U.S. Microelectronics Trade Mission, 56642-56644 [E5-5306]

Download as PDF 56642 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 28, 2005 / Notices produced in the United States as a lumber product satisfying the physical parameters of the softwood lumber scope.4 The presumption of non–subject status can, however, be rebutted by evidence demonstrating that the merchandise was substantially transformed in Canada. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case briefs submitted by interested parties to this new shipper review are addressed in the New Shipper Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues contained in that decision memorandum is attached to this notice as Appendix I. Parties can find a complete discussion of the issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in that public memorandum, which is on file in the Central Records Unit (CRU), room B–099 of the Main Commerce Building. In addition, a complete copy of the New Shipper Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the World Wide Web at https://ia.ita.doc.gov, under the heading ‘‘Federal Register Notices.’’ The paper copy and electronic version of the decision memorandum are identical in content. Final Results of Review In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), we have determined an individual rate for Seed Timber. We determine the total net countervailable subsidy rate to be: Producer/Exporter Seed Timber Co. Ltd. ... Net Subsidy Rate 2.22 percent ad valorem In accordance with 19 CFR 356.8(a), we will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP on or after 41 days following the publication of the final results of this review, to liquidate shipments of the subject merchandise produced or exported by Seed Timber entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2003, at 2.22 percent ad valorem of the f.o.b. invoice price. We will also instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at 2.22 percent ad valorem of the f.o.b. invoice price on all shipments of the subject merchandise from Seed Timber entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 4 See scope clarification message 3034202, dated February 3, 2003, to CBP, concerning treatment of U.S.-origin lumber on file in the Department’s Central Records Unit, room B-099. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:02 Sep 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this new shipper review. This cash deposit requirement will remain in effect until publication of the final results of the second administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain softwood lumber products from Canada.5 Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return/ destruction of APO material or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply is a violation of the APO. This review and notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: September 22, 2005. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. APPENDIX I - Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Analysis of Programs A. Program Determined to Be Countervailable 1. British Columbia’s Provincial Stumpage Program B. Programs Determined to Be Not Used 1. Non–Stumpage Programs of the Government of British Columbia a. Grants, Loans, and Loan Guarantees Provided from Forest Renewal BC b. Payments Associated with Tenure Reclamation c. Land–Base Investment Program d. Forestry Innovation Investment Program e. Allowances for Harvesting Beetle– Infested Timber f. Tax Breaks for Timber Harvesters on Private Timber Land 2. Non–Stumpage Programs of the Federal Government of Canada a. Non–Repayable Grants and Conditionally Repayable Contributions from the Department of Western Economic Diversification 5 The Department has extended the time limit for completion of the final results of the second administrative review until December 4, 2005. See Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Certain Softwood Lumber from Canada, 70 FR 51751 (August 31, 2005). PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 b. Workers Assistance Packages c. Softwood Marketing Subsidies d. Litigation Related Payments to Lumber Trade Associations II.Total Ad Valorem Rate III. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: U.S. Log Data Comment 2: Lower–Grade Cedar Comment 3: Pond Values Comment 4: Domestic Log Prices Comment 5: Cross–Border U.S. Log Price Benchmarks Comment 6: Net Benefit Calculation [FR Doc. 05–19361 Filed 9–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration U.S. Microelectronics Trade Mission International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice to Microelectronics Trade Mission to Shanghai, China, March 20–23, 2006. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, Office of Global Trade Programs is organizing a microelectronics trade mission to China, March 20–23, 2006. This trade mission will take place during the highly acclaimed annual Shanghai exhibition Electronica and Productronica China 2006—co-located with SEMICON China. Participating firms will not only have pre-arranged one-on-one meetings scheduled for them by the U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai, but will also have the opportunity to make additional business contacts at the exhibition. A similar microelectronics trade mission took place in March 2005. Contact: Office of Global Trade Programs; Room 2012; Department of Commerce; Washington, DC 20230; Tel: (202) 482–4457; Fax: (202) 482–0178. