Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Initiation of the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review and Deadlines for Filing Petitions, 28174-28175 [E8-10917]

Download as PDF 28174 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 95 / Thursday, May 15, 2008 / Notices For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Margaret H. Chernoff, Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch III–1, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E8–10861 Filed 5–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Initiation of the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review and Deadlines for Filing Petitions Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and Solicitation for Public Petitions. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will receive petitions in 2008 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 further determines that the deadline for submission of product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice petitions for the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review is 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The deadline for submission of product petitions requesting CNL waivers is 5 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2008. The list of product petitions and country practice petitions accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at later dates. 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 facsimile number is (202) 395–9481, and the email address is FR0807@ustr.eop.gov. (Note: the digit before the number in the e-mail address is the number ‘‘zero,’’ not a letter.) Public versions of all documents relating to this Review will be available for examination approximately 30 days after the pertinent due date, by appointment, in the USTR public reading room, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be ascertained, and appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:18 May 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (202) 395–6186. 2008 Annual GSP Review The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the timetable for conducting an annual review, unless otherwise specified by Federal Register notice. Notice is hereby given that, in order to be considered in the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review, all petitions to modify the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP or to review the GSP status of any beneficiary developing country, with the exception of petitions requesting CNL waivers, must be received by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Petitions requesting CNL waivers must be received by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2008, in order to be considered in the 2008 Annual Review. Petitions submitted after the respective deadlines will not be considered for review. Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit petitions to: (1) Designate additional articles as eligible for GSP benefits, including to designate articles as eligible for GSP benefits only for countries designated as least-developed beneficiary developing countries, or only for countries designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); (2) withdraw, suspend or limit the application of duty-free treatment accorded under the GSP with respect to any article, either for all beneficiary developing countries, least-developed beneficiary developing countries or beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, or for any of these countries individually; (3) waive the ‘‘competitive need limitations’’ for individual beneficiary developing countries with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles (these limits do not apply to either leastdeveloped beneficiary developing countries or AGOA beneficiary subSaharan African countries); and (4) otherwise modify GSP coverage. As specified in 15 CFR 2007.1, all product petitions must include a detailed description of the product and the 8-digit subheading of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under which the product is classified. Further, product petitions requesting CNL waivers for GSP-eligible articles from beneficiary developing countries that exceed the CNLs in 2008 must be PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 filed in the 2008 Annual Review. In order to allow petitioners an opportunity to review additional 2008 U.S. import statistics, these petitions may be filed after Wednesday, June 18, 2008, but must be received on or before the Thursday, November 13, 2008, deadline described above in order to be considered in the 2008 Annual Review. Copies will be made available for public inspection after the November 13, 2008, deadline. Any person may also submit petitions to review the designation of any beneficiary developing country, including any least-developed beneficiary developing country, with respect to any of the designation criteria listed in sections 502(b) or 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(b) and (c)) (petitions to review the designation of beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries are considered in the Annual Review of the AGOA, a separate administrative process not governed by the GSP regulations). Such petitions must comply with the requirements of 15 CFR 2007.0(b). Requirements for Submissions All such submissions must conform to the GSP regulations set forth at 15 CFR part 2007, except as modified below. These regulations are reprinted in the ‘‘U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Guidebook’’ (‘‘GSP Guidebook’’), available at http://www.ustr.gov/assets/ Trade_Development/ Preference_Programs/GSP/ asset_upload_file666_8359.pdf. Any person or party making a submission is strongly advised to review the GSP regulations. Submissions that do not provide the information required by sections 2007.0 and 2007.1 of the GSP regulations will not be accepted for review, except upon a detailed showing in the submission that the petitioner made a good faith effort to obtain the information required. Petitions with respect to waivers of the ‘‘competitive need limitations’’ must meet the information requirements for product addition requests in section 2007.1(c) of the GSP regulations. A model petition format is available from the GSP Subcommittee and is included in the GSP Guidebook. Petitioners are requested to use this model petition format so as to ensure that all information requirements are met. Furthermore, interested parties submitting petitions that request action with respect to specific products should list on the first page of the petition the following information after typing ‘‘2008 Annual GSP Review’’: (1) The requested action; (2) the HTSUS 8-digit subheading in which the product is E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 95 / Thursday, May 15, 2008 / Notices classified; and (3) if applicable, the beneficiary developing country. Petitions and requests must be submitted, in English, to the Chairman of the GSP Subcommittee, Trade Policy Staff Committee. Submissions in response to this notice will be available for public inspection by appointment with the staff of the USTR Public Reading Room, except for information granted ‘‘business confidential’’ status pursuant to 15 CFR 2003.6. 