Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment, 68328 [2010-27890]

Download as PDF 68328 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 214 / Friday, November 5, 2010 / Notices and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This notice is published in accordance with section 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: November 1, 2010. Susan H. Kuhbach, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2010–28055 Filed 11–4–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period January 1 through June 30, 2010. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 6, 2010. ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to the Secretary of Commerce, Attn: James Terpstra, Import Administration, APO/ Dockets Unit, Room 7043, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3965. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Background On June 18, 2008, Section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any subsidy provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies. The Department submitted its last subsidy report on June 15, 2010. As part of its newest report, the Department intends to include a list of subsidy VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Nov 04, 2010 Jkt 223001 programs identified with sufficient clarity by the public in response to this notice. Request for Comment Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 (which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period January 1 through June 30, 2010. Official U.S. import data published by the United States International Trade Commission Tariff and Trade DataWeb indicate that exports of softwood lumber from Canada and Chile each account for at least one percent of U.S. imports of softwood lumber products during that time period. We intend to rely on similar previous six-month periods to identify the countries subject to future reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we will rely on U.S. imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber products during the period July 1 through December 31, 2010, to select the countries subject to the next report. Under U.S. trade law, a subsidy exists where a government authority: (i) Provides a financial contribution; (ii) provides any form of income or price support within the meaning of Article XVI of the GATT 1994; or (iii) makes a payment to a funding mechanism to provide a financial contribution to a person, or entrusts or directs a private entity to make a financial contribution, if providing the contribution would normally be vested in the government and the practice does not differ in substance from practices normally followed by governments, and a benefit is thereby conferred. See section 771(5)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which provided the subsidy; (2) the name of the subsidy program; (3) a brief (3–4 sentence) description of the subsidy program; and (4) the government body or authority that provided the subsidy. Submission of Comment Persons wishing to comment should file a signed original and six copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially due to business proprietary concerns or for any other PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reason. The Department will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not include them in its report on softwood lumber subsidies. The Department also requests submission of comments in electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted on CD–ROM with the paper copies or by e-mail to the Webmaster below. Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Import Administration Web site at the following address: http://ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482–0866, e-mail address: webmastersupport@ita.doc.gov. All comments and submissions should be mailed to James Terpstra, Import Administration; Subject: Softwood Lumber Subsidies Bi-Annual Report: Request for Comment; Room 7043, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, by no later than 5 p.m., on the above-referenced deadline date. Dated: October 29, 2010. Susan H. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber 
and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment 
on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain 
countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the 
United States during the period January 1 through June 30, 2010.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 6, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to 
the Secretary of Commerce, Attn: James Terpstra, Import Administration, 
APO/Dockets Unit, Room 7043, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & 
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, Import Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3965.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On June 18, 2008, Section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this 
provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the 
appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any 
subsidy provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood 
lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies.
    The Department submitted its last subsidy report on June 15, 2010. 
As part of its newest report, the Department intends to include a list 
of subsidy programs identified with sufficient clarity by the public in 
response to this notice.

Request for Comment

    Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and 
softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public 
comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted 
for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by 
quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 
(which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period 
January 1 through June 30, 2010. Official U.S. import data published by 
the United States International Trade Commission Tariff and Trade 
DataWeb indicate that exports of softwood lumber from Canada and Chile 
each account for at least one percent of U.S. imports of softwood 
lumber products during that time period. We intend to rely on similar 
previous six-month periods to identify the countries subject to future 
reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we will rely on U.S. 
imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber products during the 
period July 1 through December 31, 2010, to select the countries 
subject to the next report.
    Under U.S. trade law, a subsidy exists where a government 
authority: (i) Provides a financial contribution; (ii) provides any 
form of income or price support within the meaning of Article XVI of 
the GATT 1994; or (iii) makes a payment to a funding mechanism to 
provide a financial contribution to a person, or entrusts or directs a 
private entity to make a financial contribution, if providing the 
contribution would normally be vested in the government and the 
practice does not differ in substance from practices normally followed 
by governments, and a benefit is thereby conferred. See section 
771(5)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.
    Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which 
provided the subsidy; (2) the name of the subsidy program; (3) a brief 
(3-4 sentence) description of the subsidy program; and (4) the 
government body or authority that provided the subsidy.

Submission of Comment

    Persons wishing to comment should file a signed original and six 
copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The 
Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a 
part or all of the material be treated confidentially due to business 
proprietary concerns or for any other reason. The Department will 
return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the 
comments and will not include them in its report on softwood lumber 
subsidies. The Department also requests submission of comments in 
electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed 
in electronic form should be submitted on CD-ROM with the paper copies 
or by e-mail to the Webmaster below.
    Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the 
public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Import Administration 
Web site at the following address: http://ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions 
concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the 
Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to 
Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482-0866, 
e-mail address: webmaster-support@ita.doc.gov.
    All comments and submissions should be mailed to James Terpstra, 
Import Administration; Subject: Softwood Lumber Subsidies Bi-Annual 
Report: Request for Comment; Room 7043, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, by no 
later than 5 p.m., on the above-referenced deadline date.

    Dated: October 29, 2010.
Susan H. Kuhbach,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing 
Duty Operations.
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