Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Various Elliptical Exercise Machines and Option Package Kits, 63416-63419 [2014-25237]

Download as PDF 63416 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 205 / Thursday, October 23, 2014 / Notices which counselors are aware of and being guided by the Lifeline’s imminent risk guidelines; counselors’ definitions of imminent risk; the rates of active rescue of imminent risk callers; types of rescue (voluntary or involuntary); barriers to intervention; circumstances in which active rescue is initiated, including the caller’s agreement to receive the intervention, profile of imminent risk callers; and the types of interventions counselors used with them. Clearance is being requested for one activity to assess the knowledge, actions, and practices of counselors to aid callers who are determined to be at imminent risk for suicide and who may require active rescue. This evaluation will allow researchers to examine and understand the actions taken by counselors to aid imminent risk callers, the need for active rescue, the types of interventions used, and, ultimately, improve the delivery of crisis hotline services to imminent risk callers. A total of eight new centers will participate in this evaluation. Thus, SAMHSA is requesting OMB review and approval of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—Imminent Risk Form-Revised. Crisis counselors at eight new participating centers will record information discussed with imminent risk callers on the Imminent Risk FormRevised, which does not require direct data collection from callers. As with previously approved evaluations, callers will maintain anonymity. Counselors will be asked to complete the form for 100% of imminent risk callers to the eight centers participating in the evaluation. This form requests information in 15 content areas, each with multiple sub-items and response options. Response options include open-ended, yes/no, Likert-type ratings, and multiple choice/check all that apply. The form also requests demographic information on the caller, the identification of the center and counselor submitting the form, and the date of the call. Specifically, the form is divided into the following sections: (1) Counselor information, (2) center information, (3) call characteristics (e.g., line called, language spoken, participation of third party), (4) suicidal desire, (5) suicidal intent, (6) suicidal capability, (7) buffers to suicide, (8) interventions agreed to by caller or implemented by counselor without caller’s consent, (9) whether imminent risk was reduced enough such that active rescue was not needed, (10) interventions for third party callers calling about a person at imminent risk, (11) whether supervisory consultation occurred during or after the call, (12) barriers to getting needed help to the person at imminent risk, (13) steps taken to confirm whether emergency contact was made with person at risk, (14) outcome of attempts to rescue person at risk, and (15) outcome of attempts to follow-up on the case. The revised form reduces and streamlines responses options for intervention questions. It also adds information about the center, the call (e.g., language and military service), interventions (e.g., supervisor contact, rescue initiation), and follow-up/outcome. The form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be completed by the counselor during or after the call. It is expected that a total of 750 forms will be completed by 132 counselors over the three-year data collection period. The estimated response burden to collect this information is annualized over the requested three-year clearance period and is presented below: TOTAL AND ANNUALIZED BURDEN: RESPONDENTS, RESPONSES AND HOURS Instrument Number of respondents Responses/ respondent Total responses Hours per response Total hour burden National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—Imminent Risk FormRevised ............................................................................. 132 1.9 250 .26 65 Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, Room 2–1057, One Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 or email her a copy at summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov. Written comments should be received by December 22, 2014. Summer King, Statistician. [FR Doc. 2014–25214 Filed 10–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162–20–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES U.S. Customs and Border Protection This document provides notice that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of various elliptical exercise machines manufactured and distributed by Octane Fitness, and their option package kits that add from three products to the elliptical exercise machines. Based upon the facts presented, CBP has concluded that Taiwan is the country of origin of the elliptical exercise machines and two of the option package kits, and China for one option package kit, for purposes of U.S. Government procurement. SUMMARY: Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Various Elliptical Exercise Machines and Option Package Kits U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of final determination. The final determination was issued on October 16, 2014. A copy of the final determination is attached. Any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of this final determination within November 24, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Oct 22, 2014 Jkt 235001 DATES: Antonio J. Rivera, Valuation and Special Programs Branch, Regulations and PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Rulings, Office of International Trade, (202) 325–0226. Notice is hereby given that on October 16, 2014 pursuant to subpart B of Part 177, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations (19 CFR part 177, subpart B), CBP has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of various elliptical exercise machines, and their option package kits, manufactured and distributed by Octane Fitness, which may be offered to the U.S. Government under an undesignated government procurement contract. This final determination, HQ H248696, was issued under procedures set forth at 19 CFR Part 177, subpart B, which implements Title III of the Trade Agreement Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511–18). In the final determination, CBP concluded that, based upon the facts presented, the assembly operations for the elliptical exercise machines performed in Taiwan, using a majority of Taiwanese components, substantially transformed SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 205 / Thursday, October 23, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES the components into the various elliptical exercise machines. Therefore, the country of origin of the elliptical exercise machines is Taiwan for purposes of U.S. Government procurement. Furthermore, CBP concluded that the three option package kits for the elliptical exercise machines retained their respective countries of origin because the three kits were already in their final form before being packaged into the option kit. Therefore, for U.S. Government procurement purposes, the country of origin is Taiwan for two option package kits, and China for the other option package kit. Section 177.29, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.29), provides that a notice of final determination shall be published in the Federal Register within 60 days of the date the final determination is issued. Section 177.30, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.30), provides that any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of a final determination