Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing on Potential Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement, 13538-13540 [E7-5268]

Download as PDF 13538 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing on Potential Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing concerning a list of goods for which tariff concessions may be withdrawn and duties may be increased in the event the United States cannot reach agreement with the European Communities (EC) for adequate compensation owed under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules as a result of EU enlargement. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States is continuing to negotiate with the EU regarding the EU’s provision of adequate and permanent compensation to the United States for an event that increased duties on U.S. imports to EU markets above WTO bound rates of duty. On January 1, 2007, as part of its enlargement process, the EU raised tariffs above bound rates on some imports into the countries of Romania and Bulgaria. If this issue is not resolved, the United States may seek to exercise its rights under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (‘‘GATT 1994’’) to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and raise tariffs on select goods primarily supplied by the EU. The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks public comment on the attached list of goods for which U.S. tariff concessions may be withdrawn and applied duties may be raised. The TPSC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the list. DATES: Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide written notification of their intention, as well as a copy of their testimony, by noon on April 19, 2007. A hearing will be held in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Written comments are due by noon on Thursday, April 19, 2007. ADDRESSES: Submissions by electronic mail to FR0628@ustr.eop.gov; requests to testify should also be addressed to Martez Higgins at e-mail: FR0628@ustr.eop.gov. Submissions can be sent by facsimile to: Martez Higgins at fax: (202) 395–3974. The public is strongly encouraged to submit documents electronically rather than by facsimile. (See requirements for submissions below). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about procedural questions, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Mar 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 contact Martez Higgins at (202) 395– 4620. All other questions should be directed to: Laurie Molnar, Director for European Trade Issues, (202) 395–3320 or MaryEllen Smith, Director Agricultural Trade Policy, (202) 395– 6127; Office of the United States Trade Representative. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under WTO rules, the United States is entitled to compensation from the EU resulting from EU tariff changes as a result of EU enlargement. If agreement on compensation cannot be reached, the United States would be entitled to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and apply increased duties on products of interest to the EU. Enlargement: With the accession to the EU of Romania and Bulgaria (‘‘the new EU Member States’’), the EU withdrew the entire WTO tariff schedules of the new EU Member States and applied the common external tariff of the EU of twenty five to imports into the territory of the new EU Member States, resulting in increased tariffs on certain products. Legal Background: Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 establishes that a WTO Member may modify or withdraw a tariff concession bound in its WTO schedule by negotiation and agreement with certain affected Members, more specifically, those Members that initially negotiated the relevant concession or are determined to have a principal supplying interest or a substantial interest in the concession. Such affected Members are entitled to receive adequate compensation or, in the absence of successful compensation negotiations, to withdraw ‘‘substantially equivalent concessions.’’ Pursuant to Article XXIV:6 of the GATT 1994, where a WTO Member has modified or withdrawn a concession in the expansion of a customs union, the procedure under Article XXVIII also applies. The United States has negotiating and compensation rights on certain tariff concessions at issue as a result of enlargement. Affected WTO Members’ rights to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions under Article XXVIII are time-limited; these rights expire within six months of the EU’s withdrawal or modification of concessions unless exercised or extended. WTO Members intending to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions must provide notice to the WTO of their intent at least thirty days prior to the effective date of such action. Whenever a foreign country withdraws, suspends, or modifies the application of trade agreement obligations of benefit to the United PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 States without granting adequate compensation, the President is authorized under section 125(d) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2135) to withdraw, suspend or modify the application of any substantially equivalent trade agreement obligations of benefit and proclaim under section 125(c) such increased duties or other import restrictions as are appropriate to effect adequate compensation. Section 125(c) authorizes the President to proclaim increased duties or other import restrictions as he deems necessary or appropriate in order to exercise the rights of the United States whenever the United States, acting in pursuance of its rights or