WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India-Export Related Measures, 28306-28307 [2018-12967]

Download as PDF 28306 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 117 / Monday, June 18, 2018 / Notices function as a small business investment company under the Small Business Investment Company License No. 07/07–0114 issued to MidStates Capital Fund II, L.P., said license is hereby declared null and void. United States Small Business Administration. Dated: April 27, 2018. A. Joseph Shepard, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation. [FR Doc. 2018–13102 Filed 6–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2018–0004; Dispute Number WT/DS541] WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India—Export Related Measures Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice with request for comments. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the United States has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement). That request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS541/4. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments during the course of the dispute settlement proceedings, you should submit your comment on or before July 2, 2018, to be assured of timely consideration by USTR. ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in Section III below. The docket number is USTR–2018–0004. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant General Counsels Ross Bidlingmaier (202) 395–9409 or David Lee (202) 395–9511. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: I. Background Section 127(b)(1) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Jun 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)) requires notice and opportunity for comment after the United States submits or receives a request for the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel. Pursuant to this provision, USTR is providing notice that the United States has requested a dispute settlement panel pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU). The panel will hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland. II. Major Issues Raised by the United States On March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations concerning certain Indian export subsidies provided through: (1) The Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme, (2) the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme, (3) the Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme, (4) Special Economic Zones, and (5) a duty-free imports for exporters program. The parties failed to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution to this dispute. On May 17, 2018, the United States requested the establishment of a panel. The Dispute Settlement Body considered this request at its meeting of May 28, 2018, and established a panel to consider this dispute. The United States alleges that India is providing prohibited export subsidies contrary to Articles 3.1(a) and 3.2 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. III. Public Comments: Requirements for Submissions USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute. All submissions must be in English and sent electronically via www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2018–0004 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 by selecting ‘‘notice’’ under ‘‘document type’’ on the left side of the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘comment now!’’ For further information on using the www.regulations.gov website, please consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on ‘‘How to Use Regulations.gov’’ on the bottom of the home page. The www.regulations.gov website allows users to provide comments by filling in a ‘‘type comment’’ field, or by attaching a document using an ‘‘upload file’’ field. USTR prefers that comments PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ‘‘see attached’’ in the ‘‘type comment’’ field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the ‘‘type comment’’ field. 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 and bottom of that page and the submission should clearly indicate, via brackets, highlighting, or other means, the specific information that is business confidential. If you request business confidential treatment, you must certify in writing that disclosure of the information would endanger trade secrets or profitability, and that the information would not customarily be released to the public. Filers of submissions containing business confidential information also must submit a public version of their comments. 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 or rebuttal comments. If this is not sufficient to protect business confidential information or otherwise protect business interests, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483 to discuss whether alternative arrangements are possible. USTR may determine that information or advice contained in a comment, other than business confidential information, is confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If a submitter believes that information or advice is confidential, s/he must clearly designate the information or advice as confidential and mark it as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page, and provide a non-confidential summary of the information or advice. Pursuant to Section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR will maintain a docket on this dispute settlement proceeding, docket number USTR–2018–0004, accessible to the public at www.regulations.gov. The public file will include non-confidential public comments USTR receives regarding the dispute. If a dispute settlement panel is convened, or in the