Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Acceptance of Product and Country Practice Petitions for the 2007 Annual Review, 51264-51266 [E7-17614]

Download as PDF 51264 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 172 / Thursday, September 6, 2007 / Notices regulatory commitments. Please direct questions regarding these commitments to [CONTACT NAME]. Regulatory commitments Due date/event [LICENSEE] will establish Technical Specification Bases for TS [3.1.3] consistent with those shown in the license amendment. [Complete, implemented with amendment OR within X days of implementation of amendment]. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Attachment 5—Proposed Changes to Technical Specification Bases Pages Proposed No Significant Hazards Consideration Determination Description of Amendment Request: [Plant Name] requests adoption of an approved change to the standard technical specifications (STS) for Combustion Engineering (CE) Plants (NUREG–1432) and plant specific technical specifications (TS), to allow modification of TS moderator temperature coefficient (MTC) surveillance requirements (SR) associated with implementation of WCAP–16011–P–A, ‘‘Startup Test Activity Reduction (STAR) Program,’’ dated February 2005.’’ The changes are consistent with NRC approved Industry/Technical Specification Task Force (TSTF) STS Traveler, TSTF–486, Revision 2, ‘‘Revise MTC Surveillance for Startup Test Activity Reduction (STAR) Program (WCAP– 16011).’’ WCAP–16011–P–A describes methods to reduce the time required for startup testing. To this end, WCAP–16011–P– A proposes methods to eliminate the control element assembly (CEA) worth and isothermal temperature coefficient (ITC) measurements at hot zero power (HZP). The measured ITC is then used to calculate the HZP MTC. WCAP–16011–P–A includes a method to substitute the measured verification of MTC at HZP with an alternate MTC verification consisting of the predicted (calculated) MTC and measured critical boron concentration (CBC) at HZP. When this alternate MTC verification is utilized, WCAP–16011–P–A adds the requirement for the early in cycle MTC measurement to verify MTC is not more negative than allowed is also used to verify MTC is not more positive than allowed. WCAP–16011–P–A adds an ITC measurement at intermediate to hot full power (HFP) and applicability requirements for core design, fabrication, refueling, startup testing, and CEA lifetime viability requirements. WCAP–16011–P–A methods can only be applied to cores that are well characterized by an existing database. Basis for proposed no significant hazards consideration determination: As required by 10 CFR 50.91(a), an analysis of the issue of no significant hazards consideration is presented below: Criterion 1—The Proposed Change Does Not Involve a Significant Increase in the Probability or Consequences of an Accident Previously Evaluated The proposed change generically implements MTC SR changes associated with implementation of WCAP–16011–P–A, STAR VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Sep 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 Program. WCAP–16011–P–A describes methods to reduce the time required for startup testing. The consequences of an accident after adopting TSTF–486 are no different than the consequences of an accident prior to adoption. Therefore, this change does not involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated. Criterion 2—The Proposed Change Does Not Create the Possibility of a New or Different Kind of Accident from any Accident Previously Evaluated The proposed change does not involve a physical alteration of the plant (no new or different type of equipment will be installed) or a change in the methods governing normal plant operation. The proposed change will not introduce new failure modes or effects and will not, in the absence of other unrelated failures, lead to an accident whose consequences exceed the consequences of accidents previously analyzed. Thus, this change does not create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated. Criterion 3—The Proposed Change Does Not Involve a Significant Reduction in the Margin of Safety TSTF–486 provides the means and standardized wording for CE STS plants implementing the previously approved WCAP–16011–P–A alternate MTC verification at startup. MTC is a parameter controlled in the licensee’s TS, including surveillance requirements. As stated previously WCAP–16011–P–A describes methods to reduce the time required for startup testing. The changes to NUREG–1432 proposed by TSTF–486 have been reviewed for and found to be consistent with the current NUREG–1432 and WCAP–16011–P– A, and therefore the proposed changes are acceptable and do not involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. Based upon the reasoning presented above and the previous discussion of the amendment request, the requested change does not involve a significant hazards consideration. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 29th day of August, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Timothy J. Kobetz, Section Chief, Technical Specifications Branch, Division of Inspection & Regional Support, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E7–17601 Filed 9–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Acceptance of Product and Country Practice Petitions for the 2007 Annual Review Office of the United States Trade Representative. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2007 GSP Annual Review to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice announces the product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice petitions that are accepted for further review in the 2007 GSP Annual Review. This notice also sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearings on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearings, and for submitting prehearing and post-hearing briefs. The list of accepted petitions is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/ Trade_Development/ Preference_Programs/GSP/ Section_Index.html [2007 Annual review]. Petitions for CNL waivers are due November 16, 2007 (see 72 FR 28,527), and a review of those petitions will be conducted thereafter. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F–220, Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395–6971. The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the schedule of dates for conducting an annual review unless otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice. The current schedule follows. Notification of any other changes will be given in the Federal Register. September 21, 2007: Due date for submission of pre-hearing briefs and requests to appear at the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing that include the name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail address and organization of witnesses for accepted product petitions. October 3, 2007: GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing on all product petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual Review in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, beginning at 9:30 a.m. October 4, 2007: GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing, for all country practice petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual Review in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, beginning at 9:30 a.m. DATES: E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 172 / Thursday, September 6, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES October 19, 2007: Due date for submission of post-hearing briefs. January 2007: USITC scheduled to publish report on products of cases 2007–01 to 2007–11 in the 2007 GSP Annual Review. Comments on the USITC report on these products are due 10 days after USITC date of publication. June 30, 2007: Modifications to the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP resulting from the 2007 Annual Review will be announced on or about June 30, 2007, in the Federal Register, and any changes will take effect on the effective date announced. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries. The GSP is authorized by title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ‘‘1974 Act’’), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. A. Petitions Requesting Modifications of Product Eligibility In a Federal Register notice dated May 21, 2007, USTR announced that the deadline for the filing of product petitions, other than those requesting waivers of ‘‘competitive need limitations’’ (CNLs), and country practice petitions for the 2007 GSP Annual Review was June 22, 2007 (72 FR 28527). The product petitions received have requested changes in the list of GSP-eligible products by adding new products and by removing dutyfree treatment for products from specific GSP-eligible countries. The interagency GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) has reviewed the product petitions, and the TPSC has decided to accept for review the product petitions listed in ‘‘List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review’’ posted on the USTR Web site. That list sets forth, for each type of change requested: the case number, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading number, a brief description of the product (see the HTSUS for an authoritative description available on the USITC Web site (http:// www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/) and the petitioner for each petition included in this review). Acceptance of a petition for review does not indicate any opinion with respect to the disposition on the merits of the petition. Acceptance indicates only that the listed petitions have been found eligible for review by VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Sep 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 the TPSC and that such review will take place. B. Petitions for Review Regarding Country Practices Pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(b), the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC has recommended, and the TPSC has accepted or continued the review of several country practice petitions (see ‘‘List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review’’ posted on the USTR Web site). Acceptance of a petition for review does not indicate any opinion with respect to the disposition on the merits of the petition. Acceptance indicates only that the petition has been found eligible for review by the TPSC and that such review will take place. Opportunities for Public Comment and Inspection of Comments The GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC invites comments in support of or in opposition to any petition that has been accepted thus far for the 2007 GSP Annual Review. Submissions should comply with 15 CFR part 2007, except as modified below. All submissions should identify the subject article(s) in terms of the case number and eight digit HTSUS subheading number, if applicable, as shown in the ‘‘List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review’’ available at: http:// www.ustr.gov/Trade_Development/ Preference_Programs/GSP/ Section_Index.html [2007 Annual Review]. Requirements for Submissions In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, USTR requires electronic e-mail submissions in response to this notice. Handdelivered submissions will not be accepted. These submissions should be single-copy transmissions in English, with the total submission not to exceed 30 single-spaced standard letter-size pages in 12-point type and three megabytes as sent as a digital file attached to an e-mail transmission. Email submissions should use the following subject line: ‘‘2007 GSP Annual Review’’ followed by the Case Number and, if a product petition, the eight-digit HTSUS subheading number found in the ‘‘List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review’’ on the USTR Web site (for example, 2007–05 7202.99.20) and, as appropriate ‘‘Written Comments’’, ‘‘Notice of Intent to Testify’’, ‘‘Pre-hearing brief’’, ‘‘Posthearing brief’’ or ‘‘Comments on USITC Advice’’. (For example, an e-mail subject line might read ‘‘2007–05 7202.99.20 Written Comments’’.) PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51265 Documents must be submitted in English in one of the following formats: WordPerfect (.WPD), Adobe (.PDF), MSWord (.DOC), or text (.TXT) files. Documents cannot be submitted as electronic image files or contain embedded images, e.g., ‘‘.JPG’’, ‘‘.TIF’’, ‘‘.BMP’’, or ‘‘.GIF’’. Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as Excel files, formatted for printing on 81⁄2 x 11 inch paper. To the extent possible, any data attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. If the submission contains business confidential information, a nonconfidential version of the submission must also be submitted that indicates where confidential information was redacted by inserting asterisks where material was deleted. In addition, the confidential submission must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version must also be clearly marked at the top and bottom of each page (either ‘‘PUBLIC VERSION’’ or ‘‘NONCONFIDENTIAL’’). Documents that are submitted without any marking might not be accepted or will be considered public documents. For any document containing business confidential information submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, 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 party (government, company, union, association, etc.) which is making the submission. E-mail submissions should not include separate cover letters or messages in the message area of the email; information that might appear in any cover letter should be included directly in the attached file containing the submission