within 30 days of publication of such determination in the Federal Register. Dated: October 16, 2014. Glen E. Vereb, Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade. HQ H248696 October 16, 2014 OT:RR:CTF:VS H248696 AJR CATEGORY: Country of Origin Mr. Peter Joseph Hammond Director of Operations Octane Fitness 7601 Northland Drive North Suite 100 Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 RE: U.S. Government Procurement; Title III, Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (19 U.S.C. § 2511); Subpart B, Part 177, CBP Regulations; Country of Origin; 23 Variations of Elliptical Exercise Machines and Option Package Kits Dear Mr. Hammond: This is in response to your letter dated September 30, 2013, forwarded to us from the National Commodity Specialist Division in New York, requesting a final determination on behalf of Octane Fitness (‘‘Octane’’) pursuant to subpart B of part 177, Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) Regulations (19 C.F.R. § 177.21 et seq.). Under the pertinent regulations, which implement Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purpose of granting waivers of certain ‘‘Buy American’’ restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government. This final determination concerns the country of origin of 23 variations of elliptical VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Oct 22, 2014 Jkt 235001 exercise machines (‘‘Elliptical(s)’’) and option package kits. We note that Octane is a party-at-interest within the meaning of 19 C.F.R. § 177.22(d)(1) and is entitled to request this final determination. FACTS: You describe the pertinent facts as follows. The items at issue consist of 23 Ellipticals produced in Taiwan by Octane. Three option package kits (‘‘Option(s)’’) can be added onto certain Ellipticals. You advise that each of the Ellipticals, without the Options, consist of two main assemblies: a base assembly and a console assembly. A significant majority of the components comprising the base and the console are stated to originate from Taiwan. The submitted bill of materials, stated to reflect an accurate proportion of materials used to produce the Ellipticals, lists 461 component items for the base assembly and 33 component items for the console assembly. This bill of materials shows that the base is comprised of 450 Taiwanese components, 10 Chinese components, and 1 U.S. component, while the console is comprised of 31 Taiwanese components and 2 Chinese components. You state that the base and the console are produced in Taiwanese factories through an extensive assembly process. Once the assembly process is complete, the bases and consoles are brought together and tested in Taiwan, then packaged separately in Taiwan to facilitate shipment, before being imported from Taiwan to Octane’s U.S. warehouses. Along with the submitted bill of materials reflecting the country of origin of the components, you submitted a list describing the Ellipticals and photos illustrating the step-by-step assembly process in Taiwan. A. The 23 Variations of Ellipticals The Ellipticals are presented in charts titled ‘‘GSA Elliptical Cross Trainer Model (and Description).’’ The Ellipticals are further ‘‘grouped into like categories’’: ten ‘‘Standing’’ Ellipticals, nine ‘‘Seated’’ Ellipticals, and four ‘‘Lateral’’ Ellipticals. The ten Standing Ellipticals include two commercial grade Ellipticals (PRO310 and PRO370) and eight heavy commercial grade Ellipticals (PRO3700 and PRO4700). The PRO3700 and the PRO4700 come in four different models: (1) the Touch Integrated 15″ LCD TV embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the Attached Flat Screen TV package; (2) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and (4) the basic package, which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, or keypad. The nine Seated Ellipticals, known under their trade name ‘‘xRide,’’ include eight heavy commercial grade Ellipticals (xR5000 and xR6000) and one commercial grade Elliptical (xR650), which has total body seating and moving arms. The xR5000 has only lower body seating, while the xR6000 has total body seating and moving arms. The xR5000 and the xR6000 come in four different models: (1) the Touch Integrated 15″ LCD TV embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the Attached Flat Screen TV package; (3) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and (4) the basic package, which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, or keypad. The four Lateral Ellipticals, known under their trade name ‘‘LateralX,’’ are all heavy PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63417 commercial grade Ellipticals under the LX8000 series, which is a total body Elliptical that is laterally adjustable. The LX8000 comes in four different models: (1) the Touch Integrated 15″ LCD TV embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the Attached Flat Screen TV package; (3) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and (4) the basic package, which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, or keypad. These Ellipticals are described to have a similar base and console assembly process, which takes about eight weeks to manufacture in factories located in Taiwan with over 100 workers assembling the mostly Taiwanese components, one-by-one, until the product is completed. B. The Base Assembly Process The base assembly process takes place in Taiwan and is described as follows: 1. Obtaining over 80 feet of steel tubes and sheet metal; 2. Cutting the steel tubes with an automated sawing machine into about 20 pieces; 3. Cutting holes in some of the steel tubes using automated equipment in machining workshop; 4. Bending some of the steel tubes into precise shapes using automated tube bending machines; 5. Attaching the separate steel and metal pieces into subassemblies in a welding workshop using automated welding machines; 6. Powder coating process to clean, heat, paint, and dry the parts; 7. Cleaning and heating through a variety of chemical baths and preparing the parts for painting; 8. Painting and drying; and 9. Assembling the final base product. C. The Console Assembly Process The console assembly process takes place in Taiwan. The Taiwanese components consist of a circuitboard assembly, plastic components, cable assemblies, and a keypad. The Chinese components consist of a power supply and power cord. The process is described as follows: 1. Wave soldering electronic components to a circuit board using surface mount technology; 2. Molding the plastic components by injecting Taiwanese material into a mold machine; 3. Assembling Taiwanese wires and connectors for the cable assemblies; and 4. Assembling the keypad. Once complete, the consoles provide the Ellipticals with automated control by adjusting the motion of the hand and foot pedals; fluctuating resistance to the pedals to vary workouts; and tracking the time exercised, calories burned, and heart rate of the Elliptical’s user. Lastly, the final assembly brings together the base assembly and console assembly. The bases and consoles are then packaged separately and imported from Taiwan to Octane’s U.S. warehouses. D. The Assembly Process for the Options You advise that three Options are available: stationary side steps; a ‘‘Cross E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 63418 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 205 / Thursday, October 23, 2014 / Notices Circuit Pro kit,’’ consisting of adjustable dumbbells and stationary side steps; and an upper body lockout kit. Minor variations of the Options are available depending on the model of Elliptical machine they serve. The stationary side steps Option is available for the PRO3700 and PRO4700 