E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 117 / Monday, June 18, 2018 / Notices event of an appeal from a panel, USTR will make the following documents publicly available at www.ustr.gov: The U.S. submissions and any nonconfidential summaries of submissions received from other participants in the dispute. If a dispute settlement panel is convened, or in the event of an appeal from a panel, the report of the panel, and, if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body, will also be available on the website of the World Trade Organization, at www.wto.org. Juan Millan, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2018–12967 Filed 6–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F8–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0002] Hours of Service of Drivers: Electronic Logging Devices; Application for Exemption; Old Dominion and Other Motor Carriers Experiencing Problems Integrating PeopleNet ELD System Updates Into Their Fleet Management Systems Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of withdrawal of application for exemption. AGENCY: Issued on: June 11, 2018. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–12986 Filed 6–15–18; 8:45 am] FMCSA announces that it has accepted the request of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (Old Dominion) to withdraw its application for an exemption from the Agency’s electronic logging device (ELD) requirements. Old Dominion no longer needs the exemption. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice, contact Mr. Tom Yager, Chief, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 614–942– 6477. Email: MCPSD@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: Background Old Dominion, USDOT 90849, reports that it is an interstate motor carrier based in North Carolina with 228 Service Centers located throughout the country. Its operations cover the entire continental United States. The company is one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in the country, operating a fleet of more than 8,500 power units and employing more than 10,100 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Jun 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Old Dominion applied for an exemption from the ELD requirements to allow the company to install ELD devices running on automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) software in CMVs added to the company’s fleet for up to one year from the December 18, 2017, ELD mandate compliance date. If granted, this modified ELD phase-in period would have allowed Old Dominion’s AORBD/ELD provider, PeopleNet, to complete the development of the software necessary to integrate ELD data with the company’s fleet management and safety systems to fully meet the ELD mandate. FMCSA considered the request to be on behalf of all motor carriers in similar situations concerning the integration of PeopleNet’s ELD software into fleet management systems. On January 31, 2018, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice of Old Dominion’s application for exemption and asked for public comment (83 FR 4548). On March 12, 2018, by letter, Old Dominion asked to withdraw its application for the requested exemption. The letter of withdrawal is in the docket for this notice. The Agency accordingly accepts Old Dominion’s request to withdraw its application and closes the docket of this matter. BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–1998–4334; FMCSA– 1999–5578; FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA– 2001–9561; FMCSA–2003–14504; FMCSA– 2003–14504; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA– 2005–20560; FMCSA–2005–21254; FMCSA– 2007–27333; FMCSA–2007–27515; FMCSA– 2007–27897; FMCSA–2007–28695; FMCSA– 2008–0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2011–0092; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA– 2011–0140; FMCSA–2011–0141; FMCSA– 2013–0027; FMCSA–2013–0028; FMCSA– 2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA– 2014–0007; FMCSA–2014–0300; FMCSA– 2014–0304; FMCSA–2015–0048; FMCSA– 2015–0052; FMCSA–2015–0053; FMCSA– 2015–0055] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28307 Notice of renewal of exemptions; request for comments. ACTION: FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 86 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirements in one eye. DATES: Each group of renewed exemptions were applicable on the dates stated in the discussions below and will expire on the dates stated in the discussions below. Comments must be received on or before July 18, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Christine A. Hydock, Chief, Medical Programs Division, 202–366–4001, fmcsamedical@dot.gov, FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W64–224, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366–9826. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA– 1998–4334; FMCSA–1999–5578; FMCSA–2000–8398; FMCSA–2001– 9561; FMCSA–2003–14504; FMCSA– 2003–14504; FMCSA–2003–15268; FMCSA–2005–20560; FMCSA–2005– 21254; FMCSA–2007–27333; FMCSA– 2007–27515; FMCSA–2007–27897; FMCSA–2007–28695; FMCSA–2008– 0121; FMCSA–2009–0154; FMCSA– 2011–0092; FMCSA–2011–0124; FMCSA–2011–0140; FMCSA–2011– 0141; FMCSA–2013–0027; FMCSA– 2013–0028; FMCSA–2013–0029; FMCSA–2013–0030; FMCSA–2014– 0007; FMCSA–2014–0300; FMCSA– 2014–0304; FMCSA–2015–0048; FMCSA–2015–0052; FMCSA–2015– 0053; FMCSA–2015–0055 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 117 (Monday, June 18, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28306-28307]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12967]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2018-0004; Dispute Number WT/DS541]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India--Export Related 
Measures

