Request for Public Input on Sectoral Dialogues To Inform Work on Standards Cooperation Under the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, 77319-77321 [2015-31430]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 239 / Monday, December 14, 2015 / Notices is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http://www.trade.gov/ enforcement/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Methodology The Department conducted this review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). 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For all non-reviewed companies, we will instruct CBP to continue to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at the most recent company-specific or country-wide rate applicable to the company. Accordingly, the cash deposit rates that will be applied to companies covered by this order, but not examined in this review, are those established in the most recently-completed segment of the proceeding for each company. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Administrative Protective Order This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: December 7, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), we determine a net countervailable subsidy rate of 30.93 percent ad valorem for Taihe. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Cash Deposit Instructions List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences V. Subsidies Valuation Information VI. Benchmarks and Discount Rates VII. Analysis of Programs VIII. Analysis of Comments 1. Whether To Find Input for the LessThan-Adequate-Remuneration (LTAR) Programs Not Specific A. Sulfuric Acid B. Steam Coal C. Calcium Carbonate D. Caustic Soda 2. 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Recommendation [FR Doc. 2015–31419 Filed 12–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Request for Public Input on Sectoral Dialogues To Inform Work on Standards Cooperation Under the U.S.India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue ACTION: Notice. With this notice, the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), on behalf of the Administration, is seeking public input to identify priority sectors in which the United States and India will pursue cooperative dialogues under the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) to address standardsrelated trade barriers. The aim of the cooperative dialogues is for the private sector to produce concrete recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down barriers related to standards, regulatory, and conformity assessment practices to increase bilateral trade. Stakeholder input will be used by the USDOC, in consultation with its interagency partners, to identify those sectors where cooperative work will yield the most benefits for bilateral trade from a U.S. perspective. The USDOC will also use stakeholder input to seek agreement from its Indian government counterparts on the sectors in which to begin cooperative work. Criteria for selection include: The nature of the existing standards-related barriers in the sector (medical devices, ICT products, oil and gas, etc.), including whether the standards related measures that are affecting bilateral trade are subject to regulatory discretion or have limited potential for adjustment due to legislated mandates; the relative SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 77320 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 239 / Monday, December 14, 2015 / Notices estimated trade impact of eliminating the standards-related barriers in the sector; and whether private sector representatives from the sector—both U.S. and Indian—are committed to leading a cooperative dialogue to produce concrete recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down barriers in the sector. Selection will also take into account the willingness of U.S. and Indian regulators to become involved in this targeted work, as well as if another bilateral forum relevant to the suggested issue already exists. In order for a sector to be considered, stakeholder input must identify privatesector leaders from the United States and India that have mutually agreed to coordinate and lead a cooperative dialogue among stakeholders in the sector from both the United States and India to develop recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down standards-related barriers in their sector. Confirmation of such agreement is encouraged. See additional requirements for submissions in the contents below. The private sector cooperative dialogue leaders from the selected priority sectors are expected to begin work as early as possible in 2016 and to report their preliminary recommendations to the U.S. and Indian governments at the next meeting of the U.S.-India S&CD, expected to take place in India in mid-2016. At the discretion of the U.S. and Indian private sector cooperative dialogue leads, U.S. and Indian government officials will be available to provide information to facilitate the development of private sector recommendations. Selection of future priority sectors will be evaluated on the basis of the performance of the cooperative dialogues in the initially selected priority sectors. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Boyles, Manager, Emerging Issues, Office of Standards and Investment Policy, International Trade Administration, by telephone at (202) 482–1935 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Michael.Boyles@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In January 2015, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi decided to elevate the bilateral commercial and economic partnership by establishing the first-ever U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) which was held in Washington, DC on September 22, 2015. The S&CD is the signature, annual forum for policy discussions between the United States Government and the Government of India. The United States and Indian Governments are using this VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Dec 11, 2015 Jkt 238001 vehicle to advance their shared priorities of generating economic growth, creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker co-chaired the dialogue with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman. Below are highlights of work agreed to on standards cooperation at the September 22, 2015 S&CD: Standards Cooperation: The United States and India are working together to participate in the development of international standards and technical regulations to boost trade and help reduce administrative and logistical burdens, which disproportionately affect small and medium sized enterprises. The United States and India will engage their respective industries to identify up to two sectors where standards and conformity assessmentfocused cooperative dialogues could lead to mutual benefit and increased trade. To support the removal of barriers that impact the global supply chain, the United States and India will exchange best practices for the operation of national Enquiry Points under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and will explore opportunities for more cooperation on reference standards between India’s National Physical Laboratories (NPL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The United States and India announced a private sector-led collaboration to update a bilateral standards portal, which facilitates the sharing of information to improve industry understanding of market access requirements in both countries. Request For Public Input: Submissions relevant to this request for public input should be submitted no later than 60 days after the date of this notice and can be submitted online or in writing. Written submissions should be directed to Michael Boyles, Office of Standards and Investment Policy, Industry and Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 22025, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Online submissions should be submitted using http:// www.regulations.gov. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, ITA strongly encourages commenters to make online submissions using http:// www.regulations.gov. Comments should be submitted under ITA–2015–0005. To PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 find this docket, enter the docket number in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ Window at the http:// www.regulations.gov home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with the docket number. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notice’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment now!’’ The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a document. ITA prefers submissions to be provided in an attached document. (For further information on using http:// www.regulations.gov, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ‘‘Help’’ tab.) All comments and recommendations submitted in response to this notice will be made available to the public so should not include any privileged or confidential business information. The file name should begin with the character ‘‘P’’ (signifying that the comments contain no privileged or confidential business information and can be posted publicly), followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Written submissions should include an original and five (5) copies. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files. Required Content for Submissions: USDOC seeks public input on the sectors that would benefit most from focused engagement by U.S. and Indian private-sector leaders and government representatives under the S&CD to address trade barriers related to standards, regulatory, and conformity assessment practices to increase bilateral trade. Criteria for selection include: The nature of the existing standards-related barriers in the sector (medical devices, ICT products, oil and gas, etc.), including whether the standards related measures that are affecting bilateral trade are subject to regulatory discretion or have limited potential for adjustment due to legislated mandates; the relative estimated trade impact of eliminating the standards-related barriers in the sector; and whether private sector representatives from the sector—both U.S. and Indian—are committed to leading a cooperative dialogue to E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM 14DEN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 239 / Monday, December 14, 2015 / Notices produce concrete recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down the barriers in the sector. Selection will also take into account the willingness of U.S. and Indian regulators to become involved in this targeted work. Submissions should include: A description of the main standardsrelated barrier(s) affecting U.S.-India trade in the sector (e.g., lack of transparency by U.S. and/or Indian officials in developing standards and/or regulations affecting the sector; U.S. and Indian officials applying different standards or technical regulations to products or services in the sector; testing or other requirements that are difficult to meet; and/or requirements being applied by U.S. and/or Indian officials only when products or services in the sector are imported from the other’s market), including whether the areas involved are subject to regulatory discretion or have limited potential for adjustment due to legislated mandates; the relative estimated trade impact of eliminating the standards-related barriers in the sector; and data on bilateral trade in the sector for at least three years to help evaluate trade trends. Submissions must identify privatesector leaders from the United States and India that have mutually agreed to coordinate and lead a cooperative dialogue among stakeholders in the sector from both the United States and India to develop recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down standards-related barriers in their sector. Confirmation of such agreement is encouraged. No U.S. Government funding will be provided for these activities. Additionally, submissions should provide information on current and previous efforts to address standardsrelated barriers to bilateral trade in the sector, including under other government-to-government initiatives, to help evaluate the potential for liberalization of barriers identified. Submissions should also provide information, if known, about the U.S. and Indian government authorities, in particular regulators, whose actions impact the sector, and who would need to be involved in implementing the recommendations that the private sector leads will develop under a U.S.