obligations under certain trade agreements, withdraws, suspends or modifies any obligation with respect to foreign trade. Section 125(f) provides that the President, normally before taking any action under section 125 to withdraw, suspend, or modify trade agreement obligations or to increase duties, must provide for a public hearing, at which time interested persons will be given an opportunity to be present, to produce evidence, and to be heard. Pursuant to section 125(c), any new tariff rates proclaimed by the President would not exceed 50 percent above the rate set forth in rate column numbered 2 of the Tariff Schedules of the United States, as in effect on January 1, 1975, or 20 percent ad valorem above the rate existing on January 1, 1975, whichever is higher. If imposed, the increased duties would apply to imports from all countries that are subject to the rates of duty set forth in the Column 1 General rate of duty column of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The products affected by a suspension of concessions and duty increase would be drawn from the list of products set forth in the Annex to this notice. In recommending any action to the President under section 125, the TPSC will consider all comments and testimony by interested persons submitted in accordance with the procedures described below. Public Comment on Potential Actions; Hearing Participation Pursuant to section 125(f) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2135), the TPSC, chaired by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, has scheduled a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. Further details on the hearing and submission of testimony is provided below. In lieu of or in addition to participation at the public hearing, parties may submit E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 13539 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices written comments to be received no later than noon, Thursday, April 19, 2007. Written comments and/or written or oral testimony of interested persons should be limited to the following issues: (1) The appropriateness of withdrawing WTO tariff concessions upon the products listed in the Annex to this notice; (2) the appropriateness of imposing increased duties upon the products listed in the Annex to this notice; (3) the levels at which U.S. customs duties should be set for particular items; and (4) the degree to which increased duties might have an adverse effect upon U.S. consumers of the products listed in the Annex. Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide both a written notification of their intention and a copy of their testimony by noon on Thursday, April 19, 2007. The notification should include: (1) The name, address, and telephone number, fax number, and firm or affiliation of the person wishing to testify; (2) a short (one or two paragraph) summary of the oral presentation; and (3) list of goods of interest (including HTSUS numbers). Remarks at the hearing should be limited to no more than five minutes to allow for possible questions from the TPSC. Requirements for Submissions In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, the TPSC strongly urges and prefers electronic (email) submissions in response to this notice. In the event that an e-mail submission is impossible, submissions should be made by facsimile. Persons making submissions by email should use the following subject line: ‘‘EU Enlargement’’ followed by (as appropriate) ‘‘Written Comments,’’ ‘‘Notice of Testimony,’’ or ‘‘Testimony.’’ Documents should be submitted as either Adobe PDF, WordPerfect, MSWord, or text (.TXT) files. Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel. For any document containing business confidential information submitted electronically, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC-’’, and the file name of the public version should begin with the characters ‘‘P-’’. The ‘‘P-’’ or ‘‘BC-’’ should be followed by the name of the submitter. Persons who make submissions by e-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. Written comments, notices of testimony, and testimony will be placed in a file open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2003.5, except confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2003.6. Confidential business information submitted in accordance with 15 CFR 2003.6 must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top of each page, including any cover letter or cover page, and must be accompanied by a non-confidential summary of the confidential information. All public documents and non-confidential summaries shall be available for public inspection in the USTR Reading Room. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment to review the file may be made by calling (202) 395–6186. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. General information concerning USTR may be obtained by accessing its Internet Web site (http://www.ustr.gov). ANNEX: PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL OF CONCESSIONS TARIFF LIST MFN rate 2007 HTS# Description 02032920 ..... 