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is 
providing notice that the United States has requested the establishment 
of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement 
Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement). That request 
may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS541/4. 
USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues 
raised in this dispute.

DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments during the course of the 
dispute settlement proceedings, you should submit your comment on or 
before July 2, 2018, to be assured of timely consideration by USTR.

ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments in Section III below. The docket 
number is USTR-2018-0004. For alternatives to on-line submissions, 
please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-9483.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant General Counsels Ross 
Bidlingmaier (202) 395-9409 or David Lee (202) 395-9511.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 127(b)(1) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 
U.S.C. 3537(b)(1)) requires notice and opportunity for comment after 
the United States submits or receives a request for the establishment 
of a WTO dispute settlement panel. Pursuant to this provision, USTR is 
providing notice that the United States has requested a dispute 
settlement panel pursuant to the WTO Understanding on Rules Procedures 
Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU). The panel will hold its 
meetings in Geneva, Switzerland.

II. Major Issues Raised by the United States

    On March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations 
concerning certain Indian export subsidies provided through: (1) The 
Export Oriented Units Scheme and sector specific schemes, including 
Electronics Hardware Technology Parks Scheme, (2) the Merchandise 
Exports from India Scheme, (3) the Export Promotion Capital Goods 
Scheme, (4) Special Economic Zones, and (5) a duty-free imports for 
exporters program. The parties failed to reach a mutually satisfactory 
resolution to this dispute. On May 17, 2018, the United States 
requested the establishment of a panel. The Dispute Settlement Body 
considered this request at its meeting of May 28, 2018, and established 
a panel to consider this dispute.
    The United States alleges that India is providing prohibited export 
subsidies contrary to Articles 3.1(a) and 3.2 of the Agreement on 
Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.

III. Public Comments: Requirements for Submissions

    USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this 
dispute. All submissions must be in English and sent electronically via 
www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter 
docket number USTR-2018-0004 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 by 
selecting ``notice'' under ``document type'' on the left side of the 
search-results page, and click on the link entitled ``comment now!'' 
For further information on using the www.regulations.gov website, 
please consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on 
``How to Use Regulations.gov'' on the bottom of the home page.
    The www.regulations.gov website allows users to provide comments by 
filling in a ``type comment'' field, or by attaching a document using 
an ``upload file'' field. USTR prefers that comments be provided in an 
attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type 
``see attached'' in the ``type comment'' field. USTR prefers 
submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the 
submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate 
the name of the application in the ``type comment'' field.
    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 and bottom of that page and the submission 
should clearly indicate, via brackets, highlighting, or other means, 
the specific information that is business confidential. If you request 
business confidential treatment, you must certify in writing that 
disclosure of the information would endanger trade secrets or 
profitability, and that the information would not customarily be 
released to the public. Filers of submissions containing business 
confidential information also must submit a public version of their 
comments. 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 or rebuttal comments. If 
this is not sufficient to protect business confidential information or 
otherwise protect business interests, please contact Sandy McKinzy at 
(202) 395-9483 to discuss whether alternative arrangements are 
possible.
    USTR may determine that information or advice contained in a 
comment, other than business confidential information, is confidential 
in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 
U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If a submitter believes that information or advice 
is confidential, s/he must clearly designate the information or advice 
as confidential and mark it as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' at the top 
and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page, and provide a 
non-confidential summary of the information or advice.
    Pursuant to Section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR 
will maintain a docket on this dispute settlement proceeding, docket 
number USTR-2018-0004, accessible to the public at www.regulations.gov. 
The public file will include non-confidential public comments USTR 
receives regarding the dispute. If a dispute settlement panel is 
convened, or in the

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event of an appeal from a panel, USTR will make the following documents 
publicly available at www.ustr.gov: The U.S. submissions and any non-
confidential summaries of submissions received from other participants 
in the dispute. If a dispute settlement panel is convened, or in the 
event of an appeal from a panel, the report of the panel, and, if 
applicable, the report of the Appellate Body, will also be available on 
the website of the World Trade Organization, at www.wto.org.

Juan Millan,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
[FR Doc. 2018-12967 Filed 6-15-18; 8:45 am]
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