-India cooperative dialogue on the subject sector. Before finalizing priority sector selection, U.S. and Indian government S&CD leads will confirm that their respective relevant regulators support targeted work in the sector. Additional information also is welcome that would help USDOC and its interagency partners evaluate prospects for growth VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Dec 11, 2015 Jkt 238001 in bilateral trade in the sector, if this work is undertaken. Dated: December 4, 2015. Chris Rosettie, Director, Office of Standards and Investment Policy, International Trade Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–31430 Filed 12–11–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–890] Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) is conducting the tenth administrative review (‘‘AR’’) of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture (‘‘WBF’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’). The period of review (‘‘POR’’) is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Effective Date: December 14, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick O’Connor or Jeffrey Pedersen, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0989, and (202) 482–2769, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Scope of the Order The product covered by the order is wooden bedroom furniture, subject to certain exceptions.1 Imports of subject merchandise are classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) subheadings: 9403.50.9042, 9403.50.9045, 9403.50.9080, 9403.50.9042, 9403.50.9045, 9403.60.8081, 7009.92.1000 or 7009.92.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written product description in the Order remains dispositive.2 1 See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People’s Republic of China, 70 FR 329 (January 4, 2005) (‘‘Order’’). 2 For a complete description of the Scope of the Order, please see ‘‘Decision Memorandum for PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77321 Methodology The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’) and 19 CFR 351.213. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted with this notice. A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is provided as Appendix I to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘ACCESS’’). ACCESS is available to registered users at http:// access.trade.gov and in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. PRC-Wide Entity The Department selected Shanghai Jian Pu Import & Export Co., Ltd. (‘‘Jian Pu’’) as the sole mandatory respondent.3 The Department preliminarily determines that Jian Pu did not establish its eligibility for a separate rate for the reasons explained in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Accordingly, we are preliminarily treating Jian Pu as part of the PRC-wide entity. In addition, six other companies for which a review was requested failed to provide separate rate applications or certifications necessary to establish their eligibility for a separate rate.4 The Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Wooden Bedroom Furniture from the People’s Republic of China,’’ from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations (‘‘Preliminary Decision Memorandum’’), dated concurrently with this notice. 3 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 4 Those six companies, other than Shanghai Jian Pu, not establishing their eligibility for a separate rate are: (1) Baigou Crafts Factory of Fengkai; (2) Dongguan Hung Sheng Artware Products Co., Ltd., Coronal Enterprise Co., Ltd.; (3) Hualing Furniture (China) Co., Ltd., Tony House Manufacture (China) Co., Ltd., Buysell Investments Ltd., Tony House Industries Co., Ltd.; (4) Orient International Holding Shanghai Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.; (5) Prime Wood International Co., Ltd, Prime Best International Co., Ltd., Prime Best Factory, Liang Huang (Jiaxing) Enterprise Co., Ltd.; and (6) Woodworth Wooden Industries (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd. Although E:\FR\FM\14DEN1.SGM Continued 14DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Request for Public Input on Sectoral Dialogues To Inform Work on 
Standards Cooperation Under the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial 
Dialogue

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: With this notice, the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC), on 
behalf of the Administration, is seeking public input to identify 
priority sectors in which the United States and India will pursue 
cooperative dialogues under the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial 
Dialogue (S&CD) to address standards-related trade barriers. The aim of 
the cooperative dialogues is for the private sector to produce concrete 
recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on breaking down 
barriers related to standards, regulatory, and conformity assessment 
practices to increase bilateral trade. Stakeholder input will be used 
by the USDOC, in consultation with its interagency partners, to 
identify those sectors where cooperative work will yield the most 
benefits for bilateral trade from a U.S. perspective. The USDOC will 
also use stakeholder input to seek agreement from its Indian government 
counterparts on the sectors in which to begin cooperative work.
