Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act, 32044-32046 [2017-14510]

Download as PDF 32044 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 / Notices press. We will make a transcript of the hearing available on www.regulations.gov within approximately two weeks of the hearing. We must receive your written requests to present oral testimony at the hearing and pre-hearing briefs, statements, or comments by noon on Friday, August 4, 2017. You must make the intent to testify notification in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field under docket number USTR–2017–0005 on the www.regulations.gov Web site and you should include the name, address, telephone number and email address, if available, of the person presenting the testimony. You should attach a summary of the testimony by using the ‘‘Upload File’’ field. The name of the file also should include who will be presenting the testimony. Remarks at the hearing should be limited to no more than five minutes to allow for possible questions from the Subcommittee. You should submit all documents in accordance with the instructions in section III below. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES III. Requirements for Submissions In order to be assured of consideration, persons submitting a notification of intent to testify and/or written comments must do so in English by noon on Friday, August 4, 2017. USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2017–0005 on the home page and click ‘‘search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment Now!’’ For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on ‘‘How to Use Regulations.gov’’ on the bottom of the home page. We will not accept handdelivered submissions. 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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. As noted, USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through www.regulations.gov. You must make any alternative arrangements with Yvonne Jamison in advance of transmitting a comment. You can contact Ms. Jamison at (202) 395–3475. General information concerning USTR is available at www.ustr.gov. We will post comments in the docket for public inspection, except business confidential information. You can view comments on the www.regulations.gov Web site by entering the relevant docket number in the search field on the home page. IV. Petitions 15 CFR part 2017 permits any interested party to submit a petition to USTR, at any time, with respect to whether a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country is meeting the AGOA eligibility requirements. An interested party may file such a petition through www.regulations.gov, under docket number USTR–2017–0005. Edward Gresser, Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2017–14436 Filed 7–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F7–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2017–0007] Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the United States Trade Representative to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2017. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA, as amended. The TPSC will use this information to prepare the report to Congress on the operation of the program. DATES: The TPSC must receive your written comment by September 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: The TPSC strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in section III below. The docket number is USTR–2017–0007. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395–3475. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning written comments, contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395–3475. Direct all other questions to Albert Pyott at (202) 395– 9539. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 212(f)(1) of CBERA (19 U.S.C. 2702(f)(1)) requires the United States Trade Representative to report on the performance of each CBERA or CBTPA beneficiary country. Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago receive benefits under both CBERA and CBTPA. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive benefits only under CBERA. As described in more detail below, the TSPC seeks comments on any aspect of the program’s operation, including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. You can access these criteria at http:// www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011title19/html/USCODE-2011-title19chap15.htm. The report also will examine the CBI’s effect on the volume E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 / Notices and composition of trade and investment between the United States and the CBI beneficiary countries and on advancing U.S. trade policy goals. You can access the most recent CBI report at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/ files/2015-CBI-Report-Final.pdf. II. Reporting Requirements on the Eligibility Criteria for All CBI Beneficiary Countries The TSPC seeks comments on any aspect of the program’s operation, including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries using the following criteria: mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES A. CBERA ‘‘Mandatory’’ Criteria Under section 212(b) (19 U.S.C. 2702(b)), unless the President determines that is in the national economic or security interest of the United States, s/he may not designate as a CBI beneficiary country any country that: 1. Is a Communist country. 2. Has expropriated or nationalized property of U.S. citizens, unless the President determines that the country is taking steps to resolve the citizen’s claim. 3. Fails to act in good faith in recognizing as binding or in enforcing arbitral awards in favor of U.S. citizens or corporations owned by U.S. citizens. 4. Affords preferential treatment to the products of a developed country other than the United States that has, or is likely to have, a significant adverse effect on U.S. commerce, unless the President has received satisfactory assurances that the country will eliminate the preferential treatment or acts to assure that there will be no significant adverse effect. 5. Allows the broadcast of copyrighted material, including films or television material belonging to United States copyright owners without their express consent. 6. Is not a signatory to a treaty, convention, protocol, or other agreement regarding the extradition of U.S. citizens. 7. Has not or is not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights as defined in section 507(4) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2467(4)) to workers in the country (including any designated zone in that country). B. CBERA ‘‘Discretionary’’ Factors Under section 212(c) (19 U.S.C. 2702(c)), the President may consider the following factors in determining whether to designate any country as a CBI beneficiary country: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jul 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 1. An expression of a country’s desire to be so designated. 2. The economic conditions and living standards in a country. 3. The extent to which a country has assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets and basic commodity resources of the country. 4. The degree to which the country follows the international trade rules of the WTO. 5. The degree to which a country uses export subsidies or imposes export performance requirements or local content requirements that distort international trade. 6. The degree to which the trade policies of a country as they relate to other beneficiary countries are contributing to the revitalization of the region. 7. The degree to which a country is undertaking self-help measures to promote its own economic development. 8. Whether or not a country has taken or is taking steps to afford to workers in that country (including any designated zone in that country) internationally recognized worker rights. 9. The extent to which a country provides adequate and effective legal means for foreign nationals to secure, exercise, and enforce exclusive intellectual property rights. 10. The extent to which a country prohibits its nationals from broadcasting U.S. copyrighted materials, including film and television material, without their express consent. 