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’’ in large, bold letters at the top and bottom of each and every page of the document. The public version that does not contain business confidential information must also be clearly marked in large, bold letters at the top and bottom of each and every page (either ‘‘PUBLIC VERSION’’ or ‘‘NONCONFIDENTIAL’’). Documents that are submitted without any marking might not be accepted or will be considered public documents. In order to facilitate prompt consideration of submissions, USTR requires electronic mail (e-mail) submissions in response to this notice. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. E-mail submissions should be single copy transmissions in English with the total submission including attachments not to exceed 30 pages in 12-point type and 3 megabytes as a digital file attached to an e-mail transmission. Submissions should use the following e-mail subject line: ‘‘2008 Annual GSP Review-Petition.’’ Documents must be submitted as either WordPerfect (‘‘.WPD’’), MSWord (‘‘.DOC’’), text (‘‘.TXT’’), or Adobe (‘‘PDF’’) files. Documents cannot be submitted as electronic image files or contain embedded images (for example, ‘‘.JPG’’, ‘‘.TIF’’, ‘‘.BMP’’, or ‘‘.GIF’’). Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel, pre-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. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:18 May 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 identifying information on the sender, organization name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The electronic mail address for these submissions is FR0807@ustr.eop.gov (Note: The digit before the number in the e-mail address is the number ‘‘zero,’’ not a letter.) Documents not submitted in accordance with these instructions may not be considered in this review. If unable to provide submissions by email, please contact the GSP Subcommittee to arrange for an alternative method of transmission. For any document containing business confidential information submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, in addition to the proper marking at the top and bottom of each page as previously specified, 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 person or party (government, company, union, association, etc.) submitting the petition. Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be available for public review approximately 30 days after the due date by appointment in the USTR Public Reading Room, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be ascertained, and appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 202–395–6186. Marideth Sandler, Executive Director, GSP Program Chairman, GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. E8–10917 Filed 5–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W8–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. IC–28265; 812–13438] Main Street Capital Corporation, et al.; Notice of Application May 8, 2008. Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Notice of application for an order under section 57(i) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) and rule 17d–1 under the Act to permit certain joint transactions otherwise prohibited by section 57(a)(4) of the Act and under section 17(d) of the Act and rule 17d–1 under the Act authorizing certain joint transactions. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28175 Applicants request an order to permit a business development company (‘‘BDC’’) and its wholly-owned small business investment company (‘‘SBIC’’) to coinvest with certain affiliates in portfolio companies. APPLICANTS: Main Street Capital Corporation (the ‘‘Company’’), Main Street Mezzanine Fund, LP (‘‘MSMF’’), Main Street Capital II, LP (‘‘MSC’’) and Main Street Capital Partners, LLC (the ‘‘Investment Adviser’’). FILING DATES: The application was filed on October 12, 2007, and amended on April 28, 2008. HEARING OR NOTIFICATION OF HEARING: An order granting the requested relief will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the Commission’s Secretary and serving applicants with a copy of the request, personally or by mail. Hearing requests should be received by the Commission by 5:30 p.m. on June 2, 2008, and should be accompanied by proof of service on applicants, in the form of an affidavit or, for lawyers, a certificate of service. Hearing requests should state the nature of the writer’s interest, the reason for the request, and the issues contested. Persons who wish to be notified of a hearing may request notification by writing to the Commission’s Secretary. ADDRESSES: Secretary, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F St., NE., Washington, DC 20549–1520. Applicants: c/o Mr. Vincent D. Foster, Main Street Capital Corporation, 1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 800, Houston, TX 77056. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean E. Minarick, Senior Counsel, at (202) 551–6811, or Nadya B. Roytblat, Assistant Director, at (202) 551–6821 (Office of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the application. The complete application may be obtained for a fee at the Commission’s Public Reference Branch, 100 F St., NE., Washington, DC 20549– 1520 (tel. 202–551–5850). SUMMARY OF APPLICATION: Applicants’ Representations 1. The Company is an internally managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that has elected to be regulated as a BDC under the Act.1 The Company’s 1 Section 2(a)(48) defines a BDC to be any closedend investment company that operates for the E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM Continued 15MYN1

