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PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12373 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2020–0009] Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the May 2019 Product Exclusion Notice From the $34 Billion Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in July 2018 and granted multiple sets of exclusions. The fourth set of exclusions was granted in May 2019, and are scheduled to expire on May 14, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in May 2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites public comment on whether to extend particular exclusions. DATES: March 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. ET: The docket (USTR–2020–0009) will open for comments on the possible extension of particular exclusions. April 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET: To be assured of consideration, submit written comments by this deadline. ADDRESSES: Submit public comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. The docket number is USTR–2020–0009. USTR strongly encourages all commenters to use Form A to submit comments. If applicable, Form B (which requests Business Confidential Information (BCI)), along with a copy of the corresponding Form A, must be submitted via email at 301bcisubmissions@ustr.eop.gov. See the submission instructions below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USTR Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin Allen at (202) 395– 5725. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 12374 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 41 / Monday, March 2, 2020 / Notices A. Background For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see the prior notices issued in the investigation, including 82 FR 40213 (August 23, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), 83 FR 65198 (December 19, 2018), 84 FR 7966 (March 5, 2019), 84 FR 20459 (May 9, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 30, 2019), 84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), and 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 2020). Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 818 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), with an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion. See 83 FR 28710. The U.S. Trade Representative’s determination included a decision to establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an 8-digit HTSUS subheading covered by the $34 billion action from the additional duties. The U.S. Trade Representative issued a notice setting out the process for the product exclusions, and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 32181 (the July 11 notice). The July 11 notice required submission of requests for exclusion from the $34 billion action no later than October 9, 2018, and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would announce decisions. The U.S. Trade Representative granted multiple sets of exclusions. The fourth set of exclusions was granted in May 2019, and are scheduled to expire on May 14, 2020. See 84 FR 21389 (May 14, 2019) (May 2019 notice). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES B. Possible Extensions of Particular Product Exclusions The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in the May 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in the May 2019 notice. At this time, USTR is not considering comments concerning possible extensions of exclusions granted under any other product exclusion notice. USTR will evaluate the possible extension of each exclusion on a caseby-case basis. The focus of the evaluation will be whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties in July 2018, the particular VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Feb 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 product remains available only from China. In addressing this factor, commenters specifically should address: • Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or in third countries. • Any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product or any other relevant industry developments. • The efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries. In addition, USTR will continue to consider whether the imposition of additional duties on the products covered by the exclusion will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests. USTR strongly encourages that commenters complete Form A (which will be posted on USTR’s website by the time the docket opens) and submit the completed Form A to https:// www.regulations.gov. The docket number is USTR–2020–0009. USTR will post completed Form A’s on the public docket. In addition to submitting Form A, commenters who are importers and/or purchasers of the products covered by the exclusion also should complete Form B (which will be posted on USTR’s website by the time the docket opens) and submit it, along with a copy of their completed Form A, via email at 301bcisubmissions@ustr.eop.gov. Form A must be submitted via email with Form B and submitted as a single document (without Form B) to docket USTR–2020–0009 at https:// www.regulations.gov. Form B requests BCI information, and will not be posted on the public docket. To facilitate advance preparation of submissions, facsimiles of Forms A and B are annexed to this notice and will be available electronically at https:// ustr.gov/issue-areas/enforcement/ section-301-investigations/section-301china/34-billion-trade-action. Set forth below is a summary of the information to be entered on Form A: • Contact information, including the full legal name of the organization making the comment, whether the commenter is a third party (e.g., law firm, trade association, or customs broker) submitting on behalf of an organization or industry, and the name of the third party organization, if applicable. • The publication date of the Federal Register notice containing the exclusion on which you are commenting. Since USTR at this time only is considering PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exclusions granted by the May 2019 notice, this field must specify May 14, 2019. • The full article description for the exclusion you are commenting on and the 10-digit code, as provided in the Federal Register notice granting the exclusion. Please indicate if the exclusion is a 10-digit HTSUS code (covering all products under a single 10digit HTSUS number). • Whether the product or products covered by the exclusion are subject to an antidumping or countervailing duty order issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce. • Whether you support or oppose extending the exclusion and an explanation of your rationale. Commenters must provide a public version of their rationale, even if the commenter also is submitting a Form B with more detailed, confidential information. • Whether the products covered by the exclusion or comparable products are available from sources in the U.S. or in third countries. Please include information concerning any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product. • Whether the commenter will be submitting Form B. As indicated above, information submitted on Form B will not be publically available. Form B requires commenters who are importers and/or purchasers of the products covered by the exclusion to provide the following information: • The efforts you have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries. • The value and quantity of the Chinese-origin product covered by the specific exclusion request purchased in 2018, the first half of 2018, and the first half of 2019. Whether these purchases are from a related company, and if so, the name of and relationship to the related company. • Whether Chinese suppliers have lowered their prices for products covered by the exclusion following the imposition of duties. • The value and quantity of the product covered by the exclusion purchased from domestic and third country sources in 2018, the first half of 2018, and the first half of 2019. • If applicable, the commenter’s gross revenue for 2018, the first half of 2018, and the first half of 2019. • Whether the Chinese-origin product of concern is sold as a final product or as an input. • Whether the imposition of duties on the products covered by the exclusion E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 41 / Monday, March 2, 2020 / Notices will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests. • Any additional information in support or in opposition of the extending the exclusion. 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ACTION: Notice of available statistics and announcement of the 2020 GSP Annual Review. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will consider petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP beneficiary developing countries (BDCs) because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive competitive need limitations (CNLs); deny de minimis waivers for eligible products; or redesignate currently excluded products. This review will include separate hearings on accepted country practice review and product petitions, which USTR will announce in the Federal Register at a later date. DATES: March 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for submission of petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP BDCs because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive CNLs; deny de minimis waivers for eligible products; or redesignate currently excluded products. USTR will not consider petitions submitted after the deadline. USTR will announce the petitions accepted for review, along with a schedule for any related public hearings, and the opportunity for the public to provide comments at a later date. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:10 Feb 28, 2020 Jkt 250001 the Federal eRulemaking portal: http:// www.regulations.gov (Regulations.gov). Follow the instructions for submitting petitions in section III below. For alternatives to online submissions, please contact Claudia Chlebek in advance of the submission deadline at gsp@ustr.eop.gov, or 202–395–2974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Claudia Chlebek at gsp@ustr.eop.gov, or 202–395–2974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP program provides for the duty-free treatment of designated articles when imported from designated BDCs. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2461–2467), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. I. 2019 Import Statistics Related to CNLs, De Minimis Waivers, and Product Redesignations USTR has posted the 2019 import statistics relating to CNLs, de minimis waivers, and product redesignations on the USTR website at https://ustr.gov/ sites/default/files/IssueAreas/gsp/2020_ GSP_Annual_Review-2019_Import_ Statistics.pdf. These statistics include three lists: List I identifies GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that exceeded a CNL in 2019 by having been imported into the United States in a quantity valued in excess of $190 million, or in a quantity equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total U.S. import value for this product in 2019. Unless the President grants a waiver in response to a petition filed by an interested party, these products automatically will be removed from GSP eligibility on November 1, 2020. List II identifies GSP-eligible articles from BDCs that are above the 50 percent CNL but are eligible for a de minimis waiver since total U.S. imports of the product in 2019 were less than $24.5 million. Articles eligible for de minimis PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 waivers automatically are considered in the GSP annual review process without the filing of a petition. 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Country Practice Review Petitions An interested party may submit a petition to review the GSP eligibility of any BDC with respect to any of the designation criteria listed in sections 502(b) and 502(c) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(b) and (c)). The docket number is USTR–2020–0003. B. Product Review Petitions An interested party may submit the following petitions: Product addition petitions: Petitions to designate additional articles as eligible for GSP benefits, including designating articles as eligible only for countries designated as least-developed beneficiary developing countries (LDBDCs), or as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Petitioners seeking to add products to E:\FR\FM\02MRN1.SGM 02MRN1 EN02MR20.006</GPH> [FR Doc. 2020–04207 Filed 2–28–20; 8:45 am] 12381

