Request for Comments on Mexico's Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, 76479-76480 [2011-31318]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2011 / Notices marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ on the top of that page. Filers of submissions containing business confidential information must also submit a public version of their comments. 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 comments or reply comments. Filers submitting comments containing no business confidential information should name their file using 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. USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through http:// www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must be made with Donald W. Eiss in advance of transmitting a comment. Mr. Eiss should be contacted at (202) 395–3475. General information concerning USTR is available at http://www.ustr.gov. Douglas Bell, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 2011–31322 Filed 12–6–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W2–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Comments on Mexico’s Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari recently stated Mexico’s intention to begin consultations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries towards joining the TPP negotiations. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is assessing Mexico’s expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in light of the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of concern to the United States regarding Mexican barriers to agriculture, services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures. In conducting its assessment, USTR is seeking public comments on these concerns and all srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 06, 2011 Jkt 226001 other elements related to Mexico’s interest in the TPP negotiations. DATES: Written comments are due by noon, January 13, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submissions via on-line: http://www.regulations.gov. For alternatives to on-line submissions please contact Donald W. Eiss at (202) 395–3475. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning requirements for written comments, please contact Donald W. Eiss at (202) 395–3475. All other questions regarding this notice should be directed to Kent Shigetomi, Director for Mexico, NAFTA, and the Caribbean, at (202) 395–3412. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 14, 2009, after consulting with relevant Congressional committees, USTR notified Congress of the President’s intent to initiate negotiations on a TPP trade agreement. These negotiations aim to achieve a highstandard, 21st century agreement with a membership and coverage that provides economically significant market access opportunities for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and small businesses and that can expand to include additional countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the negotiations include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as the United States. Further information regarding the TPP negotiations can be found at http:// www.ustr.gov/tpp. On November 13, 2011, Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari stated Mexico’s intention to begin consultations with the current TPP participating countries towards joining the TPP negotiations. The Chair of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to provide written comments that will assist USTR in assessing Mexico’s expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in light of the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of concern to the United States regarding Mexican barriers to agriculture, services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures. Commenters may address these issues or any other specific barriers affecting U.S. exports to or investment in Mexico. The TPSC Chair invites comments on all of these matters, and, in particular, on the following: (a) Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of eliminating tariffs and eliminating or reducing non-tariff barriers on goods and services traded with Mexico. PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76479 (b) Treatment by Mexico of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including product-specific import or export interests or barriers. (c) Adequacy of existing customs measures to ensure that only qualifying imported goods from Mexico receive preferential treatment, and appropriate rules of origin for goods entering the United States. (d) Mexican sanitary and phytosanitary measures or technical barriers to trade that should be addressed. (e) Existing barriers to trade in services between the United States and Mexico that should be addressed. (f) Relevant electronic commerce issues. (g) Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues. (h) Relevant investment issues. (i) Relevant competition-related matters. (j) Relevant government procurement issues. (k) Relevant environmental issues. (l) Relevant labor issues. (m) Relevant transparency issues. (n) Relevant issues related to innovation and competitiveness, new technologies and emerging economic sectors, the participation of small- and medium-sized businesses in trade, and the development of efficient production and supply chains. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Persons submitting written comments must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) ‘‘Mexico’s Expression of Interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations.’’ In order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by noon, January 13, 2012. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments should be submitted under the following docket: USTR–2011–0020. To find the docket, enter the docket number in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ window at the http://www.regulations. gov 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 ‘‘Notices’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Submit a 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’’ tab.) E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 76480 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The http://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, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type comment & Upload File’’ field. USTR also 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’’. 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 comments. 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 comments or reply comments. Filers submitting comments containing no business confidential information should name their file using 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. USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through http://www. regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must be made with Donald W. Eiss in advance of transmitting a comment. Mr. Eiss should be contacted at (202) 395–3475. General information concerning USTR is available at http://www.ustr.gov. Douglas Bell, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 2011–31318 Filed 12–6–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W2–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 06, 2011 Jkt 226001 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Comments on Canada’s Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently stated Canada’s intention to begin consultations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries towards joining the TPP negotiations. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is assessing Canada’s expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in light of the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of concern to the United States regarding Canadian barriers to agriculture, services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures. In conducting its assessment, USTR is seeking public comments on these concerns and all other elements related to Canada’s interest in the TPP negotiations. DATES: Written comments are due by noon, January 13, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submissions via on-line: http://www.regulations.gov. For alternatives to on-line submissions please contact Donald W. Eiss at (202) 395–3475. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning requirements for written comments, please contact Donald W. Eiss at (202) 395–3475. All other questions regarding this notice should be directed to Mary T. Smith, Director for Canada, at (202) 395–3412. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 14, 2009, after consulting with relevant Congressional committees, USTR notified Congress of the President’s intent to initiate negotiations on a TPP trade agreement. These negotiations aim to achieve a high-standard, 21st century agreement with a membership and coverage that provides economically significant market access opportunities for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, service providers, and small businesses and that can expand to include additional countries across the AsiaPacific region. Currently, the negotiations include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as the United States. Further information regarding the TPP negotiations can be found at http:// www.ustr.gov/tpp. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 On November 13, 2011, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated Canada’s interest in joining the TPP negotiations. The Chair of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to provide written comments that will assist USTR in assessing Canada’s expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in light of the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of concern to the United States regarding Canadian barriers to agriculture, services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures. Commenters may address these issues or any other specific barriers affecting U.S. exports to or investment in Canada. The TPSC Chair invites comments on all of these matters, and, in particular, on the following: (a) Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of eliminating tariffs and eliminating or reducing non-tariff barriers on goods and services traded with Canada. (b) Treatment by Canada of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including product-specific import or export interests or barriers. (c) Adequacy of existing customs measures to ensure that only qualifying imported goods from Canada receive preferential treatment, and appropriate rules of origin for goods entering the United States. (d) Canadian sanitary and phytosanitary measures or technical barriers to trade that should be addressed. (e) Existing barriers to trade in services between the United States and Canada that should be addressed. (f) Relevant electronic commerce issues. (g) Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues. (h) Relevant investment issues. (i) Relevant competition-related matters. (j) Relevant government procurement issues. (k) Relevant environmental issues. (l) Relevant labor issues. (m) Relevant transparency issues. (n) Relevant issues related to innovation and competitiveness, new technologies and emerging economic sectors, the participation of small- and medium-sized businesses in trade, and the development of efficient production and supply chains. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Persons submitting written comments must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) ‘‘Canada’s Expression of Interest in the E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Comments on Mexico's Expression of Interest in the 
Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari recently stated 
Mexico's intention to begin consultations with the Trans-Pacific 
Partnership (TPP) countries towards joining the TPP negotiations. The 
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is assessing 
Mexico's expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in light of the 
TPP's high standards for liberalizing trade and specific issues of 
concern to the United States regarding Mexican barriers to agriculture, 
services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff measures. In 
conducting its assessment, USTR is seeking public comments on these 
concerns and all other elements related to Mexico's interest in the TPP 
negotiations.