Ellipticals. It allows users to step onto platforms on each side of the machine. The stationary side steps undergo an assembly process similar to the base assembly process, where a Taiwanese factory takes steel and sheet metal through automated machines and conveyer systems to cut, bend, weld, clean, heat, paint, and then dry the final stationary side steps product. Under this Option, the stationary side steps product is shipped by itself from Taiwan to Octane’s U.S. warehouses. The Cross Circuit Pro kit Option provides the stationary side steps and the adjustable dumbbells in a package for the PRO3700, PRO4700, and LX8000 Ellipticals. Unlike the stationary side steps assembly process, the adjustable dumbbells are first made in China before being brought to Taiwan. In Taiwan, the adjustable dumbbells are packaged together with the stationary side steps as the Cross Circuit Pro kit. This kit is imported as one unit from Taiwan to Octane’s U.S. warehouses. The upper body lockout kit Option is available for the PRO370, PRO3700, and PRO4700 Ellipticals. It allows users to isolate lower body exercises by preventing upper body movements. The upper body lockout kit undergoes a similar assembly to the base and the stationary side steps assemblies. Here, a Taiwanese steel tube is processed through a Taiwanese supplier that also uses automated machines and conveyer systems to cut, bend, weld, clean, heat, paint, and then dry the final upper body lockout kit. This kit is imported from Taiwan as a unit to Octane’s U.S. warehouses. ISSUE: What is the country of origin of the Ellipticals and the Options for the purpose of U.S. Government procurement? LAW AND ANALYSIS: Pursuant to subpart B of part 177, 19 C.F.R. § 177.21 et seq., which implements Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. § 2511 et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain ‘‘Buy American’’ restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government. Under the rule of origin set forth under 19 U.S.C. § 2518(4)(B): An article is a product of a country or instrumentality only if (i) it is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of that country or instrumentality, or (ii) in the case of an article which consists in whole or in part of materials from another country or instrumentality, it has been substantially transformed into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was so transformed. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Oct 22, 2014 Jkt 235001 See also, 19 C.F.R. § 177.22(a). In rendering advisory rulings and final determinations for purposes of U.S. Government procurement, CBP applies the provisions of subpart B of part 177 consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulations. See 19 C.F.R. § 177.21. In this regard, CBP recognizes that the Federal Acquisition Regulations restrict the U.S. Government’s purchase of products to U.S.-made or designated country end products for acquisitions subject to the TAA. See 48 C.F.R. § 25.403(c)(1). The Federal Acquisition Regulations defines ‘‘designated country end product’’ through the following relevant defintions: Designated country end product means a WTO GPA country end product, an FTA country end product, a least develop country end product, or a Caribbean Basin country end product. World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) country means any of the following countries: Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, or United Kingdom. WTO GPA country end product means an article that— (1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a WTO GPA country; or (2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a WTO GPA country into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of calculating the value of the end product includes services (except transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the article itself. 48 C.F.R. § 25.003. In determining whether the combining of parts or materials constitutes a substantial transformation, the determinative issue is the extent of operations performed and whether the parts lose their identity and become an integral part of the new article. Belcrest Linens v. United States, 573 F. Supp. 1149 (Ct. Int’l Trade 1983), aff’d, 741 F.2d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 1984). Assembly operations that are minimal or simple, as opposed to complex or meaningful, will generally not result in a substantial transformation. Factors which may be relevant in this evaluation may include the nature of the operation (including the number of components assembled), the number of different operations involved, and whether a significant period of time, skill, detail, and quality control are necessary for the assembly operation. See C.S.D. 80–111, C.S.D. 85–25, C.S.D. 89–110, C.S.D. 89–118, C.S.D. 90–51, and C.S.D. 90–97. If the manufacturing or PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 combining process is a minor one which leaves the identity of the article intact, a substantial transformation has not occurred. Uniroyal, Inc. v. United States, 3 CIT 220, 542 F. Supp. 1026 (1982), aff’d 702 F. 2d 1022 (Fed. Cir. 1983). In a number of rulings (e.g. Headquarters Ruling Letter (‘‘HQ’’) 732498, dated October 3, 1989, and HQ 732897, dated June 6, 1990), CBP stated, ‘‘merely packaging parts of a kit together does not constitute a substantial transformation.’’ In order to determine whether a substantial transformation occurs when components of various origins are assembled into completed products, CBP considers the totality of the circumstances and makes such determinations on a case-by-case basis. The country of origin of the item’s components, extent of the processing that occurs within a country, and whether such processing renders a product with a new name, character, and use are primary considerations in such cases. Additionally, factors such as the resources expended on product design and development, extent and nature of postassembly inspection and testing procedures, and the degree of skill required during the actual manufacturing process may be relevant when determining whether a substantial transformation has occurred. No one factor is determinative. In HQ 735608, dated April 27, 1995 and HQ 559089, dated August 24, 1995, CBP has stated: ‘‘in our experience these inquiries are highly fact and product specific; generalizations are troublesome and potentially misleading.’’ In HQ 735368, dated June 30, 1994, CBP held that the country of origin of a bicycle assembled in Taiwan with components made in several countries was Taiwan. CBP stated that because the bicycle was assembled in Taiwan and one of the bicycle’s most significant components, the frame, was made in Taiwan, the country of origin of the bicycle was Taiwan. Although the other components came from several different countries, when they were assembled together in Taiwan, they each lost their separate identity and became an integral part of a new article of commerce, a bicycle. In the instant case, the assembly of the Ellipticals is comprised of two major assemblies, the base assembly and the console assembly. The base and console for each of the Ellipticals are produced through separate, extensive assembly processes that occur entirely in Taiwan. With regard to the generalized base assembly, approximately 461 components, from which 450 originate from Taiwan, are transformed into the final base product by cutting, bending, welding, painting, and further assembling these components into bases for the Ellipticals. With regard to the generalized console assembly, approximately 33 components, from which 31 originate from Taiwan, are transformed into the final console product by wave