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2020-0009]


Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular 
Exclusions Granted Under the May 2019 Product Exclusion Notice From the 
$34 Billion Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and 
Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and 
Innovation

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed 
additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of 
approximately $34 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 
investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to 
technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The U.S. 
Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in July 2018 and 
granted multiple sets of exclusions. The fourth set of exclusions was 
granted in May 2019, and are scheduled to expire on May 14, 2020. The 
U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension 
for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in May 2019. The 
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites public comment 
on whether to extend particular exclusions.

DATES: 
    March 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. ET: The docket (USTR-2020-0009) will 
open for comments on the possible extension of particular exclusions.
    April 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET: To be assured of consideration, 
submit written comments by this deadline.

ADDRESSES: Submit public comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. The docket number is USTR-2020-
0009. USTR strongly encourages all commenters to use Form A to submit 
comments. If applicable, Form B (which requests Business Confidential 
Information (BCI)), along with a copy of the corresponding Form A, must 
be submitted via email at [email protected]. See the 
submission instructions below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USTR Assistant General Counsels Philip 
Butler or Benjamin Allen at (202) 395-5725.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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A. Background

    For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see 
the prior notices issued in the investigation, including 82 FR 40213 
(August 23, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 
2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), 
83 FR 65198 (December 19, 2018), 84 FR 7966 (March 5, 2019), 84 FR 
20459 (May 9, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 
30, 2019), 84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), and 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 
2020).
    Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed 
additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 818 8-
digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTSUS), with an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion. 
See 83 FR 28710. The U.S. Trade Representative's determination included 
a decision to establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders could 
request exclusion of particular products classified within an 8-digit 
HTSUS subheading covered by the $34 billion action from the additional 
duties. The U.S. Trade Representative issued a notice setting out the 
process for the product exclusions, and opened a public docket. See 83 
FR 32181 (the July 11 notice).
    The July 11 notice required submission of requests for exclusion 
from the $34 billion action no later than October 9, 2018, and noted 
that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would announce 
decisions. The U.S. Trade Representative granted multiple sets of 
exclusions. The fourth set of exclusions was granted in May 2019, and 
are scheduled to expire on May 14, 2020. See 84 FR 21389 (May 14, 2019) 
(May 2019 notice).

