Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman, 5169-5170 [2013-01377]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 16 / Thursday, January 24, 2013 / Notices erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with 3108, as amended). This Notice constitutes legal notification to all United States persons (defined below) who meet the reporting requirements set forth in this Notice that they must respond to, and comply with, the survey. Reports are due 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. The BE– 30 survey forms and instructions are available on the BEA Web site at www.bea.gov/surveys/iussurv.htm. Definitions (a) Person means any individual, branch, partnership, associated group, association, estate, trust, corporation, or other organization (whether or not organized under the laws of any State), and any government (including a foreign government, the United States Government, a State or local government, and any agency, corporation, financial institution, or other entity or instrumentality thereof, including a government-sponsored agency). 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Additionally, copies of the survey forms and instructions, which contain complete information on reporting procedures and definitions, can be obtained from the BEA Web site given above in the Summary. Inquiries can be made to BEA at (202) 606–5588. When To Report: Reports are due to BEA 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. Paperwork Reduction Act Notice: This data collection has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and assigned control number 0608–0011. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Jan 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 displays a valid control number assigned by OMB. The estimated average annual public reporting burden for this collection of information is 4 hours per response. Send comments regarding this burden estimate to Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BE–1), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; and to the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project 0608– 0012, Washington, DC 20503. J. Steven Landefeld, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis. [FR Doc. 2013–01349 Filed 1–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman International Trade Administration (ITA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 25, 2013. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Maria D’Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Tel. (202) 482–1550, Maria.D’Andrea@trade.gov, Fax. (202) 482–2331. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract Title III, Subtitle B, Section 321 through Section 328 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the ‘‘Act’’) implements the textile and apparel PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5169 safeguard provisions, provided for in Article 3.1 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (the ‘‘Agreement’’). This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, an Omani textile or apparel article is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or directly competitive article. In these circumstances, Article 3.1 permits the United States to increase duties on the imported article from Oman to a level that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations (NTR)/most-favored-nation (MFN) duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty rate in effect on the day before the Agreement entered into force. The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the Act provides that CITA will issue procedures for requesting such safeguard measures, for making its determinations under section 322(a) of the Act, and for providing relief under section 322(b) of the Act. In Proclamation No. 8332 (73 FR 80,289), the President delegated to CITA his authority under Subtitle B of Title III of the Act with respect to textile and apparel safeguard measures. CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by imports of these products from Oman, thereby allowing CITA to take corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile industry, subject to section 322(b) of the Act. Pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Act and Section 7 of Presidential Proclamation, an interested party in the U.S. domestic textile and apparel industry may file a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA. Consistent with longstanding CITA practice in considering textile safeguard actions, CITA will consider an interested party to be an entity (which may be a trade association, firm, certified or recognized union, or group of workers) that is representative of either: (A) a domestic producer or producers of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or producers of a component used in the production of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel article. In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with 5170 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 16 / Thursday, January 24, 2013 / Notices the following information in support of a claim that a textile or apparel article from Oman is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing an article that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; (2) import data demonstrating that imports of an Omani origin textile or apparel article that are like or directly competitive with the articles produced by the domestic industry concerned are increasing in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article; (3) U.S. domestic production of the like or directly competitive articles of U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of the serious damage or actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation that to the best of the requester’s knowledge, the data represent substantially all of the domestic production of the like or directly competitive article(s) of U.S. origin; (4) imports from Oman as a percentage of the domestic market of the like or directly competitive article; and (5) all data available to the requester showing changes in productivity, utilization of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, profits, and investment, and any other information, relating to the existence of serious damage or actual threat thereof caused by imports from Oman to the industry producing the like or directly competitive article that is the subject of the request. To the extent that such information is not available, the requester should provide best estimates and the basis therefore. If CITA determines that the request provides the information necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the Federal Register with a summary of the request and seeking public comments regarding the request. The comment period shall be 30 calendar days. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party. CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a determination. If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent necessary to VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Jan 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the date that CITA’s affirmative determination is published in the Federal Register. Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the dedicated Oman Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with the public as it may contain business confidential information. Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version of the request as a basis for responses. II. Method of Collection When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided. To the extent business confidential information is provided, a non-confidential version must also be provided. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0625–0266. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 (1 for Request; 5 for Comments). Estimated Time Per Response: 4 hours for a Request; and 4 hours for each Comment. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $960. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 17, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–01377 Filed 1–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–910] Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Pipe From the People’s Republic of China: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011– 2012 Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) for the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. DATES: Effective Date: January 24, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Martin or Robert Bolling, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3936 or (202) 482– 3434, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On August 30, 2012, based on timely requests for review by Wheatland Tube Company (‘‘Wheatland’’) and LDR Industries, Inc. (‘‘LDR’’), the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe from the PRC covering the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.1 1 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 77 FR 52688, 52690 (August 30, 2012). E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Procedures for 
Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and 
Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Oman

