Request for Proposals To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify the Rules of Origin Under the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, 39613-39614 [2010-16756]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 131 / Friday, July 9, 2010 / Notices Room 523, Washington, DC 20508. His telephone number is (202) 395–3412. Country SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 3.3(4) of the USCFTA provides that the Thailand .................................... 5,520 United States and Chile may agree to Zimbabwe ................................. 4,731 accelerate the elimination of customs duties set out in their respective tariff These allocations are based on the schedules. Section 201(b) of the United countries’ historical shipments to the States-Chile Free Trade Agreement United States. The allocations of the raw Implementation Act (‘‘the FTA Act’’ or cane sugar TRQ to countries that are net ‘‘the Act’’) authorizes the President to importers of sugar are conditioned on proclaim modifications in the staging of receipt of the appropriate verifications duty treatment set out in the Agreement, of origin and certificates for quota subject to the Act’s consultation and eligibility must accompany imports layover requirements. from any country for which an The USCFTA requires each allocation has been provided. government to provide preferential tariff treatment to goods that meet the Ronald Kirk, Agreement’s origin rules. In the United United States Trade Representative. States, those rules are implemented [FR Doc. 2010–16823 Filed 7–8–10; 8:45 am] through the FTA Act. Under the Act, BILLING CODE 3190–W0–P goods imported into the United States qualify for preferential treatment if they meet the requirements of the general OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES USCFTA rules of origin set out in TRADE REPRESENTATIVE section 202 of the Act, and the USCFTA product-specific rules set out in the Request for Proposals To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify the Rules HTS. The Agreement allows the Parties of Origin Under the United States-Chile to amend the Agreement’s rules of origin. Section 202(o)(2) of the USCFTA Free Trade Agreement Act authorizes the President to proclaim AGENCY: Office of the United States modifications to the USCFTA’s productTrade Representative. specific origin rules, subject to the ACTION: Notice of opportunity to file consultation and layover provisions of proposals requesting accelerated tariff section 103(a) of the Act. In 2008, the elimination and changes to the rules of United States and Chile agreed on a set origin under the United States-Chile of goods for which the parties would Free Trade Agreement (‘‘the Agreement’’ eliminate tariffs ahead of schedule. or ‘‘USCFTA’’). Those tariffs were eliminated on January 1, 2009. In 2010, the United States and SUMMARY: This notice requests that Chile reached agreement on proposed interested persons submit proposals changes to the rules of origin, but have seeking accelerated tariff elimination not yet implemented these changes. The under the USCFTA and describes the United States and Chile have now procedures for filing proposals. This agreed to consider further acceleration notice also requests proposals on of the elimination of USCFTA tariffs appropriate changes that the Office of and further liberalization of the the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) agreement’s rules of origin. should consider for liberalizing the USCFTA’s rules of origin. Additional Information DATES: Proposals must be submitted to In considering whether to accelerate USTR no later than 5 p.m., August 6, the elimination of tariffs or to make 2010. further changes to the agreement’s rules ADDRESSES: Proposals should be of origin and, if such changes were submitted electronically via the Internet made, the scope or extent of such at http://www.regulations.gov. For changes, the United States and Chile alternatives to on-line submissions expect to take into account several please contact Gloria Blue, Executive factors in considering whether to make Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee, such changes, including: (1) The extent at (202) 395–3475. that any such changes may reduce FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For transaction and manufacturing costs or procedural questions, contact Gloria increase trade between Chile and the Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade Policy United States; (2) the feasibility of Staff Committee, at (202) 395–3475. All devising, implementing, and monitoring other questions should be directed to modified rules of origin; and (3) the Kent Shigetomi, Office of the Americas, level and breadth of interest that Office of the United States Trade manufacturers, processors, traders, and Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., consumers in the United States and wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 Second additional FY 2010 allocation VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jul 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39613 Chile express for making particular changes. The United States and Chile expect to make only those changes that are broadly supported by stakeholders in both countries. Requirements for Proposals Submissions should indicate whether the subject of the proposal has been discussed with representatives of the relevant sector in Chile and, if such discussions have taken place, the result of those discussions. Submissions should indicate if representatives of the relevant sector in Chile do not support the proposal. USTR encourages interested parties to consider submitting proposals jointly with interested parties in Chile. Scope and Coverage of Proposals: USTR encourages interested parties to review the broadest appropriate range of items and to submit proposals that reflect a consensus reached after such a broad-based review. A single proposal can thus include requests covering multiple tariff headings. Entire 8-digit tariff subheadings should be covered, but proposals may also be submitted at the 6, 4, or 2 digit level where the intent is to cover all subsidiary duties. Requirements for Submissions. Persons submitting proposals must do so in English and must specify (on the first page of the submission) the ‘‘Chile FTA Tariff Acceleration,’’ ‘‘Chile FTA Rules of Origin Liberalization,’’ or both. Proposals must be received by August 6, 2010. In order to ensure the most timely and expeditious receipt and consideration of proposals, USTR has arranged to accept on-line submissions via http:// www.regulations.gov. To submit proposals via http:// www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2010–0016 on the home page and click ‘‘search’’. 