Market Segmentation of Moderate U.S. Exporters-Focus Groups, 75501-75502 [E6-21319]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices e. BAS–5—American Indian and Alaska Native Areas. 3. BAS Respondent Guide. 4. Set of maps or other media showing the current boundary of the government. 5. Return postage-paid envelope to submit boundary changes. 6. Postcard to notify the Census Bureau of no changes to the boundary. 7. Supplies for updating paper maps. A local contact from each government verifies the legal boundary, and then provides boundary changes and updated contact information. The official signs the materials, verifies the forms and returns the information to the Census Bureau. The key dates for governments are as follows: 1. Advanced response is e-mailed, faxed or mailed to the local contact in September/October of each year. 2. BAS package of materials is shipped during the month of January of each year. 3. Requests to change the method of participation (i.e., paper to digital submission) are due February 15th of each year. 4. Responses for inclusion in the ACS Sampling and Population Estimation Program tabulation are due April 1st of each year. Legal Authority: Title 13, U.S.C. 6. IV. Request for Comments 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 shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: December 11, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–21320 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P III. Data Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Number: 0607–0151. Form Numbers: BAS–1, BAS–2, BAS– 3, BAS–4, and BAS–5. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State, county, local and tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: Advanced response ....................... Packages with changes .................. Packages with no changes or no response ...................................... 32,500 13,000 12,875 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: ESTIMATED TIME PER RESPONSE Advanced response ................ Boundary updates ................... No boundary updates ............. 30 minutes 6 hours 4 hours TOTAL HOURS PER YEAR mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Hours Advanced response .............. Packages with changes ........ Packages with no changes or no response .................. 16,250 78,000 Total ............................... 145,750 51,500 Estimated Total Annual Cost: $3,041,803. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Market Segmentation of Moderate U.S. Exporters—Focus Groups ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information, as required Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 13, 2007. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. E-mail: dHynek@doc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75501 directed to: Gary Rand, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; Phone number: 202–482– 0691; E-mail: Gary.Rand@mail.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract In an effort to remain relevant to the marketplace and optimize our respective operations, the Commercial Service (CS), Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Census Bureau (Census), and Export-Import Bank (ExIm) have formed a project team to conduct market segmentation research and analysis. Market segmentation is a systematic approach for identifying clusters of companies with similar needs and behavior, and developing service offerings and sales/marketing approaches targeted at segments with the greatest return on investment. The purpose of this initiative is to gain market knowledge and generate statistically valid characterizations about the needs and buying behavior of exporting companies, with a particular focus on Moderate exporters, for instance: (1) What are the challenges/barriers to exporting and international growth, for various types of companies? (2) What are their service needs, real and perceived? (3) In what areas do they want outside assistance? (4) What are their attitudes and purchasing behavior about working with outside resources on exporting, including private consultants and government trade specialists? (5) When and why do exporters purchase outside services for export assistance? What is the landscape of export service providers? (6) What are the key drivers of export success? What are the characteristics associated with success? Our focus here is getting the companies into the market, introducing them to the local partners, giving them the tools and the opportunities to make the deals, i.e., success is defined as getting the companies ‘‘to the plate’’. What do we need to learn in this area to be more effective? From this research, services, pricing, and messaging may be repositioned to address the exporting needs of small and medium-sized businesses. II. Method of Collection The CS, MEP, Census, and Ex-Im have contracted with Pacific Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct focus group interviews to gain insight into the attitudes, needs, and behaviors of moderate exporters. E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 75502 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 241 / Friday, December 15, 2006 / Notices PCG will recruit firms over the phone using lists obtained from third party vendors. Data collection will be conducted during eight phone interviews (8 participants per focus group) by a client focus group moderator who will record the interviews and then transcribe via computer. All comments from participants will be anonymous. Data collected from focus groups will provide qualitative information that will later serve to supplement the quantitative data collected in subsequent surveys and form a complete picture of the needs, attitudes, and behaviors of a moderate exporter. Subsequently, mass surveys yielding at least 1600 survey responses will seek to collect quantitative data. III. Data OMB Number: 0625–xxxx. Form Number: ITA–xxxx. Type of Review: Regular Submission. Affected Public: U.S. companies that are recruited by Pacific Consulting Group. Estimated Number of Respondents: 64. Estimated Time Per Response: 1.5 hours for focus group participants. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 96 hours. Estimated Total Annual Costs: $3,360. IV. Request for Comments mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES 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 shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: December 11, 2006. Madeleine Clayton, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–21319 Filed 12–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:47 Dec 14, 2006 Jkt 211001 AGENCY: On May 31, 2006, the Department found that the request for review with respect to Shanghai Strong met all of the regulatory requirements set forth in 19 CFR 351.214(b) and initiated a new shipper antidumping duty review covering the period September 1, 2005, through February 28, 2006. See Freshwater Crawfish Tail Meat From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review, 71 FR 30866 (May 31, 2006). Background The Department received timely requests from Nanjing Merry, Leping Lotai, Weishan Hongrun, and Shanghai Strong in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c) for new shipper reviews of the antidumping duty order on freshwater crawfish tail meat from the PRC. On May 5, 2006, the Department found that the requests for review with respect to Nanjing Merry, Leping Lotai, and Weishan Hongrun met all of the regulatory requirements set forth in 19 CFR 351.214(b) and initiated these new shipper antidumping duty reviews covering the period September 1, 2005, through February 28, 2006. See Freshwater Crawfish Tail Meat From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Reviews, 71 FR 26453 (May 5, 2006). Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results Section 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.214(i)(1) require the Department to issue the preliminary results of a new shipper review within 180 days after the date on which the new shipper review was initiated and final results of a review within 90 days after the date on which the preliminary results were issued. The Department may, however, extend the deadline for completion of the preliminary results of a new shipper review to 300 days if it determines that the case is extraordinarily complicated (19 CFR 351.214 (i)(2)). The Department already determined that the reviews are extraordinarily complicated in its initial notice extending the deadline for the preliminary results of these reviews where it extended the deadline for the preliminary results until January 23, 2007. See Notice of Extension of the Preliminary Results of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Reviews: Freshwater Crawfish Tail Meat from the People’s Republic of China, 71 FR 59738 (October 11, 2006). The Department, however, finds that it requires additional information from respondents for purposes of the preliminary results. Based on the timing of the case and the additional information that must be gathered and verified, the preliminary results of these new shipper reviews cannot be completed within the statutory time limit of 180 days. Accordingly, the Department is further extending the time limit for the completion of the preliminary results of the new shipper reviews of Nanjing Merry, Leping Lotai, Weishan Hongrun, and Shanghai Strong by 30 days from the January 23, 2007 deadline. The preliminary results for all four new shipper reviews will now be due February 22, 2007 in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(i)(2). The final results will, in turn, be due 90 days after the date of issuance of the preliminary results, unless extended. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration A–570–848 Notice of Extension of the Preliminary Results of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Reviews: Freshwater Crawfish Tail Meat from the People’s Republic of China Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) is conducting new shipper antidumping duty reviews of freshwater crawfish tail meat from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) in response to requests by Nanjing Merry Trading Co., Ltd. (‘‘Nanjing Merry’’), Leping Lotai Foods Co., Ltd. (‘‘Leping Lotai’’), Weishan Hongrun Aquatic Co., Ltd. (‘‘Weishan Hongrun’’), and Shanghai Strong International Trading Co., Ltd. (‘‘Shanghai Strong’’). These reviews cover shipments to the United States for the period September 1, 2005, to February 28, 2006, by these four respondents. For the reasons discussed below, we are further extending the preliminary results of the new shipper reviews of Nanjing Merry, Leping Lotai, Weishan Hongrun, and Shanghai Strong by an additional 30 days, to no later than February 22, 2007. EFFECTIVE DATE: December 15, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Begnal or Scot Fullerton, AD/CVD Operations, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1442 and (202) 482–1386, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[FR Doc No: E6-21319]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Market Segmentation of Moderate U.S. Exporters--Focus Groups

