Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China, 59036-59037 [05-20403]

Download as PDF 59036 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 11, 2005 / Notices COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China October 5, 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 cotton knit shirts and blouses (Category 338/ 339). AGENCY: SUMMARY: On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request from the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, SEAMS, and UNITE HERE requesting that the Committee reapply a limit on imports from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses (Category 338/339). 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 reapplied on imports of cotton knit shirts and blouses. The current limit on cotton knit shirts and blouses expires on December 31, 2005. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses are, due to the threat of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments must be submitted by November 10, 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, DC 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 Order11651, as amended. Background The Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) 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, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Oct 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 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. The Committee has published procedures (the Procedures) it follows in considering requests for Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard actions (68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 49440, August 18, 2003), including the information that must be included in such requests in order for the Committee to consider them. On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request that an Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be reapplied on imports from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses (Category 338/339). 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. The text of the request is available at http:// otexa.ita.doc.gov/Safeguard05.htm. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether there is a threat of disruption to the U.S. market for cotton knit shirts and blouses and, if so, the role of Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses in that disruption. To this end, the Committee seeks relevant information addressing factors such as the following, which may be relevant in the particular circumstances of this case, involving a product under a quota that will be removed on December 31, 2005: (1) Whether cotton knit shirt and blouse imports from China are entering, or are expected to enter, the United States at prices that are substantially below prices of the like or directly competitive U.S. product, and whether those imports are likely to have a significant depressing or suppressing effect on domestic prices of the like or directly competitive U.S. product, or are likely to increase demand for further imports from China; (2) Whether exports of Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 blouses to the United States are likely to increase substantially and imminently (due to existing unused production capacity, to capacity that can easily be shifted from the production of other products to the production of cotton knit shirts and blouses, or to an imminent and substantial increase in production capacity or investment in production capacity), taking into account the availability of other markets to absorb any additional exports; (3) Whether Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses that are presently sold in the Chinese market or in thirdcountry markets will be diverted to the U.S. market in the imminent future (for example, due to more favorable pricing in the U.S. market or to existing or imminent import restraints into third country market); (4) The level and the extent of any recent change in inventories of cotton knit shirts and blouses in China or in U.S. bonded warehouses; (5) Whether conditions of the domestic industry of the like or directly competitive product demonstrate that market disruption is likely (as may be evident from any anticipated factory closures or decline in investment in the production of cotton knit shirts and blouses, and whether actual or anticipated imports of Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses are likely to affect the development and production efforts of the U.S. cotton knit shirt and blouse industry; and (6) Whether U.S. managers, retailers, purchasers, importers or other market participants have recognized Chinese producers of cotton knit shirts and blouses as potential suppliers (for example, through pre-qualification procedures or framework agreements). Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than November 10, 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 threat of market disruption or that the subject imports are not threatening to cause 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. E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 11, 2005 / Notices 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 knit shirts and blouses are, due to the threat of 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 the disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and the Committee’s Procedures. James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–20403 Filed 10–6–05; 1:36 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China October 5, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the Committee). AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Oct 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 Solicitation of public comments concerning a request for safeguard action on imports from China of men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit (Category 340/640). ACTION: SUMMARY: On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request from the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, SEAMS, and UNITE HERE requesting that the Committee reapply a limit on imports from China of men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit (Category 340/640). 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 reapplied on imports of such shirts. The current limit on men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit expires on December 31, 2005. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such shirts are, due to the threat of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments must be submitted by November 10, 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, DC 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 (WTO) 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 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59037 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. The Committee has published procedures (the Procedures) it follows in considering requests for Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard actions (68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 49440, August 18, 2003), including the information that must be included in such requests in order for the Committee to consider them. On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request that an Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be reapplied on imports from China of men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit (Category 340/640). 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. The text of the request is available at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov/ Safeguard05.htm. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether there is a threat of disruption to the U.S. market for men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit and, if so, the role of Chinese-origin men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit in that disruption. To this end, the Committee seeks relevant information addressing factors such as the following, which may be relevant in the particular circumstances of this case, involving a product under a quota that will be removed on December 31, 2005: (1) Whether men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit imports from China are entering, or are expected to enter, the United States at prices that are substantially below prices of the like or directly competitive U.S. product, and whether those imports are likely to have a significant depressing or suppressing effect on domestic prices of the like or directly competitive U.S. product, or are likely to increase demand for further imports from China; (2) Whether exports of Chinese-origin men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit to the United States are likely to increase substantially and imminently (due to existing unused production capacity, to capacity that can easily be shifted from the production of other products to the production of men’s and boys’ cotton and man-made fiber shirts, not knit, or to an imminent and substantial increase E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1