soldering, molding, and further assembling these components into consoles for the Ellipticals. Though the base and console are shipped separately to Octane’s U.S. warehouses, the base and console are first brought together in Taiwan for a complete machine test that ensures the machine is working properly. We find that E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 205 / Thursday, October 23, 2014 / Notices under the described assembly process, the components from China and the U.S. lose their individual identities and become an integral part of the articles, the Ellipticals, possessing a new name, character and use. The assembly process that occurs in Taiwan is complex and meaningful, requiring the assembly of various components into a base and a console, which are then further assembled into the final Elliptical product for testing before shipment from Taiwan. Additionally, aside from the significant number of components that originate from Taiwan, the Elliptical’s most significant components, the base and the console, were made from start to finish in Taiwan, which was an important consideration in HQ 735368. Moreover, the base and the console are combined for testing as the full Elliptical product in Taiwan. Thus, even though the base and the console are shipped separately from Taiwan to the U.S., the identity of the product as an Elliptical is already intact in Taiwan during testing, and before shipment to the U.S. where any later combination in the U.S. should be seen as a minimal assembly process that does not result in a substantial transformation. Similarly, the assembly of two of the Options, the stationary side steps and the upper body lockout kit, are entirely produced in Taiwan from starting components to finished products. Conversely, the adjustable dumbbells are made into their final form in China before reaching Taiwan. We find that under the described assembly processes, the side stationary steps and the upper body lockout kit are products originating from Taiwan because their components, Taiwanese metals, and manufacturing processes wholly originate and take place in Taiwan. However, we find that the adjustable dumbbells originate from China since packaging the adjustable dumbbells with the stationary side steps in the Cross Circuit Pro kit in Taiwan does not substantially transform the adjustable dumbbells into a new article of commerce having a new name, character or use. As noted in HQ 732498 and HQ 732897, the repackaging of the adjustable dumbbells and the stationary side steps is not a substantial transformation because the separate items are already in their finished forms, not modified or affixed to each other, or combined in a permanent matter. Accordingly, the individual products which make up these Options retain their individual countries of origin, such that the adjustable dumbbells in the Cross Circuit Pro kit are not considered products of Taiwan, but rather products of China. Therefore, based upon the information before us, we find that the country of origin of the Ellipticals, the stationary side steps, and the upper body lockout kit is Taiwan for U.S. Government procurement purposes. However, the packaging of the Cross Circuit Pro kit is not sufficient to change the country of origin for the adjustable dumbbells from China to Taiwan, and the adjustable dumbbells remain a product of China. HOLDING: The components that are used to manufacture the Ellipticals are substantially transformed as a result of the assembly operations performed in the Taiwan. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:52 Oct 22, 2014 Jkt 235001 Therefore, the country of origin of the Ellipticals for U.S. Government procurement purposes is Taiwan. The Options for the Ellipticals retain their respective country of Origin because repackaging these products into Option kits for the Ellipticals does not substantially transform these products from their already final product form. Therefore, the countries of origin for U.S. Government procurement purposes of the stationary side steps, adjustable dumbbells, and upper body lockout kits are Taiwan, China, and Taiwan, respectively. Notice of this final determination will be given in the Federal Register, as required by 19 C.F.R. § 177.29. Any party-at-interest other than the party which requested this final determination may request, pursuant to 19 C.F.R. § 177.31, that CBP reexamine the matter anew and issue a new final determination. Pursuant to 19 C.F.R. § 177.30, any party-at-interest may, within 30 days after publication of the Federal Register notice referenced above, seek judicial review of this final determination before the Court of International Trade. Sincerely, Glen E. Vereb, Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade. [FR Doc. 2014–25237 Filed 10–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5824–FA–01] Announcement of Funding Awards for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD–VASH) Program for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012 and 2013 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Announcement of Funding Awards. AGENCY: In accordance with Section 102(a)(4)(C) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989, this announcement notifies the public of funding decisions made by the Department for the FY 2012 and 2013 HUD–VASH program. This announcement contains the consolidated names and addresses of those award recipients selected for funding under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (‘‘2012 Appropriations Act’’) and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (‘‘2013 Appropriations Act’’). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael S. Dennis, Director, Housing Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4228, Washington, DC SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63419 20410, telephone number 202–402– 4059. For the hearing or speech impaired, this number may be accessed via TTY (text telephone) by calling the Federal Relay Service at telephone number 800–877–8339. (Other than the ‘‘800’’ TTY number, these telephone numbers are not toll-free.) The 2012 and 2013 Appropriations Acts made $75 million available each year for HUD– VASH, an initiative that combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community. The HCV program is authorized under section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937. The 2012 and 2013 Appropriations Acts require HUD to distribute assistance without competition, to public housing agencies (PHAs) that partner with eligible Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) or other entities as designated by the VA. As required by statute, selection was based on geographical need for such assistance, PHA performance, and other factors as specified by HUD in consultation with the VA. Geographic need was identified by using HUD’s point-in-time data submitted by Continuums of Care (CoCs), as well as VAMC data on the number of contacts with homeless Veterans. After determining which areas of the country had the highest number of homeless Veterans, the VA Central Office identified VA facilities in the corresponding communities and HUD then invited PHAs near the identified VA facilities to apply for the vouchers, taking into consideration the PHAs’ administrative performance. On May 6, 2008 (73 FR 25026), HUD published in the Federal Register a notice that set forth the policies and procedures for the administration of tenant-based Section 8 HCV rental assistance under the HUD–VASH program administered by local PHAs that have partnered with local VA medical centers. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Various 
Elliptical Exercise Machines and Option Package Kits