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 ‘‘Submit Comment.’’ (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ‘‘Help’’ link at the top of the home page.) The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of providing comments by filling in a ‘‘Type Comment and Upload File’’ field, or by attaching a document. It is expected that most comments will be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is necessary and sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 39614 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 131 / Friday, July 9, 2010 / Notices Comment and Upload File’’ field. 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 proposals submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC’’. Any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ on the top of that page. Filers of submissions containing business confidential information must also submit a public version of their proposals. The file name of the public version should begin with the character ‘‘P’’. The ‘‘BC’’ and ‘‘P’’ should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the proposal. Filers submitting proposals containing no business confidential information should name their file using the character ‘‘P’’, followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comment or proposal. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the proposals 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. USTR strongly urges submitters to file proposals through http:// www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must be made with Ms. Blue in advance of transmitting a proposal. Ms. Blue should be contacted at (202) 395–3475. General information concerning the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be obtained by accessing its Internet Web site (http://www.ustr.gov). Carmen Suro-Bredie, Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35385] [FR Doc. 2010–16593 Filed 7–8–10; 8:45 am] Oregon International Port of Coos Bay—Acquisition Exemption—Rail Line of Union Pacific Railroad Company in Coos County, OR BILLING CODE 4915–01–P The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire approximately 22.37 miles of rail line, known as the Coquille Branch,1 from Union Pacific Railroad Company in Coos County, Or. The line extends between milepost 763.13, in Cordes, where it connects to track currently owned by the Port, and milepost 785.5, in Coquille, the end of the line. The Port certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in the creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier and further certifies that its projected annual revenue will not exceed $5 million. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is July 23, 2010, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed). If the notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than July 16, 2010 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 35385, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on Sandra L. Brown, 1920 N Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: July 2, 2010. wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 [FR Doc. 2010–16756 Filed 7–8–10; 8:45 am] 1 The Port states that rail operations are currently suspended because the previous operator, Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, Inc. (CORP), issued an embargo in 2007 and later obtained discontinuance authority over the line. See Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, Inc.—Abandonment and Discontinuance of Service—in Coos, Douglas, and Lane Counties, Or., Docket No. AB 515 (Sub-No. 2) (served Oct. 31, 2008). The Port further states that the line is not currently in operable condition, and thus significant repairs are required. Once the line becomes operational, the Port plans to have a thirdparty operator in place to provide service. BILLING CODE 3190–W0–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:17 Jul 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Kulunie L. Cannon, Clearance Clerk. PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for Modesto City-County Airport, Modesto, CA AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the City of Modesto under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, as amended, (Pub. L. 96–193) (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘the Act’’) and 14 CFR Part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96–52 (1980). On January 9, 2009, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Modesto under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. DATES: Effective Date: The effective date of the FAA’s approval of the Noise Compatibility Program for Modesto City-County Airport is June 2, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Camille Garibaldi, Environmental Protection Specialist, FAA WesternPacific Region, San Francisco Airports District Office, 831 Mitten Road, Suite 210, Burlingame, California, telephone number (650) 876–2778 extension 613. Documents reflecting this FAA action may be reviewed at this same location. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces that the FAA has given its overall approval to the Noise Compatibility Program for Modesto City-County Airport, effective June 2, 2010. Under section 104(a) of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979, as amended (herein after referred to as the ‘‘Act’’) [recodified as 49 U.S.C. 47504], an airport operator who has previously submitted a Noise Exposure Map may submit to the FAA a Noise Compatibility Program which sets forth the measures taken or proposed by the airport operator for the reduction of existing non-compatible land uses and prevention of additional non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the Noise Exposure E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 131 (Friday, July 9, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39613-39614]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-16756]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Proposals To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify 
the Rules of Origin Under the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of opportunity to file proposals requesting accelerated 
tariff elimination and changes to the rules of origin under the United 
States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (``the Agreement'' or ``USCFTA'').