itself, including the sender’s name, organization name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The e-mail address for these submissions is FR0711@USTR.EOP.GOV. Documents not submitted in accordance with these instructions might not be considered in this review. If unable to provide submissions by e-mail, please contact the GSP Subcommittee to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be available for review approximately two weeks after the relevant due date by appointment in the USTR public E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1 51266 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 172 / Thursday, September 6, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES reading room, 1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC. Appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (202) 395–6186. Notice of Public Hearing A hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on October 3, 2007, for product petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual Review (i.e., for product petitions other than those requesting CNL waivers) beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F St., NW., Washington, DC 20508. A second hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on October 5, 2007 for country practice petitions in the 2007 GSP Annual Review. The hearings will be open to the public and a transcript of the hearings will be made available for public inspection or can be purchased from the reporting company. No electronic media coverage will be allowed. All interested parties wishing to make an oral presentation at the hearing must submit, following the above ‘‘Requirements for Submissions’’, the name, address, telephone number, and facsimile number and email address, if available, of the witness(es) representing their organization to Marideth Sandler, Executive Director of the GSP Program by 5 p.m., September 21, 2007. Requests to present oral testimony in connection with the public hearing must be accompanied by a written brief or statement, in English, and also must be received by 5 p.m., September 21, 2007. Oral testimony before the GSP Subcommittee will be limited to fiveminute presentations that summarize or supplement information contained in briefs or statements submitted for the record. Post-hearing briefs or statements will be accepted if they conform with the regulations cited above and are submitted, in English, by 5 p.m., October 19, 2007. Parties not wishing to appear at the public hearing may submit pre-hearing briefs or statements, in English, by 5 p.m., September 21, 2007, and post-hearing written briefs or statements, in English, by 5 p.m., October 19, 2007. In accordance with sections 503(d)(1)(A) of the 1974 Act and the authority delegated by the President, pursuant to section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. Trade Representative has requested that the USITC provide its advice on the probable economic effect on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on consumers of the elimination of U.S. import duties for all GSP beneficiary countries or, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Sep 05, 2007 Jkt 211001 where applicable, the probable economic effect on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on consumers of the removal from eligibility for duty-free status under GSP for such article from the specified countries, with respect to the articles that are specified in the ‘‘List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review.’’ Comments by interested persons on the USITC Report prepared as part of the product review other than those requesting CNL waivers should be submitted by 5 p.m., 10 days after the date of USITC publication of its report. Marideth Sandler, Executive Director, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. [FR Doc. E7–17614 Filed 9–5–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W7–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan: Request for Public Comment Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ‘‘Special 301’’ provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, the USTR is required to determine which of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a country’s identification as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. On April 27, 2007, USTR announced the results of the 2007 Special 301 Review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Reviews of Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan would be conducted this year. Pursuant to these Out-of-Cycle Reviews, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning acts, policies, and practices regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property protection and PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 enforcement in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan. DATES: Submissions must be received on or before 10 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2007. ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to Jennifer Choe Groves, Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation and Chair of the Special 301 Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative, and sent (i) Electronically, to FR0606@ustr.eop.gov (please note, ‘‘FR0606’’ consists of the numbers ‘‘zero-six-zero-six,’’) with ‘‘Brazil, Czech Republic, Pakistan Outof-Cycle Review’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395–9458, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the E-mail address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Choe Groves, Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation and Chair of the Special 301 Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative at (202) 395–4510. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 182 of the Trade Act, USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a country’s designation as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if it is entering into good faith negotiations, or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations, to provide adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. On April 27, 2007, USTR announced the results of the 2007 Special 301 Review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Review of Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan would be conducted this year. Pursuant to these Out-of-Cycle Reviews, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning acts, policies, and practices regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property protection and enforcement in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan. Requirements for comments: Comments should include a description of experiences with respect to Brazil, E:\FR\FM\06SEN1.SGM 06SEN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 
Acceptance of Product and Country Practice Petitions for the 2007 
Annual Review