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notice of final determination.

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SUMMARY: This document provides notice that U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (``CBP'') has issued a final determination concerning the 
country of origin of various elliptical exercise machines manufactured 
and distributed by Octane Fitness, and their option package kits that 
add from three products to the elliptical exercise machines. Based upon 
the facts presented, CBP has concluded that Taiwan is the country of 
origin of the elliptical exercise machines and two of the option 
package kits, and China for one option package kit, for purposes of 
U.S. Government procurement.

DATES: The final determination was issued on October 16, 2014. A copy 
of the final determination is attached. Any party-at-interest, as 
defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of this final 
determination within November 24, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio J. Rivera, Valuation and 
Special Programs Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of 
International Trade, (202) 325-0226.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that on October 16, 
2014 pursuant to subpart B of Part 177, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection Regulations (19 CFR part 177, subpart B), CBP has issued a 
final determination concerning the country of origin of various 
elliptical exercise machines, and their option package kits, 
manufactured and distributed by Octane Fitness, which may be offered to 
the U.S. Government under an undesignated government procurement 
contract. This final determination, HQ H248696, was issued under 
procedures set forth at 19 CFR Part 177, subpart B, which implements 
Title III of the Trade Agreement Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 
2511-18). In the final determination, CBP concluded that, based upon 
the facts presented, the assembly operations for the elliptical 
exercise machines performed in Taiwan, using a majority of Taiwanese 
components, substantially transformed

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the components into the various elliptical exercise machines. 
Therefore, the country of origin of the elliptical exercise machines is 
Taiwan for purposes of U.S. Government procurement. Furthermore, CBP 
concluded that the three option package kits for the elliptical 
exercise machines retained their respective countries of origin because 
the three kits were already in their final form before being packaged 
into the option kit. Therefore, for U.S. Government procurement 
purposes, the country of origin is Taiwan for two option package kits, 
and China for the other option package kit.
    Section 177.29, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.29), provides that a 
notice of final determination shall be published in the Federal 
Register within 60 days of the date the final determination is issued. 
Section 177.30, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.30), provides that any 
party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial 
review of a final determination within 30 days of publication of such 
determination in the Federal Register.

    Dated: October 16, 2014.
Glen E. Vereb,
Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of 
International Trade.

HQ H248696

October 16, 2014

OT:RR:CTF:VS H248696 AJR

CATEGORY: Country of Origin

Mr. Peter Joseph Hammond
Director of Operations
Octane Fitness
7601 Northland Drive
North Suite 100
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

RE: U.S. Government Procurement; Title III, Trade Agreements Act of 
1979 (19 U.S.C. Sec.  2511); Subpart B, Part 177, CBP Regulations; 
Country of Origin; 23 Variations of Elliptical Exercise Machines and 
Option Package Kits

Dear Mr. Hammond:

    This is in response to your letter dated September 30, 2013, 
forwarded to us from the National Commodity Specialist Division in 
New York, requesting a final determination on behalf of Octane 
Fitness (``Octane'') pursuant to subpart B of part 177, Customs and 
Border Protection (``CBP'') Regulations (19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.21 et 
seq.). Under the pertinent regulations, which implement Title III of 
the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. Sec.  2511 
et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final 
determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of 
a designated country or instrumentality for the purpose of granting 
waivers of certain ``Buy American'' restrictions in U.S. law or 
practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government.
    This final determination concerns the country of origin of 23 
variations of elliptical exercise machines (``Elliptical(s)'') and 
option package kits. We note that Octane is a party-at-interest 
within the meaning of 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.22(d)(1) and is entitled 
to request this final determination.

