Notice of Product Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 28691-28692 [2020-10231]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 93 / Wednesday, May 13, 2020 / Notices For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.32 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–10216 Filed 5–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11110] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Repatriation/Emergency Medical and Dietary Assistance Loan Application Notice of request for public comment. ACTION: The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: The Department will accept comments from the public up to July 13, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Web: Persons with access to the internet may comment on this notice by going to www.Regulations.gov. You can search for the document by entering ‘‘Docket Number: DOS–2020–0019’’ in the Search field. Then click the ‘‘Comment Now’’ button and complete the comment form. • Email: OliphantCE@state.gov. • Regular Mail: Send written comments to: U.S. Department of State, CA/OCS/MSU, SA–17, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20522–1710. You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Clifton Oliphant at SA–17, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20522–1710, who may be reached at OliphantCE@ state.gov. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 32 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:53 May 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 • Title of Information Collection: Repatriation/Emergency Medical and Dietary Assistance Loan Application. • OMB Control Number: 1405–0150. • Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection. • Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services (CA/OCS). • Form Number: DS–3072. • Respondents: U.S. Citizens applying for emergency loan assistance. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,459. • Estimated Number of Responses: 1,459. • Average Time per Response: 20 minutes. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 486 hours. • Frequency: On Occasion. • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefit. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection The DS–3072 is an application for an emergency loan for a destitute U.S. citizen and/or eligible family member to return to the United States or for a loan for a destitute U.S. citizen and/or eligible family member abroad to receive emergency medical and dietary assistance. Methodology The Bureau of Consular Affairs will post this form on Department of State websites to give respondents the opportunity to print the form and fill it PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28691 out manually and submit the form in person or by fax or mail. Zachary Parker, Director. [FR Doc. 2020–10259 Filed 5–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusions: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. AGENCY: Notice of product exclusion amendments. ACTION: Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 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’s determination included a decision to establish a product exclusion process. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in September 2018, and stakeholders have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. In July, September, and October 2019, and February 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative issued determinations to grant certain exclusion requests on a rolling basis. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to make certain technical amendments to previously granted exclusions. SUMMARY: The technical amendments announced in this notice are retroactive to the date the original exclusions were published and do not further extend the period for the original exclusions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. DATES: For general questions about this notice, contact Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395– 5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1 28692 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 93 / Wednesday, May 13, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 33608 (July 17, 2018), 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47236 (September 18, 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 29576 (June 24, 2019), 84 FR 37381 (July 31, 2019), 84 FR 49600 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52553 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 69011 (December 17, 2019), and 85 FR 10808 (February 25, 2020). Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 279 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), with an approximate annual trade value of $16 billion. See 83 FR 40823. 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 $16 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 47236 (the September 18 notice). Under the September 18 notice, requests for exclusion had to identify the product subject to the request in terms of the physical characteristics that distinguish the product from other products within the relevant 8-digit subheading covered by the $16 billion action. Requestors also had to provide the 10-digit subheading of the HTSUS most applicable to the particular product requested for exclusion, and could submit information on the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to administer the requested exclusion. Requestors were asked to provide the quantity and value of the Chinese-origin product that the requestor purchased in the last three years. With regard to the rationale for the requested exclusion, requests had to address the following factors: • Whether the particular product is available only from China and specifically whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or third countries. • Whether the imposition of additional duties on the particular VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:53 May 12, 2020 Jkt 250001 product would cause severe economic harm to the requestor or other U.S. interests. • Whether the particular product is strategically important or related to ‘‘Made in China 2025’’ or other Chinese industrial programs. The September 18 notice stated that the U.S. Trade Representative would take into account whether an exclusion would undermine the objectives of the Section 301 investigation. The September 18 notice required submission of requests for exclusion from the $16 billion action no later than December 18, 2018, and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would announce decisions. In July 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted an initial set of exclusion requests. See 84 FR 37381. The U.S. Trade Representative granted additional exclusions in September and October 2019, and February 2020. See 84 FR 49600, 84 FR 52553, 85 FR 10808. B. Technical Amendments to Exclusions Subparagraph A of the Annex makes four technical amendments to U.S. notes 20(v)(2), 20(v)(8), 20(v)(78), and 20(y)(83) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as set out in the Annexes of the notice published at 84 FR 49600 (September 20, 2019) and 84 FR 52553 (October 2, 2019). The U.S. Trade Representative will continue to issue determinations on a periodic basis as needed. Annex A. Effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 23, 2018: 1. U.S. note 20(v)(2) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting ‘‘valued at $5.40 to $5.60 per kg’’ and inserting ‘‘valued at $4.00 to $7.00 per kg’’ in lieu thereof. 2. U.S. note (20)(v)(8) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting ‘‘20 cm or more in length’’ and inserting ‘‘18 cm or more in length’’ in lieu thereof. 3. U.S. note 20(v)(78) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting ‘‘(described in statistical reporting number 8541.10.0080)’’ and inserting ‘‘(described in statistical reporting number 8541.10.0050)’’ in lieu thereof. 4. U.S. note 20(y)(83) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting ‘‘storing downloadable readings’’ and inserting ‘‘storing downloadable readings PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 or storing temperature parameters’’ in lieu thereof. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2020–10231 Filed 5–12–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusion: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. AGENCY: Notice of product exclusion amendments. ACTION: 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’s determination included a decision to establish a product exclusion process. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in July 2018, and stakeholders have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. In December 2018, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and December 2019, and February 2020 the U.S. Trade Representative issued determinations to grant exclusion requests on a rolling basis. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to make certain technical amendments to previously granted exclusions. SUMMARY: The technical amendments announced in this notice are retroactive to the date the original exclusions were published and do not further extend the period for the original exclusions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. DATES: For general questions about this notice, contact Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395– 5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13MYN1.SGM 13MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 13, 2020)]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Notice of Product Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and 
Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and 
Innovation

