date announced. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The GSP Subcommittee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F–220, Washington, DC 20508. Telephone number is (202) 395–6971; fax number is (202) 395– 9481. The GSP statute, Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.) provides dutyfree treatment to designated eligible articles that are imported from designated beneficiary developing countries. USTR has received a number of petitions requesting that certain practices in certain beneficiary developing countries be reviewed to determine whether such countries are in compliance with the eligibility criteria set forth in sections 502(b) and 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(a), 2462(b), and 2462(c)). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Petitions Accepted for Review Regarding Country Practices Pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(b), the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) has recommended, and the TPSC has accepted, certain country practice petitions (see Annex A) to be included in the 2005 Annual Review. Acceptance of a petition for review is not indicative of the ultimate disposition of the petition. Acceptance indicates only that the listed petitions warrant further consideration. Opportunities for Public Comment The GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC invites comments in support of or in opposition to any petition that have been accepted for review. Submissions should comply with 15 CFR Part 2007, except as modified below. Requirements for Submission In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, USTR will accept only electronic e-mail submissions in response to this notice. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. These submissions should be single-copy transmissions in English with the total submission not to exceed PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54435 20 single-spaced standard letter-size pages. E-mail submissions should use the following subject line: ‘‘2005 GSP Annual Country Practice Review’’ followed by the subject country, case number, and, as appropriate ‘‘Written Comments’’, ‘‘Notice of Intent to Testify’’, ‘‘Pre-hearing brief’’, or ‘‘Posthearing brief’’. Documents must be submitted in English in one of the following formats: MSWord (.DOC), WordPerfect (.WPD), or text (.TXT) files. Documents may not be submitted as electronic image files or contain imbedded images (for example, ‘‘.JPG’’, ‘‘.TIF’’, ‘‘.PDF’’, ‘‘.BMP’’, or ‘‘.GIF’’). Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as Excel files, formatted for printing on 81⁄2 x 11 inch paper. Any data attachments to the submission must be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. 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 submission must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version must also be clearly marked at the top and bottom of each page (either ‘‘PUBLIC VERSION’’ or ‘‘NONCONFIDENTIAL’’). 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 characters ‘‘P-’’. The ‘‘P-’’ or ‘‘BC-’’ should be followed by the name of the party (government, company, union, association, etc.) which is making the submission. E-mail submissions should not include separate cover letters or 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 e-mail address and other identifying information. 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 of the TPSC to E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 14, 2005 / Notices arrange for an alternative method of transmission. Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be available for review approximately two weeks after the relevant due date by appointment in the USTR public reading room, 1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC. Appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. [FR Doc. 05–18228 Filed 9–13–05; 8:45 am] USTR is required to determine which of those countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. On April 30, 2005, USTR announced the results of the 2005 Special 301 review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Reviews (OCRs) would be conducted for Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. USTR will conduct these OCRs in the fall of 2005. USTR requests written comments from the public concerning the acts, policies, and practices relevant for this review under Section 182 of the Trade Act. BILLING CODE 3901–W5–C OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ‘‘Special 301’’ provision of the Trade Act. In addition, VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:17 Sep 13, 2005 Jkt 205001 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (202) 395–6186. Marideth J. Sandler, Executive Director, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. BILLING CODE 3901–W5–P Submissions must be received on or before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2005. DATES: Comments should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, Special Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, and sent (i) electronically, to FR0526@ustr.gov, with ‘‘Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review: Ukraine and Saudi Arabia’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395–9458, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Choe Groves, Director for Intellectual Property and Chair of the Special 301 Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–4510. Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act, USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products may be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country’s designation as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 EN14SE05.002</GPH> 54436

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program: Notice Regarding 
the 2005 and Ongoing Country Practice Reviews

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the timetable for the hearing and 
public comments on petitions requesting modifications in the status of 
certain GSP beneficiary countries.

DATES: The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the schedule of 
dates for conducting the annual country practice review unless 
otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice. The current revised 
schedule follows. Notification of any other changes will be given in 
the Federal Register.