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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

October 5, 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 cotton knit shirts and 
blouses (Category 338/339).

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SUMMARY: On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request from 
the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council 
of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, SEAMS, and 
UNITE HERE requesting that the Committee reapply a limit on imports 
from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses (Category 338/339). 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 reapplied on imports 
of cotton knit shirts and blouses. The current limit on cotton knit 
shirts and blouses expires on December 31, 2005. The Committee hereby 
solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to 
whether imports from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses are, due 
to the threat of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly 
development of trade in this product. Comments must be submitted by 
November 10, 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, DC 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 Order11651, as amended.

Background

    The Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the 
World Trade Organization (WTO) 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.
    The Committee has published procedures (the Procedures) it follows 
in considering requests for Accession Agreement textile and apparel 
safeguard actions (68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 49440, August 18, 
2003), including the information that must be included in such requests 
in order for the Committee to consider them.
    On September 14, 2005, the Committee received a request that an 
Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be reapplied 
on imports from China of cotton knit shirts and blouses (Category 338/
339). 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. The text of 
the request is available at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov/Safeguard05.htm.
    The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in 
particular with regard to whether there is a threat of disruption to 
the U.S. market for cotton knit shirts and blouses and, if so, the role 
of Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses in that disruption. To 
this end, the Committee seeks relevant information addressing factors 
such as the following, which may be relevant in the particular 
circumstances of this case, involving a product under a quota that will 
be removed on December 31, 2005: (1) Whether cotton knit shirt and 
blouse imports from China are entering, or are expected to enter, the 
United States at prices that are substantially below prices of the like 
or directly competitive U.S. product, and whether those imports are 
likely to have a significant depressing or suppressing effect on 
domestic prices of the like or directly competitive U.S. product, or 
are likely to increase demand for further imports from China; (2) 
Whether exports of Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses to the 
United States are likely to increase substantially and imminently (due 
to existing unused production capacity, to capacity that can easily be 
shifted from the production of other products to the production of 
cotton knit shirts and blouses, or to an imminent and substantial 
increase in production capacity or investment in production capacity), 
taking into account the availability of other markets to absorb any 
additional exports; (3) Whether Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and 
blouses that are presently sold in the Chinese market or in third-
country markets will be diverted to the U.S. market in the imminent 
future (for example, due to more favorable pricing in the U.S. market 
or to existing or imminent import restraints into third country 
market); (4) The level and the extent of any recent change in 
inventories of cotton knit shirts and blouses in China or in U.S. 
bonded warehouses; (5) Whether conditions of the domestic industry of 
the like or directly competitive product demonstrate that market 
disruption is likely (as may be evident from any anticipated factory 
closures or decline in investment in the production of cotton knit 
shirts and blouses, and whether actual or anticipated imports of 
Chinese-origin cotton knit shirts and blouses are likely to affect the 
development and production efforts of the U.S. cotton knit shirt and 
blouse industry; and (6) Whether U.S. managers, retailers, purchasers, 
importers or other market participants have recognized Chinese 
producers of cotton knit shirts and blouses as potential suppliers (for 
example, through pre-qualification procedures or framework agreements).
    Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must 
be received no later than November 10, 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 threat of market disruption 
or that the subject imports are not threatening to cause 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.

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    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 knit shirts and blouses are, due to the threat of 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 the disruption in accordance with the 
Accession Agreement and the Committee's Procedures.

James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 05-20403 Filed 10-6-05; 1:36 pm]
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