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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 82 / Monday, April 28, 2008 / Notices OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Determinations Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that The Gambia has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with shipments of textile and apparel articles and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress toward implementing and following, the customs procedures required by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Therefore, imports of eligible products from The Gambia qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA. DATES: Effective April 28, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie-Ann Agama, Director for African Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9514. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AGOA (Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106–200) provides preferential tariff treatment for imports of certain textile and apparel products of beneficiary subSaharan African countries. The textile and apparel trade benefits under the AGOA are available to imports of eligible products from countries that the President designates as ‘‘beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries,’’ provided that these countries: (1) Have adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit documents; and (2) have implemented and follow, or are making substantial progress toward implementing and following, certain customs procedures that assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in verifying the origin of the products. On April 2, 2003, the President designated The Gambia a ‘‘beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.’’ Proclamation 7350 (October 2, 2000) delegated to the USTR the authority to determine whether designated countries have met the two requirements described above. The President directed the USTR to announce any such determinations in the Federal Register and to implement them through modifications of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). Based on actions that the Government of VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:22 Apr 25, 2008 Jkt 214001 The Gambia has taken, I have determined that The Gambia has satisfied these two requirements. Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in the USTR by Proclamation 7350, U.S. note 7(a) to subchapter II of chapter 98 of the HTS, U.S. note 1 to subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the HTS, and U.S. note 2(a) to subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the HTS, are each modified by inserting ‘‘The Gambia’’ in alphabetical sequence in the list of countries. The foregoing modifications to the HTS are effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date of publication of this notice. Importers claiming preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA for entries of textile and apparel articles should ensure that those entries meet the applicable visa requirements. See Visa Requirements Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, 66 FR 7837 (2001). Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. E8–9150 Filed 4–25–08; 8:45 am] 22983 by section 115 of the Airport and Airway Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1987, Public Law 100–223 (codified at 49 U.S.C. 50104) (‘‘the Act’’), requires USTR to decide whether any foreign countries have denied fair market opportunities to U.S. products, suppliers, or bidders in connection with airport construction projects of $500,000 or more that are funded in whole or in part by the governments of such countries. The list of such countries must be published in the Federal Register. For the purposes of the Act, USTR has decided not to include any countries on the list of countries that deny fair market opportunities for U.S. products, suppliers, or bidders in foreign government-funded airport construction projects. Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Determinations Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined 
that The Gambia has adopted an effective visa system and related 
procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit 
documents in connection with shipments of textile and apparel articles 
and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress 
toward implementing and following, the customs procedures required by 
the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Therefore, imports of 
eligible products from The Gambia qualify for the textile and apparel 
benefits provided under the AGOA.

DATES: Effective April 28, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurie-Ann Agama, Director for African 
Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395-
9514.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AGOA (Title I of the Trade and 
Development Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-200) provides preferential 
tariff treatment for imports of certain textile and apparel products of 
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. The textile and apparel 
trade benefits under the AGOA are available to imports of eligible 
products from countries that the President designates as ``beneficiary 
sub-Saharan African countries,'' provided that these countries: (1) 
Have adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent 
unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit documents; and (2) 
have implemented and follow, or are making substantial progress toward 
implementing and following, certain customs procedures that assist U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection in verifying the origin of the products.
    On April 2, 2003, the President designated The Gambia a 
``beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.'' Proclamation 7350 (October 
2, 2000) delegated to the USTR the authority to determine whether 
designated countries have met the two requirements described above. The 
President directed the USTR to announce any such determinations in the 
Federal Register and to implement them through modifications of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). Based on actions 
that the Government of The Gambia has taken, I have determined that The 
Gambia has satisfied these two requirements.
    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in the USTR by 
Proclamation 7350, U.S. note 7(a) to subchapter II of chapter 98 of the 
HTS, U.S. note 1 to subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the HTS, and U.S. 
note 2(a) to subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the HTS, are each modified 
by inserting ``The Gambia'' in alphabetical sequence in the list of 
countries. The foregoing modifications to the HTS are effective with 
respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption, on or after the date of publication of this notice. 
Importers claiming preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA for 
entries of textile and apparel articles should ensure that those 
entries meet the applicable visa requirements. See Visa Requirements 
Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, 66 FR 7837 (2001).

Susan C. Schwab,
United States Trade Representative.
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