Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select for Quarter 1 Calendar Year 2019, 4468-4470 [2018-01870]

Download as PDF 4468 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 21 / Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / Notices customer-) specific per-unit duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer’s (or customer’s) examined sales to the total sales quantity associated with those sales, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Where an importer- (or customer-) specific assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties. Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for LGE will be the rate established in the final results of this review; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not participating in this review, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 11.80 percent, the all-others rate established in the LTFV investigation.4 These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. 4 See Large Residential Washers from Mexico and the Republic of Korea: Antidumping Duty Orders, 78 FR 11148 (February 15, 2013). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jan 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 Administrative Protective Order This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation, which is subject to sanction. Notification to Interested Parties We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: January 24, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2018–01868 Filed 1–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Docket No. 171213999–7999–02] Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select for Quarter 1 Calendar Year 2019 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 for quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 (January 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019). The IBP Select is currently undergoing a program review that may result in new ITA products and services for trade shows. The program review may not be complete in time to provide products and services for shows that occur in the first quarter of calendar year 2019, so the IBP is moving forward with accepting applications for only that time period. The IBP may announce subsequent calls for applications for other quarters of calendar year 2019, depending on how soon ITA finalizes the program review. Should the program review result in new ITA products and services for trade shows, they will be SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 announced separately in the Federal Register. 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 ITA services in the form of targeted promotion and recruitment in up to five foreign markets, as well as export counseling to exhibitors at the trade show. This notice covers selection for IBP Select participation during quarter 1 of calendar year 2019. DATES: Applications for IBP Select for quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 must be received by March 19, 2018. 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 or (2) email: IBP2019@trade.gov. 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; Email: IBP2019@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\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 21 / Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / 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, ITA selects U.S. trade shows, with participation by U.S. firms interested in exporting, that ITA determines to be leading international trade shows. DOC provides successful applicants with services 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 by 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, 2019, and March 31, 2019. 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 quarter 1 of calendar year 2019, ITA expects to select approximately 3 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 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 17:36 Jan 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 selection 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: U.S. trade shows taking place between January 1, 2019, and March 31, 2019, 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. Trade shows that take place April 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, will not be considered at this time. If the program review described in the SUMMARY section above does not result in new ITA programs and services for trade shows that take place April 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, a separate Federal Register Notice will be issued to call for applications for the International Buyer Program Select for other quarters of calendar year 2019. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4469 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. E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 4470 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 21 / Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / Notices 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. Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications for quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 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 information submitted in this application 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, 2019, through March 31, 2019);’’ on or before the deadline noted above. Applications for IBP Select must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. There is no fee required to apply. ITA expects to issue the results of this process in April 2018. 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jan 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 Trade Promotion Programs (IBP2019@ trade.gov). we are rescinding the administrative review of PSF from China for the POR. Frank Spector, Trade Promotion Programs. Assessment [FR Doc. 2018–01870 Filed 1–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–905] Certain Polyester Staple Fiber From the People’s Republic of China: Rescission of 2016–2017 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain polyester staple fiber (PSF) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period of review (POR), June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable January 31, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–0413. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On August 1, 2017, based on a timely request for review by DAK Americas, LLC (the petitioner), Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on PSF from China, covering the POR.1 On October 27, 2017, the petitioner withdrew its request for an administrative review in its entirety.2 Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party that requested the review withdraws its request within 90 days of the publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. The petitioner withdrew its request within the 90-day deadline. No other party requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order. As a result, We will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Because Commerce is rescinding this administrative review in its entirety, the entries to which this administrative review pertained shall be assessed antidumping duties at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication of this notice. Notifications This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce’s presumption that reimbursement of the antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. This notice also serves as a final reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: January 24, 2018. James Maeder, Senior Director performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2018–01871 Filed 1–30–18; 8:45 am] 1 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 35749 (August 1, 2017). 2 See the petitioner’s October 27, 2017 letter. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 21 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No. 171213999-7999-02]


Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select 
for Quarter 1 Calendar Year 2019

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 for quarter 1 of calendar year 
2019 (January 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019). The IBP Select is 
currently undergoing a program review that may result in new ITA 
products and services for trade shows. The program review may not be 
complete in time to provide products and services for shows that occur 
in the first quarter of calendar year 2019, so the IBP is moving 
forward with accepting applications for only that time period. The IBP 
may announce subsequent calls for applications for other quarters of 
calendar year 2019, depending on how soon ITA finalizes the program 
review. Should the program review result in new ITA products and 
services for trade shows, they will be announced separately in the 
Federal Register.
    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 ITA services in the form of targeted 
promotion and recruitment in up to five foreign markets, as well as 
export counseling to exhibitors at the trade show. This notice covers 
selection for IBP Select participation during quarter 1 of calendar 
year 2019.

DATES: Applications for IBP Select for quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 
must be received by March 19, 2018.

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 
or (2) email: [email protected]. 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; Email: [email protected].

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, ITA selects U.S. trade shows, with 
participation by U.S. firms interested in exporting, that ITA 
determines to be leading international trade shows. DOC provides 
successful applicants with services 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 by 
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, 2019, and 
March 31, 2019. 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 quarter 1 of calendar year 2019, ITA expects to select approximately 
3 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 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 selection 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: U.S. trade shows taking place between January 1, 2019, 
and March 31, 2019, 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. Trade shows that take place April 1, 2019, 
through December 31, 2019, will not be considered at this time. If the 
program review described in the SUMMARY section above does not result 
in new ITA programs and services for trade shows that take place April 
1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, a separate Federal Register Notice 
will be issued to call for applications for the International Buyer 
Program Select for other quarters of calendar year 2019.
    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.

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    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.
    Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications 
for quarter 1 of calendar year 2019 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 information submitted in this application 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, 
2019, through March 31, 2019);'' on or before the deadline noted above. 
Applications for IBP Select must be received by Wednesday, January 31, 
2018. There is no fee required to apply. ITA expects to issue the 
results of this process in April 2018.
    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 ([email protected]).

Frank Spector,
Trade Promotion Programs.
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