Request for Petitions To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify the Rules of Origin Under the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, 15803-15804 [2013-05656]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 48 / Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / Notices currently producing factories, as specified on maps and materials submitted by Egypt and Israel. The governments of Israel and Egypt submitted a request for designation of additional factories in two zones, the Beni Suief and Al Minya zones, on December 5, 2012. Following this request, during consultations in Washington on January 7, 2013, USTR discussed with representatives of Egypt and Israel a proposal to modify the designation of the existing QIZs to provide that all present and future facilities in these zones are potentially able to export goods duty-free to the United States. This modification would also clarify and, in some cases, adjust the geographic boundaries of each of the six existing zones. The geographic boundaries of each the six zones being designated are specified on maps and materials on file with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Israel and Egypt have each confirmed that merchandise may enter, without payment of duty or excise taxes, areas under their respective customs control that comprise the Greater Cairo zone, the Alexandria zone, the Suez Canal zone, the Central Delta zone, the Beni Suief zone and the Al Minya zone, as described in this notice. Further, the operation and administration of these zones are provided for in the previously agreed ‘‘Protocol between the Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt On Qualifying Industrial Zones.’’ Accordingly, each of the six zones meet the criteria under sections 9(e)(1) and (2) of the IFTA Act. Therefore, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by Presidential Proclamation 6955, I hereby redesignate the areas that comprise the Al Minya zone, the Alexandria zone, the Beni Suief zone, the Central Delta zone, the Greater Cairo zone, and the Suez Canal zone, as specified on maps and materials on file at the office of the United States Trade Representative, as qualifying industrial zones under section 9 of the IFTA Act, effective upon the date of publication of this notice, applicable to articles shipped from these qualifying industrial zones after such date. This re-designation supersedes any previous designation of these zones. Ron Kirk, Ambassador, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2013–05657 Filed 3–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:21 Mar 11, 2013 Jkt 229001 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Request for Petitions To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify the Rules of Origin Under the United StatesColombia Trade Promotion Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of opportunity to file petitions requesting accelerated tariff elimination and changes to the nontextile and non-apparel products rules of origin under the United StatesColombia Trade Promotion Agreement (‘‘the Agreement’’ or ‘‘USCTPA’’). AGENCY: This notice solicits proposals seeking accelerated tariff elimination under the USCTPA as well as proposals on appropriate changes that USTR should consider for modifying the USCTPA’s rules of origin under Article 4.14 of the Agreement. This notice also describes the procedures for filing proposals. SUMMARY: Public comments are due at USTR by close of business, May 13, 2013. DATES: Submissions via on-line: https://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bennett Harman, Deputy Assistant USTR for Latin America, at (202) 395– 9446. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 2.3.4 of the USCTPA provides that the United States and Colombia may agree to accelerate the elimination of customs duties set out in their respective tariff schedules. Section 201(b) of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (‘‘the TPA 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 USCTPA requires each government to provide preferential tariff treatment to goods that meet the Agreement’s rules of origin. In the United States, those rules are implemented through the TPA Act. Under the Act, goods imported into the United States qualify for preferential treatment if they meet the requirements of the general USCTPA rules of origin set out in section 203 of the Act, and the USCTPA product-specific rules set out in the HTS. The Agreement allows the Parties to amend the Agreement’s rules of origin. Section 203(o)(3) of the USCTPA Act authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the USCTPA’s product-specific origin rules, ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15803 subject to the consultation and layover provisions of section 104 of the Act. Additional Information: The United States and Colombia have not yet decided 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, what the scope or extent of such changes should be. The United States and Colombia 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 Colombia and the United States; (2) the feasibility of devising, implementing, and monitoring new rules of origin; and (3) the level and breadth of interest that manufacturers, processors, traders, and consumers in the United States and Colombia express for making particular changes. The United States and Colombia expect to make only those changes that are broadly supported by stakeholders in both countries. Requirements for Comments/ Proposals: Submitters should indicate whether they have discussed their proposals with representatives of the relevant sector in Colombia and, if such discussions have taken place, the result of those discussions. Submissions should indicate whether representatives of the relevant sector in Colombia do not support the proposal. USTR encourages interested parties to consider submitting proposals jointly with interested parties in Colombia. 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. Proposals should cover entire 8-digit tariff subheadings, and may also be submitted at the 6, 4, or 2 digit level where the intent is to cover all subsidiary tariff lines. Requirements for Submissions: Persons submitting written comments must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) ‘‘Colombia TPA Tariff Acceleration,’’ ‘‘Colombia TPA Rules of Origin Liberalization,’’ or both. In order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by noon, May 13, 2013. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the https://www.regulations.gov Web site. E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 15804 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 48 / Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / Notices Comments should be submitted under the following docket: USTR–2013–0017. To find the docket, enter the docket number in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ window at the https:// 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 and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment Now!’’ (For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ‘‘Help’’ tab.) The https://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’’ and attach a file in the ‘‘Upload File(s)’’ 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. A person seeking to request that information contained in a submission from that person be treated as business confidential information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC’’. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such. The submission must be marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page, and the submission should indicate, via brackets, the specific information that is confidential. Additionally, ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ must be included in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. Filers of submissions containing business confidential information must also submit a public version of their comments indicating where confidential information has been redacted. The nonconfidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:21 Mar 11, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must be made with Bennett Harman in advance of transmitting a comment. Mr. Harman should be contacted at (202) 395–9446. General information concerning USTR is available at https://www.ustr.gov. Inspection of Submissions: Submissions in response to this notice, except for information granted ‘‘business confidential’’ status, will be available for public viewing at https:// www.regulations.gov. Such submissions may be viewed by entering the docket number USTR–2013–0017 in the search field at: https://www.regulations.gov. Douglas Bell, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics. [FR Doc. 2013–05656 Filed 3–11–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F3–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance: Rolla National Airport (VIH), Rolla, MO Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent of Waiver with respect to land. AGENCY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal from the City of Rolla (sponsor), Rolla, MO, to release a 10 acre parcel (Lot 1) of land from the federal obligation dedicating it to aeronautical use and to authorize this parcel to be used for revenue-producing, non-aeronautical purposes. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 11, 2013. ADDRESSES: Comments on this application may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE–610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In addition, one copy of any comments submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to: John Butz, City Administrator, City of Rolla, 901 N. Elm St., Rolla, MO 65401, (573) 426– 6948. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn D. Martin, Airports Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Airports Division, ACE–610C, 901 Locust Room 364, Kansas City, MO 64106, Telephone number (816) 329–2644, Fax number (816) 329–2611, email address: lynn.martin@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA invites public comment on the request to change approximately 10 acres of airport property at the Rolla National Airport (VIH) from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical for revenue producing use. The parcel of land is located along the Southwest corner of the airport, near Missouri State Highway 28. This parcel will be used for construction and operation of The Brewer Science Building. Brewer Science is a high technology electronics firm that produces products such as antireflective coating, lift-off materials, protective coatings, temporary bondings, etc. which is headquartered in Rolla. The firm conducts business around the world with an emphasis in North America, Europe and China. No airport landside or airside facilities are presently located on this parcel, nor are airport developments contemplated in the future. There is no current use of the surface of the parcel. The parcel will serve as a revenue producing lot with the proposed change from aeronautical to non-aeronautical. The request submitted by the Sponsor meets the procedural requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the change to non-aeronautical status of the property does not and will not impact future aviation needs at the airport. The FAA may approve the request, in whole or in part, no sooner than thirty days after the publication of this Notice. The following is a brief overview of the request: The Rolla National Airport (VIH) is proposing the release of one parcel, of 10 acres, more or less from aeronautical to non-aeronautical. The release of land is necessary to comply with Federal Aviation Administration Grant Assurances that do not allow federally acquired airport property to be used for non-aviation purposes. The rental of the subject property will result in the land at the Rolla National Airport (VIH) being changed from aeronautical to nonaeronautical use and release the E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 48 (Tuesday, March 12, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15803-15804]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05656]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Request for Petitions To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify 
the Rules of Origin Under the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion 
Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of opportunity to file petitions requesting accelerated 
tariff elimination and changes to the non-textile and non-apparel 
products rules of origin under the United States-Colombia Trade 
Promotion Agreement (``the Agreement'' or ``USCTPA'').