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SUMMARY: This notice requests that interested persons submit proposals 
seeking accelerated tariff elimination under the USCFTA and describes 
the procedures for filing proposals. This notice also requests 
proposals on appropriate changes that the Office of the U.S. Trade 
Representative (USTR) should consider for liberalizing the USCFTA's 
rules of origin.

DATES: Proposals must be submitted to USTR no later than 5 p.m., August 
6, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Proposals should be submitted electronically via the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. For alternatives to on-line 
submissions please contact Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade 
Policy Staff Committee, at (202) 395-3475.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions, contact 
Gloria Blue, Executive Secretary, Trade Policy Staff Committee, at 
(202) 395-3475. All other questions should be directed to Kent 
Shigetomi, Office of the Americas, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Room 523, Washington, DC 20508. 
His telephone number is (202) 395-3412.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 3.3(4) of the USCFTA provides that 
the United States and Chile may agree to accelerate the elimination of 
customs duties set out in their respective tariff schedules. Section 
201(b) of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation 
Act (``the FTA Act'' or ``the Act'') authorizes the President to 
proclaim modifications in the staging of duty treatment set out in the 
Agreement, subject to the Act's consultation and layover requirements.
    The USCFTA requires each government to provide preferential tariff 
treatment to goods that meet the Agreement's origin rules. In the 
United States, those rules are implemented through the FTA Act. Under 
the Act, goods imported into the United States qualify for preferential 
treatment if they meet the requirements of the general USCFTA rules of 
origin set out in section 202 of the Act, and the USCFTA product-
specific rules set out in the HTS. The Agreement allows the Parties to 
amend the Agreement's rules of origin. Section 202(o)(2) of the USCFTA 
Act authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the USCFTA's 
product-specific origin rules, subject to the consultation and layover 
provisions of section 103(a) of the Act. In 2008, the United States and 
Chile agreed on a set of goods for which the parties would eliminate 
tariffs ahead of schedule. Those tariffs were eliminated on January 1, 
2009. In 2010, the United States and Chile reached agreement on 
proposed changes to the rules of origin, but have not yet implemented 
these changes. The United States and Chile have now agreed to consider 
further acceleration of the elimination of USCFTA tariffs and further 
liberalization of the agreement's rules of origin.

Additional Information

    In considering whether to accelerate the elimination of tariffs or 
to make further changes to the agreement's rules of origin and, if such 
changes were made, the scope or extent of such changes, the United 
States and Chile expect to take into account several factors in 
considering whether to make such changes, including: (1) The extent 
that any such changes may reduce transaction and manufacturing costs or 
increase trade between Chile and the United States; (2) the feasibility 
of devising, implementing, and monitoring modified rules of origin; and 
(3) the level and breadth of interest that manufacturers, processors, 
traders, and consumers in the United States and Chile express for 
making particular changes. The United States and Chile expect to make 
only those changes that are broadly supported by stakeholders in both 
countries.

Requirements for Proposals

    Submissions should indicate whether the subject of the proposal has 
been discussed with representatives of the relevant sector in Chile 
and, if such discussions have taken place, the result of those 
discussions. Submissions should indicate if representatives of the 
relevant sector in Chile do not support the proposal. USTR encourages 
interested parties to consider submitting proposals jointly with 
interested parties in Chile.
    Scope and Coverage of Proposals: USTR encourages interested parties 
to review the broadest appropriate range of items and to submit 
proposals that reflect a consensus reached after such a broad-based 
review. A single proposal can thus include requests covering multiple 
tariff headings. Entire 8-digit tariff subheadings should be covered, 
but proposals may also be submitted at the 6, 4, or 2 digit level where 
the intent is to cover all subsidiary duties.
    Requirements for Submissions. Persons submitting proposals must do 
so in English and must specify (on the first page of the submission) 
the ``Chile FTA Tariff Acceleration,'' ``Chile FTA Rules of Origin 
Liberalization,'' or both. Proposals must be received by August 6, 
2010.
    In order to ensure the most timely and expeditious receipt and 
consideration of proposals, USTR has arranged to accept on-line 
submissions via http://www.regulations.gov. To submit proposals via 
http://www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR-2010-0016 on the 
home page and click ``search''. 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 ``Submit Comment.'' (For further information on using the 
http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources 
provided on the Web site by clicking on the ``Help'' link at the top of 
the home page.)
    The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of 
providing comments by filling in a ``Type Comment and Upload File'' 
field, or by attaching a document. It is expected that most comments 
will be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it 
is necessary and sufficient to type ``See attached'' in the ``Type

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Comment and Upload File'' field. 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 proposals submitted electronically containing business 
confidential information, the file name of the business confidential 
version should begin with the characters ``BC''. Any page containing 
business confidential information must be clearly marked ``BUSINESS 
CONFIDENTIAL'' on the top of that page. Filers of submissions 
containing business confidential information must also submit a public 
version of their proposals. The file name of the public version should 
begin with the character ``P''. The ``BC'' and ``P'' should be followed 
by the name of the person or entity submitting the proposal. Filers 
submitting proposals containing no business confidential information 
should name their file using the character ``P'', followed by the name 
of the person or entity submitting the comment or proposal.
    Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic 
submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a 
cover letter in the proposals 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.
    USTR strongly urges submitters to file proposals through http://www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements 
must be made with Ms. Blue in advance of transmitting a proposal. Ms. 
Blue should be contacted at (202) 395-3475. General information 
concerning the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be 
obtained by accessing its Internet Web site (http://www.ustr.gov).

Carmen Suro-Bredie,
Chairman, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
[FR Doc. 2010-16756 Filed 7-8-10; 8:45 am]
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