WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Canada-Provisional Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Grain Corn From the United States, 24763-24764 [E6-6221]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 26, 2006 / Notices I have determined that Chad has satisfied these two requirements. Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in the USTR by Proclamation 7350, U.S. note 7(a) to subchapter II of chapter 98 of the HTS and U.S. note 1 to subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the HTS are each modified by inserting Chad in alphabetical sequence in the list of countries. The foregoing modifications to the HTS are effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date of publication of this notice. Importers claiming preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA for entries of textile and apparel articles should ensure that those entries meet the applicable visa requirements. See Visa Requirements Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, 66 FR 7837 (2001). Rob Portman, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. E6–6224 Filed 4–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W6–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. WTO/DS–338] WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Canada—Provisional Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Grain Corn From the United States subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the electronic mail address above, in accordance with the requirements for submission set out below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Yocis, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–6150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)) requires that notice and opportunity for comment be provided after the United States submits or receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel. In an effort to provide additional opportunity for comment, USTR is providing notice that consultations have been requested pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (‘‘DSU’’). If such consultations should fail to resolve the matter and a dispute settlement panel is established pursuant to the DSU, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations within nine months after it is established. Major Issues Raised by the United States On March 17, 2006, the United States requested consultations regarding Canada’s provisional antidumping and countervailing duties on unprocessed grain corn from the United States and SUMMARY: The Office of the United certain related measures. Those States Trade Representative (USTR) is measures include: providing notice that on March 17, • The imposition of provisional 2006, in accordance with the Marrakesh antidumping and countervailing duties Agreement Establishing the World Trade on imports of unprocessed grain corn Organization (‘‘WTO Agreement’’), the from the United States on December 15, United States requested consultations 2005 (Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 153, regarding Canada’s provisional No. 53, p. 4321, published December 31, antidumping and countervailing duties 2005), including the preliminary on imports of unprocessed grain corn determination of injury by the Canadian from the United States. That request International Trade Tribunal (CITT) on may be found at http://www.wto.org November 15, 2005 (Canada Gazette, contained in a document designated as Part I, Vol. 153, No. 48, p. 3891, WT/DS338/1. USTR invites written published November 26, 2005) and the comments from the public concerning accompanying Statement of Reasons, the issues raised in this dispute. released on November 30, 2005 and DATES: Although USTR will accept any available on the CITT’s Web site at comments received during the course of ftp://ftp.citt-tcce.gc.ca/doc/english/ the consultations, comments should be Dumping/PreInq/determin/ submitted on or before May 12, 2006 to pi2f001_e.pdf; and be assured of timely consideration by • The Special Import Measures Act, USTR. R.S. 1985, c. S–15, and any ADDRESSES: Comments should be amendments, implementing measures, submitted (i) electronically, to and related measures. In its preliminary injury FR0614@ustr.gov, with ‘‘Canada Corn determination, the CITT did not address Preliminary Injury (DS338)’’ in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Apr 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24763 or otherwise refer to certain factors mandated by the WTO agreements, such as the volume of imports, the price of imports, and the impact of imports on the domestic industry. In addition, the CITT expressly decided not to analyze the evidence before it with respect to causation, including the causal link between imports and injury and injury caused by factors other than imports. Instead, the CITT decision is based entirely on a supposed correlation between past injury to the Canadian domestic industry with past and projected future declines in the U.S. domestic price of grain corn, rather than the mandatory factors in the agreements. Further, the Special Import Measures Act would appear to require the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties upon a CITT finding that the ‘‘dumping and subsidizing’’ of subject goods, including alleged effects of subsidies on the domestic prices of those goods in the market of the dumping or subsidizing country, have injured Canada’s domestic industry, even in the absence of any finding of injury caused by dumped or subsidized imports as provided for in the WTO agreements. USTR believes these measures are inconsistent with Canada’s obligations under Articles 1, 3, and 7 of the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (‘‘AD Agreement’’), Articles 10, 15, and 17 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (‘‘SCM Agreement’’), and Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the issues raised in the dispute. Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0614@ustr.gov, with ‘‘Canada Corn Preliminary Injury (DS338)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395– 3640, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the electronic mail address above. USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format as attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 24764 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 26, 2006 / Notices wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the commenter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such and ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ must be marked at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. Persons who submit confidential business information are encouraged to also provide a non-confidential summary of the information. Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter. (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice; (2) Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and (3) Is encouraged to provide a nonconfidential summary of the information or advice. Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to the dispute; if a dispute settlement panel is convened or in the event of an appeal from such a panel, the U.S. submissions, the submissions, or non-confidential summaries of submissions, received from other participants in the dispute; the report of the panel and, if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. An appointment to review the public file (Docket WTO/ DS–338, Canada Corn Dispute) may be made by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395–6186. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Daniel Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. E6–6221 Filed 4–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W6–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Apr 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. WTO/DS–340] WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China—Measures Affecting Imports of Automobile Parts Switzerland, would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations within nine months after it is established. Major Issues Raised by the United States On March 30, 2006, the United States requested consultations regarding China’s treatment of imported auto parts. The measures through which China has provided such treatment include: SUMMARY: The Office of the United • Order No. 8 of the National States Trade Representative (USTR) is Development and Reform Commission providing notice that on March 30, 2006, in accordance with the Marrakesh (May 21, 2004), Policy on Development Agreement Establishing the World Trade of Automotive Industry; Organization (WTO Agreement), the • Decree 125 (April 1, 2005), United States requested consultations Measures for the Administration of regarding China’s treatment of imported Importation of Automotive Parts and motor vehicle parts, components, and Components for Complete Vehicles; accessories (‘‘auto parts’’). That request • Customs General Administration may be found at http://www.wto.org Public Announcement No. 4 (April 1, contained in a document designated as 2005), Rules for Determining Whether WT/DS340/1. USTR invites written Imported Automotive Parts and comments from the public concerning Components Constitute CBU Vehicles; the issues raised in this dispute. and • Any amendments, related measures, DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the course of or implementing measures. China’s regulations appear to penalize the consultations, comments should be manufacturers for using imported auto submitted on or before May 8, 2006 to parts in the manufacture of vehicles for be assured of timely consideration by sale in China. Although China bound its USTR. tariffs for auto parts at rates significantly ADDRESSES: Comments should be lower than its tariff bindings for submitted (i) electronically, to complete vehicles, China appears to FR0615@ustr.eop.gov, with China Auto assess a charge on imported auto parts Parts (DS340) in the subject line, or (ii) equal to the tariff on complete vehicles, by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395– if the imported parts are incorporated in 3640, with a confirmation copy sent a vehicle that contains imported parts in electronically to the electronic mail excess of specified thresholds. To the address above, in accordance with the extent that the charge is applied when requirements for submission set out a vehicle is manufactured within China, below. it would appear to constitute a tax on FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim imported auto parts not imposed on like Kelleher, Associate General Counsel, domestic auto parts. The charge also Office of the United States Trade appears to be applied in a manner so as Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., to afford protection to domestic Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–3858. products. To the extent that the charge is SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section imposed upon the importation of the 127(b) of the Uruguay Round auto parts, it appears to constitute a Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. charge in excess of those set forth in 3537(b)(1)) requires that notice and China’s Schedule of Concessions and opportunity for comment be provided Commitments. Further, to the extent after the United States submits or China may be viewed as imposing a receives a request for the establishment lesser tariff on imported auto parts if the of a WTO dispute settlement panel. In final assembled vehicle contains an effort to provide additional specified amounts of local content, it opportunity for comment, USTR is providing notice that consultations have would be forgoing revenue otherwise due, and China would appear to be been requested pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures providing a subsidy contingent upon the use of domestic rather than imported Governing the Settlement of Disputes goods. Finally, China’s regulations (DSU). If such consultations should fail specifically identify completely to resolve the matter and a dispute settlement panel is established pursuant knocked down (CKD) and semi-knocked down (SKD) kits and appear to assess to the DSU, such panel, which would them the tariff for complete vehicles. hold its meetings in Geneva, Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00128 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. WTO/DS-338]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Canada--Provisional 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Grain Corn From the United 
States