FACTS:

    You describe the pertinent facts as follows. The items at issue 
consist of 23 Ellipticals produced in Taiwan by Octane. Three option 
package kits (``Option(s)'') can be added onto certain Ellipticals. 
You advise that each of the Ellipticals, without the Options, 
consist of two main assemblies: a base assembly and a console 
assembly. A significant majority of the components comprising the 
base and the console are stated to originate from Taiwan. The 
submitted bill of materials, stated to reflect an accurate 
proportion of materials used to produce the Ellipticals, lists 461 
component items for the base assembly and 33 component items for the 
console assembly. This bill of materials shows that the base is 
comprised of 450 Taiwanese components, 10 Chinese components, and 1 
U.S. component, while the console is comprised of 31 Taiwanese 
components and 2 Chinese components. You state that the base and the 
console are produced in Taiwanese factories through an extensive 
assembly process. Once the assembly process is complete, the bases 
and consoles are brought together and tested in Taiwan, then 
packaged separately in Taiwan to facilitate shipment, before being 
imported from Taiwan to Octane's U.S. warehouses.
    Along with the submitted bill of materials reflecting the 
country of origin of the components, you submitted a list describing 
the Ellipticals and photos illustrating the step-by-step assembly 
process in Taiwan.

A. The 23 Variations of Ellipticals

    The Ellipticals are presented in charts titled ``GSA Elliptical 
Cross Trainer Model (and Description).'' The Ellipticals are further 
``grouped into like categories'': ten ``Standing'' Ellipticals, nine 
``Seated'' Ellipticals, and four ``Lateral'' Ellipticals.
    The ten Standing Ellipticals include two commercial grade 
Ellipticals (PRO310 and PRO370) and eight heavy commercial grade 
Ellipticals (PRO3700 and PRO4700). The PRO3700 and the PRO4700 come 
in four different models: (1) the Touch Integrated 15'' LCD TV 
embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the Attached Flat Screen TV 
package; (2) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and (4) the basic package, 
which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, or keypad.
    The nine Seated Ellipticals, known under their trade name 
``xRide,'' include eight heavy commercial grade Ellipticals (xR5000 
and xR6000) and one commercial grade Elliptical (xR650), which has 
total body seating and moving arms. The xR5000 has only lower body 
seating, while the xR6000 has total body seating and moving arms. 
The xR5000 and the xR6000 come in four different models: (1) the 
Touch Integrated 15'' LCD TV embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the 
Attached Flat Screen TV package; (3) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and 
(4) the basic package, which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, 
or keypad.
    The four Lateral Ellipticals, known under their trade name 
``LateralX,'' are all heavy commercial grade Ellipticals under the 
LX8000 series, which is a total body Elliptical that is laterally 
adjustable. The LX8000 comes in four different models: (1) the Touch 
Integrated 15'' LCD TV embedded with Netpulse package; (2) the 
Attached Flat Screen TV package; (3) the 900 MHz Keypad package; and 
(4) the basic package, which is without the LCD TV, flat screen TV, 
or keypad.
    These Ellipticals are described to have a similar base and 
console assembly process, which takes about eight weeks to 
manufacture in factories located in Taiwan with over 100 workers 
assembling the mostly Taiwanese components, one-by-one, until the 
product is completed.

B. The Base Assembly Process

    The base assembly process takes place in Taiwan and is described 
as follows:
    1. Obtaining over 80 feet of steel tubes and sheet metal;
    2. Cutting the steel tubes with an automated sawing machine into 
about 20 pieces;
    3. Cutting holes in some of the steel tubes using automated 
equipment in machining workshop;
    4. Bending some of the steel tubes into precise shapes using 
automated tube bending machines;
    5. Attaching the separate steel and metal pieces into 
subassemblies in a welding workshop using automated welding 
machines;
    6. Powder coating process to clean, heat, paint, and dry the 
parts;
    7. Cleaning and heating through a variety of chemical baths and 
preparing the parts for painting;
    8. Painting and drying; and
    9. Assembling the final base product.

C. The Console Assembly Process

    The console assembly process takes place in Taiwan. The 
Taiwanese components consist of a circuitboard assembly, plastic 
components, cable assemblies, and a keypad. The Chinese components 
consist of a power supply and power cord. The process is described 
as follows:
    1. Wave soldering electronic components to a circuit board using 
surface mount technology;
    2. Molding the plastic components by injecting Taiwanese 
material into a mold machine;
    3. Assembling Taiwanese wires and connectors for the cable 
assemblies; and
    4. Assembling the keypad.
    Once complete, the consoles provide the Ellipticals with 
automated control by adjusting the motion of the hand and foot 
pedals; fluctuating resistance to the pedals to vary workouts; and 
tracking the time exercised, calories burned, and heart rate of the 
Elliptical's user.
    Lastly, the final assembly brings together the base assembly and 
console assembly. The bases and consoles are then packaged 
separately and imported from Taiwan to Octane's U.S. warehouses.

