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, 48811-48813 [E9-23012]

Download as PDF [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 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 48812 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices commitment to focus on the most significant foreign trade barriers, USTR will be guided by the existence of active private sector interest in deciding which restrictions to include in the NTE. The two new reports that USTR will initiate in 2010 will draw attention to significant trade barriers in the form of SPS and standards-related measures. Topics on which the TPSC Seeks Information: To assist USTR in preparing the NTE and the reports on SPS and standards-related measures, commenters should submit information related to one or more of the following categories of foreign trade barriers: (1) Import policies (e.g., tariffs and other import charges, quantitative restrictions, import licensing, and customs barriers); (2) SPS measures; (3) Standards-related measures (including standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures); (4) Government procurement restrictions (e.g., ‘‘buy national’’ policies and closed bidding); (5) Export subsidies (e.g., export financing on preferential terms and agricultural export subsidies that displace U.S. exports in third country markets); (6) Lack of intellectual property protection (e.g., inadequate patent, copyright, and trademark regimes); (7) Services barriers (e.g., limits on the range of financial services offered by foreign financial institutions, regulation of international data flows, restrictions on the use of data processing, quotas on imports of foreign films, and barriers to the provision of services by professionals); (8) Investment barriers (e.g., limitations on foreign equity participation and on access to foreign government-funded R&D consortia, local content, technology transfer and export performance requirements, and restrictions on repatriation of earnings, capital, fees, and royalties); (9) Government-tolerated anticompetitive conduct of state-owned or private firms that restricts the sale or purchase of U.S. goods or services in the foreign country’s markets; (10) Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce (e.g., tariff and non-tariff measures, burdensome and discriminatory regulations and standards, and discriminatory taxation); and (11) Other barriers (e.g., barriers that encompass more than one category, such as bribery and corruption, or that affect a single sector). Reports on SPS and StandardsRelated Measures: On July 16, 2009, VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:27 Sep 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 USTR announced plans to begin publishing two new reports on foreign trade barriers—one on SPS measures and the other on standards-related measures. These reports—to be issued annually starting in 2010—will serve as tools to bring greater attention and focus to resolving SPS and 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 foreign barriers to U.S. exports. See http:// www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/factsheets/2009/july/trade-policy-breakingdown-barriers-trade. USTR plans to use comments on SPS and standards-related measures (items 2 and 3 in the list above) submitted pursuant to this notice in developing these two new reports. To help USTR identify SPS and standardsrelated measures to include in the new reports, comments concerning those measures should be submitted separately from those addressing other foreign trade barriers. (See below). The following information describing SPS and standards-related measures may help commenters to file submissions on particular foreign trade barriers under the appropriate docket. SPS Measures: Generally, SPS measures are measures applied to protect the life or health of humans, animals, and plants from risks arising from additives, contaminants, pests, toxins, diseases, or disease-carrying and causing organisms. SPS measures can take such forms as specific product or processing standards, requirements for products to be produced in disease-free areas, quarantine regulations, certification or inspection procedures, sampling and testing requirements, health-related labeling measures, maximum permissible pesticide residue levels, and prohibitions on certain food additives. Standards-Related Measures: Standards-related measures comprise standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures, such as mandatory process or design standards, labeling or registration requirements, and testing or certification procedures. Standardsrelated measures can be applied not only to industrial products but to agricultural products as well, such as food nutrition labeling schemes and food quality or identity requirements. For further information on SPS and standards-related measures and additional detail on the types of comments that would assist USTR in identifying and addressing significant trade-restrictive SPS and standardsrelated measures, please see ‘‘Supporting & Related Materials’’ under PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 dockets USTR–2009–0031 and USTR– 2009–0032 at www.regulations.gov. In responding to this notice with respect to any of the three reports, commenters should place particular emphasis on any practices that may violate U.S. trade agreements. The TPSC is also interested in receiving new or updated information pertinent to the barriers covered in the 2009 NTE as well as reports of new barriers. If USTR does not include in the NTE or the reports on SPS and standards-related measures information that it receives pursuant to this notice, it will maintain the information for potential use in future discussions or negotiations with trading partners. Estimate of Increase in Exports: Each comment should include an estimate of the potential increase in U.S. exports that would result from removing any foreign trade barrier the comment identifies, as well as a description of the methodology the commenter used to derive the estimate. Estimates should be expressed within the following value ranges: Less than $5 million; $5 to $25 million; $25 million to $50 million; $50 million to $100 million; $100 million to $500 million; or over $500 million. These estimates will help USTR conduct comparative analyses of a barrier’s effect over a range of industries. Requirements for Submissions: Commenters providing information on foreign trade barriers in more than one country should, whenever possible, provide a separate submission for each country. Comments addressing SPS or standards-related measures should be submitted separately from comments on other trade barriers. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments should be submitted under one of the following dockets (depending on the subject of the comment): SPS Measures: USTR–2009–0031. Standards-Related Measures: USTR– 2009–0032. All Other Measures: USTR–2009– 0033. To find these dockets, enter the pertinent docket number in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ window at the www.regulations.gov home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with that docket number. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notices’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Submit a Comment.’’ (For further information on E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 184 / Thursday, September 24, 2009 / Notices using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on the ‘‘Help’’ tab.) The www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a document. USTR prefers submissions to be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, please identify the name of the country to which the submission pertains in the ‘‘Comments’’ field. For example: ‘‘See attached comment for (name of country)’’. If the comment is related to SPS or standards-related measures, type ‘‘See attached comment on SPS measures for (name of country)’’ or ‘‘See attached comment on standardsrelated measures for (name of country)’’. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the ‘‘Comments’’ field. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC’’. The top of any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’. Any person filing comments that contain business confidential information must also file in a separate submission a public version of the comments. The file name of the public version of the comments should begin with the character ‘‘P’’. The ‘‘BC’’ and ‘‘P’’ should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. If a comment contains no business confidential information, the file name should begin with the character ‘‘P’’, followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files. Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 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FRA is also issuing this notice to solicit public and agency input into the development of the scope of the Empire Corridor HSR Program EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by the NYSDOT and its representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIS. The objective of the tiered EIS is to evaluate alternatives and make corridor level decisions regarding the level of intercity passenger rail service provided in the corridor, including variations in train frequency, trip time, and on-time performance. DATES: Letters describing the proposed project and soliciting comments were sent to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, and appropriate railroads. Written comments on the scope of the Empire Corridor HSR Program EIS should be provided to NYSDOT by October 30, 2009. A public scoping meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2009, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at 50 Wolf Road, Conference Rooms A, B and C on the first floor, Albany, NY 12232 for the purpose of introducing the proposed project to regulatory agencies and other interested parties. No formal NEPA scoping meeting is planned. A series of public information meetings will be held in Eastern and Western New York in November and December 2009. Public notices will be given of the time and place of the meetings. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the scope of this EIS should be addressed to: Ann R. Purdue, High Speed Rail Program Manager, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road POD 6–4, Albany, NY 12232, or PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48813 via e-mail with the subject line, ‘‘Empire Corridor HSR’’ to: apurdue@dot.state.ny.us. Comments may also be provided orally or in writing at the scoping meeting on September 24, 2009, at 50 Wolf Road, Conference Rooms A, B and C, Albany, New York 12232. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Melissa Elefante DuMond, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Railroad Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE. (Mail Stop 20), Washington, DC 20590; Telephone (202) 493–6366, or Ann R. Purdue, High Speed Rail Program Manager, New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road POD 6–4, Albany, NY, Telephone (518) 457–0607. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FRA, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), will prepare a tiered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will study and document proposed improvements to intercity passenger rail services along the 463-mile Empire Corridor, beginning at Penn Station in New York City, New York County and proceeding north to Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County) and Albany (Albany County) then turning west to Schenectady (Schenectady County), Utica (Oneida County), Syracuse (Onondaga County), Rochester (Monroe County), Buffalo (Erie County) and terminating at Niagara Falls (Niagara County). Purpose and Need: In 2008, Amtrak carried 315.79 million passenger miles along the Empire Corridor. However, overall on-time performance (OTP) for Amtrak in 2008 was poor, with 68% OTP for trains operating between Penn Station and Albany-Rensselaer, and OTP of 41% for trains operating between Penn Station and Niagara Falls. Trip times are competitive with automobile and air travel between Penn Station and Albany-Rensselaer, but are considerably slower in the Penn Station to Niagara Falls market. Mobility choices were limited, primarily west of Albany, due to limited train frequency. Poor on-time performance, noncompetitive trip times, and infrequent service are all factors known to adversely affect passenger rail ridership. The 2009 New York State Rail Plan identified a need for improvements to passenger rail services as a means to reduce highway congestion, reduce airport congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and limit the consumption of fossil fuels, and to support economic growth and smart land use development. The New York E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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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

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 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.

