Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman, 42648-42649 [E9-20283]

Download as PDF 42648 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 162 / Monday, August 24, 2009 / Notices verify that the BAS 2010 changes are reflected. In the final BVP phase, each HEO submits any remaining corrections directly to the Census Bureau using the instructions provided in the BAS respondent guide. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0151. Form Number: BVP–1; BVP–2. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All actively functioning counties or statistically equivalent entities, incorporated places (including consolidated cities), minor civil divisions (MCDs), all federally recognized American Indian reservations (AIRs) and off-reservation trust land entities in the United States, and municipios, barrios and subbarrios in Puerto Rico. Estimated Number of Respondents: 48,000. Estimated Time per Response: 2 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 96,000 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $2,075,520. The estimate is based on an hourly rate of $21.62 from ‘‘financial administration’’ payroll in the Annual Survey of State and Local Government Employment. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 6. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 18, 2009. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–20181 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:04 Aug 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman AGENCY: International Trade Administration (ITA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Maria D’Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Tel. (202) 482–4058, maria_dandrea@ita.doc.gov, Fax. (202) 482–0667. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Title III, Subtitle B, Section 321 through Section 328 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the ‘‘Act’’) implements the textile and apparel safeguard provisions, provided for in Article 3.1 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (the ‘‘Agreement’’). This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, an Omani textile or apparel article is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or directly competitive article. In these circumstances, Article 3.1 permits the United States to increase duties on the imported article from Oman to a level PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations (NTR)/most-favored-nation (MFN) duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty rate in effect on the day before the Agreement entered into force. The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the Act provides that ITA’s Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) will issue procedures for requesting such safeguard measures, for making its determinations under section 322(a) of the Act, and for providing relief under section 322(b) of the Act. In Proclamation No. 8332 (73 FR 80289, December 31, 2008), the President delegated to CITA his authority under Subtitle B of Title III of the Act with respect to textile and apparel safeguard measures. CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by imports of these products from Oman, thereby allowing CITA to take corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile industry, subject to section 322(b) of the Act. Pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Act and Section 7 of Presidential Proclamation 8332 of December 29, 2008, an interested party in the U.S. domestic textile and apparel industry may file a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA. Consistent with longstanding CITA practice in considering textile safeguard actions, CITA will consider an interested party to be an entity (which may be a trade association, firm, certified or recognized union, or group of workers) that is representative of either: (A) A domestic producer or producers of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or producers of a component used in the production of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel article. In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide the following information in support of a claim that a textile or apparel article from Oman is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing an article that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; (2) import data demonstrating that imports of an Omani E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 162 / Monday, August 24, 2009 / Notices origin textile or apparel article that are like or directly competitive with the articles produced by the domestic industry concerned are increasing in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article; (3) U.S. domestic production of the like or directly competitive articles of U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of the serious damage or actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation that to the best of the requester’s knowledge, the data represent substantially all of the domestic production of the like or directly competitive article(s) of U.S. origin; (4) imports from Oman as a percentage of the domestic market of the like or directly competitive article; and (5) all data available to the requester showing changes in productivity, utilization of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, profits, and investment, and any other information, relating to the existence of serious damage or actual threat thereof caused by imports from Oman to the industry producing the like or directly competitive article that is the subject of the request. To the extent that such information is not available, the requester should provide best estimates and the basis therefor. If CITA determines that the request provides the information necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments regarding the request. The comment period shall be 30 calendar days. The notice will include a summary of the request. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party. CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a determination. If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent necessary to remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the date that CITA’s affirmative determination is published in the Federal Register. Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the dedicated Oman VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:04 Aug 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with the public as it may contain business confidential information. Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version of the request as a basis for responses. II. Method of Collection When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided. If CITA determines that the request provides the necessary information to be considered, it publishes a Federal Register notice seeking public comments on the request. To the extent business confidential information is provided, a nonconfidential version must also be provided. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party. III. Data OMB Control Number: None. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 (1 for Request; 5 for Comments). Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours for a Request; and 4 hours for each Comment. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $960. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42649 included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 19, 2009. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–20283 Filed 8–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–580–809) Circular Welded Non–Alloy Steel Pipe From the Republic of Korea: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: August 24, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shane Subler or Joe Shuler, at (202) 4820189 or (202) 482–1293, respectively; AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), on December 1, 2008, Wheatland Tube Company (‘‘Wheatland’’) and United States Steel Corporation (‘‘U.S. Steel’’), manufacturers of the domestic like product, timely requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded non–alloy steel pipe from the Republic of Korea for the period November 1, 2007, through October 31, 2008. Wheatland requested that the Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) conduct an administrative review of the following producers and/or exporters of the subject merchandise: SeAH Steel Corporation (‘‘Seah’’); Hyundai HYSCO; Husteel Co., Ltd. (‘‘Husteel’’); Daewoo International Corporation; Miju Steel Making Co.; Samsun Steel Co., Ltd. (‘‘Samsun’’); Kukje Steel Co., Ltd.; Nexteel Co., Ltd. (‘‘Nexteel’’); MSteel Co., Ltd.; Kumkang Industrial Co., Ltd. (‘‘Kumkang’’); Histeel Co., Ltd.; Hyundai Corporation; Dongbu Steel Co., Ltd.; Dong–A-Steel Co., Ltd.; Korea Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.; Union Pipe Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; Union Steel Co., Ltd.; Tianjin Huanbohai Import & E:\FR\FM\24AUN1.SGM 24AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for 
Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and 
Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman

AGENCY: International Trade Administration (ITA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 23, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Maria D'Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Tel. (202) 482-4058, maria_dandrea@ita.doc.gov, Fax. (202) 482-0667.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    Title III, Subtitle B, Section 321 through Section 328 of the 
United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the 
``Act'') implements the textile and apparel safeguard provisions, 
provided for in Article 3.1 of the United States-Oman Free Trade 
Agreement (the ``Agreement''). This safeguard mechanism applies when, 
as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, 
an Omani textile or apparel article is being imported into the United 
States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to 
the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to 
cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry 
producing a like or directly competitive article. In these 
circumstances, Article 3.1 permits the United States to increase duties 
on the imported article from Oman to a level that does not exceed the 
lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations (NTR)/most-
favored-nation (MFN) duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty 
rate in effect on the day before the Agreement entered into force.
    The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the Act 
provides that ITA's Committee for the Implementation of Textile 
Agreements (CITA) will issue procedures for requesting such safeguard 
measures, for making its determinations under section 322(a) of the 
Act, and for providing relief under section 322(b) of the Act.
    In Proclamation No. 8332 (73 FR 80289, December 31, 2008), the 
President delegated to CITA his authority under Subtitle B of Title III 
of the Act with respect to textile and apparel safeguard measures.
    CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a 
domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by 
imports of these products from Oman, thereby allowing CITA to take 
corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile 
industry, subject to section 322(b) of the Act.
    Pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Act and Section 7 of Presidential 
Proclamation 8332 of December 29, 2008, an interested party in the U.S. 
domestic textile and apparel industry may file a request for a textile 
and apparel safeguard action with CITA. Consistent with longstanding 
CITA practice in considering textile safeguard actions, CITA will 
consider an interested party to be an entity (which may be a trade 
association, firm, certified or recognized union, or group of workers) 
that is representative of either: (A) A domestic producer or producers 
of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject 
Omani textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or 
producers of a component used in the production of an article that is 
like or directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel 
article.
    In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide 
the following information in support of a claim that a textile or 
apparel article from Oman is being imported into the United States in 
such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the 
domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause 
serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing 
an article that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported 
article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; 
(2) import data demonstrating that imports of an Omani

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origin textile or apparel article that are like or directly competitive 
with the articles produced by the domestic industry concerned are 
increasing in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for 
that article; (3) U.S. domestic production of the like or directly 
competitive articles of U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of 
the serious damage or actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation 
that to the best of the requester's knowledge, the data represent 
substantially all of the domestic production of the like or directly 
competitive article(s) of U.S. origin; (4) imports from Oman as a 
percentage of the domestic market of the like or directly competitive 
article; and (5) all data available to the requester showing changes in 
productivity, utilization of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, 
employment, domestic prices, profits, and investment, and any other 
information, relating to the existence of serious damage or actual 
threat thereof caused by imports from Oman to the industry producing 
the like or directly competitive article that is the subject of the 
request. To the extent that such information is not available, the 
requester should provide best estimates and the basis therefor.
    If CITA determines that the request provides the information 
necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the 
Federal Register seeking public comments regarding the request. The 
comment period shall be 30 calendar days. The notice will include a 
summary of the request. Any interested party may submit information to 
rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested 
party.
    CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 
60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable 
to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a 
notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a 
determination.
    If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, 
CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent 
necessary to remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof 
and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import 
competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the 
date that CITA's affirmative determination is published in the Federal 
Register.
    Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may 
submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If 
the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the 
dedicated Oman Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the 
Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential 
version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with 
the public as it may contain business confidential information. 
Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version 
of the request as a basis for responses.

II. Method of Collection

    When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel 
safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be 
provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is 
provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be 
provided. If CITA determines that the request provides the necessary 
information to be considered, it publishes a Federal Register notice 
seeking public comments on the request.
    To the extent business confidential information is provided, a non-
confidential version must also be provided. Any interested party may 
submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments 
submitted by any interested party.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: None.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 (1 for Request; 5 for Comments).
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours for a Request; and 4 hours for 
each Comment.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $960.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: August 19, 2009.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E9-20283 Filed 8-21-09; 8:45 am]
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