Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China, 59049 [05-20414]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 11, 2005 / Notices Accession Agreement and the Committee’s Procedures. Background: James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–20413 Filed 10–6–05; 1:39 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: Solicitation of public comments concerning a request for safeguard action on imports from China of other men’s and boys’ man-made fiber coats and women’s and girls’ man-made fiber coats (Category 634/635). ACTION: SUMMARY: On September 21, 2005, the Committee received a request from the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, and UNITE HERE requesting that the Committee limit imports from China of other men’s and boys’ man-made fiber coats and women’s and girls’ man-made fiber coats (Category 634/635). 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 applied on imports of such coats. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such coats are, due to 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. Jay Dowling, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Authority: Section 204 of the Agriculture Act of 1956, as amended; Executive Order 11651, as amended. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:40 Oct 07, 2005 Jkt 208001 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 21, 2005, the Committee received a request that an Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be applied on imports from China of other men’s and boys’ man-made fiber coats and women’s and girls’ man-made fiber coats (Category 634/635). 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 imports from China of such coats are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than 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 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59049 Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230. If a comment alleges that there is no market disruption or that the subject imports are not the cause of market disruption, the Committee will closely review any supporting information and documentation, such as information about domestic production or prices of like or directly competitive products. Particular consideration will be given tocomments representing the views of actual producers in the United States of a like or directly competitive product. The Committee will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided in which business confidential information is summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the exception of information marked ‘‘business confidential’’, will be available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433. The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by which it will make a determination. If the Committee makes a negative determination, it will cause this determination and the reasons therefore to be published in the Federal Register. If the Committee makes an affirmative determination that imports of Chinese origin other men’s and boys’ man-made fiber coats and women’s and girls’ manmade fiber coats are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products, the United States will request consultations with China with a view to easing or avoiding such market disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and the Committee’s Procedures. James C. Leonard III, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 05–20414 Filed 10–6–05; 1:39 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S 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 other men's and boys' man-
made fiber coats and women's and girls' man-made fiber coats (Category 
634/635).

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SUMMARY: On September 21, 2005, the Committee received a request from 
the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council 
of Textile Organizations, the National Textile Association, and UNITE 
HERE requesting that the Committee limit imports from China of other 
men's and boys' man-made fiber coats and women's and girls' man-made 
fiber coats (Category 634/635). 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 applied on imports of such coats. The Committee hereby 
solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to 
whether imports from China of such coats are, due to 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 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 21, 2005, the Committee received a request that an 
Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be applied on 
imports from China of other men's and boys' man-made fiber coats and 
women's and girls' man-made fiber coats (Category 634/635). 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 imports from China of such coats are, 
due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development 
of trade in this product.
    Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must 
be received no later than 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 market disruption or that the 
subject imports are not the cause of market disruption, the Committee 
will closely review any supporting information and documentation, such 
as information about domestic production or prices of like or directly 
competitive products. Particular consideration will be given tocomments 
representing the views of actual producers in the United States of a 
like or directly competitive product.
    The Committee will protect any business confidential information 
that is marked ``business confidential'' from disclosure to the full 
extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential 
information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must 
also be provided in which business confidential information is 
summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the 
exception of information marked ``business confidential'', will be 
available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m 
in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA 
Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania 
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433.
    The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar 
days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States 
will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is 
unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause 
to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by 
which it will make a determination. If the Committee makes a negative 
determination, it will cause this determination and the reasons 
therefore to be published in the Federal Register. If the Committee 
makes an affirmative determination that imports of Chinese origin other 
men's and boys' man-made fiber coats and women's and girls' man-made 
fiber coats are, due to market disruption, threatening to impede the 
orderly development of trade in these products, the United States will 
request consultations with China with a view to easing or avoiding such 
market disruption in accordance with the Accession Agreement and the 
Committee's Procedures.

James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 05-20414 Filed 10-6-05; 1:39 pm]
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