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Microelectronics Trade Mission, Shanghai, China, March 20–23, 2006. Mission Statement I. Description of the Mission The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, Office of Global Trade Programs is organizing a microelectronics trade mission to China, March 20–23, 2006. This trade mission will take place during the highly acclaimed annual Shanghai exhibition Electronica and E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 28, 2005 / Notices Productronica China 2006—co-located with SEMICON China. Participating firms will not only have pre-arranged one-on-one meetings scheduled for them by the U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai, but will also have the opportunity to make additional business contacts at the exhibition. A similar microelectronics trade mission took place in March 2005. Trade mission participants will include representatives from U.S. firms specializing in microelectronics design, manufacturing, and distribution, including semiconductor devices, integrated circuit design services, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, clean room equipment, and electronics packaging/interconnects. II. Commercial Setting for the Mission Microelectronics design, manufacturing, and distribution make the foundation for the rapid growth of e-commerce, Web-enabled technologies, and wireless technologies that will be the major business prospects in the 21st century in Asia. The Chinese Government is strongly committed to the development of a domestic microelectronics industry to enable the adoption of Information Technology (IT) nationwide and to improve economic productivity. The first wave of semiconductor manufacturing activity and investment is well under way in China, based on the growth of wafer fabrication facilities (fabs) and semiconductor packaging and test houses producing older-generation devices. China represents only a small portion of worldwide semiconductor production capacity. This is changing dramatically as more investment pours into the country, significantly increasing the number of fabs, assembly and test plants, electronics material production and very likely, semiconductor manufacturing equipment production in China. There is a sizeable overseas influence in China, and of all the announced semiconductor industry projects, those with overseas support are the most likely to survive in the rapidly growing China market. China’s total semiconductor consumption reached $42 billion in 2004. IT products, consumer electronics, communications and industrial instrumentation are the main applications driving Chinese semiconductor demand. In 2004, new semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales in China were $2.73 billion, while used/refurbished equipment revenues were an estimated $180 million. The used and refurbished equipment market in China is expected to grow in the coming years, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:02 Sep 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 approaching $500 million by 2007. Most Chinese fabs and foundries are confident that 150 mm and 0.35 micron to 1.0 micron technology will remain strong over the next five years in China, though the majority of capacity and output will gradually shift to 200 mm and 0.25 micron to 0.13 micron production lines. The 300 mm fab era has also come to China with one fab in operation and several additional fabs possible over the next three years. These development trends indicate that China is emerging as a new and strong production base for electronic and IT products in Asia. With this rapid growth in the IT sector, China is forced to build its strong microelectronics industry primarily on imports and investment from foreign suppliers. Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong are among the cities that lead China’s IT industry growth. III. Goals for the Mission The goal is to assist U.S. microelectronics industry’s small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in achieving their export business objectives in the Chinese market through participation in this trade mission, which will take place during a major microelectronics exhibition. Mission participants will gain first-hand market exposure; meet with potential agents, distributors, and business partners from the private sector; and obtain information that will help to position their firms to take advantage of the strong business opportunities in China’s microelectronics market. IV. Scenario for the Mission The primary focus of the mission is on Shanghai. The schedule includes site visits, briefings by the U.S. government, and an export control seminar sponsored by the Semiconductor Equipment Materials International (SEMI) Association. The purpose of the site visits will be to provide a broad vision of the Chinese electronics/ semiconductor industry, which will help the participants to better understand the Chinese market. Attendance at the export control seminar will be invaluable for mission participants, as it will cover the full gamut of export control requirements for technology companies. It will include government requirements and perspective, industry perspective and best practices, and business advantages for companies that manage export controls strategically. A SEMICON forum, which all of the participants will be invited to attend, will also be on the agenda. The dates of the exhibition are March 21–23, 2006. The U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56643 Commercial Service in Shanghai will set aside time for pre-arranged individual business meetings for the mission participants. In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to conduct business with exhibitors at the show, as well as display company literature in a booth at the exhibition. No other types of exhibition items may be displayed. A hospitality reception for the participants will be held the evening of March 23. Timetable Saturday, March 18—Arrive Shanghai (optional); activities open. Sunday, March 19—Arrive Shanghai (optional); no host dinner at hotel and/or activities open. Monday, March 20—Breakfast briefing for participants with Commercial Service Shanghai staff; and hightech industry park meetings and/or site tours to: HHNEC (Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Company) Intel. Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (GSMC). Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC). Tuesday, March 21—All-day individual one-on-one pre-arranged business meetings for participants. Wednesday, March 22—SEMI association market briefing in morning. Attend exhibition in afternoon. Thursday, March 23—Attend SEMI China export control seminar in morning. Attend exhibition in afternoon. Reception in evening. Friday, March 24—Participants may wish to have follow-up business visits/appointments or depart for U.S. Note: These dates and activities are tentative and subject to change. The final schedule will depend on the availability of Chinese officials, specific goals of mission participants, and air travel schedules. V. Criteria for Participation • Relevance of the company’s business line to mission’s scope and goals; • Potential for business in the China market; • Timeliness of the company’s signed and completed application, and participation agreement, and payment of the mission participation fee of $2,500 for the first company representative, and $500 each for additional representatives; • Provision of adequate information on the company’s products and/or services and communication of the company’s primary objectives to facilitate appropriate matching with potential business partners; E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 56644 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 28, 2005 / Notices • Certification that the company meets Departmental guidelines for participation, including certification that the company’s products and/or services are manufactured or produced in the United States, or if manufactured/ produced outside of the United States, the product/services should be marketed under the name of the U.S. firm and have U.S. content of at least fifty-one percent of the value of the finished good or service. A minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen participating companies will be recruited in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register; posting on the Internet; press releases to general and trade media; direct mail and broadcast fax; notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups; and announcements at industry meetings, symposiums, conferences, and trade shows. Any partisan political activities (including political contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection process. The $2,500 trade mission participation fee does not include the cost of travel, lodging, and meals. Recruitment will begin immediately and will close on February 3, 2006. Contact, Marlene Ruffin, Global Trade Programs, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 2114, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202–482–0570, Fax: 202–482–0872, Email: marlene.ruffin@mail.doc.go. Dated: September 22, 2005. Todd Thurwachter, Director, Office of Trade Event Programs. [FR Doc. E5–5306 Filed 9–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to evaluate and notice of availability of final findings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Rhode Island Coastal Management Program, the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:02 Sep 27, 2005 Jkt 205001 Chesapeake Bay-Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, subpart L. The National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluations will be conducted pursuant to sections 312 and 315 of the CZMA and regulations at 15 CFR part 921, subpart E and part 923, subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document or Reserve final management plan approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meeting during the site visits. The Rhode Island Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held November 14–18, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. at the Narragansett Bay Commission Board Room, One Service Road, Providence, Rhode Island. The Chesapeake Bay-Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation site visit will be held November 14–16, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Monday, November 14, 2005, at 7 p.m. at the Jug Bay Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, Maryland. The Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve joint evaluation site visit will be held December 5–9, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The joint public meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at 6 p.m. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 at 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, Delaware. The Georgia Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held December 12–16, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Coastal Electric Membership Cooperative, 1265 South Coastal Highway (U.S. 17), Midway, Georgia. Copies of states’ most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM’s evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the states, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding these Programs are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the public meeting held for a Program. Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluations are completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Notice is hereby given of the availability of the final evaluation findings for the Florida, Mississippi, and Washington Coastal Management Programs (CMPs); and the Padilla Bay (Washington) and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs). Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended, require a continuing review of the performance of coastal states with respect to approval of CMPs and the operation and management of NERRs. The states of Florida, Mississippi, and Washington were found to be implementing and enforcing their federally approved coastal management programs, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in CZMA Section 303(2)(A)– (K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. Padilla Bay (Washington) and North Carolina NERRs were found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the NERR System. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


