Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of Understanding, 40864-40867 [E9-19455]

Download as PDF 40864 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 155 / Thursday, August 13, 2009 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E9–19407 Filed 8–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. USTR–2009–0022] Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of Understanding erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice, delay of action, and request for comments. SUMMARY: On May 13, 2009, the United States and the European Communities (‘‘EC’’) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the Beef Hormones dispute. Under the first phase of the agreement, the EC is obligated to open a new beef tariffrate quota (TRQ) in the amount of 20,000 metric tons at zero rate of duty. The United States in turn is obligated not to increase additional duties above those in effect as of March 23, 2009. The EC opened the new beef TRQ on August 1, 2009. This notice undertakes the process necessary to implement U.S. obligations under the first phase of the MOU and to pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of the MOU. DATES: Effective Date: A modified list of products subject to additional duties in connection with the Beef Hormones dispute (announced on January 15, 2009) had been scheduled to be effective with respect to products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after August 15, 2009. In order to meet U.S. obligations under the MOU, the United States Trade Representative (‘‘Trade Representative’’) has now changed this effective date to September 19, 2009. Moreover, as explained below, the Trade Representative will take additional steps before that time in order to continue to implement U.S. obligations under the MOU. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Wentzel, Director, Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395–6127 or David Weiner, Director for the European Union, (202) 395–4620 for questions concerning the EC–Beef Hormones dispute; or William Busis, Associate 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:29 Aug 12, 2009 Jkt 217001 General Counsel and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150, for questions concerning procedures under Section 301. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background On January 15, 2009, the Trade Representative announced modifications (‘‘January 15 modifications’’) to the action taken in July 1999 in connection with the World Trade Organization (‘‘WTO’’) authorization of the United States in the EC–Beef Hormones dispute to suspend concessions and related obligations with respect to the European Communities (‘‘EC’’). See 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009). The January 15 modifications initially had an effective date of March 23, 2009. The Trade Representative subsequently delayed the effective date of the additional duties imposed under the January 15 modifications to April 23, 2009; to May 9, 2009; and then to August 15, 2009. The effective date of the removal of duties under the January 15 modifications remained March 23, 2009. See 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 2009); 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009); 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009). As a result of removal of duties on March 23, 2009, a reduced list of products subject to additional duties (at a rate of 100 percent ad valorem) has been in place since that time. This reduced list is set out in the Annex to this notice. Under the first phase of the MOU, the United States maintains the right to impose these additional duties, and is obligated not to impose additional duties on any other products in connection with the EC–Beef Hormones WTO dispute. The first phase of the MOU concludes on August 3, 2012. Under a possible second phase of the MOU, the EC would expand the beef TRQ to 45,000 metric tons, and the United States would suspend all of the additional duties imposed in connection with the EC– Beef Hormones WTO dispute. For additional background concerning the EC–Beef Hormones WTO dispute; the January 15 modifications; and the prior delays in the effective date of the modifications, see 73 FR 66066 (Nov. 6, 2008); 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009), 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 2009), 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009), 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009), and 74 FR 22626 (May 13, 2009). Further information on the May 13, 2009 U.S.-EC MOU may be found on USTR=s Web site, http://www.ustr.gov. B. Delay of Action Pursuant to Section 305 of the Trade Act of 1974, the Trade Representative has determined that a further delay in implementation of the January 15 PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 modifications would be desirable to obtain a satisfactory solution with respect to the EC’s ban on U.S. beef. Accordingly, the Trade Representative has decided to delay the effective date of the additional duties imposed under the January 15 modifications from August 15, 2009 to September 19, 2009. The actions to be delayed are: (i) The imposition of increased duties on additional products, (ii) the application to products of additional EC member States of the increased duties on currently covered products, and (iii) the increase in the level of duties on one of the products that is being maintained on the product list. These are the same actions that were previously delayed until August 15, 2009. The increased duties under the January 15 modifications are set out in Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009), as modified by the notice published at 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009). In order to delay the effective date of the increased duties until September 19, 2009, the Trade Representative has decided that the modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States that are contained in Parts A and B of Annex II shall be effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after September 19, 2009. As explained below, however, further steps are contemplated before that time. In addition, any merchandise covered under Part B of Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 that is admitted to a U.S. foreign-trade zone on or after September 19, 2009 must be admitted in ‘‘privileged foreign status’’ as defined in 19 CFR 146.41. Questions concerning customs matters may be directed to Renee Chovanec, International Coordination, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (202) 863–6384. C. Opportunity for Public Comments Prior to September 19, 2009, the Trade Representative intends to take further steps under the Trade Act to implement U.S. obligations under the first phase of the MOU and to pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of the MOU. The Section 301 Committee seeks comments on these matters, including with regard to the imposition of 100 percent duties on the products currently subject to such duties throughout the remainder of the first phase of the MOU. (The list of products currently subject to 100 percent duties in connection with EC– Beef Hormones WTO dispute is set out in the Annex to this notice.) As noted above, the United States maintains the right to impose these additional duties E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 155 / Thursday, August 13, 2009 / Notices erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES during the first phase of the MOU, and under a possible second phase, the EC would expand the beef TRQ to 45,000 metric tons and the United States in turn would suspend all of the additional duties imposed in connection with the EC–Beef Hormones WTO dispute. Any comments should be submitted by no later than September 12, 2009. To submit comments via http:// www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2009–0022 on the home page and click ‘‘go’’. The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notice’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the left side of the searchresults page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Send a Comment or Submission.’’ (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on ‘‘How to Use This Site’’ on the left side of the home page.) The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of providing comments by filling in a ‘‘General Comments’’ field, or by attaching a document. Given the detailed nature of the comments sought by the Section 301 Committee, all comments should be provided in an attached document. Submissions must state clearly the position taken and describe with specificity the supporting rationale and must be written in English. After VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:29 Aug 12, 2009 Jkt 217001 attaching the document, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘General Comments’’ field. Interested persons may request a public hearing on these matters. Any request for a public hearing should be made by no later than August 20, 2009. In the event a hearing is to be held, USTR will issue a notice specifying the date of the hearing and the procedures for submitting written testimony. Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15 or information determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2). Comments may be viewed on the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number USTR–2009– 0022 in the search field on the home page. Persons wishing to submit business confidential information must certify in writing that such information is confidential in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15(b), and such information must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. Any comment containing business confidential information must be accompanied by a non-confidential summary of the confidential information. The non-confidential summary will be placed in the docket PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40865 and open to public inspection. Comments containing business confidential information should not be submitted via the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site. Instead, persons wishing to submit comments containing business confidential information should contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483. Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter— (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice; (2) Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and (3) Must provide a non-confidential summary of the information or advice. The non-confidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection. Comments submitted in confidence should not be submitted via the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Instead, persons wishing to submit such comments should contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. 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The proposed Guidance summarizes the principles of sound liquidity risk management that the agencies have issued in the past and, where appropriate, brings them into conformance with the ‘‘Principles for Sound Liquidity Risk Management and Supervision’’ issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) in September 2008. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. USTR-2009-0022]


Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of 
Understanding

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice, delay of action, and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: On May 13, 2009, the United States and the European 
Communities (``EC'') announced the signing of a Memorandum of 
Understanding (MOU) in the Beef Hormones dispute. Under the first phase 
of the agreement, the EC is obligated to open a new beef tariff-rate 
quota (TRQ) in the amount of 20,000 metric tons at zero rate of duty. 
The United States in turn is obligated not to increase additional 
duties above those in effect as of March 23, 2009. The EC opened the 
new beef TRQ on August 1, 2009. This notice undertakes the process 
necessary to implement U.S. obligations under the first phase of the 
MOU and to pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of 
the MOU.

DATES: Effective Date: A modified list of products subject to 
additional duties in connection with the Beef Hormones dispute 
(announced on January 15, 2009) had been scheduled to be effective with 
respect to products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after August 15, 2009. In order to meet U.S. 
obligations under the MOU, the United States Trade Representative 
(``Trade Representative'') has now changed this effective date to 
September 19, 2009. Moreover, as explained below, the Trade 
Representative will take additional steps before that time in order to 
continue to implement U.S. obligations under the MOU.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Wentzel, Director, Agricultural 
Affairs, (202) 395-6127 or David Weiner, Director for the European 
Union, (202) 395-4620 for questions concerning the EC-Beef Hormones 
dispute; or William Busis, Associate General Counsel and Chair of the 
Section 301 Committee, (202) 395-3150, for questions concerning 
procedures under Section 301.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    On January 15, 2009, the Trade Representative announced 
modifications (``January 15 modifications'') to the action taken in 
July 1999 in connection with the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') 
authorization of the United States in the EC-Beef Hormones dispute to 
suspend concessions and related obligations with respect to the 
European Communities (``EC''). See 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009). The 
January 15 modifications initially had an effective date of March 23, 
2009. The Trade Representative subsequently delayed the effective date 
of the additional duties imposed under the January 15 modifications to 
April 23, 2009; to May 9, 2009; and then to August 15, 2009. The 
effective date of the removal of duties under the January 15 
modifications remained March 23, 2009. See 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 
2009); 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009); 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009). As a 
result of removal of duties on March 23, 2009, a reduced list of 
products subject to additional duties (at a rate of 100 percent ad 
valorem) has been in place since that time. This reduced list is set 
out in the Annex to this notice. Under the first phase of the MOU, the 
United States maintains the right to impose these additional duties, 
and is obligated not to impose additional duties on any other products 
in connection with the EC-Beef Hormones WTO dispute.
    The first phase of the MOU concludes on August 3, 2012. Under a 
possible second phase of the MOU, the EC would expand the beef TRQ to 
45,000 metric tons, and the United States would suspend all of the 
additional duties imposed in connection with the EC-Beef Hormones WTO 
dispute.
    For additional background concerning the EC-Beef Hormones WTO 
dispute; the January 15 modifications; and the prior delays in the 
effective date of the modifications, see 73 FR 66066 (Nov. 6, 2008); 74 
FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009), 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 2009), 74 FR 12402 
(March 24, 2009), 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009), and 74 FR 22626 (May 
13, 2009). Further information on the May 13, 2009 U.S.-EC MOU may be 
found on USTR=s Web site, http://www.ustr.gov.

