United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement: 2005 Annual Product Review and Tariff Determinations, 47259-47260 [E6-13500]

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AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the results of the 2005 annual product review and tariff determinations, regarding Chilean imports of certain fruits, vegetables and juices, set forth by the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This review determines whether these tariff free products, imported during calendar year 2005, have exceeded conditions elaborated in the FTA thus requiring the U.S. to impose duties predetermined by its tariff phaseout schedule. The effective date for the resulting change in tariff treatment is October 1, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Stephens, Director of Bilateral Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR), 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–6127 or Andrew_Stephens@ustr.eop.gov. The U.S.Chile FTA authorizes the duty-free importation of designated products provided that import values do not meet or exceed conditions elaborated in Chapter 3, Annex 3.3 of the U.S. General Notes under Note 17 and 18. The conditions are met when products exceed fifty percent of total U.S imports for that specific tariff line or the value of imports from Chile for a specific tariff line exceeds $110 million. If either condition is met, the applied preferential rate shall revert to duties set forth according to the staging categories in the Chapter 3, Annex 3.3 of the FTA Text. The specific products for which these conditions apply and the location of the tariff can be found in Chapter 99, Note 19 and 20 of the 2006 U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule. These products include cucumbers, gherkins, strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, currants, peppers, vegetable mixes, certain parts of plants, apple puree, quince puree and pear puree, apricot pulp and certain fruit and vegetable juices. Since implementation of the U.S.Chile FTA in 2004, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office has monitored Chilean imports to ensure that the provisions of the FTA have been implemented correctly. The review of imports made during the calendar year 2005 found that total U.S. imports of apple, quince and pear pastes and purees (HTS 2007.99.4800) equaled $2.2 million and imports from Chile accounted for more than $1.2 million of that total. Thus total Chilean imports accounted for 54 percent of the total, exceeding the aforementioned conditions allowed for immediate dutyfree imports under U.S.-Chile FTA provisions. Accordingly, the tariff treatment set forth in subheading 9911.77.11 for goods of Chile, under the terms of general note 26 to the HTS, is deleted, effective with respect to goods that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after October 1, 2006, and the rate of duty set forth in subheading 9911.77.12, together with scheduled staged reductions thereof, shall apply to eligible entries of the subject goods as of October 1, 2006. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Column A HTS Product Apple, quince and pear pastes and purees ............................................................................................................ VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47259 E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 2007.99.48 Column B HTS 9911.77.11 47260 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices Product Column A HTS Column B HTS This now becomes: .................................................................................................................................................. And the applicable duty becomes: 7.5% ................................................................................................................. ........................ ........................ 9911.77.12 ........................ Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 158 (Wednesday, August 16, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47259-47260]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-13500]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVES


United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement: 2005 Annual Product 
Review and Tariff Determinations

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Tariff implementation.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the results of the 2005 annual product 
review and tariff determinations, regarding Chilean imports of certain 
fruits, vegetables and juices, set forth by the U.S.-Chile Free Trade 
Agreement (FTA). This review determines whether these tariff free 
products, imported during calendar year 2005, have exceeded conditions 
elaborated in the FTA thus requiring the U.S. to impose duties 
predetermined by its tariff phase-out schedule. The effective date for 
the resulting change in tariff treatment is October 1, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Stephens, Director of Bilateral 
Affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representatives 
(USTR), 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-6127 or 
Andrew--Stephens@ustr.eop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S.-Chile FTA authorizes the duty-free 
importation of designated products provided that import values do not 
meet or exceed conditions elaborated in Chapter 3, Annex 3.3 of the 
U.S. General Notes under Note 17 and 18. The conditions are met when 
products exceed fifty percent of total U.S imports for that specific 
tariff line or the value of imports from Chile for a specific tariff 
line exceeds $110 million. If either condition is met, the applied 
preferential rate shall revert to duties set forth according to the 
staging categories in the Chapter 3, Annex 3.3 of the FTA Text. The 
specific products for which these conditions apply and the location of 
the tariff can be found in Chapter 99, Note 19 and 20 of the 2006 U.S. 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule. These products include cucumbers, gherkins, 
strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, currants, peppers, vegetable 
mixes, certain parts of plants, apple puree, quince puree and pear 
puree, apricot pulp and certain fruit and vegetable juices.
    Since implementation of the U.S.-Chile FTA in 2004, the U.S. Trade 
Representative's Office has monitored Chilean imports to ensure that 
the provisions of the FTA have been implemented correctly. The review 
of imports made during the calendar year 2005 found that total U.S. 
imports of apple, quince and pear pastes and purees (HTS 2007.99.4800) 
equaled $2.2 million and imports from Chile accounted for more than 
$1.2 million of that total. Thus total Chilean imports accounted for 54 
percent of the total, exceeding the aforementioned conditions allowed 
for immediate duty-free imports under U.S.-Chile FTA provisions.
    Accordingly, the tariff treatment set forth in subheading 
9911.77.11 for goods of Chile, under the terms of general note 26 to 
the HTS, is deleted, effective with respect to goods that are entered, 
or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after October 1, 
2006, and the rate of duty set forth in subheading 9911.77.12, together 
with scheduled staged reductions thereof, shall apply to eligible 
entries of the subject goods as of October 1, 2006.

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                 Product                   Column A  HTS   Column B  HTS
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Apple, quince and pear pastes and purees      2007.99.48      9911.77.11

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This now becomes:.......................  ..............      9911.77.12
And the applicable duty becomes: 7.5%...  ..............  ..............
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Susan C. Schwab,
United States Trade Representative.
 [FR Doc. E6-13500 Filed 8-15-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3190-W6-P