WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Imports of Automobile Parts, 59543-59544 [E6-16694]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 10, 2006 / Notices 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 No. WT/DS–343, Thailand Shrimp Zeroing/ Bond 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 E. Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative, for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. E6–16692 Filed 10–6–06; 8:45 am] parts’’). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS340/8. 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 dispute, comments should be submitted on or before November 30, 2006 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) Electronically, to FR0615@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘China Auto Parts (DS340)’’ 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: Jim Kelleher, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395–3858. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 127(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)), USTR is providing notice that the United States has requested the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (‘‘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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3190–W7–P Major Issues Raised by the United States China’s regulations on imported auto OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES parts appear to penalize manufacturers TRADE REPRESENTATIVE for using imported auto parts in the [Docket No. WTO/DS–340] manufacture of vehicles in China. Although China bound its tariffs for WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China—Measures Affecting auto parts at rates significantly lower than its tariff bindings for complete Imports of Automobile Parts vehicles, China assesses a charge on AGENCY: Office of the United States imported auto parts equal to the tariff on Trade Representative. complete vehicles, if the imported parts are incorporated into a vehicle that ACTION: Notice; request for comments. contains imported parts in excess of SUMMARY: The Office of the United specified thresholds. States Trade Representative (USTR) is USTR believes that China’s providing notice that on September 15, regulations are inconsistent with 2006, in accordance with the Marrakesh China’s obligations under: (1) Article III:2 of the General Agreement Establishing the World Trade Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 Organization (‘‘WTO Agreement’’), the (‘‘GATT 1994’’), by imposing a charge United States requested the on imported auto parts but not on establishment of a dispute settlement domestic auto parts, and otherwise panel regarding China’s treatment of applying internal charges so as to afford imported motor vehicle parts, protection to domestic production; components, and accessories (‘‘auto VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59543 (2) Article III:4 of the GATT 1994, by treating imported auto parts less favorably than like domestic auto parts by imposing additional administrative burdens and additional charges upon manufacturers that use imported parts in excess of specified thresholds, thereby affecting the internal sale, offering for sale, purchase, transportation, distribution, or use of imported auto parts; (3) Article III:5 of the GATT 1994, by requiring that a specified amount or proportion of the auto parts assembled into a complete motor vehicle be supplied from domestic sources, and otherwise applying internal quantitative regulations so as to afford protection to domestic production; (4) Article 2.1 and paragraphs 1(a) and 2(a) of Annex 1 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (‘‘TRIMs Agreement’’), by requiring motor vehicle manufacturers in China to purchase or use domestic auto parts in order to obtain advantages such as the avoidance of administrative burdens and the payment of additional charges and by imposing restrictions which generally restrict the importation by a manufacturer of auto parts used in or related to its local production; (5) Article II:1(a) and (b) of the GATT 1994, by according imported auto parts less favorable treatment than that provided for in its Schedule of Concessions and Commitments annexed to the GATT 1994 and imposing charges in excess of those set forth and provided therein; USTR also considers that China’s regulations are inconsistent with China’s obligations under: Article 3 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, Article XI of the GATT 1994, and Parts I.1.2 and I.1.7 of the Protocol on the Accession of the People’s Republic of China, including paragraphs 93 and 203 of the Working Party Report. 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 FR0615@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘China Auto Parts (DS340)’’ 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; E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 59544 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 10, 2006 / Notices 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. 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. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment to review the public file (Docket WTO/DS–340, China Auto Parts Dispute) may be made by VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395–6186. Daniel E. Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. 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The title for the collection of information is ‘‘Form N–6 (17 CFR 239.17c and 274.11d) under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) and under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–1 et seq.) registration statement of separate accounts organized as unit investment trusts that offer variable life insurance policies.’’ Form N–6 is the form used by insurance company separate accounts organized as unit investment trusts that offer variable life insurance contracts to register as investment companies under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and/or to register their securities under the Securities Act of 1933. The primary purpose of the registration process is to provide disclosure of financial and other information to investors and potential investors for the purpose of evaluating an investment in a security. Form N–6 also permits separate accounts organized as unit investment trusts that offer variable life insurance contracts to provide investors with a prospectus containing information required in a registration statement prior to the sale or at the time of confirmation of delivery of securities. The form also may be used by the Commission in its regulatory review, inspection, and policy-making roles. PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Commission estimates that there are approximately 241 separate accounts registered as unit investment trusts and offering variable life insurance policies that file registration statements on Form N–6. The Commission estimates that there are 32 initial registration statements on Form N–6 filed annually. The Commission estimates that approximately 641 registration statements (609 post-effective amendments plus 32 initial registration statements) are filed on Form N–6 annually. The Commission estimates that the hour burden for preparing and filing a post-effective amendment on Form N–6 is 67.5 hours. The total annual hour burden for preparing and filing post-effective amendments is 41,107.5 hours (609 post-effective amendments annually times 67.5 hours per amendment). The estimated hour burden for preparing and filing an initial registration statement on Form N–6 is 770.25 hours. The estimated annual hour burden for preparing and filing initial registration statements is 24,648 hours (32 initial registration statements annually times 770.25 hours per registration statement). The frequency of response is annual. The total annual hour burden for Form N– 6, therefore, is estimated to be 65,755.5 hours (41,107.5 hours for post-effective amendments plus 24,648 hours for initial registration statements). The information collection requirements imposed by Form N–6 are mandatory. Responses to the collection of information will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to R. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 10, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59543-59544]
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[FR Doc No: E6-16694]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. WTO/DS-340]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China--Measures 
Affecting Imports of Automobile Parts