11. The extent to which a country cooperates with the United States in the administration of CBI preferences. C. CBTPA Eligibility Criteria Under section 213(b)(5)(B) (19 U.S.C. 2703(b)(5)(B)), in considering the eligibility of the CBI countries and dependent territories that have expressed an interest in receiving the enhanced preferences of the CBTPA, the President must take into account the existing eligibility criteria of the CBERA, as well as several additional revised criteria elaborated in the CBTPA. These additional criteria are: 1. Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another free trade agreement. 2. The extent to which the country provides protection of intellectual property rights consistent with or greater than the protection afforded PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32045 under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. 3. The extent to which the country provides internationally recognized worker rights including: The right of association; the right to organize and bargain collectively; a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; a minimum age for the employment of children; and acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health. 4. Whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in section 507(6) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2467(6)). 5. The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. 6. The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. 7. The extent to which the country applies transparent, nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in government procurement, and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and implement rules on transparency in government procurement. III. Requirements for Submissions In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, the TPSC strongly encourages on-line submissions, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. We must receive your electronic submission by the September 15, 2017 deadline. You must submit all comments in English and must identify on the first page of the submission the subject matter of the comment as the ‘‘CBI Report to Congress.’’ To submit a comment via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2017–0007 on the home page and click ‘‘search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment Now!’’ For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on ‘‘How to Use Regulations.gov’’ on the bottom of the home page. We will not accept handdelivered submissions. The www.regulations.gov Web site allows users to provide comments by filling in a ‘‘Type Comment’’ field, or by attaching a document using an ‘‘Upload E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 32046 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 11, 2017 / Notices File’’ field. The TPSC prefers that you provide submissions as an attached document. If you attach a document, please type ‘‘CBI Report to Congress’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. The TPSC prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. If the submission is in another file format, please indicate the name of the software application in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. File names should reflect the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. 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 comment itself, rather than submitting them as separate files. Submissions should not exceed 30 single-spaced, standard letter-size pages in 12-point type, including attachments. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC’’. Any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ on the top of that page and the submission should clearly indicate, via brackets, highlighting, or other means, the specific information that is business confidential. A submitter requesting business confidential treatment must certify that the information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. Additionally, the submitter should type ‘‘Business Confidential CBI Report to Congress’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. If you file comments containing business confidential information, you also must separately submit a public version of the comments that we will place in the docket for public inspection. The file name of the public version should begin with the character ‘‘P’’. The ‘‘BC’’ and ‘‘P’’ should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Filers submitting comments containing no business confidential information should name their file using the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. You will receive a submission tracking number upon completion of the submissions procedure at www.regulations.gov. The tracking number is your confirmation that the submission was received into www.regulations.gov. The TPSC is not able to provide technical assistance for the Web site. The TPSC may not VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Jul 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 consider documents that are not submitted in accordance with these instructions. As noted, the TPSC strongly urges submitters to file comments through www.regulations.gov. You must make any alternative arrangements with Yvonne Jamison in advance of transmitting a comment. You can contact Ms. Jamison at (202) 395–3475. We will post comments in the docket for public inspection, except business confidential information. You can view comments on the www.regulations.gov Web site by entering the relevant docket number in the search field on the home page. You can find general information about the Office of the United States Trade Representative on its Web site: http://www.ustr.gov. Edward B. Gresser, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2017–14510 Filed 7–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F7–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land Use Assurance Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, WA Notice is being given that the FAA is considering a proposal from the City of Arlington Airport Director to change certain portions of the airport from aeronautical use to nonaeronautical use at Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, WA. The proposal consists of ten parcels on the east side of the airfield adjacent to 59th Avenue, Northeast. DATES: Comments must be received August 10, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David M. Ryan, Airport Director, City of Arlington, 18204 59th Avenue NE., Arlington, WA 98223; or Ms. Cayla D. Morgan, Environmental Protection Specialist, Seattle Airports District Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Suite 250, Renton, WA 98057–3356, (425) 227–2653. Documents reflecting this FAA action may be reviewed at the above locations. Written comments can be provided to Ms. Cayla D. Morgan, Environmental Protection Specialist, Seattle Airports District Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Suite 250, Renton, WA 98057–3356. PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 30, 2017. Joelle Briggs, Manager, Seattle Airports District Office. [FR Doc. 2017–14523 Filed 7–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. 47153(c), and 47107(h)(2), the FAA is considering a proposal from the Airport Director, City of Arlington, to change a portion of the Arlington Municipal Airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use. The proposal consists of ten parcels on the east side of the airport adjacent to 59th Avenue, Northeast. The parcels are landlocked and do not have airfield access. They are currently being used for aerospace manufacturing, office space, and parking. They will remain rental property with all lease revenues going to the airport operating budget. The FAA concurs that the parcels are no longer needed for aeronautical purposes. The proposed use of this property is compatible with other airport operations in accordance with FAA’s Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in Federal Register on February 16, 1999. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 131 (Tuesday, July 11, 2017)]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2017-0007]


