Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select Service for Calendar Year 2018, 75374-75376 [2016-26218]

Download as PDF 75374 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 210 / Monday, October 31, 2016 / Notices activity described in the notification is authorized, subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.14. Dated: October 25, 2016. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–26219 Filed 10–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Report of Requests for Restrictive Trade Practice or Boycott Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce. 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 December 30, 2016. SUMMARY: 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 Mark Crace, BIS ICB Liaison, (202) 482–8093, Mark.Crace@ bis.doc.gov. ADDRESSES: III. Data OMB Control Number: 0694–0012. Form Number(s): BIS–621P, BIS– 6051P, BIS–6051 P–a. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 892. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1171. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. 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 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. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Departmental Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–26157 Filed 10–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–33–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Docket No.: 161012955–6955–01] I. Abstract sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select Service for Calendar Year 2018 This information is used to monitor requests for participation in foreign boycotts against countries friendly to the U.S. The information is analyzed to note changing trends and to decide upon appropriate action to be taken to carry out the United States’ policy of discouraging its citizens from participating in foreign restrictive trade practices and boycotts directed against friendly countries. II. Method of Collection Submitted on paper or electronically. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:53 Oct 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and call for applications. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade Administration (ITA) announces that it will accept applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) Select service for calendar year 2018 (January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018). SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This announcement sets out the objectives, procedures and application review criteria for IBP Select. Under IBP Select, ITA recruits international buyers to U.S. trade shows to meet with U.S. suppliers exhibiting at those shows. The main difference between IBP and IBP Select is that IBP offers worldwide promotion, whereas IBP Select focuses on promotion and recruitment in up to five international markets. Specifically, through the IBP Select, the DOC selects domestic trade shows that will receive DOC assistance in the form of targeted promotion and recruitment in up to five foreign markets, export counseling to exhibitors, and export counseling and matchmaking services at the trade show. This notice covers selection for IBP Select participation during calendar year 2018. DATES: Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 6, 2017. ADDRESSES: The application form can be found at www.export.gov/ibp. Applications may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) Mail/Hand (including express) Delivery Service: International Buyer Program, Trade Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 800—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; (2) Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; or (3) email: IBP2018@ trade.gov. Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and must be followed by a signed original application that is received by the program no later than five (5) business days after the application deadline. To ensure that applications are received by the deadline, applicants are strongly urged to send applications by express delivery service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service Express Delivery, Federal Express, UPS, etc.). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vidya Desai, Senior Advisor, Trade Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone (202) 482–2311; Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; Email: IBP2018@ trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The IBP was established in the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100–418, title II, § 2304, codified at 15 U.S.C. 4724) to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export potential. The IBP emphasizes cooperation E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 210 / Monday, October 31, 2016 / Notices between the DOC and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms exhibiting at selected shows and provides practical, hands-on assistance such as export counseling and market analysis to U.S. companies interested in exporting. Shows selected for the IBP Select will provide a venue for U.S. companies interested in expanding their sales into international markets. Through the IBP Select, the DOC selects trade shows that DOC determines to be leading trade shows with participation by U.S. firms interested in exporting. DOC provides successful applicants with assistance in the form of targeted overseas promotion of the show by U.S. Embassies and Consulates; outreach to show participants about exporting; recruitment of potential buyers to attend the shows; and staff assistance in setting up and staffing international trade centers at the shows. Targeted promotion in up to five markets can be executed through the overseas offices of ITA or in U.S. Embassies in countries where ITA does not maintain offices. ITA is accepting applications for IBP Select from trade show organizers of trade shows taking place between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. Selection of a trade show for IBP Select is valid for one show. A trade show organizer seeking selection for a recurring show must submit a new application for selection for each occurrence of the show. For shows that occur more than once in a calendar year, the trade show organizer must submit a separate application for each show. There is no fee required to submit an application. For IBP Select in calendar year 2018, ITA expects to select approximately 10 shows