Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of Understanding, 48808-48811 [E9-23000]

Download as PDF 48808 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices Dated: September 18, 2009. Carolyn Hum, Administrative Officer. [FR Doc. E9–23023 Filed 9–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8040–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. USTR–2009–0022] Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of Understanding srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and action. 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 established the new beef TRQ on August 1, 2009. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the Trade Representative is terminating additional duties that were announced in January 2009, but which have been delayed up to now and have never entered into force. This action leaves in place the additional duties that have been in effect since March 23, 2009 on a reduced list of products. (For ease of reference, the reduced list is reprinted in the annex to this notice.) By taking this action, the Trade Representative has completed 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: Additional duties in connection with the Beef Hormones dispute had been scheduled to be effective with respect to products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after September 19, 2009. Effective September 19, 2009, those additional duties are terminated. This action leaves in place the 100 percent ad valorem duties that have been in effect since March 23, 2009 on a reduced list of products. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Wentzel, Director, Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395–6127 or David Weiner, Director for the European VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 Union, (202) 395–4620 for questions concerning the EC-Beef Hormones dispute or the MOU; or William Busis, Associate General Counsel and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395– 3150, for questions concerning procedures under Section 301. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background In a notice published on January 23, 2009, the Trade Representative determined to modify 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) (hereinafter referred to as the January 2009 action). The January 2009 action 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 2009 action to April 23, 2009; to May 9, 2009; to August 15, 2009, and then to September 19, 2009. See 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 2009); 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009); 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009); 74 FR 22626 (May 13, 2009); 74 FR 40864 (August 13, 2009). The effective date of the removal of duties under the January 2009 action remained March 23, 2009. As a result, a reduced list of products subject to additional duties (at a rate of 100 percent ad valorem) has been in place since March 23, 2009. These are products that had been covered by the 1999 action, but that had not been removed from the list under the January 2009 action. This reduced list is set out in the Annex to this notice. Under the first phase of the MOU, which concludes on August 3, 2012, the United States maintains the right to impose the additional duties on this reduced list of products, and is obligated not to raise the level of duties on these products or to impose additional duties on any other products in connection with the EC-Beef Hormones WTO dispute. 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; PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the January 2009 action; and the prior delays in the effective date of the new duties under the January 2009 action, 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), 74 FR 22626 (May 13, 2009), and 74 FR 40864 (August 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. In a notice published on August 13, 2009, the Section 301 Committee invited public comment on the action to be taken 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 notice included the list of products that have been subject to additional duties since March 23, 2009, and sought comments with regard to maintaining the 100 percent duties on those products throughout the remainder of the first phase of the MOU. See 74 FR 40864 (August 13, 2009). The comments submitted in response to the August notice may be viewed on the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site under docket number USTR–2009–0022. Taking account of the comments submitted in response to the notice, the Section 301 Committee recommended that the Trade Representative should terminate the additional duties under the January 2009 action that have been delayed up until September 19, 2009, and should leave in place the reduced list of products subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties that has been in effect since March 23, 2009. The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) has adopted the recommendation of the Section 301 Committee. B. Determinations To Implement U.S.EC Beef Hormones MOU 1. Determination Under Section 307(a) Section 307(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, (‘‘Trade Act’’) provides that ‘‘The Trade Representative may modify or terminate any action * * * that is being taken under section [301] if * * * (B) the burden or restriction on United States commerce of the denial of rights, or of the acts, policies, and practices, that are the subject of such action has increased or decreased.’’ By establishing a 20,000 metric ton high-quality beef TRQ, the EC has decreased the burden or restriction on U.S. commerce. The January 2009 action: (1) Removed some products from the list of products that had been subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties since 1999; (2) imposed 100 percent ad valorem duties on E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices certain new products from certain EC member States; (3) modified the coverage with respect to particular EC member States; and (4) raised the level of duties on one of the products (tariff subheading 9903.02.30) on the original 1999 list. The March 23, 2009 effective date of the imposition of new duties (items 2–4 above) was repeatedly delayed, and those duties have never entered into force. In light of the decreased burden or restriction on U.S. commerce resulting from the EC’s establishment of the highquality beef TRQ, and in accordance with the recommendation of the TPSC, the Trade Representative has determined under section 307(a) of the Trade Act to modify the January 2009 action by terminating the new duties (items 2–4 above) under the January 2009 action. The Trade Representative has determined to leave in place the 100 percent ad valorem duties on the attached list of products that have been subject to such duties since March 23, 2009. This action under section 307(a) implements U.S. obligations under the first phase of the MOU, while maintaining additional duties that have applied since March 23, 2009 in order to pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of the MOU. 2. Determination Under Section 306(b)(2)(B) srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Section 306(b)(2)(B) of the Trade Act provides for the periodic review and revision of section 301 actions taken in connection with WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Section 306(b)(2)(B)(ii)(II) provides an exception in the event that the Trade Representative and the affected U.S. industry agree that changing the action under section 301 is unnecessary. Industry associations representing the U.S. beef-producing industry have informed the Trade Representative that they believe it is unnecessary for USTR to revise the retaliation list in the Beef Hormones dispute while the MOU, which provides additional market access for U.S. beef producers, is in effect. Pursuant to section VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 306(b)(2)(B)(ii)(II) of the Trade Act of 1974, the Trade Representative has determined to agree with the affected U.S. industry that it is unnecessary to revise the retaliation list established pursuant to the above action under Section 307(a) while the EC is providing the additional market access in accordance with the MOU. 3. Section 306 Monitoring Pursuant to Section 306 of the Trade Act, the Trade Representative will continue to monitor the EC’s implementation of the MOU. C. The Trade Representative’s Action and the HTS In July 1999, pursuant to a WTO authorization, the Trade Representative imposed 100 percent ad valorem rates of duty on a list of EC products. The 1999 action was reflected in subheadings 9903.02.21 through 9903.02.47 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), effective July 29, 1999. See 64 FR 40638 (July 27, 1999). As noted, the January 2009 action: (1) Removed some products from the list of products that had been subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties under the 1999 action; (2) imposed 100 percent ad valorem duties on certain new products from certain EC member States; (3) modified the coverage with respect to particular EC member States; and (4) raised the level of duties on one of the products (tariff subheading 9903.02.30) covered by the 1999 action. See 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009). The January 2009 action left in place 100 percent ad valorem rates of duty on some of the products covered by the 1999 action. When the original March 23, 2009 effective date of the new duties under the January 2009 action was delayed, the annex reflecting the January 2009 action in the HTS was replaced by annexes to a notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009). Annex I of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) reflected the removal under the January 2009 action (item (1) above) of certain products from the list covered by the 1999 action, PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48809 effective March 23, 2009. In particular, the following HTS subheadings were deleted from the HTS as of March 23, 2009: 9903.02.31, 9903.02.33, 9903.02.35, 03.02.37, 9903.02.38, 9903.02.39, 9903.02.40, 9903.02.41, 9903.02.42, and 9903.02.47. Also, because the scope of HTS subheading 9903.02.36 was reduced from fourteen EC member States to two EC member States, HTS subheading 9903.02.36 was deleted and replaced by HTS subheading 9903.02.83. Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) reflected the new duties (items 2–4 above) under the January 2009 action. The effective date of Annex II has been repeatedly delayed, and Annex II has never entered into force. In accordance with the Trade Representative’s determination to terminate the new duties (items 2–4 above) under the January 2009 action, Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) is hereby deleted. As a result of the March 23, 2009 removal of certain products from the list covered by the 1999 action, a reduced list of products subject to additional duties has remained in effect since March 23, 2009. As noted, the Trade Representative has determined to leave in effect this reduced list of products subject to additional duties. Because this list has been in effect since March 23, 2009, no changes to the HTS are required to reflect the Trade Representative’s determination under section 307(a) of the Trade Act. However, for ease of reference, the HTS subheadings for the list of products that continue to be subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties in connection with the EC–Beef Hormones dispute are reproduced in the Annex to this notice. Merchandise covered by the Annex that is admitted to a U.S. foreign trade zone must continue to be admitted in ‘‘privileged foreign status,’’ as defined in 19 CFR 146.41. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. BILLING CODE 3190–W9–P E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 VerDate Nov<24>2008 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 EN24SE09.000</GPH> srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 48810 [FR Doc. E9–23000 Filed 9–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W9–C OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Public Comments To Compile the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers and Reports on Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Standards-Related Foreign Trade Barriers srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2241), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is required to publish annually the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested persons to submit comments to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. For the first time this year, the TPSC is requesting that comments on standards-related measures and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures that create barriers to U.S. exports be submitted separately from other NTE comments. This will assist USTR in preparing two new annual reports starting in 2010 highlighting SPS and VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 standards-related measures that may be inconsistent with international trade agreements to which the United States is a party or that otherwise act as significant barriers to U.S. exports. The TPSC invites written comments from the public on issues that USTR should examine in preparing the NTE and the new reports on SPS and standards-related measures. Please note that requirements for submitting comments, as set forth below, are different from those in the previous years. DATES: Public comments are due not later than: November 4, 2009 for comments concerning SPS or standards-related measures; and November 18, 2009 for comments concerning all other measures. ADDRESSES: Submissions should be made via the Internet at www.regulations.gov under the following dockets (based on the subject matter of the submission): SPS Measures: USTR–2009–0031. Standards-Related Measures: USTR– 2009–0032. All Other Measures: USTR–2009– 0033. For alternatives to on-line submissions please contact Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee, USTR (202–395–3475). The public is strongly encouraged to file submissions electronically rather than by facsimile or mail. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48811 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding the NTE or on submitting comments in response to this notice should be directed to Gloria Blue at (202) 395–3475. Questions regarding the SPS report or substantive questions concerning comments on SPS measures should be directed to Jane Doherty, Director of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Affairs, USTR (202–395–6127). Questions regarding the report on standards-related measures or substantive questions concerning comments on those measures should be directed to Jeff Weiss, Senior Director, Technical Barriers to Trade, USTR (202– 395–4498). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NTE sets out an inventory of the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and protection of intellectual property rights. The inventory facilitates U.S. negotiations aimed at reducing or eliminating these barriers. The report also provides a valuable tool in enforcing U.S. trade laws and strengthening the rules-based trading system. The 2009 NTE may be found on USTR’s Internet Home Page (http:// www.ustr.gov) under the tab ‘‘Reports.’’ The Administration has recently announced new initiatives to direct Executive Branch trade priorities to barriers of greatest significance for U.S. exports, investment, and intellectual property rights. To ensure compliance with the NTE’s statutory mandate and the Obama Administration’s E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 EN24SE09.001</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices

