Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-United Kingdom Trade Agreement, 57790-57791 [2018-24987]

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ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing. AGENCY: On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration’s intention to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement after the UK has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. The Administration’s aim in negotiations with the UK is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair, and reciprocal trade. DATES: January 15, 2019: Deadline for the submission of written comments and for written notification of your intent to testify, as well as a summary of your testimony at the public hearing. January 29, 2019: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the main hearing room of the United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. ADDRESSES: You should submit notifications of intent to testify and written comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// Percent www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in Businesses and Small Agricultural parts 2 and 3 below. For alternatives to Cooperatives without Credit Available Elsewhere .................. 3.675 on-line submissions, please contact Non-Profit Organizations without Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395–3475. Credit Available Elsewhere ....... 2.500 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning written The number assigned to this disaster comments, please contact Yvonne for economic injury is 157750. Jamison at (202) 395–3475. Direct all The States which received an EIDL other questions to Timothy Wedding, Declaration # are Massachusetts, New Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Hampshire. Representative for Europe, at (202) 395– 6072. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 59008) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The decision to launch negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement is an important step toward achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade with the UK and was preceded by the establishment of the U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group in July 2017. The Working Group was launched to provide commercial continuity for UK and U.S. businesses, workers, and consumers as the UK leaves the European Union, explore ways to strengthen trade and investment ties, and lay the groundwork for a potential future trade agreement with the UK. On October 16, 2018, following consultations with relevant Congressional committees, the United States Trade Representative informed Congress that the President intends to commence negotiations with the UK for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement. 2. Public Comment and Hearing The TPSC invites interested parties to submit comments and/or oral testimony to assist USTR as it develops negotiating objectives and positions for the agreement, including with regard to objectives identified in section 102 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4201). In particular, the TPSC invites interested parties to comment on issues including, but not limited to, the following: a. General and product-specific negotiating objectives for the proposed agreement. b. Relevant barriers to trade in goods and services between the U.S. and the UK that should be addressed in the negotiations. c. Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of removal or reduction of tariffs and removal or reduction of non-tariff barriers on articles traded with the UK. d. Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers) under the proposed agreement, including comments on: i. Product-specific import or export interests or barriers. ii. Experience with particular measures that should be addressed in the negotiations. iii. Ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities in the context of the proposed agreement. e. Customs and trade facilitation issues that should be addressed in the negotiations. f. Sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade that should be addressed in the negotiations. E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 222 / Friday, November 16, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES g. Other measures or practices that undermine fair market opportunities for U.S. businesses, workers, farmers, and ranchers that should be addressed in the negotiations. USTR must receive written comments no later than Thursday, January 15, 2019. USTR requests that small businesses, generally defined by the Small Business Administration as firms with fewer than 500 employees, or organizations representing small business members, which submit comments to self-identify as such, so that we may be aware of issues of particular interest to small businesses. The TPSC will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 29, 2019, in the Main Hearing Room at the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. If necessary, the hearing will continue on the next business day. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing must provide written notification of their intention by January 15, 2019. The intent to testify notification must be made in the ‘type comment’ field under docket number USTR–2018–0036 on the www.regulations.gov website and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person presenting the testimony. You should attach a summary of the testimony by using the ‘upload file’ field. The file name also should include who will be presenting the testimony. The TPSC will limit remarks at the hearing to no more than five minutes to allow for possible questions. 3. Requirements for Submissions In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the www.regulations.gov website. Persons submitting a notification of intent to testify and/or written comments must do so in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the ‘‘U.S.-UK Trade Agreement.’’ To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2018–0036 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 website, please consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on ‘How to Use This Site’ on the left side 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Nov 15, 2018 Jkt 247001 file’ field. USTR prefers that you provide comments in an attached document. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57790-57791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-24987]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2018-0036]


Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-United 
Kingdom Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing.

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SUMMARY: On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative 
notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into 
negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement 
after the UK has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The 
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking 
public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, including U.S. 
interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating 
positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public 
hearing. The Administration's aim in negotiations with the UK is to 
address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair, 
and reciprocal trade.