02101200 ..... Frozen retail cuts of meat of swine, nesoi ................................................... Bellies (streaky) and cuts thereof of swine, salted, in brine, dried or smoked. Meat of swine other than hams, shoulders, bellies (streaky) and cuts thereof, salted, in brine, dried or smoked. Tomatoes, dried in powder ........................................................................... Pork sausages and similar products of pork, pork offal or blood; food preparations based on these products. Prepared or preserved pork, not containing cereals or vegetables, nesi .... Artichokes, prepared or preserved by vinegar or acetic acid ...................... Truffles, prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid .. Antipasto, prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid, frozen. Peach jam ..................................................................................................... Peaches (excluding nectarines), otherwise prepared or preserved, not elsewhere specified or included. Finishing agents, dye carriers and other preparations used in leather and like industries, < 5% by weight aromatic (mod.) substance(s). Glassware for table or kitchen purposes (o/than drinking glasses), of lead crystal, valued over $3 but n/over $5 each. Spoons and ladles with handles of sterling silver ........................................ Calendering or similar rolling machines for making paper pulp, paper or paperboard. 02101900 ..... 07129074 ..... 16010020 ..... 16024940 20019025 20032000 20049010 ..... ..... ..... ..... 20079935 ..... 20087020 ..... 38099350 ..... 70133130 ..... rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 71141130 ..... 84201020 ..... VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:11 Mar 21, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 MFN unit 2007 Proposed new tariff rate Proposed new tariff rate unit 1.40 1.40 cents/kg ............ cents/kg ............ 92.21 92.9 Cents/kg. Cents/kg. 1.40 cents/kg ............ 177.9 Cents/kg. 9% 0.80 ........................... cents/kg ............ 55% 73.7 Cents/kg. 1.40 10% 0 3% cents/kg ............ 72.8 55% 20% 50% 7% 17% 55% 55% 6% 55% 10.5% 90% 3.3% 0 97.5% 55% E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 Cents/kg. 13540 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 55 / Thursday, March 22, 2007 / Notices Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. E7–5268 Filed 3–21–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W7–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Proposed Collection; Comment Request Summary: In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506 (c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Title and purpose of information collection: Supplement to Claim of Person Outside the United States; OMB 3220–0155. Under the Social Security Amendments of 1983 (Pub. L. 98–21), which amends Section 202(t) of the Social Security Act, the Tier I or the O/M (overall minimum) portion of an annuity and Medicare benefits payable under the Railroad Retirement Act to certain beneficiaries living outside the U.S., may be withheld effective January 1, 1985. The benefit withholding provision of Public Law 98–21 applies to divorced spouses, spouses, minor or disabled children, students, and survivors of railroad employees who (1) Initially became eligible for Tier I amounts, O/M shares, and Medicare benefits after December 31, 1984; (2) are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals; and (3) have resided outside the U.S. for more than six consecutive months starting with the annuity beginning date. 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Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’ or ‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 4, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared substantially by Amex. On February 22, 2007, Amex filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 1 15 2 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to (1) amend Section 1003(g) of the Amex Company Guide to strengthen the procedures applicable to units when their components fall below continued listing standards and clarify the application of continued listing standards to individual components comprising units once some (but not all) of the units have separated into their component parts and (2) make minor, technical changes to Sections 1003(a), (c), (d) and (f) of the Amex Company Guide. The text of the proposal is available at Amex, at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and on Amex’s Web site at http://www.amex.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, Amex included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below, and the most significant aspects of such statements are set forth in Sections A, B, and C below. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Section 1003(g) of the Amex Company Guide currently provides that the Exchange will ‘‘normally consider’’ suspending or delisting units if any of their component parts do not meet the applicable continued listing standards. However, if one or more of the components is otherwise qualified for listing, such component may remain listed. For example, a unit comprised of both a common stock component and a debt component would face suspension or delisting procedures if either the common stock or the debt component no longer met its applicable continued listing standards. As a result, if the debt component failed to meet the continued listing standards for bonds, both the unit and such debt component would be subject to suspension or delisting procedures, but the common stock component could independently remain listed and continue to trade on the E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing on Potential 
Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in 
Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing concerning a 
list of goods for which tariff concessions may be withdrawn and duties 
may be increased in the event the United States cannot reach agreement 
with the European Communities (EC) for adequate compensation owed under 
World Trade Organization (WTO) rules as a result of EU enlargement.

