Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Deadline Extension and Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations, 70091 [2013-27986]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 226 / Friday, November 22, 2013 / Notices stakeholders to address food and nutrition security, including the production of and physical and economic access to food. In October 2012, the CFS began a multi-stakeholder process to develop voluntary, nonbinding international principles for responsible investment in agriculture along the entire value chain. The United States is a member of the CFS and involved in the negotiation of the principles. The draft principles document prepared by the CFS Secretariat is available on the CFS Web site (http:// www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/ resaginv/en/). We invite comments from the public. Please send them to the email address noted in the ADDRESSES section above. Dated: November 18, 2013. Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative, Office of Global Food Security, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2013–28097 Filed 11–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–10–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Deadline Extension and Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice is to inform the public of (1) an extension to December 20, 2013 of the deadline for submission of petitions to waive competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and (2) the availability of import statistics for the first eight months of 2013 relating to CNLs. Although USTR will receive CNL waiver petitions through December 20, 2013, no action will be taken regarding submitted petitions while the GSP program is without authorization. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Keysha Martinez (202–395– 9618 or kmartinez@ustr.eop.gov), Director for GSP, Office of the United States Trade Representative. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Competitive Need Limitations The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary developing countries (BDCs). The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Nov 21, 2013 Jkt 232001 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ‘‘1974 Act’’), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and proclamations. Section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act sets out the two CNLs. When the President determines that a BDC has exported to the United States during a calendar year either (1) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value in excess of the applicable amount for that year ($160 million for 2013), or (2) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a value equal to or greater than 50 percent of the value of total U.S. imports of the article from all countries (the ‘‘50 percent CNL’’), the President must terminate duty-free treatment under the GSP program for that article from that BDC by no later than July 1 of the next calendar year, unless he waives the CNL. Any CNL-related product exclusions resulting from the 2013 GSP Annual Review will be based on full 2013 calendar-year import statistics. Under section 503(c)(2)(F) of the 1974 Act, the President may waive the 50 percent CNL with respect to an eligible article imported from a BDC, if the value of total imports of that article from all countries during the calendar year did not exceed the applicable de minimis amount for that year ($21.5 million for 2013). II. Extension of Deadline for Petitions To Waive CNLs A notice published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2013 (78 FR 45596) announced the launch of the 2013 GSP Annual Review, including, inter alia, a November 22, 2013, deadline for receipt of petitions from the public to waive the application of CNLs for specific products from certain countries. That deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on December 20, 2013. Please see the referenced July 29, 2013 Federal Register notice for more information on the procedures for submitting a petition for a CNL waiver. III. Effect of Lapse in GSP Authorization on the GSP Annual Review Authorization of the GSP program expired July 31, 2013. USTR will receive petitions for CNL waivers, submitted as part of the 2013 GSP Annual Review, even though the GSP program is without authorization, so that the President can be in a position to take action if Congress acts to reauthorize the GSP program. However, as long as the program remains without authorization, no action will be taken regarding any petitions submitted as PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 70091 part of the 2013 GSP Annual Review, including CNL waiver petitions. IV. Interim 2013 Import Statistics Interim import statistics for the first eight months of 2013 relating to CNLs can be viewed on the USTR Web site at: http://www.ustr.gov/trade-topics/tradedevelopment/preference-programs/ generalized-system-preferences-gsp/ current-revie-0. The interim 2013 import statistics are organized to show, for each article, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading and BDC of origin, the value of imports of the article from the specified country for the first eight months of 2013, and the corresponding share of total imports of that article from all countries. The list includes the GSPeligible articles from BDCs that, based on interim eight-month 2013 data, exceed $105 million dollars, or an amount greater than 42 percent of the total value of U.S. imports of that product and therefore may be on track to exceed the applicable thresholds. The list published on the USTR Web site includes the relevant eight-month trade statistics for each of these products and is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only. The list is based on interim 2013 trade data, and may not include all articles that may be affected by a CNL. Regardless of whether or not an article is included on the list referenced in this notice, all determinations and decisions regarding application of the CNLs will be based on full calendar-year 2013 import data for each GSP-eligible article. Each interested party is advised to conduct its own review of 2013 import data with regard to the possible application of CNLs. Full calendar-year 2013 data for individual tariff subheadings are expected to be available in February 2014 on the http://dataweb.usitc.gov/ Web site of the U.S. International Trade Commission. William D. Jackson, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for GSP, Chairman, GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 2013–27986 Filed 11–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F4–P E:\FR\FM\22NON1.SGM 22NON1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Deadline Extension and 
Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice is to inform the public of (1) an extension to 
December 20, 2013 of the deadline for submission of petitions to waive 
competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of 
Preferences (GSP) program, and (2) the availability of import 
statistics for the first eight months of 2013 relating to CNLs. 
Although USTR will receive CNL waiver petitions through December 20, 
2013, no action will be taken regarding submitted petitions while the 
GSP program is without authorization.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Keysha Martinez (202-395-9618 
or kmartinez@ustr.eop.gov), Director for GSP, Office of the United 
States Trade Representative.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Competitive Need Limitations