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SUMMARY: This notice solicits proposals seeking accelerated tariff 
elimination under the USCTPA as well as proposals on appropriate 
changes that USTR should consider for modifying the USCTPA's rules of 
origin under Article 4.14 of the Agreement. This notice also describes 
the procedures for filing proposals.

DATES: Public comments are due at USTR by close of business, May 13, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Submissions via on-line: https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bennett Harman, Deputy Assistant USTR 
for Latin America, at (202) 395-9446.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 2.3.4 of the USCTPA provides that 
the United States and Colombia may agree to accelerate the elimination 
of customs duties set out in their respective tariff schedules. Section 
201(b) of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement 
Implementation Act (``the TPA 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 USCTPA requires each government to provide preferential tariff 
treatment to goods that meet the Agreement's rules of origin. In the 
United States, those rules are implemented through the TPA Act. Under 
the Act, goods imported into the United States qualify for preferential 
treatment if they meet the requirements of the general USCTPA rules of 
origin set out in section 203 of the Act, and the USCTPA product-
specific rules set out in the HTS. The Agreement allows the Parties to 
amend the Agreement's rules of origin. Section 203(o)(3) of the USCTPA 
Act authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the USCTPA's 
product-specific origin rules, subject to the consultation and layover 
provisions of section 104 of the Act.
    Additional Information: The United States and Colombia have not yet 
decided 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, what the scope or extent of such changes should be. The 
United States and Colombia 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 Colombia and the United States; (2) the 
feasibility of devising, implementing, and monitoring new rules of 
origin; and (3) the level and breadth of interest that manufacturers, 
processors, traders, and consumers in the United States and Colombia 
express for making particular changes. The United States and Colombia 
expect to make only those changes that are broadly supported by 
stakeholders in both countries.
    Requirements for Comments/Proposals: Submitters should indicate 
whether they have discussed their proposals with representatives of the 
relevant sector in Colombia and, if such discussions have taken place, 
the result of those discussions. Submissions should indicate whether 
representatives of the relevant sector in Colombia do not support the 
proposal. USTR encourages interested parties to consider submitting 
proposals jointly with interested parties in Colombia.
    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. Proposals should cover entire 8-digit tariff 
subheadings, and may also be submitted at the 6, 4, or 2 digit level 
where the intent is to cover all subsidiary tariff lines.
    Requirements for Submissions: Persons submitting written comments 
must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the 
submission) ``Colombia TPA Tariff Acceleration,'' ``Colombia TPA Rules 
of Origin Liberalization,'' or both. In order to be assured of 
consideration, comments should be submitted by noon, May 13, 2013.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions, using the https://www.regulations.gov Web site.

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Comments should be submitted under the following docket: USTR-2013-
0017. To find the docket, enter the docket number in the ``Enter 
Keyword or ID'' window at the https://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 and click on the link entitled ``Comment Now!'' (For further 
information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult 
the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ``Help'' 
tab.)
    The https://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'' and attach a file in the ``Upload 
File(s)'' 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.
    A person seeking to request that information contained in a 
submission from that person be treated as business confidential 
information must certify that such information is business confidential 
and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. 
For any comments submitted electronically containing business 
confidential information, the file name of business confidential 
version should begin with the characters ``BC''. Confidential business 
information must be clearly designated as such. The submission must be 
marked ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' at the top and bottom of the cover 
page and each succeeding page, and the submission should indicate, via 
brackets, the specific information that is confidential. Additionally, 
``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' must be included in the ``Type Comment'' 
field. Filers of submissions containing business confidential 
information must also submit a public version of their comments 
indicating where confidential information has been redacted. The non-
confidential summary will be placed in the docket and open to public 
inspection. 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 
www.regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements 
must be made with Bennett Harman in advance of transmitting a comment. 
Mr. Harman should be contacted at (202) 395-9446. General information 
concerning USTR is available at https://www.ustr.gov.
    Inspection of Submissions: Submissions in response to this notice, 
except for information granted ``business confidential'' status, will 
be available for public viewing at https://www.regulations.gov. Such 
submissions may be viewed by entering the docket number USTR-2013-0017 
in the search field at: https://www.regulations.gov.

Douglas Bell,
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics.
[FR Doc. 2013-05656 Filed 3-11-13; 8:45 am]
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