Request for Public Comment With Respect to the Annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, 55204-55205 [05-18701]

Download as PDF 55204 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 20, 2005 / Notices included in TVA’s financial statement report. Jacklyn J. Stephenson, Senior Manager, Enterprise Operations, Information Services. [FR Doc. 05–18684 Filed 9–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Public Comment With Respect to the Annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 303 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, as amended, USTR is required to publish annually the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested parties to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services and overseas direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. Particularly important are impediments materially affecting the actual and potential financial performance of an industry sector. The TPSC invites written comments that provide views relevant to the issues to be examined in preparing the NTE. DATES: Public comments are due not later than Wednesday, November 16, 2005. Submissions by electronic mail: FR0508@USTR.EOP.GOV. Submissions by facsimile: Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–6143. The public is strongly encouraged to submit documents electronically rather than by facsimile. (See requirements for submissions below.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the report, its subject matter or procedural questions concerning submissions should be directed to Ms. Gloria Blue, Office of Policy Coordination, Office of the United States Trade Representative (202) 395–3475. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Last year’s report may be found on USTR’s Internet Home Page (http://www.ustr.gov) in the Document Library under the section on Reports/Publications. In order to ensure compliance with the statutory mandate for reporting foreign trade barriers that ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Sep 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 are significant, we will focus particularly on those restrictions where there has been active private sector interest. The information submitted should relate to one or more of the following ten categories of foreign trade barriers: (1) Import policies (e.g., tariffs and other import charges, quantitative restrictions, import licensing, and customs barriers); (2) Standards, testing, labeling, and certification (including unnecessarily restrictive application of phytosanitary standards, refusal to accept U.S. manufacturers’ self-certification of conformance to foreign product standards, and environmental restrictions); (3) Government procurement (e.g., ‘‘buy national’’ policies and closed bidding); (4) Export subsidies (e.g., export financing on preferential terms and agricultural export subsidies that displace U.S. exports in third country markets); (5) Lack of intellectual property protection (e.g., inadequate patent, copyright, and trademark regimes); (6) Services barriers (e.g., limits on the range of financial services offered by foreign financial institutions, regulation of international data flows, restrictions on the use of data processing, quotas on imports of foreign films, and barriers to the provision of services by professionals (e.g., lawyers, doctors, accountants, engineers, nurses, etc.); (7) Investment barriers (e.g., limitations on foreign equity participation and on access to foreign government-funded R&D consortia, local content, technology transfer and export performance requirements, and restrictions on repatriation of earnings, capital, fees and royalties); (8) Anticompetitive practices with trade effects tolerated by foreign governments (including anticompetitive activities of both state-owned and private firms that apply to services or to goods and that restrict the sale of U.S. products to any firm, not just to foreign firms that perpetuate the practices); (9) Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce (e.g., tariff and non-tariff measures, burdensome and discriminatory regulations and standards, and discriminatory taxation); and (10) Other barriers (i.e., barriers that encompass more than one category, e.g., bribery and corruption, or that affect a single sector). As in the case of last year’s NTE, we are asking that particular emphasis be placed on any practices that may violate U.S. trade agreements. We are also PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 interested in receiving any new or updated information pertinent to the barriers covered in last year’s report as well as new information. Please note that the information not used in the NTE will be maintained for use in future negotiations. It is most important that your submission contain estimates of the potential increase in exports that would result from the removal of the barrier, as well as a clear discussion of the method(s) by which the estimates were computed. Estimates should fall within the following value ranges: Less than $5 million; $5 to $25 million; $25 million to $50 million; $50 million to $100 million; $100 million to $500 million; or over $500 million. Such assessments enhance USTR’s ability to conduct meaningful comparative analyses of a barrier’s effect over a range of industries. Please note that interested parties discussing barriers in more than one country should provide a separate submission (i.e., one that is selfcontained) for each country. Requirements for Submissions: In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, USTR strongly urge and prefers electronic (e-mail) submissions in response to this notice. In the event an e-mail submission is impossible, submissions should be made by facsimile. Facsimile submissions should not exceed a maximum of 20 pages. E-mail submissions should be single copy transmissions in English. Submissions should use the following subject line: ‘‘2006 National Trade Estimate Report—Submission by (sector, company, association). Documents must be submitted as either WordPerfect (‘‘WPD’’), MSWord (‘‘DOC’’), or text (‘‘TXT’’) file. Documents should not be submitted as electronic image files or contain imbedded images (for example, ‘‘JPG’’, ‘‘PDF’’ ‘‘BMP’’, or ‘‘GIF’’), as these type of files are generally excessively large. Supporting Documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel, pre-formatted 