B. Delay of Action

    Pursuant to Section 305 of the Trade Act of 1974, the Trade 
Representative has determined that a further delay in implementation of 
the January 15 modifications would be desirable to obtain a 
satisfactory solution with respect to the EC's ban on U.S. beef. 
Accordingly, the Trade Representative has decided to delay the 
effective date of the additional duties imposed under the January 15 
modifications from August 15, 2009 to September 19, 2009. The actions 
to be delayed are: (i) The imposition of increased duties on additional 
products, (ii) the application to products of additional EC member 
States of the increased duties on currently covered products, and (iii) 
the increase in the level of duties on one of the products that is 
being maintained on the product list. These are the same actions that 
were previously delayed until August 15, 2009.
    The increased duties under the January 15 modifications are set out 
in Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009), as 
modified by the notice published at 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009). In 
order to delay the effective date of the increased duties until 
September 19, 2009, the Trade Representative has decided that the 
modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
that are contained in Parts A and B of Annex II shall be effective with 
respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption, on or after September 19, 2009. As explained below, 
however, further steps are contemplated before that time. In addition, 
any merchandise covered under Part B of Annex II of the notice 
published at 74 FR 12402 that is admitted to a U.S. foreign-trade zone 
on or after September 19, 2009 must be admitted in ``privileged foreign 
status'' as defined in 19 CFR 146.41. Questions concerning customs 
matters may be directed to Renee Chovanec, International Coordination, 
Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
(202) 863-6384.

C. Opportunity for Public Comments

    Prior to September 19, 2009, the Trade Representative intends to 
take further steps under the Trade Act to implement U.S. obligations 
under the first phase of the MOU and to pursue additional market access 
under subsequent phases of the MOU. The Section 301 Committee seeks 
comments on these matters, including with regard to the imposition of 
100 percent duties on the products currently subject to such duties 
throughout the remainder of the first phase of the MOU. (The list of 
products currently subject to 100 percent duties in connection with EC-
Beef Hormones WTO dispute is set out in the Annex to this notice.) As 
noted above, the United States maintains the right to impose these 
additional duties

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during the first phase of the MOU, and under a possible second phase, 
the EC would expand the beef TRQ to 45,000 metric tons and the United 
States in turn would suspend all of the additional duties imposed in 
connection with the EC-Beef Hormones WTO dispute.
    Any comments should be submitted by no later than September 12, 
2009. To submit comments via http://www.regulations.gov, enter docket 
number USTR-2009-0022 on the home page and click ``go''. The site will 
provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with 
this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ``Notice'' 
under ``Document Type'' on the left side of the search-results page, 
and click on the link entitled ``Send a Comment or Submission.'' (For 
further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, 
please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on 
``How to Use This Site'' on the left side of the home page.)
    The http://www.regulations.gov site provides the option of 
providing comments by filling in a ``General Comments'' field, or by 
attaching a document. Given the detailed nature of the comments sought 
by the Section 301 Committee, all comments should be provided in an 
attached document. Submissions must state clearly the position taken 
and describe with specificity the supporting rationale and must be 
written in English. After attaching the document, it is sufficient to 
type ``See attached'' in the ``General Comments'' field.
    Interested persons may request a public hearing on these matters. 
Any request for a public hearing should be made by no later than August 
20, 2009. In the event a hearing is to be held, USTR will issue a 
notice specifying the date of the hearing and the procedures for 
submitting written testimony.
    Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection 
pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except confidential business information 
exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15 or 
information determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with 19 
U.S.C. 2155(g)(2). Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number USTR-2009-0022 
in the search field on the home page.
    Persons wishing to submit business confidential information must 
certify in writing that such information is confidential in accordance 
with 15 CFR 2006.15(b), and such information must be clearly marked 
``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and bottom of the cover page and 
each succeeding page. Any comment containing business confidential 
information must be accompanied by a non-confidential summary of the 
confidential information. The non-confidential summary will be placed 
in the docket and open to public inspection. Comments containing 
business confidential information should not be submitted via the 
http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Instead, persons wishing to submit 
comments containing business confidential information should contact 
Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-9483.
    Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than 
business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be 
confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information 
or advice may qualify as such, the submitter--
    (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    (2) Must clearly mark the material as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and
    (3) Must provide a non-confidential summary of the information or 
advice.
    The non-confidential summary will be placed in the docket and open 
to public inspection. Comments submitted in confidence should not be 
submitted via the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Instead, persons 
wishing to submit such comments should contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 
395-9483.

William Busis,
Chair, Section 301 Committee.
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