    Criteria for selection include: The nature of the existing 
standards-related barriers in the sector (medical devices, ICT 
products, oil and gas, etc.), including whether the standards related 
measures that are affecting bilateral trade are subject to regulatory 
discretion or have limited potential for adjustment due to legislated 
mandates; the relative

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estimated trade impact of eliminating the standards-related barriers in 
the sector; and whether private sector representatives from the 
sector--both U.S. and Indian--are committed to leading a cooperative 
dialogue to produce concrete recommendations for the U.S. and Indian 
governments on breaking down barriers in the sector. Selection will 
also take into account the willingness of U.S. and Indian regulators to 
become involved in this targeted work, as well as if another bilateral 
forum relevant to the suggested issue already exists.
    In order for a sector to be considered, stakeholder input must 
identify private-sector leaders from the United States and India that 
have mutually agreed to coordinate and lead a cooperative dialogue 
among stakeholders in the sector from both the United States and India 
to develop recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on 
breaking down standards-related barriers in their sector. Confirmation 
of such agreement is encouraged. See additional requirements for 
submissions in the contents below.
    The private sector cooperative dialogue leaders from the selected 
priority sectors are expected to begin work as early as possible in 
2016 and to report their preliminary recommendations to the U.S. and 
Indian governments at the next meeting of the U.S.-India S&CD, expected 
to take place in India in mid-2016. At the discretion of the U.S. and 
Indian private sector cooperative dialogue leads, U.S. and Indian 
government officials will be available to provide information to 
facilitate the development of private sector recommendations. Selection 
of future priority sectors will be evaluated on the basis of the 
performance of the cooperative dialogues in the initially selected 
priority sectors.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Boyles, Manager, Emerging 
Issues, Office of Standards and Investment Policy, International Trade 
Administration, by telephone at (202) 482-1935 (this is not a toll-free 
number) or email at Michael.Boyles@trade.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In January 2015, President Obama and Prime 
Minister Modi decided to elevate the bilateral commercial and economic 
partnership by establishing the first-ever U.S.-India Strategic and 
Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) which was held in Washington, DC on 
September 22, 2015. The S&CD is the signature, annual forum for policy 
discussions between the United States Government and the Government of 
India. The United States and Indian Governments are using this vehicle 
to advance their shared priorities of generating economic growth, 
creating jobs, and strengthening the middle class. U.S. Secretary of 
State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker co-
chaired the dialogue with their Indian counterparts, Minister of 
External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Commerce and Industry 
Nirmala Sitharaman.
    Below are highlights of work agreed to on standards cooperation at 
the September 22, 2015 S&CD:
    Standards Cooperation: The United States and India are working 
together to participate in the development of international standards 
and technical regulations to boost trade and help reduce administrative 
and logistical burdens, which disproportionately affect small and 
medium sized enterprises. The United States and India will engage their 
respective industries to identify up to two sectors where standards and 
conformity assessment-focused cooperative dialogues could lead to 
mutual benefit and increased trade. To support the removal of barriers 
that impact the global supply chain, the United States and India will 
exchange best practices for the operation of national Enquiry Points 
under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to 
Trade and will explore opportunities for more cooperation on reference 
standards between India's National Physical Laboratories (NPL) and the 
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The United 
States and India announced a private sector-led collaboration to update 
a bilateral standards portal, which facilitates the sharing of 
information to improve industry understanding of market access 
requirements in both countries.
    Request For Public Input: Submissions relevant to this request for 
public input should be submitted no later than 60 days after the date 
of this notice and can be submitted online or in writing.
    Written submissions should be directed to Michael Boyles, Office of 
Standards and Investment Policy, Industry and Analysis, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, Room 22025, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20230.