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. Petitions will be available for 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 E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 20, 2005 / Notices confidential information was redacted by inserting asterisks where material was deleted. In addition, the confidential submission must be clearly marked ‘‘Business Confidential’’ in large, bold letters at the top and bottom of every page of the documents. The public version that does not contain business confidential information must be clearly marked either ‘‘Public Version’’ or ‘‘Non-Confidential’’ in large, bold letters at the top and bottom of every page. The file name of any documents containing business confidential information attached to an e-mail transmission 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 person or party submitting the petition. Submissions by e-mail 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 submission. The e-mail address for submissions is FR0508@ustr.eop.gov. Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be available for review shortly 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. Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 05–18701 Filed 9–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W5–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Multiple Counties, Alabama Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project that will traverse the west central section of the State of Alabama. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Joe D. Wilkerson, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 500 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 200, Montgomery, Alabama 36117–2018, Telephone (334) 223–7370. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Sep 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 The FHWA, in cooperation with the State of Alabama Department of Transportation, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Project NCPD– PE02(910). The proposed action is to construct a multi-lane, limited-access roadway to provide a connecting link in the freeway/Interstate system between I–59/I–20 near the Mississippi State line and I–85 in Montgomery, Alabama. The highway will have an approximate length of 140 miles. The study area includes large parts of six Black Belt Counties (Dallas, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter), as well as Autauga and Montgomery Counties. A new Interstate connector will improve system linkage, provide a safe and efficient transportation corridor, and enhance economic opportunities for the Black Belt and other areas in the region. Alternatives under consideration include: (1) alternate route locations and (2) a no-action or no-build alternative. The Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration have begun a corridor study. Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments were sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies and to private organizations and citizens who previously expressed or were known to have interest in this proposal. In addition to the early coordination already accomplished, additional meetings will be held as appropriate, and formal public hearings will be held. Public notice will be given of the time and place for the meetings and hearings. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the public hearings. To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues are identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. An interagency scoping meeting was scheduled for September 22, 2005, in Selma, Alabama. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to the FHWA at the address provided above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55205 Issued on: September 8, 2005. Joe D. Wilkerson, Division Administrator, Montgomery. [FR Doc. 05–18627 Filed 9–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Ex Parte No. 658] The 25th Anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980: A Review and Look Ahead AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Notice of public hearing. SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at its offices in Washington, DC. The purpose of the public hearing will be to examine the impact, the effectiveness, and the future of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 (Staggers Act). Persons wishing to speak at the hearing should notify the Board in writing. DATES: The public hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2005. Any person wishing to speak at the hearing should file with the Board a written notice of intent to participate, and should identify the party, the proposed speaker, the time requested, and the topic(s) to be covered, as soon as possible but no later than October 7, 2005. Each speaker should also file with the Board his/her written testimony by October 12, 2005. Written submissions by interested persons who do not wish to appear at the hearing will also be due by October 12, 2005. A list of speakers and time will be published by October 14, 2005. ADDRESSES: All notices of intent to participate and testimony may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should comply with the Board’s ‘‘www.stb.dot.gov’’ Web site, at the ‘‘EFILING’’ link. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies of the filing to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: STB Ex Parte No. 658, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph H. Dettmar, (202) 565–1609. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at: (800) 877–8339.] E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 181 (Tuesday, September 20, 2005)]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Public Comment With Respect to the Annual National 
Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 303 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, 
as amended, USTR is required to publish annually the National Trade 
Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the 
Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested parties to 
assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, 
services and overseas direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. 
Particularly important are impediments materially affecting the actual 
and potential financial performance of an industry sector. The TPSC 
invites written comments that provide views relevant to the issues to 
be examined in preparing the NTE.

