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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices percent or greater, also known as highly enriched uranium. In addition, fabricated LEU is not covered by the scope of this order. For purposes of this order, fabricated uranium is defined as enriched uranium dioxide (UO2), whether or not contained in nuclear fuel rods or assemblies. Natural uranium concentrates (U3O8) with a U235 concentration of no greater than 0.711 percent and natural uranium concentrates converted into uranium hexafluoride with a U235 concentration of no greater than 0.711 percent are not covered by the scope of this order. Also excluded from this order is LEU owned by a foreign utility end–user and imported into the United States by or for such end–user solely for purposes of conversion by a U.S. fabricator into uranium dioxide (UO2) and/or fabrication into fuel assemblies so long as the uranium dioxide and/or fuel assemblies deemed to incorporate such imported LEU (i) remain in the possession and control of the U.S. fabricator, the foreign end–user, or their designated transporter(s) while in U.S. customs territory, and (ii) are re– exported within eighteen (18) months of entry of the LEU for consumption by the end–user in a nuclear reactor outside the United States. Such entries must be accompanied by the certifications of the importer and end user. The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) at subheading 2844.20.0020. Subject merchandise may also enter under 2844.20.0030, 2844.20.0050, and 2844.40.00. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this review are addressed in the LEU 2004 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, room B–099 of the Main Commerce Building. In addition, a complete copy of the LEU 2004 Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the World Wide Web at http:// ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the decision memorandum are identical in content. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 Final Results of Review In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we calculated an ad valorem subsidy rate for Eurodif/ COGEMA. For the review period, we determine the net subsidy rate to be 5.06 percent ad valorem. As discussed in Comment 4 of the LEU 2004 Decision Memorandum, we have been enjoined from liquidating entries of the subject merchandise. Therefore, we do not intend to issue liquidation instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) for entries made during the period January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004, until such time as the injunctions, issued on June 24, 2002, November 1, 2004, and October 12, 2005, are lifted. We will, however, instruct CBP, within 15 days of publication of the final results of this review, to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at 5.06 percent ad valorem of the f.o.b. price on all shipments of the subject merchandise from the reviewed entity, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results. We will also instruct CBP to continue to collect cash deposits for non– reviewed companies at the most recent company–specific rate applicable to the company. Accordingly, the cash deposit rate that will be applied to non– reviewed companies covered by this order will be the rate for that company established in the investigation. See Amended Final Determination and Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: Low Enriched Uranium from France, 67 FR 6689 (February 13, 2002). The ‘‘all others’’ rate shall apply to all non– reviewed companies until a review of a company assigned this rate is requested. This notice also 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 materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This administrative review and this notice are issued and published in accordance with section 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47775 Dated: August 14, 2006. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. APPENDIX I—ISSUES AND DECISION MEMORANDUM I. SUBSIDIES VALUATION INFORMATION A. Calculation of Ad Valorem Rates II. ANALYSIS OF PROGRAMS A. Programs Determined to Confer Subsidies 1. Purchases at Prices that Constitute ‘‘More Than Adequate Remuneration’’ 2. Exoneration/Reimbursement of Corporate Income Taxes III. TOTAL AD VALOREM RATE IV. ANALYSIS OF COMMENTS Comment 1: Adequacy of Remuneration Comment 2: SWU Benchmark Comment 3: Rescission Comment 4: Draft Customs Instructions [FR Doc. E6–13683 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Mission Statement; Secretarial Business Development Mission to China; November 13–17, 2006 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: I. Mission Description Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will lead a senior-level U.S. business delegation to Beijing and Shanghai, China, November 13–17, 2006, to promote U.S. exports to China’s leading industry sectors. The Mission will focus on assisting U.S. companies that are experienced exporters enter the Chinese market for the first time as well as assist U.S. companies operating in China increase their current level of exports. The Mission will help participating firms gain market information, make business and government contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, all geared towards the goal of helping U.S. firms expand their exports to China. The Mission will include business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local companies, as well as meetings with key government officials, and American and local chambers of commerce. The Mission will additionally provide a platform for policy and commercial issues— including intellectual property rights protection, transparency, and rule-oflaw—that U.S. companies face in the Chinese market. The delegation will be E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1 47776 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices comprised of U.S. firms representing a broad-cross section of U.S. industries with commercial interests in China. Senior representatives of the U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be invited to participate, to provide information and counseling on their programs as they relate to the Chinese market. