Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade, 2016 Annual Report, 6040-6041 [2016-02012]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 23 (Thursday, February 4, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6040-6041]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02012]


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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. 332-345]


Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade, 2016 Annual Report

AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Schedule for 2016 report and opportunity to submit information.

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SUMMARY: The Commission has prepared and published annual reports in 
this series under investigation No. 332-345, Recent Trends in U.S. 
Services Trade, since 1996. The 2016 report, which the Commission plans 
to publish in September 2016, will provide aggregate data on cross-
border trade in services for the period ending in 2014, and 
transactions by affiliates based outside the country of their parent 
firm for the period ending in 2013. The report's analysis will focus on 
financial services (banking, insurance, and securities services). The 
Commission is inviting interested members of the public to furnish 
information and views in connection with the 2016 report.

DATES: March 30, 2016: Deadline for filing written submissions.
    September 30, 2016: Anticipated date for publishing the report.

ADDRESSES: All Commission offices are located in the United States 
International Trade Commission Building, 500 E St. SW., Washington, DC. 
All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United 
States International Trade Commission, 500 E St. SW., Washington, DC 
20436. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the 
Commission's electronic docket information system (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov/edis3-internal/app.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Project Leader George Serletis (202-
205-3315 or george.serletis@usitc.gov) or Services Division Chief 
Martha Lawless (202-205-3497 or martha.lawless@usitc.gov) for 
information specific to this investigation. For information on the 
legal aspects of these investigations, contact William Gearhart of the 
Commission's Office of the General Counsel (202-205-3091 or 
william.gearhart@usitc.gov). The media should contact Margaret 
O'Laughlin, Office of External Relations (202-205-1819 or 
margaret.olaughlin@usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired individuals may obtain 
information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal 
at 202-205-1810. General information concerning the Commission may also 
be obtained by accessing its Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). 
Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in 
gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the 
Secretary at 202-205-2000.
    Background: The 2016 annual services trade report will provide 
aggregate data on cross-border trade and affiliate transactions in 
services, and more specific data and information on trade in financial 
services (banking, insurance, and securities services). Under 
Commission investigation No. 332-345, the Commission publishes two 
annual reports, one on services trade (Recent Trends in U.S. Services 
Trade), and a second on merchandise trade (Shifts in U.S. Merchandise 
Trade). The Commission's 2015 annual report in the series of reports on 
Recent Trends in

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U.S. Services Trade is now available online at http://www.usitc.gov.
    The initial notice of institution of this investigation was 
published in the Federal Register on September 8, 1993 (58 FR 47287) 
and provided for what is now the report on merchandise trade. The 
Commission expanded the scope of the investigation to cover services 
trade in a separate report, which it announced in a notice published in 
the Federal Register on December 28, 1994 (59 FR 66974). The separate 
report on services trade has been published annually since 1996, except 
in 2005. As in past years, the report will summarize trade in services 
in the aggregate and provide analyses of trends and developments in 
selected services industries during the latest period for which data 
are published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic 
Analysis. As indicated above, the 2016 report will focus on trade in 
financial services (banking, insurance, and securities services).
    Written Submissions: Interested parties are invited to file written 
submissions and other information concerning the matters to be 
addressed by the Commission in its 2016 report. For the 2016 report, 
the Commission is particularly interested in receiving information 
relating to trade in financial services (banking, insurance, and 
securities services). Submissions should be addressed to the Secretary. 
To be assured of consideration by the Commission, written submissions 
related to the Commission's report should be submitted at the earliest 
practical date and should be received not later than 5:15 p.m., March 
30, 2016. All written submissions must conform with the provisions of 
section 201.8 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 
CFR 201.8). Section 201.8 and the Commission's Handbook on Filing 
Procedures require that interested parties file documents 
electronically on or before the filing deadline and submit eight (8) 
true paper copies by 12:00 p.m. eastern time on the next business day. 
In the event that confidential treatment of a document is requested, 
interested parties must file, at the same time as the eight paper 
copies, at least four (4) additional true paper copies in which the 
confidential information must be deleted (see the paragraph below for 
further information regarding confidential business information). 
Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the 
Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division (202-205-1802).
    Any submissions that contain confidential business information 
(CBI) must also conform with the requirements in section 201.6 of the 
Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 201.6). Section 
201.6 of the rules requires that the cover of the document and the 
individual pages be clearly marked as to whether they are confidential 
or non-confidential, and that the confidential business information be 
clearly identified by means of brackets. All written submissions, 
except for confidential business information, will be made available 
for inspection by interested parties.
    The Commission intends to prepare only a public report in this 
investigation. The report that the Commission makes available to the 
public will not contain confidential business information. However, all 
information, including confidential business information, submitted in 
this investigation may be disclosed to and used: (i) By the Commission, 
its employees and Offices, and contract personnel (a) for developing or 
maintaining the records of this or a related proceeding, or (b) in 
internal investigations, audits, reviews, and evaluations relating to 
the programs, personnel, and operations of the Commission including 
under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. government employees and 
contract personnel solely for cybersecurity purposes. The Commission 
will not otherwise disclose any confidential business information in a 
manner that would reveal the operations of the firm supplying the 
information.
    Summaries of Written Submissions: The Commission intends to publish 
summaries of the positions of interested persons in this report. If you 
wish to have a summary of your position included in an appendix of the 
report, please include a summary with your written submission. The 
summary may not exceed 500 words, should be in MSWord format or a 
format that can be easily converted to MSWord, and should not include 
any confidential business information. The summary will be published as 
provided if it meets these requirements and is germane to the subject 
matter of the investigation. In the report the Commission will identify 
the name of the organization furnishing the summary, and will include a 
link to the Commission's Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) 
where the full written submission can be found.

    By order of the Commission.

     Issued: January 29, 2016.
Lisa R. Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
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