    Online submissions should be submitted using http://www.regulations.gov.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, ITA strongly encourages commenters to make online submissions 
using http://www.regulations.gov. Comments should be submitted under 
ITA-2015-0005. To find this docket, enter the docket number in the 
``Enter Keyword or ID'' Window at the http://www.regulations.gov home 
page and click ``Search.'' The site will provide a search-results page 
listing all documents associated with the docket number. Find a 
reference to this notice by selecting ``Notice'' under ``Document 
Type'' on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled 
``Comment now!'' The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the 
option of making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by 
attaching a document. ITA prefers submissions to be provided in an 
attached document. (For further information on using http://www.regulations.gov, please consult the resources provided on the Web 
site by clicking on the ``Help'' tab.)
    All comments and recommendations submitted in response to this 
notice will be made available to the public so should not include any 
privileged or confidential business information. The file name should 
begin with the character ``P'' (signifying that the comments contain no 
privileged or confidential business information and can be posted 
publicly), followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the 
comments. Written submissions should include an original and five (5) 
copies.
    Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic 
submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a 
cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent 
possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in 
the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files.
    Required Content for Submissions: USDOC seeks public input on the 
sectors that would benefit most from focused engagement by U.S. and 
Indian private-sector leaders and government representatives under the 
S&CD to address trade barriers related to standards, regulatory, and 
conformity assessment practices to increase bilateral trade. Criteria 
for selection include: The nature of the existing standards-related 
barriers in the sector (medical devices, ICT products, oil and gas, 
etc.), including whether the standards related measures that are 
affecting bilateral trade are subject to regulatory discretion or have 
limited potential for adjustment due to legislated mandates; the 
relative estimated trade impact of eliminating the standards-related 
barriers in the sector; and whether private sector representatives from 
the sector--both U.S. and Indian--are committed to leading a 
cooperative dialogue to

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produce concrete recommendations for the U.S. and Indian governments on 
breaking down the barriers in the sector. Selection will also take into 
account the willingness of U.S. and Indian regulators to become 
involved in this targeted work.
    Submissions should include: A description of the main standards-
related barrier(s) affecting U.S.-India trade in the sector (e.g., lack 
of transparency by U.S. and/or Indian officials in developing standards 
and/or regulations affecting the sector; U.S. and Indian officials 
applying different standards or technical regulations to products or 
services in the sector; testing or other requirements that are 
difficult to meet; and/or requirements being applied by U.S. and/or 
Indian officials only when products or services in the sector are 
imported from the other's market), including whether the areas involved 
are subject to regulatory discretion or have limited potential for 
adjustment due to legislated mandates; the relative estimated trade 
impact of eliminating the standards-related barriers in the sector; and 
data on bilateral trade in the sector for at least three years to help 
evaluate trade trends.
    Submissions must identify private-sector leaders from the United 
States and India that have mutually agreed to coordinate and lead a 
cooperative dialogue among stakeholders in the sector from both the 
United States and India to develop recommendations for the U.S. and 
Indian governments on breaking down standards-related barriers in their 
sector. Confirmation of such agreement is encouraged. No U.S. 
Government funding will be provided for these activities.
    Additionally, submissions should provide information on current and 
previous efforts to address standards-related barriers to bilateral 
trade in the sector, including under other government-to-government 
initiatives, to help evaluate the potential for liberalization of 
barriers identified. Submissions should also provide information, if 
known, about the U.S. and Indian government authorities, in particular 
regulators, whose actions impact the sector, and who would need to be 
involved in implementing the recommendations that the private sector 
leads will develop under a U.S.-India cooperative dialogue on the 
subject sector. Before finalizing priority sector selection, U.S. and 
Indian government S&CD leads will confirm that their respective 
relevant regulators support targeted work in the sector. Additional 
information also is welcome that would help USDOC and its interagency 
partners evaluate prospects for growth in bilateral trade in the 
sector, if this work is undertaken.

    Dated: December 4, 2015.
Chris Rosettie,
Director, Office of Standards and Investment Policy, International 
Trade Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-31430 Filed 12-11-15; 8:45 am]
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