AGENCY: International Trade Administration (ITA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at JJessup@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Maria D'Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Tel. (202) 482-1550, Maria.D'Andrea@trade.gov, 
Fax. (202) 482-2331.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    Title III, Subtitle B, Section 321 through Section 328 of the 
United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the 
``Act'') implements the textile and apparel safeguard provisions, 
provided for in Article 3.1 of the United States-Oman Free Trade 
Agreement (the ``Agreement''). This safeguard mechanism applies when, 
as a result of the elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, 
an Omani textile or apparel article is being imported into the United 
States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to 
the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to 
cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry 
producing a like or directly competitive article. In these 
circumstances, Article 3.1 permits the United States to increase duties 
on the imported article from Oman to a level that does not exceed the 
lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations (NTR)/most-
favored-nation (MFN) duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty 
rate in effect on the day before the Agreement entered into force.
    The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the Act 
provides that CITA will issue procedures for requesting such safeguard 
measures, for making its determinations under section 322(a) of the 
Act, and for providing relief under section 322(b) of the Act. In 
Proclamation No. 8332 (73 FR 80,289), the President delegated to CITA 
his authority under Subtitle B of Title III of the Act with respect to 
textile and apparel safeguard measures.
    CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a 
domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by 
imports of these products from Oman, thereby allowing CITA to take 
corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile 
industry, subject to section 322(b) of the Act.
    Pursuant to Section 321(a) of the Act and Section 7 of Presidential 
Proclamation, an interested party in the U.S. domestic textile and 
apparel industry may file a request for a textile and apparel safeguard 
action with CITA. Consistent with longstanding CITA practice in 
considering textile safeguard actions, CITA will consider an interested 
party to be an entity (which may be a trade association, firm, 
certified or recognized union, or group of workers) that is 
representative of either: (A) a domestic producer or producers of an 
article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Omani 
textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or producers of 
a component used in the production of an article that is like or 
directly competitive with the subject Omani textile or apparel article.
    In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide

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the following information in support of a claim that a textile or 
apparel article from Oman is being imported into the United States in 
such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the 
domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause 
serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing 
an article that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported 
article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; 
(2) import data demonstrating that imports of an Omani origin textile 
or apparel article that are like or directly competitive with the 
articles produced by the domestic industry concerned are increasing in 
absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article; (3) 
U.S. domestic production of the like or directly competitive articles 
of U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of the serious damage 
or actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation that to the best of 
the requester's knowledge, the data represent substantially all of the 
domestic production of the like or directly competitive article(s) of 
U.S. origin; (4) imports from Oman as a percentage of the domestic 
market of the like or directly competitive article; and (5) all data 
available to the requester showing changes in productivity, utilization 
of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, 
profits, and investment, and any other information, relating to the 
existence of serious damage or actual threat thereof caused by imports 
from Oman to the industry producing the like or directly competitive 
article that is the subject of the request. To the extent that such 
information is not available, the requester should provide best 
estimates and the basis therefore.
    If CITA determines that the request provides the information 
necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the 
Federal Register with a summary of the request and seeking public 
comments regarding the request. The comment period shall be 30 calendar 
days. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or 
correct public comments submitted by any interested party.
    CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 
60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable 
to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a 
notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a 
determination.
    If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, 
CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent 
necessary to remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof 
and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import 
competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the 
date that CITA's affirmative determination is published in the Federal 
Register.
    Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may 
submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If 
the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the 
dedicated Oman Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the 
Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential 
version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with 
the public as it may contain business confidential information. 
Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version 
of the request as a basis for responses.

II. Method of Collection

    When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel 
safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be 
provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is 
provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be 
provided. To the extent business confidential information is provided, 
a non-confidential version must also be provided.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0625-0266.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently 
approved collection).
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-
profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 (1 for Request; 5 for Comments).
    Estimated Time Per Response: 4 hours for a Request; and 4 hours for 
each Comment.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 24.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $960.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 17, 2013.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01377 Filed 1-23-13; 8:45 am]
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