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES II. Commercial Setting China is the fastest-growing major market in the world. It is now the thirdlargest trading nation and America’s third-largest trading partner. Total bilateral trade with the U.S. in 2005 was $243 billion. Total U.S. exports to China in 2005 were $41 billion, an increase of 19 percent over 2004. Through May 2006, U.S. exports have grown 37 percent over the same period last year. As America’s fourth-largest export market, China provides excellent opportunities for U.S. companies in a number of industries. For instance, China’s telecommunications products and services import market is estimated to exceed $20 billion this year. Other strong industry import markets include a $10 billion market for semiconductor equipment, water and wastewater treatment market of $8 billion, a $7 billion market for automotive components, and a medical equipment market that will exceed $4 billion this year. In addition, as one of the world’s major energy users, China’s power generation equipment import market is expected to surpass $5 billion in 2006. Other leading export sectors identified by the U.S. Embassy in China include, air traffic control, safety and security, mining, construction, education, and machinery. While many U.S. companies have been extremely successful in China, some have struggled or failed. Huge opportunities exist in China, but the business environment in the country remains difficult. Major challenges include intellectual property rights violations, a lack of transparency in rules and regulations, and inadequate rule-of-law. Some U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, underestimate the difficulty of entering and succeeding in this market. The Mission is designed to assist U.S. companies to identify the opportunities and address the challenges. III. Mission Goals The Business Development Mission will assist U.S. businesses initiate or expand their exports to China’s leading industry sectors by making business-to- VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 business introductions, providing market access information, and providing access to government decision makers. The Mission aims to: • Assist U.S. companies that are experienced exporters enter China for the first time; • Assist U.S. companies already operating in China increase their business there; • Address obstacles to trade with China, including transparency, intellectual property rights protection, and rule of law; • Provide information on U.S. Government trade financing programs, through the inclusion of representatives from USTDA, Ex-Im and SBA. IV. Mission Scenario The Business Development Mission to China will include stops in Beijing and Shanghai. In each city, participants will: • Meet with potential buyers, agents/ distributors and partners; • Meet with high-level government officials; and • Attend briefings conducted by embassy officials on the economic and commercial climates. Receptions and other business events will be organized to provide mission participants with further opportunities to speak with local business and government representatives, as well as U.S. business executives living and working in the region. V. Timetable November 12–17, 2006 Nov 12: Arrive Beijing. Nov 13: Briefing on market conditions by U.S. Government officials. Briefing by AmCham members and official meetings. Nov 14: Matchmaking with local companies and official meetings. Reception hosted by Ambassador. Nov 15: Travel to Shanghai. Briefing on market conditions by U.S. Government officials and AmCham members. Official meetings. Nov 16: Matchmaking with local companies. Reception hosted by Consul General. Nov 17: Mission concludes. VI. Criteria for Participants’ Selection The following criteria would apply to participant selection: • Demonstrated export experience; • Relevance of a company’s business line to mission goals; • Suitability of a company’s products or services to the Chinese market and likelihood of a participating company increasing its exports to China within a year as a result of this mission; PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Timeliness of the company’s signed application materials and participation agreement (including the participation fee)*; • Target of 20 to 30 participating companies on the Mission; • Rank/seniority of the designated company representative; • Diversity of company size, type, location, demographics, and traditional under-representation in business; • Provision of adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, and the company’s primary market objectives, in order to facilitate appropriate pre-qualification of company by embassy staff; and • Certification that the company meets Departmental guidelines for participation. A company’s products or services should be either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. The participation fee will be $8,500 per firm, which includes one representative. The fee for each additional firm representative is $3,000. The option to participate in the Mission is also being offered to U.S.-based firms in China or the region; the same fee structure applies. Expenses for travel, lodging, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Any partisan political activities (including political contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection process. VII. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (http://www.ita.doc.gov/ doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. The Commercial Service will explore and welcome outreach assistance from other interested organizations, including other U.S. Government agencies. Applications for the Mission will be made available July 24, 2006 through September 14, 2006. Applications can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Business Liaison * Upon completion of the application submission and review process, companies that have been selected to participate will be required to complete a participation agreement and pay a participation fee. E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices (Phone: 202–482–1360, e-mail chinamission@doc.gov) or from the Mission Web site at http:// www.export.gov/chinamission. The application deadline is September 15, 2006. Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of Business Liaison. Applications received after September 15, 2006 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Domestic Contact Information: The Office of Business Liaison, Tel: 202– 482–1360. 301–948–3716; or via e-mail at harry.hertz@nist.gov. Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat. [FR Doc. E6–13772 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] 1. The Board shall review the work of the private sector contractor(s), which assists the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in administering the Award. The Board will make such suggestions for the improvement of the Award process as it deems necessary. 2. The Board shall provide a written annual report on the results of Award activities to the Secretary of Commerce, along with its recommendations for the improvement of the Award process. 3. The Board will function solely as an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 4. The Board will report to the Director of NIST and the Secretary of Commerce. BILLING CODE 3510–25–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Request for nominations of members to serve on the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. AGENCY: NIST invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (Board). The terms of some of the members of the Board will soon expire. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committee, in addition to nominations already received. DATES: Please submit nominations on or before September 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Harry Hertz, Director, National Quality Program, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–1020. Nominations may also be submitted via FAX to 301–948–3716. Additional information regarding the Committee, including its charter, current membership list, and executive summary may be found on its electronic home page at: http:// www.quality.nist.gov. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Information The Board was established in accordance with 15 U.S.C. 3711a(d)(2)(B), pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2). Objectives and Duties Membership 1. The Board will consist of approximately eleven members selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance, and for their preeminence in the field of quality management. There will be a balanced representation from U.S. service, manufacturing, education, health care industries, and the nonprofit sector including government. The Board will include members familiar with the quality improvement operations of organizations representing manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and the nonprofit sector. No employee of the Federal Government shall serve as a member of the Board of Overseers. 2. The Board will be appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and will serve at the discretion of the Secretary. The term of office of each Board member shall be three years. All terms will commence on March 1 and end on February 28 of the appropriate year. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Miscellaneous Harry Hertz, Director, National Quality Program and Designated Federal Official, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899– 1020; telephone 301–975–2361; FAX— 1. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but may, upon request, be reimbursed travel expenses, including per diem, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5701 et seq. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47777 2. The Board will meet twice annually, except that additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary by the NIST Director or by the Chairperson. Meetings are one day in duration. 3. Board meetings are open to the public. Board members do not have access to classified or proprietary information in connection with their Board duties. II. Nomination Information 1. Nominations are sought from the private sector as described above. 2. Nominees should have established records of distinguished service and shall be familiar with the quality improvement operations of manufacturing companies, service companies, small businesses, education, and health care. The category (field of eminence) for which the candidate is qualified should be specified in the nomination letter. Nominations for a particular category should come from organizations or individuals within that category. A summary of the candidate’s qualifications should be included with the nomination, including (where applicable) current or former service on Federal advisory boards and Federal employment. In addition, each nomination letter should state that the person agrees to the nomination, acknowledges the responsibilities of serving on the Board, and will actively participate in good faith in the tasks of the Board. Besides participation at meetings, it is desired that members be able to devote the equivalent of seven days between meetings to either developing or researching topics of potential interest, and so forth, in furtherance of their Board duties. 3. The Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks a broad-based and diverse Board membership. Dated: August 14, 2006. James E. Hill, Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E6–13675 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Request for nominations of members to serve on the Judges Panel of AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Mission Statement; Secretarial Business Development Mission to 
China; November 13-17, 2006