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burdens, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the 
continuing information, as required Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 13, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th & 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. E-mail: dHynek@doc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Request for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to: Gary Rand, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC 20230; Phone number: 202-482-0691; E-mail: Gary.Rand@mail.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    In an effort to remain relevant to the marketplace and optimize our 
respective operations, the Commercial Service (CS), Manufacturing 
Extension Partnership (MEP), Census Bureau (Census), and Export-Import 
Bank (Ex-Im) have formed a project team to conduct market segmentation 
research and analysis. Market segmentation is a systematic approach for 
identifying clusters of companies with similar needs and behavior, and 
developing service offerings and sales/marketing approaches targeted at 
segments with the greatest return on investment.
    The purpose of this initiative is to gain market knowledge and 
generate statistically valid characterizations about the needs and 
buying behavior of exporting companies, with a particular focus on 
Moderate exporters, for instance:
    (1) What are the challenges/barriers to exporting and international 
growth, for various types of companies?
    (2) What are their service needs, real and perceived?
    (3) In what areas do they want outside assistance?
    (4) What are their attitudes and purchasing behavior about working 
with outside resources on exporting, including private consultants and 
government trade specialists?
    (5) When and why do exporters purchase outside services for export 
assistance? What is the landscape of export service providers?
    (6) What are the key drivers of export success? What are the 
characteristics associated with success? Our focus here is getting the 
companies into the market, introducing them to the local partners, 
giving them the tools and the opportunities to make the deals, i.e., 
success is defined as getting the companies ``to the plate''. What do 
we need to learn in this area to be more effective?

From this research, services, pricing, and messaging may be 
repositioned to address the exporting needs of small and medium-sized 
businesses.

II. Method of Collection

    The CS, MEP, Census, and Ex-Im have contracted with Pacific 
Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct focus group interviews to gain 
insight into the attitudes, needs, and behaviors of moderate exporters.

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    PCG will recruit firms over the phone using lists obtained from 
third party vendors. Data collection will be conducted during eight 
phone interviews (8 participants per focus group) by a client focus 
group moderator who will record the interviews and then transcribe via 
computer. All comments from participants will be anonymous. Data 
collected from focus groups will provide qualitative information that 
will later serve to supplement the quantitative data collected in 
subsequent surveys and form a complete picture of the needs, attitudes, 
and behaviors of a moderate exporter. Subsequently, mass surveys 
yielding at least 1600 survey responses will seek to collect 
quantitative data.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0625-xxxx.
    Form Number: ITA-xxxx.
    Type of Review: Regular Submission.
    Affected Public: U.S. companies that are recruited by Pacific 
Consulting Group.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 64.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 1.5 hours for focus group 
participants.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 96 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs: $3,360.

IV. Request for Comments

    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 shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and costs) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or forms of information technology. 
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or 
included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: December 11, 2006.
Madeleine Clayton,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E6-21319 Filed 12-14-06; 8:45 am]
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