U.S. Microelectronics Trade Mission

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice to Microelectronics Trade Mission to Shanghai, China, 
March 20-23, 2006.

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SUMMARY: The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, Office of Global Trade 
Programs is organizing a microelectronics trade mission to China, March 
20-23, 2006. This trade mission will take place during the highly 
acclaimed annual Shanghai exhibition Electronica and Productronica 
China 2006--co-located with SEMICON China. Participating firms will not 
only have pre-arranged one-on-one meetings scheduled for them by the 
U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai, but will also have the opportunity 
to make additional business contacts at the exhibition. A similar 
microelectronics trade mission took place in March 2005.
    Contact: Office of Global Trade Programs; Room 2012; Department of 
Commerce; Washington, DC 20230; Tel: (202) 482-4457; Fax: (202) 482-
0178.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Microelectronics Trade Mission, Shanghai, 
China, March 20-23, 2006.

Mission Statement

I. Description of the Mission

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, Office of Global Trade 
Programs is organizing a microelectronics trade mission to China, March 
20-23, 2006. This trade mission will take place during the highly 
acclaimed annual Shanghai exhibition Electronica and

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Productronica China 2006--co-located with SEMICON China. Participating 
firms will not only have pre-arranged one-on-one meetings scheduled for 
them by the U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai, but will also have the 
opportunity to make additional business contacts at the exhibition. A 
similar microelectronics trade mission took place in March 2005.
    Trade mission participants will include representatives from U.S. 
firms specializing in microelectronics design, manufacturing, and 
distribution, including semiconductor devices, integrated circuit 
design services, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, clean room 
equipment, and electronics packaging/interconnects.

II. Commercial Setting for the Mission

    Microelectronics design, manufacturing, and distribution make the 
foundation for the rapid growth of e-commerce, Web-enabled 
technologies, and wireless technologies that will be the major business 
prospects in the 21st century in Asia. The Chinese Government is 
strongly committed to the development of a domestic microelectronics 
industry to enable the adoption of Information Technology (IT) 
nationwide and to improve economic productivity.
    The first wave of semiconductor manufacturing activity and 
investment is well under way in China, based on the growth of wafer 
fabrication facilities (fabs) and semiconductor packaging and test 
houses producing older-generation devices. China represents only a 
small portion of worldwide semiconductor production capacity. This is 
changing dramatically as more investment pours into the country, 
significantly increasing the number of fabs, assembly and test plants, 
electronics material production and very likely, semiconductor 
manufacturing equipment production in China. There is a sizeable 
overseas influence in China, and of all the announced semiconductor 
industry projects, those with overseas support are the most likely to 
survive in the rapidly growing China market.
    China's total semiconductor consumption reached $42 billion in 
2004. IT products, consumer electronics, communications and industrial 
instrumentation are the main applications driving Chinese semiconductor 
demand. In 2004, new semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales in 
China were $2.73 billion, while used/refurbished equipment revenues 
were an estimated $180 million. The used and refurbished equipment 
market in China is expected to grow in the coming years, approaching 
$500 million by 2007. Most Chinese fabs and foundries are confident 
that 150 mm and 0.35 micron to 1.0 micron technology will remain strong 
over the next five years in China, though the majority of capacity and 
output will gradually shift to 200 mm and 0.25 micron to 0.13 micron 
production lines. The 300 mm fab era has also come to China with one 
fab in operation and several additional fabs possible over the next 
three years.
    These development trends indicate that China is emerging as a new 
and strong production base for electronic and IT products in Asia. With 
this rapid growth in the IT sector, China is forced to build its strong 
microelectronics industry primarily on imports and investment from 
foreign suppliers. Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong are among the 
cities that lead China's IT industry growth.