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of product exclusion amendments.

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SUMMARY: Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative 
imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value 
of approximately $16 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's determination included a decision to establish a 
product exclusion process. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated the 
exclusion process in September 2018, and stakeholders have submitted 
requests for the exclusion of specific products. In July, September, 
and October 2019, and February 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative 
issued determinations to grant certain exclusion requests on a rolling 
basis. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's 
determination to make certain technical amendments to previously 
granted exclusions.

DATES: The technical amendments announced in this notice are 
retroactive to the date the original exclusions were published and do 
not further extend the period for the original exclusions. U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and 
implementation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about this 
notice, contact Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Director of 
Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395-5725. For specific 
questions on customs classification or implementation of the product 
exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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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 33608 (July 17, 
2018), 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 
FR 47236 (September 18, 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 29576 (June 24, 2019), 84 FR 37381 (July 31, 2019), 84 
FR 49600 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52553 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 
69011 (December 17, 2019), and 85 FR 10808 (February 25, 2020).
    Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed 
additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 279 8-
digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTSUS), with an approximate annual trade value of $16 billion. 
See 83 FR 40823. 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 $16 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 47236 (the September 18 notice).
    Under the September 18 notice, requests for exclusion had to 
identify the product subject to the request in terms of the physical 
characteristics that distinguish the product from other products within 
the relevant 8-digit subheading covered by the $16 billion action. 
Requestors also had to provide the 10-digit subheading of the HTSUS 
most applicable to the particular product requested for exclusion, and 
could submit information on the ability of U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection to administer the requested exclusion. Requestors were asked 
to provide the quantity and value of the Chinese-origin product that 
the requestor purchased in the last three years. With regard to the 
rationale for the requested exclusion, requests had to address the 
following factors:
     Whether the particular product is available only from 
China and specifically whether the particular product and/or a 
comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/
or third countries.
     Whether the imposition of additional duties on the 
particular product would cause severe economic harm to the requestor or 
other U.S. interests.
     Whether the particular product is strategically important 
or related to ``Made in China 2025'' or other Chinese industrial 
programs.
    The September 18 notice stated that the U.S. Trade Representative 
would take into account whether an exclusion would undermine the 
objectives of the Section 301 investigation.
    The September 18 notice required submission of requests for 
exclusion from the $16 billion action no later than December 18, 2018, 
and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would 
announce decisions. In July 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted 
an initial set of exclusion requests. See 84 FR 37381. The U.S. Trade 
Representative granted additional exclusions in September and October 
2019, and February 2020. See 84 FR 49600, 84 FR 52553, 85 FR 10808.

B. Technical Amendments to Exclusions

    Subparagraph A of the Annex makes four technical amendments to U.S. 
notes 20(v)(2), 20(v)(8), 20(v)(78), and 20(y)(83) to subchapter III of 
chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as set out in the Annexes of the notice 
published at 84 FR 49600 (September 20, 2019) and 84 FR 52553 (October 
2, 2019).
    The U.S. Trade Representative will continue to issue determinations 
on a periodic basis as needed.

Annex

    A. Effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or 
withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. 
eastern daylight time on August 23, 2018:
    1. U.S. note 20(v)(2) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by 
deleting ``valued at $5.40 to $5.60 per kg'' and inserting ``valued 
at $4.00 to $7.00 per kg'' in lieu thereof.
    2. U.S. note (20)(v)(8) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by 
deleting ``20 cm or more in length'' and inserting ``18 cm or more 
in length'' in lieu thereof.
    3. U.S. note 20(v)(78) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by 
deleting ``(described in statistical reporting number 
8541.10.0080)'' and inserting ``(described in statistical reporting 
number 8541.10.0050)'' in lieu thereof.
    4. U.S. note 20(y)(83) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by 
deleting ``storing downloadable readings'' and inserting ``storing 
downloadable readings or storing temperature parameters'' in lieu 
thereof.

Joseph Barloon,
General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative.
[FR Doc. 2020-10231 Filed 5-12-20; 8:45 am]
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