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 
received petitions in connection with the 2007 GSP Annual Review to 
modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment 
under the GSP program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP 
beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This 
notice announces the product petitions, other than those requesting 
competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice 
petitions that are accepted for further review in the 2007 GSP Annual 
Review. This notice also sets forth the schedule for comment and public 
hearings on these petitions, for requesting participation in the 
hearings, and for submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs. The 
list of accepted petitions is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_
Development/Preference_Programs/GSP/Section_Index.html [2007 Annual 
review]. Petitions for CNL waivers are due November 16, 2007 (see 72 FR 
28,527), and a review of those petitions will be conducted thereafter.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the GSP Subcommittee of the 
Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, 1724 F Street, NW., Room F-220, Washington, DC 20508. 
The telephone number is (202) 395-6971.

DATES: The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the schedule of 
dates for conducting an annual review unless otherwise specified in a 
Federal Register notice. The current schedule follows. Notification of 
any other changes will be given in the Federal Register.
    September 21, 2007: Due date for submission of pre-hearing briefs 
and requests to appear at the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing that 
include the name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail address and 
organization of witnesses for accepted product petitions.
    October 3, 2007: GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing on all product 
petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual Review in Rooms 1 and 2, 
1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
    October 4, 2007: GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing, for all country 
practice petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual Review in Rooms 1 
and 2, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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October 19, 2007: Due date for submission of post-hearing briefs.

    January 2007: USITC scheduled to publish report on products of 
cases 2007-01 to 2007-11 in the 2007 GSP Annual Review. Comments on the 
USITC report on these products are due 10 days after USITC date of 
publication.
    June 30, 2007: Modifications to the list of articles eligible for 
duty-free treatment under the GSP resulting from the 2007 Annual Review 
will be announced on or about June 30, 2007, in the Federal Register, 
and any changes will take effect on the effective date announced.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP provides for the duty-free 
importation of designated articles when imported from designated 
beneficiary developing countries. The GSP is authorized by title V of 
the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ``1974 
Act''), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of 
November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and 
Presidential Proclamations.

A. Petitions Requesting Modifications of Product Eligibility

    In a Federal Register notice dated May 21, 2007, USTR announced 
that the deadline for the filing of product petitions, other than those 
requesting waivers of ``competitive need limitations'' (CNLs), and 
country practice petitions for the 2007 GSP Annual Review was June 22, 
2007 (72 FR 28527). The product petitions received have requested 
changes in the list of GSP-eligible products by adding new products and 
by removing duty-free treatment for products from specific GSP-eligible 
countries.
    The interagency GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff 
Committee (TPSC) has reviewed the product petitions, and the TPSC has 
decided to accept for review the product petitions listed in ``List of 
Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review'' posted on the USTR 
Web site. That list sets forth, for each type of change requested: the 
case number, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) subheading number, a brief description of the product (see the 
HTSUS for an authoritative description available on the USITC Web site 
(http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/) and the petitioner for each petition 
included in this review). Acceptance of a petition for review does not 
indicate any opinion with respect to the disposition on the merits of 
the petition. Acceptance indicates only that the listed petitions have 
been found eligible for review by the TPSC and that such review will 
take place.

B. Petitions for Review Regarding Country Practices

    Pursuant to 15 CFR 2007.0(b), the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC has 
recommended, and the TPSC has accepted or continued the review of 
several country practice petitions (see ``List of Petitions Accepted in 
the 2007 GSP Annual Review'' posted on the USTR Web site). Acceptance 
of a petition for review does not indicate any opinion with respect to 
the disposition on the merits of the petition. Acceptance indicates 
only that the petition has been found eligible for review by the TPSC 
and that such review will take place.

Opportunities for Public Comment and Inspection of Comments

    The GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC invites comments in support of or 
in opposition to any petition that has been accepted thus far for the 
2007 GSP Annual Review. Submissions should comply with 15 CFR part 
2007, except as modified below. All submissions should identify the 
subject article(s) in terms of the case number and eight digit HTSUS 
subheading number, if applicable, as shown in the ``List of Petitions 
Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review'' available at: http://
www.ustr.gov/Trade_Development/Preference_Programs/GSP/Section_
Index.html [2007 Annual Review].