Request for Comments on Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic 
Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments on 
the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as 
amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 
2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the 
United States Trade Representative to submit a report to Congress 
regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly 
referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before 
December 31, 2017. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the 
operation of the CBI, including the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA 
beneficiary country under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 
212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA, as amended. The TPSC will use this 
information to prepare the report to Congress on the operation of the 
program.

DATES: The TPSC must receive your written comment by September 15, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: The TPSC strongly prefers electronic submissions made 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments in section III below. 
The docket number is USTR-2017-0007. For alternatives to on-line 
submissions, please contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-3475.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning 
written comments, contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-3475. Direct all 
other questions to Albert Pyott at (202) 395-9539.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Section 212(f)(1) of CBERA (19 U.S.C. 2702(f)(1)) requires the 
United States Trade Representative to report on the performance of each 
CBERA or CBTPA beneficiary country. Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Guyana, 
Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago receive benefits 
under both CBERA and CBTPA. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, 
British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and 
Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive benefits only 
under CBERA.
    As described in more detail below, the TSPC seeks comments on any 
aspect of the program's operation, including the performance of CBERA 
and CBTPA beneficiary countries under the criteria described in 
sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. You 
can access these criteria at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title19/html/USCODE-2011-title19-chap15.htm. The report also will 
examine the CBI's effect on the volume

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and composition of trade and investment between the United States and 
the CBI beneficiary countries and on advancing U.S. trade policy goals. 
You can access the most recent CBI report at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-CBI-Report-Final.pdf.

II. Reporting Requirements on the Eligibility Criteria for All CBI 
Beneficiary Countries

    The TSPC seeks comments on any aspect of the program's operation, 
including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries 
using the following criteria:

A. CBERA ``Mandatory'' Criteria

    Under section 212(b) (19 U.S.C. 2702(b)), unless the President 
determines that is in the national economic or security interest of the 
United States, s/he may not designate as a CBI beneficiary country any 
country that:
    1. Is a Communist country.
    2. Has expropriated or nationalized property of U.S. citizens, 
unless the President determines that the country is taking steps to 
resolve the citizen's claim.
    3. Fails to act in good faith in recognizing as binding or in 
enforcing arbitral awards in favor of U.S. citizens or corporations 
owned by U.S. citizens.
    4. Affords preferential treatment to the products of a developed 
country other than the United States that has, or is likely to have, a 
significant adverse effect on U.S. commerce, unless the President has 
received satisfactory assurances that the country will eliminate the 
preferential treatment or acts to assure that there will be no 
significant adverse effect.
    5. Allows the broadcast of copyrighted material, including films or 
television material belonging to United States copyright owners without 
their express consent.
    6. Is not a signatory to a treaty, convention, protocol, or other 
agreement regarding the extradition of U.S. citizens.
    7. Has not or is not taking steps to afford internationally 
recognized worker rights as defined in section 507(4) of the Trade Act 
of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2467(4)) to workers in the country 
(including any designated zone in that country).

B. CBERA ``Discretionary'' Factors

    Under section 212(c) (19 U.S.C. 2702(c)), the President may 
consider the following factors in determining whether to designate any 
country as a CBI beneficiary country:
    1. An expression of a country's desire to be so designated.
    2. The economic conditions and living standards in a country.
    3. The extent to which a country has assured the United States that 
it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets and 
basic commodity resources of the country.
    4. The degree to which the country follows the international trade 
rules of the WTO.
    5. The degree to which a country uses export subsidies or imposes 
export performance requirements or local content requirements that 
distort international trade.
    6. The degree to which the trade policies of a country as they 
relate to other beneficiary countries are contributing to the 
revitalization of the region.
    7. The degree to which a country is undertaking self-help measures 
to promote its own economic development.
    8. Whether or not a country has taken or is taking steps to afford 
to workers in that country (including any designated zone in that 
country) internationally recognized worker rights.
    9. The extent to which a country provides adequate and effective 
legal means for foreign nationals to secure, exercise, and enforce 
exclusive intellectual property rights.
    10. The extent to which a country prohibits its nationals from 
broadcasting U.S. copyrighted materials, including film and television 
material, without their express consent.
    11. The extent to which a country cooperates with the United States 
in the administration of CBI preferences.