DATES: Written comments are due by noon, January 13, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submissions via on-line: http://www.regulations.gov. For 
alternatives to on-line submissions please contact Donald W. Eiss at 
(202) 395-3475.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning requirements 
for written comments, please contact Donald W. Eiss at (202) 395-3475. 
All other questions regarding this notice should be directed to Kent 
Shigetomi, Director for Mexico, NAFTA, and the Caribbean, at (202) 395-
3412.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 14, 2009, after consulting with 
relevant Congressional committees, USTR notified Congress of the 
President's intent to initiate negotiations on a TPP trade agreement. 
These negotiations aim to achieve a high-standard, 21st century 
agreement with a membership and coverage that provides economically 
significant market access opportunities for America's workers, farmers, 
ranchers, service providers, and small businesses and that can expand 
to include additional countries across the Asia-Pacific region. 
Currently, the negotiations include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, 
Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as 
the United States. Further information regarding the TPP negotiations 
can be found at http://www.ustr.gov/tpp.
    On November 13, 2011, Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari 
stated Mexico's intention to begin consultations with the current TPP 
participating countries towards joining the TPP negotiations. The Chair 
of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites 
interested persons to provide written comments that will assist USTR in 
assessing Mexico's expression of interest in the TPP negotiations in 
light of the TPP's high standards for liberalizing trade and specific 
issues of concern to the United States regarding Mexican barriers to 
agriculture, services, and manufacturing trade, including non-tariff 
measures. Commenters may address these issues or any other specific 
barriers affecting U.S. exports to or investment in Mexico. The TPSC 
Chair invites comments on all of these matters, and, in particular, on 
the following:
    (a) Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of 
eliminating tariffs and eliminating or reducing non-tariff barriers on 
goods and services traded with Mexico.
    (b) Treatment by Mexico of specific goods (described by HTSUS 
numbers), including product-specific import or export interests or 
barriers.
    (c) Adequacy of existing customs measures to ensure that only 
qualifying imported goods from Mexico receive preferential treatment, 
and appropriate rules of origin for goods entering the United States.
    (d) Mexican sanitary and phytosanitary measures or technical 
barriers to trade that should be addressed.
    (e) Existing barriers to trade in services between the United 
States and Mexico that should be addressed.
    (f) Relevant electronic commerce issues.
    (g) Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues.
    (h) Relevant investment issues.
    (i) Relevant competition-related matters.
    (j) Relevant government procurement issues.
    (k) Relevant environmental issues.
    (l) Relevant labor issues.
    (m) Relevant transparency issues.
    (n) Relevant issues related to innovation and competitiveness, new 
technologies and emerging economic sectors, the participation of small- 
and medium-sized businesses in trade, and the development of efficient 
production and supply chains.

Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions

    Persons submitting written comments must do so in English and must 
identify (on the first page of the submission) ``Mexico's Expression of 
Interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations.'' In 
order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by 
noon, January 13, 2012.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions, using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments 
should be submitted under the following docket: USTR-2011-0020. To find 
the docket, enter the docket number in the ``Enter Keyword or ID'' 
window at the http://www.regulations.gov 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 ``Notices'' under ``Document Type'' on the search-results 
page, and click on the link entitled ``Submit a 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'' tab.)

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    The http://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, it is sufficient to type ``See 
attached'' in the ``Type comment & Upload File'' field. USTR also 
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''. 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 comments. 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 comments or reply 
comments. Filers submitting comments containing no business 
confidential information should name their file using 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.
    USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through http://www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements 
must be made with Donald W. Eiss in advance of transmitting a comment. 
Mr. Eiss should be contacted at (202) 395-3475. General information 
concerning USTR is available at http://www.ustr.gov.

Douglas Bell,
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
[FR Doc. 2011-31318 Filed 12-6-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3190-W2-P