from among the applicants. ITA will select those shows that are determined to most clearly support the statutory mandate in 15 U.S.C. 4721 to promote U.S. exports, especially those of small- and mediumsized enterprises, and that best meet the selection criteria articulated below. Once selected, applicants will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC, and submit payment of the $6,000 2018 participation fee (by check or credit card) within 30 days of written notification of acceptance into IBP Select. The MOA constitutes an agreement between the DOC and the show organizer specifying which responsibilities for international promotion and export assistance services at the trade shows are to be undertaken by the DOC as part of the IBP Select and, in turn, which responsibilities are to be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:53 Oct 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 application information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along with the application form and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. Applicants are encouraged to review the MOA closely, as IBP Select participants are required to comply with all terms, conditions, and obligations in the MOA. Trade show organizer obligations include the construction of an International Trade Center at the trade show, production of an export interest directory, and provision of complimentary hotel accommodations for DOC staff as explained in the MOA. ITA responsibilities include targeted promotion of the trade show and, where feasible, recruitment of international buyers to that show from up to five target markets identified, provision of on-site export assistance to U.S. exhibitors at the show, and the reporting of results to the show organizer. Selection as an IBP Select show does not constitute a guarantee by DOC of the show’s success. IBP Select participation status is not an endorsement of the show except as to its international buyer activities. Non-selection of an applicant for IBP Select status should not be viewed as a determination that the show will not be successful in promoting U.S. exports. Eligibility: 2018 U.S. trade shows with 1,350 or fewer exhibitors are eligible to apply, through the show organizer, for IBP Select participation. First-time shows will also be considered. Exclusions: U.S. trade shows with over 1,350 exhibitors will not be considered for IBP Select. General Evaluation Criteria: ITA will evaluate applicants for IBP Select using the following criteria: (a) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by DOC sources, including industry analysts’ assessment of export potential, ITA best prospects lists, and U.S. export analysis. (b) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to marketing opportunities as identified by ITA. Previous international attendance at the show may be used as an indicator. (c) Scope of the Show: The show must offer a broad spectrum of U.S. made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows with a majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority. (d) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors featuring a high percentage of products produced in the United States or products with a PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75375 high degree of U.S. content will be preferred. (e) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by the industry it covers as a leading show for the promotion of that industry’s products and services both domestically and internationally, and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that industry. (f) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is significant interest on the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors should be new-to-export or seeking to expand their sales into additional export markets. (g) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated effort by the applicant to market prior shows overseas. In addition, the applicant should describe in detail the international marketing program to be conducted for the show, and explain how efforts should increase individual and group international attendance. (h) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness to cooperate with ITA to fulfill the program’s goals and adhere to the target dates set out in the MOA and in the show timetables, both of which are available from the program office (see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in the IBP will be taken into account in evaluating the applications received. (i) Delegation Incentives: Waived or reduced (by at least 50% off lowest price) admission fees are required for international attendees who are participating in IBP Select. Delegation leaders also must be provided complimentary admission to the show. In addition, show organizers should offer a range of incentives to delegations and/or delegation leaders recruited by the DOC overseas posts. Examples of incentives to international visitors and to organized delegations include: Special organized events, such as receptions, meetings with association executives, briefings, and site tours; or complimentary accommodations for delegation leaders. Review Process: ITA will vet all applications received based on the criteria set out in this notice. Vetting will include soliciting input from ITA industry analysts, as well as domestic and international field offices, focusing primarily on the export potential, level of international interest, and stature of the show. In reviewing applications, ITA will also consider sector and calendar diversity in terms of the need to allocate resources to support selected shows. E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1 75376 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 210 / Monday, October 31, 2016 / Notices Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications for 2018 IBP Select are required to submit: (1) A narrative statement addressing each question in the application, OMB 0625–0143 (found at www.export.gov/ ibp); and (2) a signed statement that ‘‘The above information provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the terms set forth in this Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018);’’ on or before the deadline noted above. Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 6, 2017. There is no fee required to apply. ITA expects to issue the results of this process in April 2017. Legal Authority: The statutory program authority for ITA to conduct the IBP is 15 U.S.C. 4724. ITA has the legal authority to enter into MOAs with show organizers under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows ITA to accept contributions of funds and services from firms for the purposes of furthering its mission. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements of the application to this program (0625–0143) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625–0143). Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. For further information please contact: Vidya Desai, Senior Advisor, Trade Promotion Programs (IBP2018@ trade.gov). Frank Spector, Trade Promotion Programs. [FR Doc. 2016–26218 Filed 10–28–16; 8:45 am] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:53 Oct 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–533–840] Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From India: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: Avanti Frozen Foods Private Limited (Avanti Frozen) requested a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp (shrimp) from India. The Department of Commerce (Department) is initiating this changed circumstances review and preliminarily determining that Avanti Frozen is the successor-in-interest to Avanti Feeds Limited (Avanti Feeds). DATES: Effective October 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E. Whitley Herndon, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202–482–6274. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On February 1, 2005, the Department published in the Federal Register an antidumping duty order on shrimp from India.1 In the tenth administrative review of the Order, Avanti Feeds was assigned a cash deposit rate of 2.20 percent.2 On September 7, 2016, Avanti Frozen requested that, pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) and 19 CFR 351.216(b), the Department conduct a changed circumstances review of the Order to confirm that Avanti Frozen is the successor-in-interest to Avanti Feeds.3 In its submission, Avanti Frozen explained that Avanti Feeds undertook a business reorganization and transferred its shrimp business to its subsidiary company, Avanti Frozen.4 1 See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India, 70 FR 5147 (February 1, 2005) (Order). 2 See Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From India: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; Final Determination of No Shipments; 2014–2015, 81 FR 62867 (September 13, 2016) (10th AR). 3 See Letter from Avanti Frozen entitled ‘‘Frozen Warmwater Shrimp form India: Request to Initiate a Successor-in-Interest Changed Circumstances Review,’’ dated September 7, 2016 (Avanti Frozen CCR Request). 4 Id. at 2. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The domestic industry did not file any comment for these preliminary results. Scope of the Order The merchandise subject to the order is certain frozen warmwater shrimp.5 The product is currently classified under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item numbers: 0306.17.00.03, 0306.17.00.06, 0306.17.00.09, 0306.17.00.12, 0306.17.00.15, 0306.17.00.18, 0306.17.00.21, 0306.17.00.24, 0306.17.00.27, 0306.17.00.40, 1605.21.10.30, and 1605.29.10.10. Although the HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written product description remains dispositive. Initiation and Preliminary Results Pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Act, the Department will conduct a changed circumstances review upon receipt of information concerning, or a request from, an interested party for a review of an antidumping duty order which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. As indicated in the ‘‘Background’’ section, we received information indicating that Avanti Feeds has transferred its shrimp business to Avanti Frozen. This constitutes changed circumstances warranting a review of the order.6 Therefore, in accordance with section 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216(d) and (e), we are initiating a changed circumstances review based upon the information contained in Avanti Frozen’s submission. Section 351.221(c)(3)(ii) of the Department’s regulations permits the Department to combine the notice of initiation of a changed circumstances review and the notice of preliminary results if the Department concludes that expedited action is warranted. In this instance, because the record contains information necessary to make a preliminary finding, we find that expedited action is warranted and have combined the notice of initiation and the notice of preliminary results. In this changed circumstances review, pursuant to section 751(b) of the Act, the Department conducted a successorin-interest analysis. In making a successor-in-interest determination, the Department examines several factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the following: (1) Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier 5 For a complete description of the Scope of the Order, see 10th AR, and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at ‘‘Scope.’’ 6 See 19 CFR 351.216(d). E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM 31OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No.: 161012955-6955-01]


Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select 
Service for Calendar Year 2018

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and call for applications.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade 
Administration (ITA) announces that it will accept applications for the 
International Buyer Program (IBP) Select service for calendar year 2018 
(January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018). This announcement sets 
out the objectives, procedures and application review criteria for IBP 
Select. Under IBP Select, ITA recruits international buyers to U.S. 
trade shows to meet with U.S. suppliers exhibiting at those shows. The 
main difference between IBP and IBP Select is that IBP offers worldwide 
promotion, whereas IBP Select focuses on promotion and recruitment in 
up to five international markets. Specifically, through the IBP Select, 
the DOC selects domestic trade shows that will receive DOC assistance 
in the form of targeted promotion and recruitment in up to five foreign 
markets, export counseling to exhibitors, and export counseling and 
matchmaking services at the trade show. This notice covers selection 
for IBP Select participation during calendar year 2018.