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[Notices]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 
Initiation of the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility 
Practices Review and Deadlines for Filing Petitions

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice and Solicitation for Public Petitions.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Office of the United States 
Trade Representative (USTR) will receive petitions in 2008 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 further 
determines that the deadline for submission of product petitions, other 
than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and 
country practice petitions for the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country 
Eligibility Practices Review is 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The 
deadline for submission of product petitions requesting CNL waivers is 
5 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2008. The list of product petitions and 
country practice petitions accepted for review will be announced in the 
Federal Register at later dates.

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 facsimile number is (202) 
395-9481, and the e-mail address is FR0807@ustr.eop.gov. (Note: the 
digit before the number in the e-mail address is the number ``zero,'' 
not a letter.) Public versions of all documents relating to this Review 
will be available for examination approximately 30 days after the 
pertinent due date, by appointment, in the USTR public reading room, 
1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be 
ascertained, and 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.

2008 Annual GSP Review

    The GSP regulations (15 CFR part 2007) provide the timetable for 
conducting an annual review, unless otherwise specified by Federal 
Register notice. Notice is hereby given that, in order to be considered 
in the 2008 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices 
Review, all petitions to modify the list of articles eligible for duty-
free treatment under GSP or to review the GSP status of any beneficiary 
developing country, with the exception of petitions requesting CNL 
waivers, must be received by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy 
Staff Committee no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. 
Petitions requesting CNL waivers must be received by the GSP 
Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee no later than 5 p.m. 
on Thursday, November 13, 2008, in order to be considered in the 2008 
Annual Review. Petitions submitted after the respective deadlines will 
not be considered for review.
    Interested parties, including foreign governments, may submit 
petitions to: (1) Designate additional articles as eligible for GSP 
benefits, including to designate articles as eligible for GSP benefits 
only for countries designated as least-developed beneficiary developing 
countries, or only for countries designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan 
African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); 
(2) withdraw, suspend or limit the application of duty-free treatment 
accorded under the GSP with respect to any article, either for all 
beneficiary developing countries, least-developed beneficiary 
developing countries or beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, or 
for any of these countries individually; (3) waive the ``competitive 
need limitations'' for individual beneficiary developing countries with 
respect to specific GSP-eligible articles (these limits do not apply to 
either least-developed beneficiary developing countries or AGOA 
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries); and (4) otherwise modify 
GSP coverage.
    As specified in 15 CFR 2007.1, all product petitions must include a 
detailed description of the product and the 8-digit subheading of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under which the 
product is classified.
    Further, product petitions requesting CNL waivers for GSP-eligible 
articles from beneficiary developing countries that exceed the CNLs in 
2008 must be filed in the 2008 Annual Review. In order to allow 
petitioners an opportunity to review additional 2008 U.S. import 
statistics, these petitions may be filed after Wednesday, June 18, 
2008, but must be received on or before the Thursday, November 13, 
2008, deadline described above in order to be considered in the 2008 
Annual Review. Copies will be made available for public inspection 
after the November 13, 2008, deadline.
    Any person may also submit petitions to review the designation of 
any beneficiary developing country, including any least-developed 
beneficiary developing country, with respect to any of the designation 
criteria listed in sections 502(b) or 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 
U.S.C. 2462(b) and (c)) (petitions to review the designation of 
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries are considered in the Annual 
Review of the AGOA, a separate administrative process not governed by 
the GSP regulations). Such petitions must comply with the requirements 
of 15 CFR 2007.0(b).