D. The Assembly Process for the Options

    You advise that three Options are available: stationary side 
steps; a ``Cross

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Circuit Pro kit,'' consisting of adjustable dumbbells and stationary 
side steps; and an upper body lockout kit. Minor variations of the 
Options are available depending on the model of Elliptical machine 
they serve.
    The stationary side steps Option is available for the PRO3700 
and PRO4700 Ellipticals. It allows users to step onto platforms on 
each side of the machine. The stationary side steps undergo an 
assembly process similar to the base assembly process, where a 
Taiwanese factory takes steel and sheet metal through automated 
machines and conveyer systems to cut, bend, weld, clean, heat, 
paint, and then dry the final stationary side steps product. Under 
this Option, the stationary side steps product is shipped by itself 
from Taiwan to Octane's U.S. warehouses.
    The Cross Circuit Pro kit Option provides the stationary side 
steps and the adjustable dumbbells in a package for the PRO3700, 
PRO4700, and LX8000 Ellipticals. Unlike the stationary side steps 
assembly process, the adjustable dumbbells are first made in China 
before being brought to Taiwan. In Taiwan, the adjustable dumbbells 
are packaged together with the stationary side steps as the Cross 
Circuit Pro kit. This kit is imported as one unit from Taiwan to 
Octane's U.S. warehouses.
    The upper body lockout kit Option is available for the PRO370, 
PRO3700, and PRO4700 Ellipticals. It allows users to isolate lower 
body exercises by preventing upper body movements. The upper body 
lockout kit undergoes a similar assembly to the base and the 
stationary side steps assemblies. Here, a Taiwanese steel tube is 
processed through a Taiwanese supplier that also uses automated 
machines and conveyer systems to cut, bend, weld, clean, heat, 
paint, and then dry the final upper body lockout kit. This kit is 
imported from Taiwan as a unit to Octane's U.S. warehouses.

ISSUE:

    What is the country of origin of the Ellipticals and the Options 
for the purpose of U.S. Government procurement?

LAW AND ANALYSIS:

    Pursuant to subpart B of part 177, 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.21 et 
seq., which implements Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 
1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. Sec.  2511 et seq.), CBP issues country 
of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an 
article is or would be a product of a designated country or 
instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain 
``Buy American'' restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products 
offered for sale to the U.S. Government.
    Under the rule of origin set forth under 19 U.S.C. Sec.  
2518(4)(B):

An article is a product of a country or instrumentality only if (i) 
it is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of that country or 
instrumentality, or (ii) in the case of an article which consists in 
whole or in part of materials from another country or 
instrumentality, it has been substantially transformed into a new 
and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use 
distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was so 
transformed.
See also, 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.22(a).

    In rendering advisory rulings and final determinations for 
purposes of U.S. Government procurement, CBP applies the provisions 
of subpart B of part 177 consistent with the Federal Acquisition 
Regulations. See 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.21. In this regard, CBP 
recognizes that the Federal Acquisition Regulations restrict the 
U.S. Government's purchase of products to U.S.-made or designated 
country end products for acquisitions subject to the TAA. See 48 
C.F.R. Sec.  25.403(c)(1). The Federal Acquisition Regulations 
defines ``designated country end product'' through the following 
relevant defintions:

Designated country end product means a WTO GPA country end product, 
an FTA country end product, a least develop country end product, or 
a Caribbean Basin country end product.
World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) 
country means any of the following countries: Armenia, Aruba, 
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, 
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, 
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic 
of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, 
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak 
Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, or United 
Kingdom.
WTO GPA country end product means an article that--
(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a WTO GPA 
country; or
(2) In the case of an article that consists in whole or in part of 
materials from another country, has been substantially transformed 
in a WTO GPA country into a new and different article of commerce 
with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or 
articles from which it was transformed. The term refers to a product 
offered for purchase under a supply contract, but for purposes of 
calculating the value of the end product includes services (except 
transportation services) incidental to the article, provided that 
the value of those incidental services does not exceed that of the 
article itself.
48 C.F.R. Sec.  25.003.

    In determining whether the combining of parts or materials 
constitutes a substantial transformation, the determinative issue is 
the extent of operations performed and whether the parts lose their 
identity and become an integral part of the new article. Belcrest 
Linens v. United States, 573 F. Supp. 1149 (Ct. Int'l Trade 1983), 
aff'd, 741 F.2d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 1984). Assembly operations that are 
minimal or simple, as opposed to complex or meaningful, will 
generally not result in a substantial transformation. Factors which 
may be relevant in this evaluation may include the nature of the 
operation (including the number of components assembled), the number 
of different operations involved, and whether a significant period 
of time, skill, detail, and quality control are necessary for the 
assembly operation. See C.S.D. 80-111, C.S.D. 85-25, C.S.D. 89-110, 
C.S.D. 89-118, C.S.D. 90-51, and C.S.D. 90-97. If the manufacturing 
or combining process is a minor one which leaves the identity of the 
article intact, a substantial transformation has not occurred. 
Uniroyal, Inc. v. United States, 3 CIT 220, 542 F. Supp. 1026 
(1982), aff'd 702 F. 2d 1022 (Fed. Cir. 1983). In a number of 
rulings (e.g. Headquarters Ruling Letter (``HQ'') 732498, dated 
October 3, 1989, and HQ 732897, dated June 6, 1990), CBP stated, 
``merely packaging parts of a kit together does not constitute a 
substantial transformation.''
    In order to determine whether a substantial transformation 
occurs when components of various origins are assembled into 
completed products, CBP considers the totality of the circumstances 
and makes such determinations on a case-by-case basis. The country 
of origin of the item's components, extent of the processing that 
occurs within a country, and whether such processing renders a 
product with a new name, character, and use are primary 
considerations in such cases. Additionally, factors such as the 
resources expended on product design and development, extent and 
nature of post-assembly inspection and testing procedures, and the 
degree of skill required during the actual manufacturing process may 
be relevant when determining whether a substantial transformation 
has occurred. No one factor is determinative.
    In HQ 735608, dated April 27, 1995 and HQ 559089, dated August 
24, 1995, CBP has stated: ``in our experience these inquiries are 
highly fact and product specific; generalizations are troublesome 
and potentially misleading.''
    In HQ 735368, dated June 30, 1994, CBP held that the country of 
origin of a bicycle assembled in Taiwan with components made in 
several countries was Taiwan. CBP stated that because the bicycle 
was assembled in Taiwan and one of the bicycle's most significant 
components, the frame, was made in Taiwan, the country of origin of 
the bicycle was Taiwan. Although the other components came from 
several different countries, when they were assembled together in 
Taiwan, they each lost their separate identity and became an 
integral part of a new article of commerce, a bicycle.
    In the instant case, the assembly of the Ellipticals is 
comprised of two major assemblies, the base assembly and the console 
assembly. The base and console for each of the Ellipticals are 
produced through separate, extensive assembly processes that occur 
entirely in Taiwan. With regard to the generalized base assembly, 
approximately 461 components, from which 450 originate from Taiwan, 
are transformed into the final base product by cutting, bending, 
welding, painting, and further assembling these components into 
bases for the Ellipticals. With regard to the generalized console 
assembly, approximately 33 components, from which 31 originate from 
Taiwan, are transformed into the final console product by wave 
soldering, molding, and further assembling these components into 
consoles for the Ellipticals. Though the base and console are 
shipped separately to Octane's U.S. warehouses, the base and console 
are first brought together in Taiwan for a complete machine test 
that ensures the machine is working properly. We find that

