Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Interim Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Korea, 73702-73704 [2015-29932]

Download as PDF 73702 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 227 / Wednesday, November 25, 2015 / Notices This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Dated: November 16, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. than 140 days after the date of initiation, unless postponed. Currently, the preliminary determinations in these investigations are due no later than January 19, 2016.2 Postponement of Preliminary Determinations Sections 733(c)(1)(B)(i) and (ii) of the [FR Doc. 2015–29944 Filed 11–24–15; 8:45 am] Act permit the Department to postpone BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P the time limit for the preliminary determination if it concludes that the parties concerned are cooperating and DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE determines that the case is extraordinarily complicated by reason of International Trade Administration the number and complexity of the [A–602–809, A–351–845, A–588–874, A–580– transactions to be investigated or 883, A–421–813, A–489–826, A–412–825] adjustments to be considered, the novelty of the issues presented, or the Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products number of firms whose activities must From Australia, Brazil, Japan, the be investigated, and additional time is Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic of Turkey, and the United necessary to make the preliminary determination. Under this section of the Kingdom: Postponement of Act, the Department may postpone the Preliminary Determinations of preliminary determination until no later Antidumping Duty Investigations than 190 days after the date on which AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, the Department initiated the International Trade Administration, investigation. Department of Commerce. The Department determines that the parties involved in these hot-rolled steel DATES: Effective date: November 25, AD investigations are cooperating, and 2015. that the investigations are FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: extraordinarily complicated. Additional Frances Veith at (202) 482–4295 (Australia); Yang Jin Chun at (202) 482– time is required to analyze the questionnaire responses and issue 5760 (Brazil); Jack Zhao at (202) 482– appropriate requests for clarification 1396 (Japan); Matthew Renkey at (202) and additional information. 482–2312 (the Republic of Korea Therefore, in accordance with section (‘‘Korea’’)); Dmitry Vladimirov at (202) 733(c)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 482–0665, (the Netherlands); Jack Zhao 351.205(f)(1), the Department is at (202) 482–1396 (the Republic of postponing the time period for the Turkey (‘‘Turkey’’)); and Catherine preliminary determinations of these Cartsos at (202) 482–1757 (the United investigations by 50 days, to March 8, Kingdom), AD/CVD Operations, 2016. Pursuant to section 735(a)(l) of the Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the Department of Commerce, 14th Street deadline for the final determinations and Constitution Avenue NW., will continue to be 75 days after the Washington, DC 20230. date of the preliminary determinations, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: unless postponed at a later date. This notice is issued and published Background pursuant to section 733(c)(2) of the Act On August 31, 2015, the Department and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1). of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) Dated: November 17, 2015. initiated antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) investigations of imports of certain hotPaul Piquado, rolled steel flat products (‘‘hot-rolled Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and steel’’) from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Compliance. Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the [FR Doc. 2015–29936 Filed 11–24–15; 8:45 am] United Kingdom.1 The notice of BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P initiation stated that, in accordance with 2 The deadline for the preliminary determinations section 733(b)(l)(A) of the Tariff Act of is normally 140 days after we initiated these 1930, as amended (the ‘‘Act’’), and 19 investigations, or January 18, 2016, which is a CFR 351.205(b)(1), we would issue our Federal holiday. Department practice dictates that preliminary determinations no later where a deadline falls on a weekend or Federal 1 See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic of Turkey, and the United Kingdom: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair Value Investigations, 80 FR 54261(September 9, 2015). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Nov 24, 2015 Jkt 238001 holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next business day (in this instance, January 19, 2016). See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Interim Procedures for Considering Requests and Comments From the Public for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Actions on Imports From Korea International Trade Administration. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2016. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Maria D’Andrea, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, Tel. (202) 482–1550, Maria.D’Andrea@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract Article 4.1 of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (the ‘‘Agreement’’) provides for a textile and apparel safeguard mechanism. This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the reduction or elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, a Korean textile or apparel article is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or directly competitive article. In these circumstances, Article 4.1 permits the United States to (a) suspend any further reduction in the rate of duty provided for under Annex 2–B of the Agreement in the duty imposed on the article; or (b) increase duties on the imported article from Korea to a level that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing U.S. normal trade relations (‘‘NTR’’)/most-favored- E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 227 / Wednesday, November 25, 2015 / Notices nation (‘‘MFN’’) duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty rate in effect on the day before the Agreement enters into force. The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the ‘‘Act’’) provides that the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) will issue procedures for requesting such safeguard measures, for making its determinations under section 332(a) of the Act, and for providing relief under section 332(b) of the Act. In Proclamation No. 8783 (77 FR 14265, March 9, 2012), the President delegated to CITA his authority under Subtitle C of Title III of the Act with respect to textile and apparel safeguard measures. The textile and apparel safeguard mechanism will be of considerable benefit to firms manufacturing textile and apparel goods in the United States in the event that an industry finds itself to be adversely impacted by preferential duty or duty-free imports of textiles and apparel from Korea. CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by imports of these products from Korea, thereby allowing CITA to take corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile and apparel industry, subject to section 332(b) of the Act. An interested party in the U.S. domestic textile and apparel industry may file a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA. Consistent with longstanding CITA practice in considering textile and apparel safeguard actions, CITA will consider an interested party to be an entity (which may be a trade association, firm, certified or recognized union, or group of workers) that is representative of either: (A) A domestic producer or producers of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Korean textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or producers of a component used in the production of an article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Korean textile or apparel article. In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide the following information in support of a claim that a textile or apparel article from Korea is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing an article VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Nov 24, 2015 Jkt 238001 that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; (2) import data demonstrating that imports of a Korea origin textile or apparel article that are like or directly competitive with the articles produced by the domestic industry concerned are increasing in absolute terms or relative to the domestic market for that article; (3) U.S. domestic production of the like or directly competitive articles of U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of the serious damage or actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation that to the best of the requester’s knowledge, the data represent substantially all of the domestic production of the like or directly competitive article(s) of U.S. origin; (4) imports from Korea as a percentage of the domestic market of the like or directly competitive article; and (5) all data available to the requester showing changes in productivity, utilization of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, profits, and investment, and any other information, relating to the existence of serious damage or actual threat thereof caused by imports from Korea to the industry producing the like or directly competitive article that is the subject of the request. To the extent that such information is not available, the requester should provide best estimates and the basis therefore. If CITA determines that the request provides the information necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments regarding the request. The comment period shall be 30 calendar days. The notice will include a summary of the request. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party. CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a determination. If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent necessary to remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the date that CITA’s affirmative determination is published in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73703 Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the dedicated Korea Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with the public as it may contain business confidential information. Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version of the request as a basis for responses. II. Method of Collection When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided. If CITA determines that the request provides the necessary information to be considered, it publishes a Federal Register notice seeking public comments on the request. To the extent business confidential information is provided, a non-confidential version must also be provided. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0625–0269. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or Business. Estimated Number of Respondents: 14 (4 for Request; 10 for Comments). Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours (for each Request) 4 hours (for each Comment). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 56 hours (16 hours for Requests; 40 hours for Comments). Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,800. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1 73704 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 227 / Wednesday, November 25, 2015 / Notices on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: November 19, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–29932 Filed 11–24–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–535–904] Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From Pakistan: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: November 17, 2015. domestic producers of circular welded pipe.3 On November 2, 2015, the Department requested supplemental information pertaining to certain areas of the Petition.4 Petitioners filed responses to these requests on November 4, 2015.5 Petitioners submitted additional supplemental information on November 9, 2015,6 and November 10, 2015.7 In accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Petitioners allege that the Government of Pakistan (GOP) is providing countervailable subsidies, within the meaning of sections 701 and 771(5) of the Act, to imports of circular welded pipe from Pakistan and that such imports are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, an industry in the United States. Also, consistent with section 702(b)(1) of the Act, for those alleged programs in Pakistan on which we have initiated a CVD investigation, the Petition is accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioners supporting their allegations. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kaitlin Wojnar at (202) 482–3857, Office VII, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Petition tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES On October 28, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the Department) received a countervailing duty (CVD) petition concerning imports of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe (circular welded pipe) from Pakistan, filed in proper form on behalf of Bull Moose Tube Company, EXLTUBE, Wheatland Tube Company, and Western Tube and Conduit (collectively, Petitioners).1 The CVD petition was accompanied by an antidumping duty (AD) petition concerning imports of circular welded pipe from Pakistan.2 Petitioners are 1 See Letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,’’ October 28, 2015 (the Petition), Volumes I and IV. 2 Id., Volume II. Petitioners also filed AD petitions regarding the Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Nov 24, 2015 Jkt 238001 3 Id., Volume I at 2. Letter from the Department, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Pipe from Pakistan: Supplemental Questions,’’ November 2, 2015 (General Issues Supplemental Questionnaire); Letter from the Department, ‘‘Petition for the Imposition of Countervailing Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Pipe from Pakistan: Supplemental Questions,’’ November 2, 2015. 5 See Letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Response to Supplemental Questions Regarding Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Circular Welded CarbonQuality Steel Pipe from Pakistan,’’ November 4, 2015 (General Issues Supplement); see also Letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Response to the Department’s November 2, 2015 Questionnaire Regarding Volume IV of the Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties,’’ November 4, 2015. 6 See Letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon Quality-Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Response to Issues Identified in the November 6, 2015 Phone Call,’’ November 9, 2015 (Second General Issues Supplement). 7 See Letter from Petitioners, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Sultanate of Oman, Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon Quality-Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Second Response to Issues Identified in the November 6, 2015 Phone Call,’’ November 10, 2015 (Third General Issues Supplement). 4 See PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Department finds that Petitioners filed the Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because Petitioners are interested parties as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act. The Department also finds that Petitioners demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the initiation of the CVD investigation that Petitioners are requesting.8 Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.9 Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is circular welded carbonquality steel pipe from Pakistan. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I of this notice. Comments on Scope of the Investigation During our review of the Petition, the Department issued questions to and received responses from Petitioners pertaining to the proposed scope to ensure that the scope language in the Petition would be an accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking relief.10 As discussed in the preamble to the Department’s regulations,11 we are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope). The Department will consider all comments received from interested parties and, if necessary, will consult with the interested parties prior to the issuance of the preliminary determination. If scope comments include factual information,12 all such factual information should be limited to public information. In order to facilitate preparation of its questionnaire, the Department requests all interested parties to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, December 7, 2015, which is 20 calendar days from the signature date of this notice. Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 17, 2015, which is 10 calendar days after the initial comments deadline. The Department requests that any factual information the parties consider 8 See ‘‘Determination of Industry Support for the Petition’’ section, below. 9 See 19 CFR 351.204(b)(2). 10 See General Issues Supplemental Questionnaire; see also General Issues Supplement; Second General Issues Supplement. 11 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 12 See 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21). E:\FR\FM\25NON1.SGM 25NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