Requirements for Submissions

    All such submissions must conform to the GSP regulations set forth 
at 15 CFR part 2007, except as modified below. These regulations are 
reprinted in the ``U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Guidebook'' 
(``GSP Guidebook''), available at http://www.ustr.gov/assets/Trade_
Development/Preference_Programs/GSP/asset_upload_file666_8359.pdf.
    Any person or party making a submission is strongly advised to 
review the GSP regulations. Submissions that do not provide the 
information required by sections 2007.0 and 2007.1 of the GSP 
regulations will not be accepted for review, except upon a detailed 
showing in the submission that the petitioner made a good faith effort 
to obtain the information required. Petitions with respect to waivers 
of the ``competitive need limitations'' must meet the information 
requirements for product addition requests in section 2007.1(c) of the 
GSP regulations. A model petition format is available from the GSP 
Subcommittee and is included in the GSP Guidebook. Petitioners are 
requested to use this model petition format so as to ensure that all 
information requirements are met. Furthermore, interested parties 
submitting petitions that request action with respect to specific 
products should list on the first page of the petition the following 
information after typing ``2008 Annual GSP Review'': (1) The requested 
action; (2) the HTSUS 8-digit subheading in which the product is

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classified; and (3) if applicable, the beneficiary developing country. 
Petitions and requests must be submitted, in English, to the Chairman 
of the GSP Subcommittee, Trade Policy Staff Committee. Submissions in 
response to this notice will be available for public inspection by 
appointment with the staff of the USTR Public Reading Room, except for 
information granted ``business confidential'' status pursuant to 15 CFR 
2003.6. 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'' in large, 
bold letters at the top and bottom of each and every page of the 
document. The public version that does not contain business 
confidential information must also be clearly marked in large, bold 
letters at the top and bottom of each and every page (either ``PUBLIC 
VERSION'' or ``NON-CONFIDENTIAL''). Documents that are submitted 
without any marking might not be accepted or will be considered public 
documents.
    In order to facilitate prompt consideration of submissions, USTR 
requires electronic mail (e-mail) submissions in response to this 
notice. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted. E-mail 
submissions should be single copy transmissions in English with the 
total submission including attachments not to exceed 30 pages in 12-
point type and 3 megabytes as a digital file attached to an e-mail 
transmission. Submissions should use the following e-mail subject line: 
``2008 Annual GSP Review-Petition.'' Documents must be submitted as 
either WordPerfect (``.WPD''), MSWord (``.DOC''), text (``.TXT''), or 
Adobe (``PDF'') files. Documents cannot be submitted as electronic 
image files or contain embedded images (for example, ``.JPG'', 
``.TIF'', ``.BMP'', or ``.GIF''). Supporting documentation submitted as 
spreadsheets are acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel, pre-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. 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 identifying information on the sender, 
organization name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The 
electronic mail address for these submissions is FR0807@ustr.eop.gov 
(Note: The digit before the number in the e-mail address is the number 
``zero,'' not a letter.) Documents not submitted in accordance with 
these instructions may 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.
    For any document containing business confidential information 
submitted as an electronic attached file to an e-mail transmission, in 
addition to the proper marking at the top and bottom of each page as 
previously specified, 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 person or party 
(government, company, union, association, etc.) submitting the 
petition.
    Public versions of all documents relating to this review will be 
available for public review approximately 30 days after the due date by 
appointment in the USTR Public Reading Room, 1724 F Street, NW., 
Washington, DC. Availability of documents may be ascertained, and 
appointments may be made from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, by calling 202-395-6186.

Marideth Sandler,
Executive Director, GSP Program Chairman, GSP Subcommittee of the Trade 
Policy Staff Committee.
 [FR Doc. E8-10917 Filed 5-14-08; 8:45 am]
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