DATES: Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 
6, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The application form can be found at www.export.gov/ibp. 
Applications may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) 
Mail/Hand (including express) Delivery Service: International Buyer 
Program, Trade Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW., Suite 800--Mezzanine Level--Atrium North, Washington, DC 
20004; (2) Facsimile: (202) 482-7800; or (3) email: IBP2018@trade.gov. 
Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim 
applications, and must be followed by a signed original application 
that is received by the program no later than five (5) business days 
after the application deadline. To ensure that applications are 
received by the deadline, applicants are strongly urged to send 
applications by express delivery service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service 
Express Delivery, Federal Express, UPS, etc.).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vidya Desai, Senior Advisor, Trade 
Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 
800M--Mezzanine Level--Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone 
(202) 482-2311; Facsimile: (202) 482-7800; Email: IBP2018@trade.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The IBP was established in the Omnibus Trade 
and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-418, title II, Sec.  2304, 
codified at 15 U.S.C. 4724) to bring international buyers together with 
U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with 
high export potential. The IBP emphasizes cooperation

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between the DOC and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms 
exhibiting at selected shows and provides practical, hands-on 
assistance such as export counseling and market analysis to U.S. 
companies interested in exporting. Shows selected for the IBP Select 
will provide a venue for U.S. companies interested in expanding their 
sales into international markets.
    Through the IBP Select, the DOC selects trade shows that DOC 
determines to be leading trade shows with participation by U.S. firms 
interested in exporting. DOC provides successful applicants with 
assistance in the form of targeted overseas promotion of the show by 
U.S. Embassies and Consulates; outreach to show participants about 
exporting; recruitment of potential buyers to attend the shows; and 
staff assistance in setting up and staffing international trade centers 
at the shows. Targeted promotion in up to five markets can be executed 
through the overseas offices of ITA or in U.S. Embassies in countries 
where ITA does not maintain offices.
    ITA is accepting applications for IBP Select from trade show 
organizers of trade shows taking place between January 1, 2018, and 
December 31, 2018. Selection of a trade show for IBP Select is valid 
for one show. A trade show organizer seeking selection for a recurring 
show must submit a new application for selection for each occurrence of 
the show. For shows that occur more than once in a calendar year, the 
trade show organizer must submit a separate application for each show.
    There is no fee required to submit an application. For IBP Select 
in calendar year 2018, ITA expects to select approximately 10 shows 
from among the applicants. ITA will select those shows that are 
determined to most clearly support the statutory mandate in 15 U.S.C. 
4721 to promote U.S. exports, especially those of small- and medium-
sized enterprises, and that best meet the selection criteria 
articulated below. Once selected, applicants will be required to enter 
into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC, and submit payment 
of the $6,000 2018 participation fee (by check or credit card) within 
30 days of written notification of acceptance into IBP Select. The MOA 
constitutes an agreement between the DOC and the show organizer 
specifying which responsibilities for international promotion and 
export assistance services at the trade shows are to be undertaken by 
the DOC as part of the IBP Select and, in turn, which responsibilities 
are to be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting 
application information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along 
with the application form and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. 
Applicants are encouraged to review the MOA closely, as IBP Select 
participants are required to comply with all terms, conditions, and 
obligations in the MOA. Trade show organizer obligations include the 
construction of an International Trade Center at the trade show, 
production of an export interest directory, and provision of 
complimentary hotel accommodations for DOC staff as explained in the 
MOA. ITA responsibilities include targeted promotion of the trade show 
and, where feasible, recruitment of international buyers to that show 
from up to five target markets identified, provision of on-site export 
assistance to U.S. exhibitors at the show, and the reporting of results 
to the show organizer.