Requirements for Submissions

    In order to facilitate prompt processing of submissions, USTR 
requires electronic e-mail submissions in response to this notice. 
Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. These submissions 
should be single-copy transmissions in English, with the total 
submission not to exceed 30 single-spaced standard letter-size pages in 
12-point type and three megabytes as sent as a digital file attached to 
an e-mail transmission. E-mail submissions should use the following 
subject line: ``2007 GSP Annual Review'' followed by the Case Number 
and, if a product petition, the eight-digit HTSUS subheading number 
found in the ``List of Petitions Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual 
Review'' on the USTR Web site (for example, 2007-05 7202.99.20) and, as 
appropriate ``Written Comments'', ``Notice of Intent to Testify'', 
``Pre-hearing brief'', ``Post-hearing brief'' or ``Comments on USITC 
Advice''. (For example, an e-mail subject line might read ``2007-05 
7202.99.20 Written Comments''.) Documents must be submitted in English 
in one of the following formats: WordPerfect (.WPD), Adobe (.PDF), 
MSWord (.DOC), or text (.TXT) files. Documents cannot be submitted as 
electronic image files or contain embedded images, e.g., ``.JPG'', 
``.TIF'', ``.BMP'', or ``.GIF''. Supporting documentation submitted as 
spreadsheets are acceptable as Excel files, formatted for printing on 
8\1/2\ x 11 inch paper. To the extent possible, any data attachments to 
the submission should be included in the same file as the submission 
itself, and not as separate files.
    If the submission contains business confidential information, a 
non-confidential version of the submission must also be submitted that 
indicates where confidential information was redacted by inserting 
asterisks where material was deleted. In addition, the confidential 
submission must be clearly marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top 
and bottom of each page of the document. The non-confidential version 
must also be clearly marked at the top and bottom of each page (either 
``PUBLIC VERSION'' or ``NON-CONFIDENTIAL''). Documents that are 
submitted without any marking might not be accepted or will be 
considered public documents.
    For any document containing business confidential information 
submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, 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 party (government, company, union, 
association, etc.) which is making the submission.
    E-mail submissions should not include separate cover letters or 
messages in the message area of the e-mail; information that might 
appear in any cover letter should be included directly in the attached 
file containing the submission itself, including the sender's name, 
organization name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The e-
mail address for these submissions is FR0711@USTR.EOP.GOV. Documents 
not submitted in accordance with these instructions might not be 
considered in this review. If unable to provide submissions by e-mail, 
please contact the GSP Subcommittee to arrange for an alternative 
method of transmission.
    Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be 
available for review approximately two weeks after the relevant due 
date by appointment in the USTR public

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reading room, 1724 F Street NW., Washington, DC. Appointments may be 
made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, by calling (202) 395-6186.

Notice of Public Hearing

    A hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on 
October 3, 2007, for product petitions accepted for the 2007 GSP Annual 
Review (i.e., for product petitions other than those requesting CNL 
waivers) beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of the U.S. Trade 
Representative, Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F St., NW., Washington, DC 20508. A 
second hearing will be held by the GSP Subcommittee of the TPSC on 
October 5, 2007 for country practice petitions in the 2007 GSP Annual 
Review. The hearings will be open to the public and a transcript of the 
hearings will be made available for public inspection or can be 
purchased from the reporting company. No electronic media coverage will 
be allowed.
    All interested parties wishing to make an oral presentation at the 
hearing must submit, following the above ``Requirements for 
Submissions'', the name, address, telephone number, and facsimile 
number and email address, if available, of the witness(es) representing 
their organization to Marideth Sandler, Executive Director of the GSP 
Program by 5 p.m., September 21, 2007. Requests to present oral 
testimony in connection with the public hearing must be accompanied by 
a written brief or statement, in English, and also must be received by 
5 p.m., September 21, 2007. Oral testimony before the GSP Subcommittee 
will be limited to five-minute presentations that summarize or 
supplement information contained in briefs or statements submitted for 
the record. Post-hearing briefs or statements will be accepted if they 
conform with the regulations cited above and are submitted, in English, 
by 5 p.m., October 19, 2007. Parties not wishing to appear at the 
public hearing may submit pre-hearing briefs or statements, in English, 
by 5 p.m., September 21, 2007, and post-hearing written briefs or 
statements, in English, by 5 p.m., October 19, 2007.
    In accordance with sections 503(d)(1)(A) of the 1974 Act and the 
authority delegated by the President, pursuant to section 332(g) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. Trade Representative has requested that 
the USITC provide its advice on the probable economic effect on U.S. 
industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on 
consumers of the elimination of U.S. import duties for all GSP 
beneficiary countries or, where applicable, the probable economic 
effect on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive 
articles and on consumers of the removal from eligibility for duty-free 
status under GSP for such article from the specified countries, with 
respect to the articles that are specified in the ``List of Petitions 
Accepted in the 2007 GSP Annual Review.'' Comments by interested 
persons on the USITC Report prepared as part of the product review 
other than those requesting CNL waivers should be submitted by 5 p.m., 
10 days after the date of USITC publication of its report.

Marideth Sandler,
Executive Director, Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program, 
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
 [FR Doc. E7-17614 Filed 9-5-07; 8:45 am]
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