DATES: January 15, 2019: Deadline for the submission of written 
comments and for written notification of your intent to testify, as 
well as a summary of your testimony at the public hearing. January 29, 
2019: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will hold a public 
hearing beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the main hearing room of the United 
States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 
20436.

ADDRESSES: You should submit notifications of intent to testify and 
written comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in 
parts 2 and 3 below. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please 
contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-3475.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning 
written comments, please contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-3475. 
Direct all other questions to Timothy Wedding, Deputy Assistant U.S. 
Trade Representative for Europe, at (202) 395-6072.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

    The decision to launch negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement 
is an important step toward achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade 
with the UK and was preceded by the establishment of the U.S.-UK Trade 
and Investment Working Group in July 2017. The Working Group was 
launched to provide commercial continuity for UK and U.S. businesses, 
workers, and consumers as the UK leaves the European Union, explore 
ways to strengthen trade and investment ties, and lay the groundwork 
for a potential future trade agreement with the UK.
    On October 16, 2018, following consultations with relevant 
Congressional committees, the United States Trade Representative 
informed Congress that the President intends to commence negotiations 
with the UK for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement.

2. Public Comment and Hearing

    The TPSC invites interested parties to submit comments and/or oral 
testimony to assist USTR as it develops negotiating objectives and 
positions for the agreement, including with regard to objectives 
identified in section 102 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade 
Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. 4201). In 
particular, the TPSC invites interested parties to comment on issues 
including, but not limited to, the following:
    a. General and product-specific negotiating objectives for the 
proposed agreement.
    b. Relevant barriers to trade in goods and services between the 
U.S. and the UK that should be addressed in the negotiations.
    c. Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of 
removal or reduction of tariffs and removal or reduction of non-tariff 
barriers on articles traded with the UK.
    d. Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers) under 
the proposed agreement, including comments on:
    i. Product-specific import or export interests or barriers.
    ii. Experience with particular measures that should be addressed in 
the negotiations.
    iii. Ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities in 
the context of the proposed agreement.
    e. Customs and trade facilitation issues that should be addressed 
in the negotiations.
    f. Sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to 
trade that should be addressed in the negotiations.

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    g. Other measures or practices that undermine fair market 
opportunities for U.S. businesses, workers, farmers, and ranchers that 
should be addressed in the negotiations.
    USTR must receive written comments no later than Thursday, January 
15, 2019. USTR requests that small businesses, generally defined by the 
Small Business Administration as firms with fewer than 500 employees, 
or organizations representing small business members, which submit 
comments to self-identify as such, so that we may be aware of issues of 
particular interest to small businesses.
    The TPSC will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 29, 2019, in the 
Main Hearing Room at the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. If necessary, the hearing will 
continue on the next business day. Persons wishing to testify at the 
hearing must provide written notification of their intention by January 
15, 2019. The intent to testify notification must be made in the `type 
comment' field under docket number USTR-2018-0036 on the 
www.regulations.gov website and should include the name, address, and 
telephone number of the person presenting the testimony. You should 
attach a summary of the testimony by using the `upload file' field. The 
file name also should include who will be presenting the testimony. The 
TPSC will limit remarks at the hearing to no more than five minutes to 
allow for possible questions.

3. Requirements for Submissions

    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions, using the www.regulations.gov website. Persons submitting 
a notification of intent to testify and/or written comments must do so 
in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the 
``U.S.-UK Trade Agreement.''
    To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter docket number 
USTR-2018-0036 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 website, please consult the resources provided on 
the website by clicking on `How to Use This Site' on the left side 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 you provide comments 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 of that page. 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 reply comments. Filers 
submitting comments containing no business confidential information 
should name their file using 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 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 before 
transmitting a comment and in advance of the applicable deadline with 
Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395-3475.
    USTR will place comments in the docket for public inspection, 
except business confidential information. General information 
concerning USTR is available at www.ustr.gov.

Edward Gresser,
Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States 
Trade Representative.
[FR Doc. 2018-24987 Filed 11-15-18; 8:45 am]
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