    Selection as an IBP Select show does not constitute a guarantee by 
DOC of the show's success. IBP Select participation status is not an 
endorsement of the show except as to its international buyer 
activities. Non-selection of an applicant for IBP Select status should 
not be viewed as a determination that the show will not be successful 
in promoting U.S. exports.
    Eligibility: 2018 U.S. trade shows with 1,350 or fewer exhibitors 
are eligible to apply, through the show organizer, for IBP Select 
participation. First-time shows will also be considered.
    Exclusions: U.S. trade shows with over 1,350 exhibitors will not be 
considered for IBP Select.
    General Evaluation Criteria: ITA will evaluate applicants for IBP 
Select using the following criteria:
    (a) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services 
from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by 
DOC sources, including industry analysts' assessment of export 
potential, ITA best prospects lists, and U.S. export analysis.
    (b) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs 
of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to 
marketing opportunities as identified by ITA. Previous international 
attendance at the show may be used as an indicator.
    (c) Scope of the Show: The show must offer a broad spectrum of U.S. 
made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows with a 
majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority.
    (d) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors 
featuring a high percentage of products produced in the United States 
or products with a high degree of U.S. content will be preferred.
    (e) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by 
the industry it covers as a leading show for the promotion of that 
industry's products and services both domestically and internationally, 
and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that 
industry.
    (f) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is significant interest on 
the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business 
visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors 
should be new-to-export or seeking to expand their sales into 
additional export markets.
    (g) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated 
effort by the applicant to market prior shows overseas. In addition, 
the applicant should describe in detail the international marketing 
program to be conducted for the show, and explain how efforts should 
increase individual and group international attendance.
    (h) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness 
to cooperate with ITA to fulfill the program's goals and adhere to the 
target dates set out in the MOA and in the show timetables, both of 
which are available from the program office (see the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in the IBP will be 
taken into account in evaluating the applications received.
    (i) Delegation Incentives: Waived or reduced (by at least 50% off 
lowest price) admission fees are required for international attendees 
who are participating in IBP Select. Delegation leaders also must be 
provided complimentary admission to the show. In addition, show 
organizers should offer a range of incentives to delegations and/or 
delegation leaders recruited by the DOC overseas posts. Examples of 
incentives to international visitors and to organized delegations 
include: Special organized events, such as receptions, meetings with 
association executives, briefings, and site tours; or complimentary 
accommodations for delegation leaders.
    Review Process: ITA will vet all applications received based on the 
criteria set out in this notice. Vetting will include soliciting input 
from ITA industry analysts, as well as domestic and international field 
offices, focusing primarily on the export potential, level of 
international interest, and stature of the show. In reviewing 
applications, ITA will also consider sector and calendar diversity in 
terms of the need to allocate resources to support selected shows.

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    Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications 
for 2018 IBP Select are required to submit: (1) A narrative statement 
addressing each question in the application, OMB 0625-0143 (found at 
www.export.gov/ibp); and (2) a signed statement that ``The above 
information provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the 
terms set forth in this Call for Applications for the International 
Buyer Program Select (January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018);'' on 
or before the deadline noted above. Applications for IBP Select must be 
received by Friday, January 6, 2017. There is no fee required to apply. 
ITA expects to issue the results of this process in April 2017.
    Legal Authority: The statutory program authority for ITA to conduct 
the IBP is 15 U.S.C. 4724. ITA has the legal authority to enter into 
MOAs with show organizers under the provisions of the Mutual 
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as amended (22 
U.S.C. 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows ITA to accept contributions 
of funds and services from firms for the purposes of furthering its 
mission.
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the 
information collection requirements of the application to this program 
(0625-0143) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625-0143). Notwithstanding 
any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor 
shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a 
collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a 
currently valid OMB Control Number.
    For further information please contact: Vidya Desai, Senior 
Advisor, Trade Promotion Programs (IBP2018@trade.gov).

Frank Spector,
Trade Promotion Programs.
[FR Doc. 2016-26218 Filed 10-28-16; 8:45 am]
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