Notice of Public Hearing

    A hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on 
November 30, 2005, beginning at 10 a.m., in combined Rooms 1 and 2, 
1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC. The hearing will be open to the 
public and a transcript of the hearing will be made available for 
public inspection or can be purchased from the reporting company. No 
electronic media coverage will be allowed.
    All interested parties wishing to make an oral presentation at the 
hearing must submit, following the ``Requirements for Submissions'' 
below, the name, address, telephone number, and facsimile number and e-
mail address, if available, of the witness(es) representing their 
organization to Marideth Sandler, Executive Director of the GSP Program 
and Chairman of the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC by 5 p.m., November 9, 
2005. Requests to present oral testimony in connection with the public 
hearing must be accompanied by a written brief or statement, in 
English, and also must be received by 5 p.m., November 9, 2005. Oral 
testimony before the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC will be limited to 
five-minute presentations that summarize or supplement information 
contained in briefs or statements submitted for the record. Post-
hearing briefs or statements will be accepted if they conform with the 
regulations cited below and are submitted, in English, by 5 p.m., 
December 14, 2005. Parties not wishing to appear at the public hearing 
may submit post-hearing written briefs or statements, in English, by 5 
p.m., December 14, 2005.
    Modifications to the list of countries eligible for GSP benefits 
resulting from the 2005 Annual Review of Country Practice Cases will be 
announced on or about June 30, 2006, in the Federal Register, and any 
changes will take effect on the effective date announced.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The GSP Subcommittee, Office of the 
United States Trade Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F-220, 
Washington, DC 20508. Telephone number is (202) 395-6971; fax number is 
(202) 395-9481.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP statute, Title V of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461 et seq.) provides duty-free treatment to 
designated eligible articles that are imported from designated 
beneficiary developing countries. USTR has received a number of 
petitions requesting that certain practices in certain beneficiary 
developing countries be reviewed to determine whether such countries 
are in compliance with the eligibility criteria set forth in sections 
502(b) and 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(a), 2462(b), and 
2462(c)).

Petitions Accepted for Review Regarding Country Practices

    Pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(b), the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade 
Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) has recommended, and the TPSC has 
accepted, certain country practice petitions (see Annex A) to be 
included in the 2005 Annual Review. Acceptance of a petition for review 
is not indicative of the ultimate disposition of the petition. 
Acceptance indicates only that the listed petitions warrant further 
consideration.

Opportunities for Public Comment

    The GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC invites comments in support of or 
in opposition to any petition that have been accepted for review. 
Submissions should comply with 15 CFR Part 2007, except as modified 
below.

Requirements for Submission

    In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, USTR will 
accept only electronic e-mail submissions in response to this notice. 
Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. These submissions 
should be single-copy transmissions in English with the total 
submission not to exceed 20 single-spaced standard letter-size pages. 
E-mail submissions should use the following subject line: ``2005 GSP 
Annual Country Practice Review'' followed by the subject country, case 
number, and, as appropriate ``Written Comments'', ``Notice of Intent to 
Testify'', ``Pre-hearing brief'', or ``Post-hearing brief''. Documents 
must be submitted in English in one of the following formats: MSWord 
(.DOC), WordPerfect (.WPD), or text (.TXT) files. Documents may not be 
submitted as electronic image files or contain imbedded images (for 
example, ``.JPG'', ``.TIF'', ``.PDF'', ``.BMP'', or ``.GIF''). 
Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as 
Excel files, formatted for printing on 8\1/2\ x 11 inch paper. Any data 
attachments to the submission must be included in the same file as the 
submission itself, and not as separate files.
    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 
submission must be clearly marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top 
and bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version 
must also be clearly marked at the top and bottom of each page (either 
``PUBLIC VERSION'' or ``NON-CONFIDENTIAL''). 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 characters ``P-''. The ``P-'' or ``BC-'' should be 
followed by the name of the party (government, company, union, 
association, etc.) which is making the submission.
    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 e-mail 
address and other identifying information. 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 of the TPSC to

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arrange for an alternative method of transmission.
    Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be 
available for review approximately two weeks after the relevant due 
date by appointment in the USTR public reading room, 1724 F Street NW., 
Washington, DC. 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.

Marideth J. Sandler,
Executive Director, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program, 
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
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