B. Possible Extensions of Particular Product Exclusions

    The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible 
extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in the 
May 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on whether 
to extend particular exclusions granted in the May 2019 notice. At this 
time, USTR is not considering comments concerning possible extensions 
of exclusions granted under any other product exclusion notice.
    USTR will evaluate the possible extension of each exclusion on a 
case-by-case basis. The focus of the evaluation will be whether, 
despite the first imposition of these additional duties in July 2018, 
the particular product remains available only from China. In addressing 
this factor, commenters specifically should address:
     Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product 
is available from sources in the United States and/or in third 
countries.
     Any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 
with respect to the particular product or any other relevant industry 
developments.
     The efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have 
undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States 
or third countries.

In addition, USTR will continue to consider whether the imposition of 
additional duties on the products covered by the exclusion will result 
in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests.
    USTR strongly encourages that commenters complete Form A (which 
will be posted on USTR's website by the time the docket opens) and 
submit the completed Form A to https://www.regulations.gov. The docket 
number is USTR-2020-0009. USTR will post completed Form A's on the 
public docket.
    In addition to submitting Form A, commenters who are importers and/
or purchasers of the products covered by the exclusion also should 
complete Form B (which will be posted on USTR's website by the time the 
docket opens) and submit it, along with a copy of their completed Form 
A, via email at [email protected]. Form A must be 
submitted via email with Form B and submitted as a single document 
(without Form B) to docket USTR-2020-0009 at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Form B requests BCI information, and will not be posted on the 
public docket. To facilitate advance preparation of submissions, 
facsimiles of Forms A and B are annexed to this notice and will be 
available electronically at https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/enforcement/section-301-investigations/section-301-china/34-billion-trade-action.
    Set forth below is a summary of the information to be entered on 
Form A:
     Contact information, including the full legal name of the 
organization making the comment, whether the commenter is a third party 
(e.g., law firm, trade association, or customs broker) submitting on 
behalf of an organization or industry, and the name of the third party 
organization, if applicable.
     The publication date of the Federal Register notice 
containing the exclusion on which you are commenting. Since USTR at 
this time only is considering exclusions granted by the May 2019 
notice, this field must specify May 14, 2019.
     The full article description for the exclusion you are 
commenting on and the 10-digit code, as provided in the Federal 
Register notice granting the exclusion. Please indicate if the 
exclusion is a 10-digit HTSUS code (covering all products under a 
single 10-digit HTSUS number).
     Whether the product or products covered by the exclusion 
are subject to an antidumping or countervailing duty order issued by 
the U.S. Department of Commerce.
     Whether you support or oppose extending the exclusion and 
an explanation of your rationale. Commenters must provide a public 
version of their rationale, even if the commenter also is submitting a 
Form B with more detailed, confidential information.
     Whether the products covered by the exclusion or 
comparable products are available from sources in the U.S. or in third 
countries. Please include information concerning any changes in the 
global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular 
product.
     Whether the commenter will be submitting Form B.
    As indicated above, information submitted on Form B will not be 
publically available. Form B requires commenters who are importers and/
or purchasers of the products covered by the exclusion to provide the 
following information:
     The efforts you have undertaken since July 2018 to source 
the product from the United States or third countries.
     The value and quantity of the Chinese-origin product 
covered by the specific exclusion request purchased in 2018, the first 
half of 2018, and the first half of 2019. Whether these purchases are 
from a related company, and if so, the name of and relationship to the 
related company.
     Whether Chinese suppliers have lowered their prices for 
products covered by the exclusion following the imposition of duties.
     The value and quantity of the product covered by the 
exclusion purchased from domestic and third country sources in 2018, 
the first half of 2018, and the first half of 2019.
     If applicable, the commenter's gross revenue for 2018, the 
first half of 2018, and the first half of 2019.
     Whether the Chinese-origin product of concern is sold as a 
final product or as an input.
     Whether the imposition of duties on the products covered 
by the exclusion

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will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. 
interests.
     Any additional information in support or in opposition of 
the extending the exclusion.
    Commenters also may provide any other information or data that they 
consider relevant.

C. Submission Instructions

    To be assured of consideration, you must submit your comment 
between the opening of the docket on March 12, 2020, and the April 12, 
2020 submission deadline. By submitting a comment, you are certifying 
that the information provided is complete and correct to the best of 
your knowledge.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Office of Management and 
Budget has assigned control number 0350-0015, which expires January 31, 
2023, to this information collection.

Joseph Barloon,
General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
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