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 September 15, 2006, in accordance with the 
Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO 
Agreement''), the United States requested the establishment of a 
dispute settlement panel regarding China's treatment of imported motor 
vehicle parts, components, and accessories (``auto parts''). That 
request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document 
designated as WT/DS340/8. 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 dispute, comments should be submitted on or before 
November 30, 2006 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) Electronically, to 
FR0615@ustr.eop.gov, with ``China Auto Parts (DS340)'' 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: Jim Kelleher, Associate General 
Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-3858.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 127(b) of the Uruguay 
Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)), USTR is providing 
notice that the United States has requested the establishment of a WTO 
dispute settlement panel pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules and 
Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``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

    China's regulations on imported auto parts appear to penalize 
manufacturers for using imported auto parts in the manufacture of 
vehicles in China. Although China bound its tariffs for auto parts at 
rates significantly lower than its tariff bindings for complete 
vehicles, China assesses a charge on imported auto parts equal to the 
tariff on complete vehicles, if the imported parts are incorporated 
into a vehicle that contains imported parts in excess of specified 
thresholds.
    USTR believes that China's regulations are inconsistent with 
China's obligations under:
    (1) Article III:2 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 
1994 (``GATT 1994''), by imposing a charge on imported auto parts but 
not on domestic auto parts, and otherwise applying internal charges so 
as to afford protection to domestic production;
    (2) Article III:4 of the GATT 1994, by treating imported auto parts 
less favorably than like domestic auto parts by imposing additional 
administrative burdens and additional charges upon manufacturers that 
use imported parts in excess of specified thresholds, thereby affecting 
the internal sale, offering for sale, purchase, transportation, 
distribution, or use of imported auto parts;
    (3) Article III:5 of the GATT 1994, by requiring that a specified 
amount or proportion of the auto parts assembled into a complete motor 
vehicle be supplied from domestic sources, and otherwise applying 
internal quantitative regulations so as to afford protection to 
domestic production;
    (4) Article 2.1 and paragraphs 1(a) and 2(a) of Annex 1 of the 
Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (``TRIMs Agreement''), 
by requiring motor vehicle manufacturers in China to purchase or use 
domestic auto parts in order to obtain advantages such as the avoidance 
of administrative burdens and the payment of additional charges and by 
imposing restrictions which generally restrict the importation by a 
manufacturer of auto parts used in or related to its local production;
    (5) Article II:1(a) and (b) of the GATT 1994, by according imported 
auto parts less favorable treatment than that provided for in its 
Schedule of Concessions and Commitments annexed to the GATT 1994 and 
imposing charges in excess of those set forth and provided therein;
    USTR also considers that China's regulations are inconsistent with 
China's obligations under: Article 3 of the Agreement on Subsidies and 
Countervailing Measures, Article XI of the GATT 1994, and Parts I.1.2 
and I.1.7 of the Protocol on the Accession of the People's Republic of 
China, including paragraphs 93 and 203 of the Working Party Report.

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 FR0615@ustr.eop.gov, with ``China Auto 
Parts (DS340)'' 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;

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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.
    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. The USTR Reading Room is 
open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment to review the 
public file (Docket WTO/DS-340, China Auto Parts Dispute) may be made 
by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395-6186.

Daniel E. Brinza,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement.
 [FR Doc. E6-16694 Filed 10-6-06; 8:45 am]
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