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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 and action.

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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 established 
the new beef TRQ on August 1, 2009. The Office of the United States 
Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the Trade 
Representative is terminating additional duties that were announced in 
January 2009, but which have been delayed up to now and have never 
entered into force. This action leaves in place the additional duties 
that have been in effect since March 23, 2009 on a reduced list of 
products. (For ease of reference, the reduced list is reprinted in the 
annex to this notice.) By taking this action, the Trade Representative 
has completed 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: Additional duties in connection with the Beef 
Hormones dispute had been scheduled to be effective with respect to 
products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption 
on or after September 19, 2009. Effective September 19, 2009, those 
additional duties are terminated. This action leaves in place the 100 
percent ad valorem duties that have been in effect since March 23, 2009 
on a reduced list of products.

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 the MOU; or William Busis, Associate General Counsel and 
Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395-3150, for questions 
concerning procedures under Section 301. 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    In a notice published on January 23, 2009, the Trade Representative 
determined to modify 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) (hereinafter referred to as the January 
2009 action). The January 2009 action 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 2009 
action to April 23, 2009; to May 9, 2009; to August 15, 2009, and then 
to September 19, 2009. See 74 FR 11613 (March 18, 2009); 74 FR 12402 
(March 24, 2009); 74 FR 19263 (April 28, 2009); 74 FR 22626 (May 13, 
2009); 74 FR 40864 (August 13, 2009).
    The effective date of the removal of duties under the January 2009 
action remained March 23, 2009. As a result, a reduced list of products 
subject to additional duties (at a rate of 100 percent ad valorem) has 
been in place since March 23, 2009. These are products that had been 
covered by the 1999 action, but that had not been removed from the list 
under the January 2009 action. This reduced list is set out in the 
Annex to this notice.
    Under the first phase of the MOU, which concludes on August 3, 
2012, the United States maintains the right to impose the additional 
duties on this reduced list of products, and is obligated not to raise 
the level of duties on these products or to impose additional duties on 
any other products in connection with the EC-Beef Hormones WTO dispute.
    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 2009 action; and the prior delays in the effective 
date of the new duties under the January 2009 action, 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), 74 
FR 22626 (May 13, 2009), and 74 FR 40864 (August 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.
    In a notice published on August 13, 2009, the Section 301 Committee 
invited public comment on the action to be taken 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 notice included 
the list of products that have been subject to additional duties since 
March 23, 2009, and sought comments with regard to maintaining the 100 
percent duties on those products throughout the remainder of the first 
phase of the MOU. See 74 FR 40864 (August 13, 2009). The comments 
submitted in response to the August notice may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site under docket number USTR-2009-0022.
    Taking account of the comments submitted in response to the notice, 
the Section 301 Committee recommended that the Trade Representative 
should terminate the additional duties under the January 2009 action 
that have been delayed up until September 19, 2009, and should leave in 
place the reduced list of products subject to 100 percent ad valorem 
duties that has been in effect since March 23, 2009. The Trade Policy 
Staff Committee (TPSC) has adopted the recommendation of the Section 
301 Committee.

B. Determinations To Implement U.S.-EC Beef Hormones MOU

1. Determination Under Section 307(a)

    Section 307(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, (``Trade 
Act'') provides that ``The Trade Representative may modify or terminate 
any action * * * that is being taken under section [301] if * * * (B) 
the burden or restriction on United States commerce of the denial of 
rights, or of the acts, policies, and practices, that are the subject 
of such action has increased or decreased.'' By establishing a 20,000 
metric ton high-quality beef TRQ, the EC has decreased the burden or 
restriction on U.S. commerce.
    The January 2009 action: (1) Removed some products from the list of 
products that had been subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties since 
1999; (2) imposed 100 percent ad valorem duties on

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certain new products from certain EC member States; (3) modified the 
coverage with respect to particular EC member States; and (4) raised 
the level of duties on one of the products (tariff subheading 
9903.02.30) on the original 1999 list. The March 23, 2009 effective 
date of the imposition of new duties (items 2-4 above) was repeatedly 
delayed, and those duties have never entered into force.
    In light of the decreased burden or restriction on U.S. commerce 
resulting from the EC's establishment of the high-quality beef TRQ, and 
in accordance with the recommendation of the TPSC, the Trade 
Representative has determined under section 307(a) of the Trade Act to 
modify the January 2009 action by terminating the new duties (items 2-4 
above) under the January 2009 action. The Trade Representative has 
determined to leave in place the 100 percent ad valorem duties on the 
attached list of products that have been subject to such duties since 
March 23, 2009. This action under section 307(a) implements U.S. 
obligations under the first phase of the MOU, while maintaining 
additional duties that have applied since March 23, 2009 in order to 
pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of the MOU.

