Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the July 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, 24081-24086 [2020-09237]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 84 / Thursday, April 30, 2020 / Notices BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2020–0017] Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the July 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Apr 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 the exclusion process in July 2018 and granted multiple sets of exclusions. He granted the sixth set of exclusions in July 2019, which are scheduled to expire on July 9, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in July 2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites public comment on whether to extend particular exclusions. DATES: May 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. ET: The public docket on the web portal at https://comments.USTR.gov will open for parties to submit comments on the possible extension of particular exclusions. June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET: To be assured of consideration, submit written comments on the public docket by this deadline. ADDRESSES: You must submit all comments through the online portal: https://comments.USTR.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant General Counsel Benjamin Allen at (202) 395–5725. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Background For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see prior notices 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 can 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 E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 EN30AP20.7003</GPH> [FR Doc. 2020–09235 Filed 4–29–20; 8:45 am] 24081 24082 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 84 / Thursday, April 30, 2020 / Notices product exclusions, and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 32181 (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. He granted the sixth set of exclusions in July 2019, which are scheduled to expire on July 9, 2020. See 84 FR 32821 (July 9, 2019) (July 2019 notice). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD 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 July 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in the July 2019 notice. For exclusions amended or corrected by a later issued notice of product exclusions, parties should provide their extension comments on the docket corresponding to the initial notice of product exclusions. 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 product remains available only from China. In addressing this factor, commenters should address specifically: • 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. C. Procedures To Comment on the Extension of Particular Exclusions To submit a comment regarding the extension of a particular exclusion granted in the July 2019 notice, commenters must first register on the portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Apr 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 As noted above, the public docket on the portal will be open from May 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020. After registration, the commenter may submit an exclusion extension comment form to the public docket. Fields on the comment form marked with an asterisk (*) are required fields. Fields with a gray (BCI) notation are for Business Confidential Information and the information entered will not be publicly available. Fields with a green (Public) notation will be publicly available. Additionally, parties will be able to upload documents and indicate whether the documents are BCI or public. Commenters will be able to review the public version of their comments before they are posted. In order to facilitate the preparation of comments prior to the May 1 opening of the public docket, a facsimile of the exclusion extension comment form parties will use on the portal is annexed to this notice. Please note that the colorcoding of public fields and BCI fields is not visible on the attached facsimile, but will be apparent on the actual comment form used on the portal. Set out below is a summary of the information to be entered on the exclusion extension comment form. • 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 number for the exclusion on which you are commenting as provided in the Annex of the Federal Register notice granting the exclusion and the description. For descriptions amended or corrected by a later issued notice of product exclusions, parties should use the amended or corrected description. • 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 intends to submit a more detailed business confidential rationale. • Whether the products covered by the exclusion or comparable products are available from sources in the U.S. or in third countries. Please include PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information concerning any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product. • 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 and 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 and 2019. • If applicable, the commenter’s gross revenue for 2018 and 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 will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests. • Any additional information in support of or in opposition to extending the exclusion. Commenters also may provide any other information or data that they consider relevant. D. Submission Instructions To be assured of consideration, you must submit your comment between the opening of the public docket on the portal on May 1, 2020, and the June 1, 2020 submission deadline. Parties seeking to comment on two or more exclusions must submit a separate comment for each exclusion. By submitting a comment, the commenter certifies that the information provided is complete and correct to the best of their knowledge. E. 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 assigned control number 0350–0015, which expires January 31, 2023. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 84 (Thursday, April 30, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24081-24086]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2020-0017]


Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular 
Exclusions Granted Under the July 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. He granted the sixth set of 
exclusions in July 2019, which are scheduled to expire on July 9, 2020. 
The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible 
extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in July 
2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites public 
comment on whether to extend particular exclusions.

DATES: 
    May 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. ET: The public docket on the web portal 
at https://comments.USTR.gov will open for parties to submit comments 
on the possible extension of particular exclusions.
    June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET: To be assured of consideration, 
submit written comments on the public docket by this deadline.

ADDRESSES: You must submit all comments through the online portal: 
https://comments.USTR.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see 
prior notices 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 can 
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

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product exclusions, and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 32181 (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. He granted the sixth set of exclusions in July 2019, which 
are scheduled to expire on July 9, 2020. See 84 FR 32821 (July 9, 2019) 
(July 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 
July 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on whether 
to extend particular exclusions granted in the July 2019 notice. For 
exclusions amended or corrected by a later issued notice of product 
exclusions, parties should provide their extension comments on the 
docket corresponding to the initial notice of product exclusions.
    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 should address specifically:
     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.

C. Procedures To Comment on the Extension of Particular Exclusions

    To submit a comment regarding the extension of a particular 
exclusion granted in the July 2019 notice, commenters must first 
register on the portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. As noted above, 
the public docket on the portal will be open from May 1, 2020, to June 
1, 2020. After registration, the commenter may submit an exclusion 
extension comment form to the public docket.
    Fields on the comment form marked with an asterisk (*) are required 
fields. Fields with a gray (BCI) notation are for Business Confidential 
Information and the information entered will not be publicly available. 
Fields with a green (Public) notation will be publicly available. 
Additionally, parties will be able to upload documents and indicate 
whether the documents are BCI or public. Commenters will be able to 
review the public version of their comments before they are posted.
    In order to facilitate the preparation of comments prior to the May 
1 opening of the public docket, a facsimile of the exclusion extension 
comment form parties will use on the portal is annexed to this notice. 
Please note that the color-coding of public fields and BCI fields is 
not visible on the attached facsimile, but will be apparent on the 
actual comment form used on the portal.
    Set out below is a summary of the information to be entered on the 
exclusion extension comment form.
     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 number for the exclusion on which you are commenting 
as provided in the Annex of the Federal Register notice granting the 
exclusion and the description. For descriptions amended or corrected by 
a later issued notice of product exclusions, parties should use the 
amended or corrected description.
     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 intends to 
submit a more detailed business confidential rationale.
     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.
     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 and 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 and 
2019.
     If applicable, the commenter's gross revenue for 2018 and 
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 will result in severe economic harm to the commenter 
or other U.S. interests.
     Any additional information in support of or in opposition 
to extending the exclusion.
    Commenters also may provide any other information or data that they 
consider relevant.

D. Submission Instructions

    To be assured of consideration, you must submit your comment 
between the opening of the public docket on the portal on May 1, 2020, 
and the June 1, 2020 submission deadline. Parties seeking to comment on 
two or more exclusions must submit a separate comment for each 
exclusion.
    By submitting a comment, the commenter certifies that the 
information provided is complete and correct to the best of their 
knowledge.

E. 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 assigned control number 0350-0015, which expires January 31, 
2023.

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