C. CBTPA Eligibility Criteria

    Under section 213(b)(5)(B) (19 U.S.C. 2703(b)(5)(B)), in 
considering the eligibility of the CBI countries and dependent 
territories that have expressed an interest in receiving the enhanced 
preferences of the CBTPA, the President must take into account the 
existing eligibility criteria of the CBERA, as well as several 
additional revised criteria elaborated in the CBTPA. These additional 
criteria are:
    1. Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to 
undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 
or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the 
completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another 
free trade agreement.
    2. The extent to which the country provides protection of 
intellectual property rights consistent with or greater than the 
protection afforded under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of 
Intellectual Property Rights.
    3. The extent to which the country provides internationally 
recognized worker rights including: The right of association; the right 
to organize and bargain collectively; a prohibition on the use of any 
form of forced or compulsory labor; a minimum age for the employment of 
children; and acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum 
wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health.
    4. Whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate 
the worst forms of child labor, as defined in section 507(6) of the 
Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2467(6)).
    5. The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics 
certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    6. The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a 
party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against 
Corruption.
    7. The extent to which the country applies transparent, 
nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in government procurement, 
and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and 
implement rules on transparency in government procurement.

III. Requirements for Submissions

    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, the TPSC strongly encourages on-line submissions, using the 
www.regulations.gov Web site. We must receive your electronic 
submission by the September 15, 2017 deadline. You must submit all 
comments in English and must identify on the first page of the 
submission the subject matter of the comment as the ``CBI Report to 
Congress.''
    To submit a comment via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number 
USTR-2017-0007 on the home page and click ``search.'' The site will 
provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with 
this docket. Find a reference to this notice and click on the link 
entitled ``Comment Now!'' For further information on using the 
www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on 
the Web site by clicking on ``How to Use Regulations.gov'' on the 
bottom of the home page. We will not accept hand-delivered submissions.
    The www.regulations.gov Web site allows users to provide comments 
by filling in a ``Type Comment'' field, or by attaching a document 
using an ``Upload

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File'' field. The TPSC prefers that you provide submissions as an 
attached document. If you attach a document, please type ``CBI Report 
to Congress'' in the ``Type Comment'' field. The TPSC prefers 
submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. If 
the submission is in another file format, please indicate the name of 
the software application in the ``Type Comment'' field. File names 
should reflect the name of the person or entity submitting the 
comments. 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 comment itself, rather than submitting them as 
separate files. Submissions should not exceed 30 single-spaced, 
standard letter-size pages in 12-point type, including attachments.
    For any comments submitted electronically containing business 
confidential information, the file name of the business confidential 
version should begin with the characters ``BC''. Any page containing 
business confidential information must be clearly marked ``BUSINESS 
CONFIDENTIAL'' on the top of that page and the submission should 
clearly indicate, via brackets, highlighting, or other means, the 
specific information that is business confidential. A submitter 
requesting business confidential treatment must certify that the 
information is business confidential and would not customarily be 
released to the public by the submitter. Additionally, the submitter 
should type ``Business Confidential CBI Report to Congress'' in the 
``Type Comment'' field. If you file comments containing business 
confidential information, you also must separately submit a public 
version of the comments that we will place in the docket for public 
inspection. The file name of the public version should begin with the 
character ``P''. The ``BC'' and ``P'' should be followed by the name of 
the person or entity submitting the comments. Filers submitting 
comments containing no business confidential information should name 
their file using the name of the person or entity submitting the 
comments.
    You will receive a submission tracking number upon completion of 
the submissions procedure at www.regulations.gov. The tracking number 
is your confirmation that the submission was received into 
www.regulations.gov. The TPSC is not able to provide technical 
assistance for the Web site. The TPSC may not consider documents that 
are not submitted in accordance with these instructions.
    As noted, the TPSC strongly urges submitters to file comments 
through www.regulations.gov. You must make any alternative arrangements 
with Yvonne Jamison in advance of transmitting a comment. You can 
contact Ms. Jamison at (202) 395-3475.
    We will post comments in the docket for public inspection, except 
business confidential information. You can view comments on the 
www.regulations.gov Web site by entering the relevant docket number in 
the search field on the home page. You can find general information 
about the Office of the United States Trade Representative on its Web 
site: http://www.ustr.gov.

Edward B. Gresser,
Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative.
[FR Doc. 2017-14510 Filed 7-10-17; 8:45 am]
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