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is 
providing notice that on March 17, 2006, in accordance with the 
Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO 
Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding 
Canada's provisional antidumping and countervailing duties on imports 
of unprocessed grain corn from the United States. That request may be 
found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/
DS338/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the 
issues raised in this dispute.

DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the 
course of the consultations, comments should be submitted on or before 
May 12, 2006 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to 
FR0614@ustr.gov, with ``Canada Corn Preliminary Injury (DS338)'' in the 
subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640, with 
a confirmation copy sent electronically to the electronic mail address 
above, in accordance with the requirements for submission set out 
below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Yocis, Assistant General 
Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-6150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round 
Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)) requires that notice and 
opportunity for comment be provided after the United States submits or 
receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement 
panel. In an effort to provide additional opportunity for comment, USTR 
is providing notice that consultations have been requested pursuant to 
the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement 
of Disputes (``DSU''). If such consultations should fail to resolve the 
matter and a dispute settlement panel is established pursuant to the 
DSU, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, 
would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations 
within nine months after it is established.

Major Issues Raised by the United States

    On March 17, 2006, the United States requested consultations 
regarding Canada's provisional antidumping and countervailing duties on 
unprocessed grain corn from the United States and certain related 
measures. Those measures include:
     The imposition of provisional antidumping and 
countervailing duties on imports of unprocessed grain corn from the 
United States on December 15, 2005 (Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 153, 
No. 53, p. 4321, published December 31, 2005), including the 
preliminary determination of injury by the Canadian International Trade 
Tribunal (CITT) on November 15, 2005 (Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 153, 
No. 48, p. 3891, published November 26, 2005) and the accompanying 
Statement of Reasons, released on November 30, 2005 and available on 
the CITT's Web site at ftp://ftp.citt-tcce.gc.ca/doc/english/Dumping/
PreInq/determin/pi2f001--e.pdf; and
     The Special Import Measures Act, R.S. 1985, c. S-15, and 
any amendments, implementing measures, and related measures.
    In its preliminary injury determination, the CITT did not address 
or otherwise refer to certain factors mandated by the WTO agreements, 
such as the volume of imports, the price of imports, and the impact of 
imports on the domestic industry. In addition, the CITT expressly 
decided not to analyze the evidence before it with respect to 
causation, including the causal link between imports and injury and 
injury caused by factors other than imports. Instead, the CITT decision 
is based entirely on a supposed correlation between past injury to the 
Canadian domestic industry with past and projected future declines in 
the U.S. domestic price of grain corn, rather than the mandatory 
factors in the agreements. Further, the Special Import Measures Act 
would appear to require the imposition of antidumping and 
countervailing duties upon a CITT finding that the ``dumping and 
subsidizing'' of subject goods, including alleged effects of subsidies 
on the domestic prices of those goods in the market of the dumping or 
subsidizing country, have injured Canada's domestic industry, even in 
the absence of any finding of injury caused by dumped or subsidized 
imports as provided for in the WTO agreements.
    USTR believes these measures are inconsistent with Canada's 
obligations under Articles 1, 3, and 7 of the Agreement on 
Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and 
Trade 1994 (``AD Agreement''), Articles 10, 15, and 17 of the Agreement 
on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement''), and 
Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.

Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the issues raised in the dispute. Comments should be 
submitted (i) electronically, to FR0614@ustr.gov, with ``Canada Corn 
Preliminary Injury (DS338)'' in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to 
Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640, with a confirmation copy sent 
electronically to the electronic mail address above.
    USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format as 
attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make 
submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover 
letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be 
included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, 
any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file 
as the submission itself, and not as separate files.

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    Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information 
contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as 
confidential business information must certify that such information is 
business confidential and would not customarily be released to the 
public by the commenter. Confidential business information must be 
clearly designated as such and ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' must be marked 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. 
Persons who submit confidential business information are encouraged to 
also provide a non-confidential summary of the information.
    Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than 
business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be 
confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information 
or advice may qualify as such, the submitter.
    (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    (2) Must clearly mark the material as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and
    (3) Is encouraged to provide a non-confidential summary of the 
information or advice.
    Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR 
will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible 
to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-
confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to 
the dispute; if a dispute settlement panel is convened or in the event 
of an appeal from such a panel, the U.S. submissions, the submissions, 
or non-confidential summaries of submissions, received from other 
participants in the dispute; the report of the panel and, if 
applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. An appointment to review 
the public file (Docket WTO/DS-338, Canada Corn Dispute) may be made by 
calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395-6186. The USTR Reading Room 
is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.

Daniel Brinza,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement.
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