2. Determination Under Section 306(b)(2)(B)

    Section 306(b)(2)(B) of the Trade Act provides for the periodic 
review and revision of section 301 actions taken in connection with WTO 
dispute settlement proceedings. Section 306(b)(2)(B)(ii)(II) provides 
an exception in the event that the Trade Representative and the 
affected U.S. industry agree that changing the action under section 301 
is unnecessary.
    Industry associations representing the U.S. beef-producing industry 
have informed the Trade Representative that they believe it is 
unnecessary for USTR to revise the retaliation list in the Beef 
Hormones dispute while the MOU, which provides additional market access 
for U.S. beef producers, is in effect. Pursuant to section 
306(b)(2)(B)(ii)(II) of the Trade Act of 1974, the Trade Representative 
has determined to agree with the affected U.S. industry that it is 
unnecessary to revise the retaliation list established pursuant to the 
above action under Section 307(a) while the EC is providing the 
additional market access in accordance with the MOU.

3. Section 306 Monitoring

    Pursuant to Section 306 of the Trade Act, the Trade Representative 
will continue to monitor the EC's implementation of the MOU.

C. The Trade Representative's Action and the HTS

    In July 1999, pursuant to a WTO authorization, the Trade 
Representative imposed 100 percent ad valorem rates of duty on a list 
of EC products. The 1999 action was reflected in subheadings 9903.02.21 
through 9903.02.47 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTS), effective July 29, 1999. See 64 FR 40638 (July 27, 1999).
    As noted, the January 2009 action: (1) Removed some products from 
the list of products that had been subject to 100 percent ad valorem 
duties under the 1999 action; (2) imposed 100 percent ad valorem duties 
on certain new products from certain EC member States; (3) modified the 
coverage with respect to particular EC member States; and (4) raised 
the level of duties on one of the products (tariff subheading 
9903.02.30) covered by the 1999 action. See 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009). 
The January 2009 action left in place 100 percent ad valorem rates of 
duty on some of the products covered by the 1999 action.
    When the original March 23, 2009 effective date of the new duties 
under the January 2009 action was delayed, the annex reflecting the 
January 2009 action in the HTS was replaced by annexes to a notice 
published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009).
    Annex I of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) 
reflected the removal under the January 2009 action (item (1) above) of 
certain products from the list covered by the 1999 action, effective 
March 23, 2009. In particular, the following HTS subheadings were 
deleted from the HTS as of March 23, 2009: 9903.02.31, 9903.02.33, 
9903.02.35, 03.02.37, 9903.02.38, 9903.02.39, 9903.02.40, 9903.02.41, 
9903.02.42, and 9903.02.47. Also, because the scope of HTS subheading 
9903.02.36 was reduced from fourteen EC member States to two EC member 
States, HTS subheading 9903.02.36 was deleted and replaced by HTS 
subheading 9903.02.83.
    Annex II of the notice published at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) 
reflected the new duties (items 2-4 above) under the January 2009 
action. The effective date of Annex II has been repeatedly delayed, and 
Annex II has never entered into force. In accordance with the Trade 
Representative's determination to terminate the new duties (items 2-4 
above) under the January 2009 action, Annex II of the notice published 
at 74 FR 12402 (March 24, 2009) is hereby deleted.
    As a result of the March 23, 2009 removal of certain products from 
the list covered by the 1999 action, a reduced list of products subject 
to additional duties has remained in effect since March 23, 2009. As 
noted, the Trade Representative has determined to leave in effect this 
reduced list of products subject to additional duties. Because this 
list has been in effect since March 23, 2009, no changes to the HTS are 
required to reflect the Trade Representative's determination under 
section 307(a) of the Trade Act. However, for ease of reference, the 
HTS subheadings for the list of products that continue to be subject to 
100 percent ad valorem duties in connection with the EC-Beef Hormones 
dispute are reproduced in the Annex to this notice. Merchandise covered 
by the Annex that is admitted to a U.S. foreign trade zone must 
continue to be admitted in ``privileged foreign status,'' as defined in 
19 CFR 146.41.

William Busis,
Chair, Section 301 Committee.
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