    The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of 
designated articles when imported from designated beneficiary 
developing countries (BDCs). The GSP program is authorized by Title V 
of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the 
``1974 Act''), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 
11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders 
and proclamations.
    Section 503(c)(2)(A) of the 1974 Act sets out the two CNLs. When 
the President determines that a BDC has exported to the United States 
during a calendar year either (1) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article 
having a value in excess of the applicable amount for that year ($160 
million for 2013), or (2) a quantity of a GSP-eligible article having a 
value equal to or greater than 50 percent of the value of total U.S. 
imports of the article from all countries (the ``50 percent CNL''), the 
President must terminate duty-free treatment under the GSP program for 
that article from that BDC by no later than July 1 of the next calendar 
year, unless he waives the CNL. Any CNL-related product exclusions 
resulting from the 2013 GSP Annual Review will be based on full 2013 
calendar-year import statistics.
    Under section 503(c)(2)(F) of the 1974 Act, the President may waive 
the 50 percent CNL with respect to an eligible article imported from a 
BDC, if the value of total imports of that article from all countries 
during the calendar year did not exceed the applicable de minimis 
amount for that year ($21.5 million for 2013).

II. Extension of Deadline for Petitions To Waive CNLs

    A notice published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2013 (78 FR 
45596) announced the launch of the 2013 GSP Annual Review, including, 
inter alia, a November 22, 2013, deadline for receipt of petitions from 
the public to waive the application of CNLs for specific products from 
certain countries. That deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on 
December 20, 2013. Please see the referenced July 29, 2013 Federal 
Register notice for more information on the procedures for submitting a 
petition for a CNL waiver.

III. Effect of Lapse in GSP Authorization on the GSP Annual Review

    Authorization of the GSP program expired July 31, 2013. USTR will 
receive petitions for CNL waivers, submitted as part of the 2013 GSP 
Annual Review, even though the GSP program is without authorization, so 
that the President can be in a position to take action if Congress acts 
to reauthorize the GSP program. However, as long as the program remains 
without authorization, no action will be taken regarding any petitions 
submitted as part of the 2013 GSP Annual Review, including CNL waiver 
petitions.

IV. Interim 2013 Import Statistics

    Interim import statistics for the first eight months of 2013 
relating to CNLs can be viewed on the USTR Web site at: http://www.ustr.gov/trade-topics/trade-development/preference-programs/generalized-system-preferences-gsp/current-revie-0. The interim 2013 
import statistics are organized to show, for each article, the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading and 
BDC of origin, the value of imports of the article from the specified 
country for the first eight months of 2013, and the corresponding share 
of total imports of that article from all countries. The list includes 
the GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that, based on interim eight-month 
2013 data, exceed $105 million dollars, or an amount greater than 42 
percent of the total value of U.S. imports of that product and 
therefore may be on track to exceed the applicable thresholds.
    The list published on the USTR Web site includes the relevant 
eight-month trade statistics for each of these products and is provided 
as a courtesy for informational purposes only. The list is based on 
interim 2013 trade data, and may not include all articles that may be 
affected by a CNL. Regardless of whether or not an article is included 
on the list referenced in this notice, all determinations and decisions 
regarding application of the CNLs will be based on full calendar-year 
2013 import data for each GSP-eligible article. Each interested party 
is advised to conduct its own review of 2013 import data with regard to 
the possible application of CNLs.
    Full calendar-year 2013 data for individual tariff subheadings are 
expected to be available in February 2014 on the http://dataweb.usitc.gov/ Web site of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

William D. Jackson,
Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for GSP, Chairman, GSP 
Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee.
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