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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I. Mission Description

    Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will lead a senior-level 
U.S. business delegation to Beijing and Shanghai, China, November 13-
17, 2006, to promote U.S. exports to China's leading industry sectors.
    The Mission will focus on assisting U.S. companies that are 
experienced exporters enter the Chinese market for the first time as 
well as assist U.S. companies operating in China increase their current 
level of exports. The Mission will help participating firms gain market 
information, make business and government contacts, solidify business 
strategies, and advance specific projects, all geared towards the goal 
of helping U.S. firms expand their exports to China. The Mission will 
include business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local 
companies, as well as meetings with key government officials, and 
American and local chambers of commerce. The Mission will additionally 
provide a platform for policy and commercial issues--including 
intellectual property rights protection, transparency, and rule-of-
law--that U.S. companies face in the Chinese market. The delegation 
will be

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comprised of U.S. firms representing a broad-cross section of U.S. 
industries with commercial interests in China.
    Senior representatives of the U.S. Trade Development Agency 
(USTDA), the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and the U.S. Small 
Business Administration (SBA), will be invited to participate, to 
provide information and counseling on their programs as they relate to 
the Chinese market.

II. Commercial Setting

    China is the fastest-growing major market in the world. It is now 
the third-largest trading nation and America's third-largest trading 
partner. Total bilateral trade with the U.S. in 2005 was $243 billion. 
Total U.S. exports to China in 2005 were $41 billion, an increase of 19 
percent over 2004. Through May 2006, U.S. exports have grown 37 percent 
over the same period last year. As America's fourth-largest export 
market, China provides excellent opportunities for U.S. companies in a 
number of industries. For instance, China's telecommunications products 
and services import market is estimated to exceed $20 billion this 
year. Other strong industry import markets include a $10 billion market 
for semiconductor equipment, water and wastewater treatment market of 
$8 billion, a $7 billion market for automotive components, and a 
medical equipment market that will exceed $4 billion this year. In 
addition, as one of the world's major energy users, China's power 
generation equipment import market is expected to surpass $5 billion in 
2006. Other leading export sectors identified by the U.S. Embassy in 
China include, air traffic control, safety and security, mining, 
construction, education, and machinery.
    While many U.S. companies have been extremely successful in China, 
some have struggled or failed. Huge opportunities exist in China, but 
the business environment in the country remains difficult. Major 
challenges include intellectual property rights violations, a lack of 
transparency in rules and regulations, and inadequate rule-of-law. Some 
U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, 
underestimate the difficulty of entering and succeeding in this market. 
The Mission is designed to assist U.S. companies to identify the 
opportunities and address the challenges.

III. Mission Goals

    The Business Development Mission will assist U.S. businesses 
initiate or expand their exports to China's leading industry sectors by 
making business-to-business introductions, providing market access 
information, and providing access to government decision makers. The 
Mission aims to:
     Assist U.S. companies that are experienced exporters enter 
China for the first time;
     Assist U.S. companies already operating in China increase 
their business there;
     Address obstacles to trade with China, including 
transparency, intellectual property rights protection, and rule of law;
     Provide information on U.S. Government trade financing 
programs, through the inclusion of representatives from USTDA, Ex-Im 
and SBA.

IV. Mission Scenario

    The Business Development Mission to China will include stops in 
Beijing and Shanghai. In each city, participants will:
     Meet with potential buyers, agents/distributors and 
partners;
     Meet with high-level government officials; and
     Attend briefings conducted by embassy officials on the 
economic and commercial climates.
    Receptions and other business events will be organized to provide 
mission participants with further opportunities to speak with local 
business and government representatives, as well as U.S. business 
executives living and working in the region.

V. Timetable

November 12-17, 2006

    Nov 12: Arrive Beijing.
    Nov 13: Briefing on market conditions by U.S. Government officials. 
Briefing by AmCham members and official meetings.
    Nov 14: Matchmaking with local companies and official meetings. 
Reception hosted by Ambassador.
    Nov 15: Travel to Shanghai. Briefing on market conditions by U.S. 
Government officials and AmCham members. Official meetings.
    Nov 16: Matchmaking with local companies. Reception hosted by 
Consul General.
    Nov 17: Mission concludes.

VI. Criteria for Participants' Selection

    The following criteria would apply to participant selection:
     Demonstrated export experience;
     Relevance of a company's business line to mission goals;
     Suitability of a company's products or services to the 
Chinese market and likelihood of a participating company increasing its 
exports to China within a year as a result of this mission;
     Timeliness of the company's signed application materials 
and participation agreement (including the participation fee)\*\;
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    \*\ Upon completion of the application submission and review 
process, companies that have been selected to participate will be 
required to complete a participation agreement and pay a 
participation fee.
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     Target of 20 to 30 participating companies on the Mission;
     Rank/seniority of the designated company representative;
     Diversity of company size, type, location, demographics, 
and traditional under-representation in business;
     Provision of adequate information on the company's 
products and/or services, and the company's primary market objectives, 
in order to facilitate appropriate pre-qualification of company by 
embassy staff; and
     Certification that the company meets Departmental 
guidelines for participation. A company's products or services should 
be either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the 
name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content.
    The participation fee will be $8,500 per firm, which includes one 
representative. The fee for each additional firm representative is 
$3,000. The option to participate in the Mission is also being offered 
to U.S.-based firms in China or the region; the same fee structure 
applies. Expenses for travel, lodging, and incidentals will be the 
responsibility of each mission participant.
    Any partisan political activities (including political 
contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection 
process.

VII. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications

    Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, 
including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce 
Department trade mission calendar (http://www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/
tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and 
trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade 
associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry 
meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. The Commercial 
Service will explore and welcome outreach assistance from other 
interested organizations, including other U.S. Government agencies.
    Applications for the Mission will be made available July 24, 2006 
through September 14, 2006. Applications can be obtained from the U.S. 
Department of Commerce Office of Business Liaison

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(Phone: 202-482-1360, e-mail chinamission@doc.gov) or from the Mission 
Web site at http://www.export.gov/chinamission.
    The application deadline is September 15, 2006. Completed 
applications should be submitted to the Office of Business Liaison. 
Applications received after September 15, 2006 will be considered only 
if space and scheduling constraints permit.
    Domestic Contact Information: The Office of Business Liaison, Tel: 
202-482-1360.

Patrick Kirwan,
Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat.
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