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SUMMARY: The United States is continuing to negotiate with the EU 
regarding the EU's provision of adequate and permanent compensation to 
the United States for an event that increased duties on U.S. imports to 
EU markets above WTO bound rates of duty. On January 1, 2007, as part 
of its enlargement process, the EU raised tariffs above bound rates on 
some imports into the countries of Romania and Bulgaria. If this issue 
is not resolved, the United States may seek to exercise its rights 
under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 
(``GATT 1994'') to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and 
raise tariffs on select goods primarily supplied by the EU. The Trade 
Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks public comment on the attached list 
of goods for which U.S. tariff concessions may be withdrawn and applied 
duties may be raised. The TPSC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, 
April 24, 2007, on the list.

DATES: Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide 
written notification of their intention, as well as a copy of their 
testimony, by noon on April 19, 2007. A hearing will be held in 
Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Written comments are due by 
noon on Thursday, April 19, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Submissions by electronic mail to FR0628@ustr.eop.gov; 
requests to testify should also be addressed to Martez Higgins at e-
mail: FR0628@ustr.eop.gov. Submissions can be sent by facsimile to: 
Martez Higgins at fax: (202) 395-3974. The public is strongly 
encouraged to submit documents electronically rather than by facsimile. 
(See requirements for submissions below).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about procedural 
questions, contact Martez Higgins at (202) 395-4620. All other 
questions should be directed to: Laurie Molnar, Director for European 
Trade Issues, (202) 395-3320 or MaryEllen Smith, Director Agricultural 
Trade Policy, (202) 395-6127; Office of the United States Trade 
Representative.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under WTO rules, the United States is 
entitled to compensation from the EU resulting from EU tariff changes 
as a result of EU enlargement. If agreement on compensation cannot be 
reached, the United States would be entitled to withdraw substantially 
equivalent concessions and apply increased duties on products of 
interest to the EU.
    Enlargement: With the accession to the EU of Romania and Bulgaria 
(``the new EU Member States''), the EU withdrew the entire WTO tariff 
schedules of the new EU Member States and applied the common external 
tariff of the EU of twenty five to imports into the territory of the 
new EU Member States, resulting in increased tariffs on certain 
products.
    Legal Background: Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 establishes that 
a WTO Member may modify or withdraw a tariff concession bound in its 
WTO schedule by negotiation and agreement with certain affected 
Members, more specifically, those Members that initially negotiated the 
relevant concession or are determined to have a principal supplying 
interest or a substantial interest in the concession. Such affected 
Members are entitled to receive adequate compensation or, in the 
absence of successful compensation negotiations, to withdraw 
``substantially equivalent concessions.'' Pursuant to Article XXIV:6 of 
the GATT 1994, where a WTO Member has modified or withdrawn a 
concession in the expansion of a customs union, the procedure under 
Article XXVIII also applies. The United States has negotiating and 
compensation rights on certain tariff concessions at issue as a result 
of enlargement. Affected WTO Members' rights to withdraw substantially 
equivalent concessions under Article XXVIII are time-limited; these 
rights expire within six months of the EU's withdrawal or modification 
of concessions unless exercised or extended. WTO Members intending to 
withdraw substantially equivalent concessions must provide notice to 
the WTO of their intent at least thirty days prior to the effective 
date of such action.
    Whenever a foreign country withdraws, suspends, or modifies the 
application of trade agreement obligations of benefit to the United 
States without granting adequate compensation, the President is 
authorized under section 125(d) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 
2135) to withdraw, suspend or modify the application of any 
substantially equivalent trade agreement obligations of benefit and 
proclaim under section 125(c) such increased duties or other import 
restrictions as are appropriate to effect adequate compensation. 
Section 125(c) authorizes the President to proclaim increased duties or 
other import restrictions as he deems necessary or appropriate in order 
to exercise the rights of the United States whenever the United States, 
acting in pursuance of its rights or obligations under certain trade 
agreements, withdraws, suspends or modifies any obligation with respect 
to foreign trade. Section 125(f) provides that the President, normally 
before taking any action under section 125 to withdraw, suspend, or 
modify trade agreement obligations or to increase duties, must provide 
for a public hearing, at which time interested persons will be given an 
opportunity to be present, to produce evidence, and to be heard.
    Pursuant to section 125(c), any new tariff rates proclaimed by the 
President would not exceed 50 percent above the rate set forth in rate 
column numbered 2 of the Tariff Schedules of the United States, as in 
effect on January 1, 1975, or 20 percent ad valorem above the rate 
existing on January 1, 1975, whichever is higher. If imposed, the 
increased duties would apply to imports from all countries that are 
subject to the rates of duty set forth in the Column 1 General rate of 
duty column of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS). The products affected by a suspension of concessions and duty 
increase would be drawn from the list of products set forth in the 
Annex to this notice. In recommending any action to the President under 
section 125, the TPSC will consider all comments and testimony by 
interested persons submitted in accordance with the procedures 
described below.

Public Comment on Potential Actions; Hearing Participation

    Pursuant to section 125(f) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 
2135), the TPSC, chaired by the Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, has scheduled a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on 
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20508. Further details on the hearing and submission of 
testimony is provided below. In lieu of or in addition to participation 
at the public hearing, parties may submit

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written comments to be received no later than noon, Thursday, April 19, 
2007.
    Written comments and/or written or oral testimony of interested 
persons should be limited to the following issues: (1) The 
appropriateness of withdrawing WTO tariff concessions upon the products 
listed in the Annex to this notice; (2) the appropriateness of imposing 
increased duties upon the products listed in the Annex to this notice; 
(3) the levels at which U.S. customs duties should be set for 
particular items; and (4) the degree to which increased duties might 
have an adverse effect upon U.S. consumers of the products listed in 
the Annex.
    Persons wishing to testify orally at the hearing must provide both 
a written notification of their intention and a copy of their testimony 
by noon on Thursday, April 19, 2007. The notification should include: 
(1) The name, address, and telephone number, fax number, and firm or 
affiliation of the person wishing to testify; (2) a short (one or two 
paragraph) summary of the oral presentation; and (3) list of goods of 
interest (including HTSUS numbers). Remarks at the hearing should be 
limited to no more than five minutes to allow for possible questions 
from the TPSC.