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

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commitment to focus on the most significant foreign trade barriers, 
USTR will be guided by the existence of active private sector interest 
in deciding which restrictions to include in the NTE. The two new 
reports that USTR will initiate in 2010 will draw attention to 
significant trade barriers in the form of SPS and standards-related 
measures.
    Topics on which the TPSC Seeks Information: To assist USTR in 
preparing the NTE and the reports on SPS and standards-related 
measures, commenters should submit information related to one or more 
of the following categories of foreign trade barriers:
    (1) Import policies (e.g., tariffs and other import charges, 
quantitative restrictions, import licensing, and customs barriers);
    (2) SPS measures;
    (3) Standards-related measures (including standards, technical 
regulations, and conformity assessment procedures);
    (4) Government procurement restrictions (e.g., ``buy national'' 
policies and closed bidding);
    (5) Export subsidies (e.g., export financing on preferential terms 
and agricultural export subsidies that displace U.S. exports in third 
country markets);
    (6) Lack of intellectual property protection (e.g., inadequate 
patent, copyright, and trademark regimes);
    (7) Services barriers (e.g., limits on the range of financial 
services offered by foreign financial institutions, regulation of 
international data flows, restrictions on the use of data processing, 
quotas on imports of foreign films, and barriers to the provision of 
services by professionals);
    (8) Investment barriers (e.g., limitations on foreign equity 
participation and on access to foreign government-funded R&D consortia, 
local content, technology transfer and export performance requirements, 
and restrictions on repatriation of earnings, capital, fees, and 
royalties);
    (9) Government-tolerated anticompetitive conduct of state-owned or 
private firms that restricts the sale or purchase of U.S. goods or 
services in the foreign country's markets;
    (10) Trade restrictions affecting electronic commerce (e.g., tariff 
and non-tariff measures, burdensome and discriminatory regulations and 
standards, and discriminatory taxation); and
    (11) Other barriers (e.g., barriers that encompass more than one 
category, such as bribery and corruption, or that affect a single 
sector).
    Reports on SPS and Standards-Related Measures: On July 16, 2009, 
USTR announced plans to begin publishing two new reports on foreign 
trade barriers--one on SPS measures and the other on standards-related 
measures. These reports--to be issued annually starting in 2010--will 
serve as tools to bring greater attention and focus to resolving SPS 
and 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 foreign barriers to U.S. exports. See 
http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/fact-sheets/2009/july/trade-policy-breaking-down-barriers-trade. USTR plans to use comments on SPS 
and standards-related measures (items 2 and 3 in the list above) 
submitted pursuant to this notice in developing these two new reports. 
To help USTR identify SPS and standards-related measures to include in 
the new reports, comments concerning those measures should be submitted 
separately from those addressing other foreign trade barriers. (See 
below).
    The following information describing SPS and standards-related 
measures may help commenters to file submissions on particular foreign 
trade barriers under the appropriate docket.