DATES: Public comments are due not later than Wednesday, November 16, 
2005.

ADDRESSES: Submissions by electronic mail: FR0508@USTR.EOP.GOV. 
Submissions by facsimile: Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade 
Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, (202) 395-6143. The public is strongly encouraged to 
submit documents electronically rather than by facsimile. (See 
requirements for submissions below.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the report, its 
subject matter or procedural questions concerning submissions should be 
directed to Ms. Gloria Blue, Office of Policy Coordination, Office of 
the United States Trade Representative (202) 395-3475.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Last year's report may be found on USTR's 
Internet Home Page (http://www.ustr.gov) in the Document Library under 
the section on Reports/Publications. In order to ensure compliance with 
the statutory mandate for reporting foreign trade barriers that are 
significant, we will focus particularly on those restrictions where 
there has been active private sector interest.
    The information submitted should relate to one or more of the 
following ten categories of foreign trade barriers:
    (1) Import policies (e.g., tariffs and other import charges, 
quantitative restrictions, import licensing, and customs barriers);
    (2) Standards, testing, labeling, and certification (including 
unnecessarily restrictive application of phytosanitary standards, 
refusal to accept U.S. manufacturers' self-certification of conformance 
to foreign product standards, and environmental restrictions);
    (3) Government procurement (e.g., ``buy national'' policies and 
closed bidding);
    (4) Export subsidies (e.g., export financing on preferential terms 
and agricultural export subsidies that displace U.S. exports in third 
country markets);
    (5) Lack of intellectual property protection (e.g., inadequate 
patent, copyright, and trademark regimes);
    (6) Services barriers (e.g., limits on the range of financial 
services offered by foreign financial institutions, regulation of 
international data flows, restrictions on the use of data processing, 
quotas on imports of foreign films, and barriers to the provision of 
services by professionals (e.g., lawyers, doctors, accountants, 
engineers, nurses, etc.);
    (7) Investment barriers (e.g., limitations on foreign equity 
participation and on access to foreign government-funded R&D consortia, 
local content, technology transfer and export performance requirements, 
and restrictions on repatriation of earnings, capital, fees and 
royalties);
    (8) Anticompetitive practices with trade effects tolerated by 
foreign governments (including anticompetitive activities of both 
state-owned and private firms that apply to services or to goods and 
that restrict the sale of U.S. products to any firm, not just to 
foreign firms that perpetuate the practices);
    (9) Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce (e.g., tariff 
and non-tariff measures, burdensome and discriminatory regulations and 
standards, and discriminatory taxation); and
    (10) Other barriers (i.e., barriers that encompass more than one 
category, e.g., bribery and corruption, or that affect a single 
sector).
    As in the case of last year's NTE, we are asking that particular 
emphasis be placed on any practices that may violate U.S. trade 
agreements. We are also interested in receiving any new or updated 
information pertinent to the barriers covered in last year's report as 
well as new information. Please note that the information not used in 
the NTE will be maintained for use in future negotiations.
    It is most important that your submission contain estimates of the 
potential increase in exports that would result from the removal of the 
barrier, as well as a clear discussion of the method(s) by which the 
estimates were computed. Estimates should fall within the following 
value ranges: Less than $5 million; $5 to $25 million; $25 million to 
$50 million; $50 million to $100 million; $100 million to $500 million; 
or over $500 million. Such assessments enhance USTR's ability to 
conduct meaningful comparative analyses of a barrier's effect over a 
range of industries.
    Please note that interested parties discussing barriers in more 
than one country should provide a separate submission (i.e., one that 
is self-contained) for each country.
    Requirements for Submissions: In order to facilitate prompt 
processing of submissions, USTR strongly urge and prefers electronic 
(e-mail) submissions in response to this notice. In the event an e-mail 
submission is impossible, submissions should be made by facsimile. 
Facsimile submissions should not exceed a maximum of 20 pages.
    E-mail submissions should be single copy transmissions in English. 
Submissions should use the following subject line: ``2006 National 
Trade Estimate Report--Submission by (sector, company, association). 
Documents must be submitted as either WordPerfect (``WPD''), MSWord 
(``DOC''), or text (``TXT'') file. Documents should not be submitted as 
electronic image files or contain imbedded images (for example, 
``JPG'', ``PDF'' ``BMP'', or ``GIF''), as these type of files are 
generally excessively large. Supporting Documentation submitted as 
spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro Pro 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.
    Petitions will be available for 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

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confidential information was redacted by inserting asterisks where 
material was deleted. In addition, the confidential submission must be 
clearly marked ``Business Confidential'' in large, bold letters at the 
top and bottom of every page of the documents. The public version that 
does not contain business confidential information must be clearly 
marked either ``Public Version'' or ``Non-Confidential'' in large, bold 
letters at the top and bottom of every page. The file name of any 
documents containing business confidential information attached to an 
e-mail transmission 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 person 
or party submitting the petition. Submissions by e-mail 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 submission. The e-mail address for submissions 
is FR0508@ustr.eop.gov. Public versions of all documents relating to 
this review will be available for review shortly 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.

Carmen Suro-Bredie,
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
[FR Doc. 05-18701 Filed 9-19-05; 8:45 am]
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