Requirements for Submissions

    In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, the TPSC 
strongly urges and prefers electronic (e-mail) submissions in response 
to this notice. In the event that an e-mail submission is impossible, 
submissions should be made by facsimile.
    Persons making submissions by e-mail should use the following 
subject line: ``EU Enlargement'' followed by (as appropriate) ``Written 
Comments,'' ``Notice of Testimony,'' or ``Testimony.'' Documents should 
be submitted as either Adobe PDF, WordPerfect, MSWord, or text (.TXT) 
files. Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are 
acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel. For any document containing 
business confidential information submitted electronically, the file 
name of the business confidential version should begin with the 
characters ``BC-'', and the file name of the public version should 
begin with the characters ``P-''. The ``P-'' or ``BC-'' should be 
followed by the name of the submitter. Persons who make submissions by 
e-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.
    Written comments, notices of testimony, and testimony will be 
placed in a file open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2003.5, 
except confidential business information exempt from public inspection 
in accordance with 15 CFR 2003.6. Confidential business information 
submitted in accordance with 15 CFR 2003.6 must be clearly marked 
``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top of each page, including any cover 
letter or cover page, and must be accompanied by a non-confidential 
summary of the confidential information. All public documents and non-
confidential summaries shall be available for public inspection in the 
USTR Reading Room. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public, by 
appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday. An appointment to review the file may be made by 
calling (202) 395-6186. Appointments must be scheduled at least 48 
hours in advance.
    General information concerning USTR may be obtained by accessing 
its Internet Web site (http://www.ustr.gov).

                              Annex: Proposed Withdrawal of Concessions Tariff List
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                                                                                   Proposed
                                                  MFN                                 new    Proposed new tariff
    HTS             Description          rate         MFN unit 2007        tariff        rate unit
                                                  2007                               rate
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02032920............  Frozen retail cuts of        1.40  cents/kg................     92.21  Cents/kg.
                       meat of swine, nesoi.
02101200............  Bellies (streaky) and        1.40  cents/kg................      92.9  Cents/kg.
                       cuts thereof of swine,
                       salted, in brine, dried
                       or smoked.
02101900............  Meat of swine other than     1.40  cents/kg................     177.9  Cents/kg.
                       hams, shoulders,
                       bellies (streaky) and
                       cuts thereof, salted,
                       in brine, dried or
                       smoked.
07129074............  Tomatoes, dried in             9%  ........................       55%
                       powder.
16010020............  Pork sausages and            0.80  cents/kg................      73.7  Cents/kg.
                       similar products of
                       pork, pork offal or
                       blood; food
                       preparations based on
                       these products.
16024940............  Prepared or preserved        1.40  cents/kg................      72.8  Cents/kg.
                       pork, not containing
                       cereals or vegetables,
                       nesi.
20019025............  Artichokes, prepared or       10%                                 55%
                       preserved by vinegar or
                       acetic acid.
20032000............  Truffles, prepared or           0                                 20%
                       preserved otherwise
                       than by vinegar or
                       acetic acid.
20049010............  Antipasto, prepared or         3%                                 50%
                       preserved otherwise
                       than by vinegar or
                       acetic acid, frozen.
20079935............  Peach jam...............       7%                                 55%
20087020............  Peaches (excluding            17%                                 55%
                       nectarines), otherwise
                       prepared or preserved,
                       not elsewhere specified
                       or included.
38099350............  Finishing agents, dye          6%                                 55%
                       carriers and other
                       preparations used in
                       leather and like
                       industries, < 5% by
                       weight aromatic (mod.)
                       substance(s).
70133130............  Glassware for table or      10.5%                                 90%
                       kitchen purposes (o/
                       than drinking glasses),
                       of lead crystal, valued
                       over $3 but n/over $5
                       each.
71141130............  Spoons and ladles with       3.3%                               97.5%
                       handles of sterling
                       silver.
84201020............  Calendering or similar          0                                 55%
                       rolling machines for
                       making paper pulp,
                       paper or paperboard.
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Carmen Suro-Bredie,
Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
 [FR Doc. E7-5268 Filed 3-21-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3190-W7-P