    SPS Measures: Generally, SPS measures are measures applied to 
protect the life or health of humans, animals, and plants from risks 
arising from additives, contaminants, pests, toxins, diseases, or 
disease-carrying and causing organisms. SPS measures can take such 
forms as specific product or processing standards, requirements for 
products to be produced in disease-free areas, quarantine regulations, 
certification or inspection procedures, sampling and testing 
requirements, health-related labeling measures, maximum permissible 
pesticide residue levels, and prohibitions on certain food additives.
    Standards-Related Measures: Standards-related measures comprise 
standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures, 
such as mandatory process or design standards, labeling or registration 
requirements, and testing or certification procedures. Standards-
related measures can be applied not only to industrial products but to 
agricultural products as well, such as food nutrition labeling schemes 
and food quality or identity requirements.
    For further information on SPS and standards-related measures and 
additional detail on the types of comments that would assist USTR in 
identifying and addressing significant trade-restrictive SPS and 
standards-related measures, please see ``Supporting & Related 
Materials'' under dockets USTR-2009-0031 and USTR-2009-0032 at 
www.regulations.gov.
    In responding to this notice with respect to any of the three 
reports, commenters should place particular emphasis on any practices 
that may violate U.S. trade agreements. The TPSC is also interested in 
receiving new or updated information pertinent to the barriers covered 
in the 2009 NTE as well as reports of new barriers. If USTR does not 
include in the NTE or the reports on SPS and standards-related measures 
information that it receives pursuant to this notice, it will maintain 
the information for potential use in future discussions or negotiations 
with trading partners.
    Estimate of Increase in Exports: Each comment should include an 
estimate of the potential increase in U.S. exports that would result 
from removing any foreign trade barrier the comment identifies, as well 
as a description of the methodology the commenter used to derive the 
estimate. Estimates should be expressed within the following value 
ranges: Less than $5 million; $5 to $25 million; $25 million to $50 
million; $50 million to $100 million; $100 million to $500 million; or 
over $500 million. These estimates will help USTR conduct comparative 
analyses of a barrier's effect over a range of industries.
    Requirements for Submissions: Commenters providing information on 
foreign trade barriers in more than one country should, whenever 
possible, provide a separate submission for each country. Comments 
addressing SPS or standards-related measures should be submitted 
separately from comments on other trade barriers.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments should be 
submitted under one of the following dockets (depending on the subject 
of the comment):
    SPS Measures: USTR-2009-0031.
    Standards-Related Measures: USTR-2009-0032.
    All Other Measures: USTR-2009-0033.
    To find these dockets, enter the pertinent docket number in the 
``Enter Keyword or ID'' window at the www.regulations.gov home page and 
click ``Search.'' The site will provide a search-results page listing 
all documents associated with that docket number. Find a reference to 
this notice by selecting ``Notices'' under ``Document Type'' on the 
search-results page, and click on the link entitled ``Submit a 
Comment.'' (For further information on

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using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources 
provided on the website by clicking on the ``Help'' tab.)
    The www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of making 
submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a document. 
USTR prefers submissions to be provided in an attached document. If a 
document is attached, please identify the name of the country to which 
the submission pertains in the ``Comments'' field. For example: ``See 
attached comment for (name of country)''. If the comment is related to 
SPS or standards-related measures, type ``See attached comment on SPS 
measures for (name of country)'' or ``See attached comment on 
standards-related measures for (name of country)''. USTR prefers 
submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the 
submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate 
the name of the application in the ``Comments'' field.
    For any comments submitted electronically containing business 
confidential information, the file name of the business confidential 
version should begin with the characters ``BC''. The top of any page 
containing business confidential information must be clearly marked 
``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL''. Any person filing comments that contain 
business confidential information must also file in a separate 
submission a public version of the comments. The file name of the 
public version of the comments should begin with the character ``P''. 
The ``BC'' and ``P'' should be followed by the name of the person or 
entity submitting the comments. If a comment contains no business 
confidential information, the file name should begin with the character 
``P'', followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the 
comments.
    Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic 
submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a 
cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent 
possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in 
the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files.

Carmen Suro-Bredie,
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
[FR Doc. E9-23012 Filed 9-23-09; 8:45 am]
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