III. Goals for the Mission

    The goal is to assist U.S. microelectronics industry's small- to 
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in achieving their export business 
objectives in the Chinese market through participation in this trade 
mission, which will take place during a major microelectronics 
exhibition. Mission participants will gain first-hand market exposure; 
meet with potential agents, distributors, and business partners from 
the private sector; and obtain information that will help to position 
their firms to take advantage of the strong business opportunities in 
China's microelectronics market.

IV. Scenario for the Mission

    The primary focus of the mission is on Shanghai. The schedule 
includes site visits, briefings by the U.S. government, and an export 
control seminar sponsored by the Semiconductor Equipment Materials 
International (SEMI) Association. The purpose of the site visits will 
be to provide a broad vision of the Chinese electronics/semiconductor 
industry, which will help the participants to better understand the 
Chinese market. Attendance at the export control seminar will be 
invaluable for mission participants, as it will cover the full gamut of 
export control requirements for technology companies. It will include 
government requirements and perspective, industry perspective and best 
practices, and business advantages for companies that manage export 
controls strategically. A SEMICON forum, which all of the participants 
will be invited to attend, will also be on the agenda. The dates of the 
exhibition are March 21-23, 2006. The U.S. Commercial Service in 
Shanghai will set aside time for pre-arranged individual business 
meetings for the mission participants. In addition, the participants 
will have the opportunity to conduct business with exhibitors at the 
show, as well as display company literature in a booth at the 
exhibition. No other types of exhibition items may be displayed. A 
hospitality reception for the participants will be held the evening of 
March 23.
Timetable
Saturday, March 18--Arrive Shanghai (optional); activities open.
Sunday, March 19--Arrive Shanghai (optional); no host dinner at hotel 
and/or activities open.
Monday, March 20--Breakfast briefing for participants with Commercial 
Service Shanghai staff; and high-tech industry park meetings and/or 
site tours to:
    HHNEC (Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Company) Intel.
    Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (GSMC). Semiconductor 
Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC).
Tuesday, March 21--All-day individual one-on-one pre-arranged business 
meetings for participants.
Wednesday, March 22--SEMI association market briefing in morning. 
Attend exhibition in afternoon.
Thursday, March 23--Attend SEMI China export control seminar in 
morning. Attend exhibition in afternoon. Reception in evening.
Friday, March 24--Participants may wish to have follow-up business 
visits/appointments or depart for U.S.


    Note:  These dates and activities are tentative and subject to 
change. The final schedule will depend on the availability of 
Chinese officials, specific goals of mission participants, and air 
travel schedules.

V. Criteria for Participation

     Relevance of the company's business line to mission's 
scope and goals;
     Potential for business in the China market;
     Timeliness of the company's signed and completed 
application, and participation agreement, and payment of the mission 
participation fee of $2,500 for the first company representative, and 
$500 each for additional representatives;
     Provision of adequate information on the company's 
products and/or services and communication of the company's primary 
objectives to facilitate appropriate matching with potential business 
partners;

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     Certification that the company meets Departmental 
guidelines for participation, including certification that the 
company's products and/or services are manufactured or produced in the 
United States, or if manufactured/produced outside of the United 
States, the product/services should be marketed under the name of the 
U.S. firm and have U.S. content of at least fifty-one percent of the 
value of the finished good or service.
    A minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen participating companies 
will be recruited in an open and public manner, including publication 
in the Federal Register; posting on the Internet; press releases to 
general and trade media; direct mail and broadcast fax; notices by 
industry trade associations and other multiplier groups; and 
announcements at industry meetings, symposiums, conferences, and trade 
shows.
    Any partisan political activities (including political 
contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection 
process. The $2,500 trade mission participation fee does not include 
the cost of travel, lodging, and meals. Recruitment will begin 
immediately and will close on February 3, 2006.
    Contact, Marlene Ruffin, Global Trade Programs, U.S. & Foreign 
Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Room 2114, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202-482-0570, Fax: 
202-482-0872, E-mail: marlene.ruffin@mail.doc.go.

    Dated: September 22, 2005.
Todd Thurwachter,
Director, Office of Trade Event Programs.
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