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under the described assembly process, the components from China and 
the U.S. lose their individual identities and become an integral 
part of the articles, the Ellipticals, possessing a new name, 
character and use. The assembly process that occurs in Taiwan is 
complex and meaningful, requiring the assembly of various components 
into a base and a console, which are then further assembled into the 
final Elliptical product for testing before shipment from Taiwan. 
Additionally, aside from the significant number of components that 
originate from Taiwan, the Elliptical's most significant components, 
the base and the console, were made from start to finish in Taiwan, 
which was an important consideration in HQ 735368. Moreover, the 
base and the console are combined for testing as the full Elliptical 
product in Taiwan. Thus, even though the base and the console are 
shipped separately from Taiwan to the U.S., the identity of the 
product as an Elliptical is already intact in Taiwan during testing, 
and before shipment to the U.S. where any later combination in the 
U.S. should be seen as a minimal assembly process that does not 
result in a substantial transformation.
    Similarly, the assembly of two of the Options, the stationary 
side steps and the upper body lockout kit, are entirely produced in 
Taiwan from starting components to finished products. Conversely, 
the adjustable dumbbells are made into their final form in China 
before reaching Taiwan. We find that under the described assembly 
processes, the side stationary steps and the upper body lockout kit 
are products originating from Taiwan because their components, 
Taiwanese metals, and manufacturing processes wholly originate and 
take place in Taiwan. However, we find that the adjustable dumbbells 
originate from China since packaging the adjustable dumbbells with 
the stationary side steps in the Cross Circuit Pro kit in Taiwan 
does not substantially transform the adjustable dumbbells into a new 
article of commerce having a new name, character or use. As noted in 
HQ 732498 and HQ 732897, the repackaging of the adjustable dumbbells 
and the stationary side steps is not a substantial transformation 
because the separate items are already in their finished forms, not 
modified or affixed to each other, or combined in a permanent 
matter. Accordingly, the individual products which make up these 
Options retain their individual countries of origin, such that the 
adjustable dumbbells in the Cross Circuit Pro kit are not considered 
products of Taiwan, but rather products of China.
    Therefore, based upon the information before us, we find that 
the country of origin of the Ellipticals, the stationary side steps, 
and the upper body lockout kit is Taiwan for U.S. Government 
procurement purposes. However, the packaging of the Cross Circuit 
Pro kit is not sufficient to change the country of origin for the 
adjustable dumbbells from China to Taiwan, and the adjustable 
dumbbells remain a product of China.

HOLDING:

    The components that are used to manufacture the Ellipticals are 
substantially transformed as a result of the assembly operations 
performed in the Taiwan. Therefore, the country of origin of the 
Ellipticals for U.S. Government procurement purposes is Taiwan. The 
Options for the Ellipticals retain their respective country of 
Origin because repackaging these products into Option kits for the 
Ellipticals does not substantially transform these products from 
their already final product form. Therefore, the countries of origin 
for U.S. Government procurement purposes of the stationary side 
steps, adjustable dumbbells, and upper body lockout kits are Taiwan, 
China, and Taiwan, respectively.
    Notice of this final determination will be given in the Federal 
Register, as required by 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.29. Any party-at-
interest other than the party which requested this final 
determination may request, pursuant to 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.31, that 
CBP reexamine the matter anew and issue a new final determination. 
Pursuant to 19 C.F.R. Sec.  177.30, any party-at-interest may, 
within 30 days after publication of the Federal Register notice 
referenced above, seek judicial review of this final determination 
before the Court of International Trade.
    Sincerely,

Glen E. Vereb,
Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of 
International Trade.

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