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

AGENCY: International Trade Administration.

ACTION: Notice.

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

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 
2016.

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

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    Article 4.1 of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (the 
``Agreement'') provides for a textile and apparel safeguard mechanism. 
This safeguard mechanism applies when, as a result of the reduction or 
elimination of a customs duty under the Agreement, a Korean textile or 
apparel article is being imported into the United States in such 
increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the domestic 
market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause serious 
damage or actual threat thereof to a U.S. industry producing a like or 
directly competitive article. In these circumstances, Article 4.1 
permits the United States to (a) suspend any further reduction in the 
rate of duty provided for under Annex 2-B of the Agreement in the duty 
imposed on the article; or (b) increase duties on the imported article 
from Korea to a level that does not exceed the lesser of the prevailing 
U.S. normal trade relations (``NTR'')/most-favored-

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nation (``MFN'') duty rate for the article or the U.S. NTR/MFN duty 
rate in effect on the day before the Agreement enters into force.
    The Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the U.S.-Korea 
Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the ``Act'') provides that the 
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) will 
issue procedures for requesting such safeguard measures, for making its 
determinations under section 332(a) of the Act, and for providing 
relief under section 332(b) of the Act.
    In Proclamation No. 8783 (77 FR 14265, March 9, 2012), the 
President delegated to CITA his authority under Subtitle C of Title III 
of the Act with respect to textile and apparel safeguard measures.
    The textile and apparel safeguard mechanism will be of considerable 
benefit to firms manufacturing textile and apparel goods in the United 
States in the event that an industry finds itself to be adversely 
impacted by preferential duty or duty-free imports of textiles and 
apparel from Korea.
    CITA must collect information in order to determine whether a 
domestic textile or apparel industry is being adversely impacted by 
imports of these products from Korea, thereby allowing CITA to take 
corrective action to protect the viability of the domestic textile and 
apparel industry, subject to section 332(b) of the Act.
    An interested party in the U.S. domestic textile and apparel 
industry may file a request for a textile and apparel safeguard action 
with CITA. Consistent with longstanding CITA practice in considering 
textile and apparel safeguard actions, CITA will consider an interested 
party to be an entity (which may be a trade association, firm, 
certified or recognized union, or group of workers) that is 
representative of either: (A) A domestic producer or producers of an 
article that is like or directly competitive with the subject Korean 
textile or apparel article; or (B) a domestic producer or producers of 
a component used in the production of an article that is like or 
directly competitive with the subject Korean textile or apparel 
article.
    In order for a request to be considered, the requestor must provide 
the following information in support of a claim that a textile or 
apparel article from Korea is being imported into the United States in 
such increased quantities, in absolute terms or relative to the 
domestic market for that article, and under such conditions as to cause 
serious damage or actual threat thereof, to a U.S. industry producing 
an article that is like, or directly competitive with, the imported 
article: (1) Name and description of the imported article concerned; 
(2) import data demonstrating that imports of a Korea origin textile or 
apparel article that are like or directly competitive with the articles 
produced by the domestic industry concerned are increasing in absolute 
terms or relative to the domestic market for that article; (3) U.S. 
domestic production of the like or directly competitive articles of 
U.S. origin indicating the nature and extent of the serious damage or 
actual threat thereof, along with an affirmation that to the best of 
the requester's knowledge, the data represent substantially all of the 
domestic production of the like or directly competitive article(s) of 
U.S. origin; (4) imports from Korea as a percentage of the domestic 
market of the like or directly competitive article; and (5) all data 
available to the requester showing changes in productivity, utilization 
of capacity, inventories, exports, wages, employment, domestic prices, 
profits, and investment, and any other information, relating to the 
existence of serious damage or actual threat thereof caused by imports 
from Korea to the industry producing the like or directly competitive 
article that is the subject of the request. To the extent that such 
information is not available, the requester should provide best 
estimates and the basis therefore.
    If CITA determines that the request provides the information 
necessary for it to be considered, CITA will publish a notice in the 
Federal Register seeking public comments regarding the request. The 
comment period shall be 30 calendar days. The notice will include a 
summary of the request. Any interested party may submit information to 
rebut, clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested 
party.
    CITA will make a determination on any request it considers within 
60 calendar days of the close of the comment period. If CITA is unable 
to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will publish a 
notice in the Federal Register, including the date it will make a 
determination.
    If a determination under section 322(b) of the Act is affirmative, 
CITA may provide tariff relief to a U.S. industry to the extent 
necessary to remedy or prevent serious damage or actual threat thereof 
and to facilitate adjustment by the domestic industry to import 
competition. The import tariff relief is effective beginning on the 
date that CITA's affirmative determination is published in the Federal 
Register.
    Entities submitting requests, responses or rebuttals to CITA may 
submit both a public and confidential version of their submissions. If 
the request is accepted, the public version will be posted on the 
dedicated Korea Free Trade Agreement textile safeguards section of the 
Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA) Web site. The confidential 
version of the request, responses or rebuttals will not be shared with 
the public as it may contain business confidential information. 
Entities submitting responses or rebuttals may use the public version 
of the request as a basis for responses.

II. Method of Collection

    When an interested party files a request for a textile and apparel 
safeguard action with CITA, ten copies of any such request must be 
provided in a paper format. If business confidential information is 
provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be 
provided. If CITA determines that the request provides the necessary 
information to be considered, it publishes a Federal Register notice 
seeking public comments on the request. To the extent business 
confidential information is provided, a non-confidential version must 
also be provided. Any interested party may submit information to rebut, 
clarify, or correct public comments submitted by any interested party.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0625-0269.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or Business.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 14 (4 for Request; 10 for 
Comments).
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours (for each Request) 4 hours 
(for each Comment).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 56 hours (16 hours for 
Requests; 40 hours for Comments).
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $2,800.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information

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on respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: November 19, 2015.
Glenna Mickelson,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
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