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Further, the Department requires additional time to review issues such as corporate affiliations and steel grades of products reported by Villares as it will affect the Department’s matching methodology in this case. Therefore, we are extending the time period for issuing the preliminary results of this review by 90 days until January 29, 2009. This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(2). Dated: October 17, 2008. Gary Taverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–25439 Filed 10–24–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S Background At the request of interested parties, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel bar from Brazil for the period February 1, 2007, through January 31, 2008. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, Request for Revocation in Part, and Deferral of Administrative Review, 73 FR 16837 (March 31, 2008). The preliminary results of this administrative review are currently due no later than October 31, 2008. Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to make a preliminary determination within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested and a final determination within 120 days after the date on which the preliminary determination is published. If it is not practicable to complete the review within these time periods, section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act allows the Department to extend the time limit for the preliminary determination to a maximum of 365 days after the last day of the anniversary month. See also 19 CFR 351.213(h). We determine that it is not practicable to complete the preliminary results of this review by the current deadline of October 31, 2008, for several reasons. Specifically, the Department has granted the respondent, Villares Metals S.A. (Villares), several extensions to respond PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period January 1 through June 30, 2008. DATES: Comments must be submitted within thirty days after publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to the Secretary of Commerce, Attn: Jill E. Pollack, Import Administration, APO/ Dockets Unit, Room 1870, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill E. Pollack, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4593. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: 1 See, e.g., letters to Villares Metals S.A., from Laurie Parkhill, dated April 18, 2008, May 22, 2008, July 11, 2008, and July 30, 2008. E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 63696 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 208 / Monday, October 27, 2008 / Notices Background On June 18, 2008, Section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any subsidies provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies. As part of its report, Commerce intends to include a list of subsidy programs identified with sufficient clarity by the public in response to this notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Request for Comment Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 (which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period January 1 through June 30, 2008. Official U.S. import data published by the United States International Trade Commission Tariff and Trade DataWeb indicate that exports of softwood lumber from Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Germany each account for at least one percent of U.S. imports of softwood lumber products during that time period. We intend to rely on similar previous six-month periods to identify the countries subject to future reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we will rely on U.S. imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber products during the period July 1 through December 31, 2008, to select the countries subject to the next report. Under U.S. law, a subsidy is defined as the situation in which a government authority: (i) Provides a financial contribution, (ii) provides any form of income or price support within the meaning of Article XVI of the GATT 1994, or (iii) makes a payment to a funding mechanism to provide a financial contribution to a person, or entrusts or directs a private entity to make a financial contribution, if providing the contribution would normally be vested in the government and the practice does not differ in substance from practices normally followed by governments, and a benefit is thereby conferred. See Section 771(5)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930. Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which provided the subsidy, (2) the name of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:13 Oct 24, 2008 Jkt 217001 the subsidy program, (3) a brief (3–4 sentence) description of the subsidy program, and (4) the government body or authority that provided the subsidy. Submission of Comment Dated: October 22, 2008. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–25688 Filed 10–24–08; 8:45 am] PO 00000 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XK56 Persons wishing to comment should file a signed original and six copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially due to business proprietary concerns or for any other reason. The Department will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not include them in its report on softwood lumber subsidies. The Department also requests submission of comments in electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted on CD–ROM with the paper copies or by e-mail to the Webmaster below. Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Import Administration Web site at the following address: http://ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482–0866, e-mail address: webmastersupport@ita.doc.gov. All comments and submissions should be mailed to Jill E. Pollack, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration; Subject: Softwood Lumber Subsidies Bi-Annual Report: Request for Comment; Room 1870, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, by no later than 5 p.m., on the above-referenced deadline date. BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery; 2009 Fishing Quotas for Atlantic Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: NMFS is announcing that the quotas for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries for 2009 remain status quo. Regulations governing these fisheries require NMFS to notify the public of the allowable harvest levels for Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs from the Exclusive Economic Zone in the Federal Register if the previous year’s quota specifications remain unchanged. Written inquiries may be sent to Edward Stern, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930–2298. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber 
and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment 
on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain 
countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the 
United States during the period January 1 through June 30, 2008.

DATES: Comments must be submitted within thirty days after publication 
of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to 
the Secretary of Commerce, Attn: Jill E. Pollack, Import 
Administration, APO/Dockets Unit, Room 1870, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill E. Pollack, Office of the Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20230; telephone: (202) 482-4593.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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Background

    On June 18, 2008, Section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this 
provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the 
appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any 
subsidies provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood 
lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies. As 
part of its report, Commerce intends to include a list of subsidy 
programs identified with sufficient clarity by the public in response 
to this notice.

Request for Comment

    Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and 
softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public 
comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted 
for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by 
quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 
(which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period 
January 1 through June 30, 2008. Official U.S. import data published by 
the United States International Trade Commission Tariff and Trade 
DataWeb indicate that exports of softwood lumber from Brazil, Canada, 
Chile, and Germany each account for at least one percent of U.S. 
imports of softwood lumber products during that time period. We intend 
to rely on similar previous six-month periods to identify the countries 
subject to future reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we 
will rely on U.S. imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber 
products during the period July 1 through December 31, 2008, to select 
the countries subject to the next report.
    Under U.S. law, a subsidy is defined as the situation in which a 
government authority: (i) Provides a financial contribution, (ii) 
provides any form of income or price support within the meaning of 
Article XVI of the GATT 1994, or (iii) makes a payment to a funding 
mechanism to provide a financial contribution to a person, or entrusts 
or directs a private entity to make a financial contribution, if 
providing the contribution would normally be vested in the government 
and the practice does not differ in substance from practices normally 
followed by governments, and a benefit is thereby conferred. See 
Section 771(5)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930.
    Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which 
provided the subsidy, (2) the name of the subsidy program, (3) a brief 
(3-4 sentence) description of the subsidy program, and (4) the 
government body or authority that provided the subsidy.

Submission of Comment

    Persons wishing to comment should file a signed original and six 
copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The 
Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a 
part or all of the material be treated confidentially due to business 
proprietary concerns or for any other reason. The Department will 
return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the 
comments and will not include them in its report on softwood lumber 
subsidies. The Department also requests submission of comments in 
electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed 
in electronic form should be submitted on CD-ROM with the paper copies 
or by e-mail to the Webmaster below.
    Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the 
public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Import Administration 
Web site at the following address: http://ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions 
concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the 
Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to 
Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482-0866, 
e-mail address: webmaster-support@ita.doc.gov.
    All comments and submissions should be mailed to Jill E. Pollack, 
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration; 
Subject: Softwood Lumber Subsidies Bi-Annual Report: Request for 
Comment; Room 1870, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, by no later than 5 
p.m., on the above-referenced deadline date.

    Dated: October 22, 2008.
Stephen J. Claeys,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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