Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 29503-29504 [2020-10456]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 95 / Friday, May 15, 2020 / Notices By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Aretha Laws-Byrum, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–10428 Filed 5–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of product exclusion extensions. 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, to date, has granted 10 sets of exclusions under the $34 billion action. The fourth set of exclusions was published in May 2019 and will expire in May 2020. On March 12, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in May 2019 for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to extend certain exclusions until December 31, 2020. DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of May 14, 2020, and extend until December 31, 2020. 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 Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin Allen, 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: A. Background For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see prior VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 May 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 notices including: 82 FR 40213 (August 23, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 32181 (July 11, 2018), 83 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 84 FR 11152 (March 25, 2019), 84 FR 16310 (April 18, 2019), 84 FR 21389 (May 14, 2019), 84 FR 25895 (June 4, 2019), 84 FR 32821 (July 9, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 46212 (September 3, 2019), 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 58427 (October 31, 2019), 84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 84 FR 72102 (December 30, 2019), 85 FR 6687 (February 5, 2020), 85 FR 12373 (March 2, 2020), 85 FR 16181 (March 20, 2020), and 85 FR 24081 (April 30, 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 $34 billion action). 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). In May 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of exclusion requests, which expire on May 14, 2020. See 84 FR 21389 (the May 14 notice). On March 2, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend by up to 12 months, particular exclusions granted in the May 14 notice. See 85 FR 12373 (the March 2 notice). Under the March 2 notice, commenters were asked to 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; and efforts, if any, importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries. In addition, commenters who were importers and/or purchasers of the products covered by an exclusion were asked to provide information regarding their efforts since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries; the value and quantity PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29503 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, and whether these purchases are from a 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; 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 will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests; and any additional information in support or in opposition of the extending the exclusion. The March 2 notice required the submission of comments no later than April 12, 2020. B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 notice and March 2 notice, which are summarized above, pursuant to sections 301(b), 301(c), and 307(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and in accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to extend certain product exclusions covered by the May 14 notice, as set out in the Annex to this notice. The March 2 notice provided that the U.S. Trade Representative would consider extensions of up to 12 months. In light of the cumulative effect of current and possible future exclusions or extensions of exclusions on the effectiveness of the action taken in this investigation, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to extend the exclusions in the Annex to this notice for less than 12 months— until December 31, 2020. To date, the U.S. Trade Representative has granted more than 6,200 exclusion requests, has extended some of these exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. Furthermore, more than 8,600 requests are pending on the products covered by the action taken on August 20, 2019. The U.S. Trade Representative will take account of the cumulative effect of exclusions in considering the possible further extension of the exclusions covered by this notice, as well as possible extensions of exclusions of other E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 29504 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 95 / Friday, May 15, 2020 / Notices products covered by the action in this investigation. The U.S. Trade Representative’s determination also takes into account advice from advisory committees and any public comments concerning extension of the pertinent exclusion. In accordance with the July 11 notice, the exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annex, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit HTSUS headings and product descriptions in the Annex to this notice, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. As set out in the Annex, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to extend, until December 31, 2020, the following exclusions granted under the May 14, 2019 notice under heading 9903.88.08 and under U.S. note 20(k) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS: (4), (5), (8), (11), (18), (19), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25), (38), and (39). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Annex 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 July 6, 2018, and before December 31, 2020, the additional duties provided for in heading 9903.88.01 shall not apply to products which are provided for in heading 9903.88.08 and U.S. notes 20(k)(4), 20(k)(5), 20(k)(8), 20(k)(11), 20(k)(18), 20(k)(19), 20(k)(21), 20(k)(22), 20(k)(23), 20(k)(24), 20(k)(25), 20(k)(38) and 20(k)(39) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as follows: (4) 8481.10.0090 (5) 8483.50.9040 (8) Filtering or purifying machinery or apparatus of a kind used for waste water treatment (described in statistical reporting number 8421.21.0000) (11) Air purification equipment, electrically powered, weighing less than 36 kg (described in statistical reporting number 8421.39.8015) (18) Armatures designed for use in hydraulic solenoid valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (19) C-poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (21) Metering spools, of aluminum, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (22) Metering spools, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (23) Poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (24) Push pins, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 May 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (25) Retainers, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040) (38) Stereoscopic microscopes, not provided with a means for photographing the image, valued not over $500 per unit (described in statistical reporting number 9011.10.8000) (39) Adapter rings, tubes and extension sleeves, stands and arm assemblies, stages and gliding tables, eyeguards and focusing racks, all the foregoing designed for use with compound optical microscopes (described in statistical reporting number 9011.90.0000) Notice is hereby given that FHWA has taken final agency actions by issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the following highway project in the State of Rhode Island: Reconstruction of the Pell Bridge Approaches in the City of Newport. The proposed action includes realignment of the Pell Bridge ramps and associated approach roads to improve traffic circulation, reduce queuing and improve safety; reconnect neighborhoods including improved vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity; and support economic Joseph Barloon, development by maximizing land area available for redevelopment. General Counsel, Office of the United States The actions by FHWA, and the laws Trade Representative. under which such actions were taken, [FR Doc. 2020–10456 Filed 5–14–20; 8:45 am] are described in the Environmental BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P Assessment (EA) for the project approved on November 21, 2019, and a DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) issued on April 20, 2020, and in other documents in the project Federal Highway Administration records. The EA, FONSI, and other Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions project records are available by on Proposed Highway Project in contacting FHWA or the Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. The EA and AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of FONSI can be viewed and downloaded from the project website at: Transportation (DOT). www.pellbridge-ea.com. ACTION: Notice of limitation on claims This notice applies to all Federal for judicial review of actions by FHWA. agency decisions as of the issuance date SUMMARY: This notice announces actions of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but taken by the FHWA that are final not limited to: pursuant to the statute. The actions 1. General: National Environmental relate to a proposed highway project, Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321, et Reconstruction of the Pell Bridge seq.]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [Title Approaches in the City of Newport in 23] and associated regulations [CFR part the State of Rhode Island. 23]. DATES: By this notice, FHWA is advising 2. Hazardous Materials: the public of final agency actions Comprehensive Environmental subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(1)(1). A claim Response, Compensation, and Liability seeking judicial review of the Federal Act [42 U.S.C. 9601–9675]; Superfund agency actions on the highway project Amendments and Reauthorization Act will be barred unless the claim is filed of 1986 [Pub. L. 99–499]; Resource on or before October 13, 2020. If the Conservation and Recovery Act [42 Federal law that authorizes judicial U.S.C. 6901–6992(k)]; Solid Waste review of a claim provides a time period Disposal Act, as amended by the of less than 150 days for filing such Resource Conservation and Recovery claim, then that shorter time period still Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6901, et seq.). applies. 3. Air: Clean Air Act, [42 U.S.C. 7401– FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For 7671(q)] (transportation conformity) FHWA: Mr. Carlos E. Padilla-Fresse, 4. Noise: 23 U.S.C. 109(i) . MSCE, Program Delivery Supervisor, 5. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act Federal Highway Administration Rhode [16 U.S.C. 1531–1544]; Fish and Island Division, 380 Westminster Mall, Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. Suite 601, Providence, Rhode Island 661–667(e)]; Migratory Bird Treaty Act 02903: telephone: (401) 528–4577; [16 U.S.C. 703–712]; Plant Protection email: Carlos.Padilla@dot.gov; or Ms. Act [7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.]. 6. Historic and Cultural Resources: Lori Fisette, Acting Administrator of Section 106 of the National Historic Project Management, Rhode Island Preservation Act of 1966, [54 U.S.C. Department of Transportation, Two 306108]; Archeological Resources Capitol Hill, Providence, Rhode Island 02903–1124, telephone: (401) 563–4401, Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470(aa)–470(mm)]; Archeological and email: lori.fisette@dot.ri.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: 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 extensions.

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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, 
to date, has granted 10 sets of exclusions under the $34 billion 
action. The fourth set of exclusions was published in May 2019 and will 
expire in May 2020. On March 12, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative 
established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend 
particular exclusions granted in May 2019 for up to 12 months. This 
notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to 
extend certain exclusions until December 31, 2020.

DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will 
apply as of May 14, 2020, and extend until December 31, 2020. 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 Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin 
Allen, 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: 

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 32181 (July 11, 
2018), 83 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 84 FR 11152 (March 25, 2019), 
84 FR 16310 (April 18, 2019), 84 FR 21389 (May 14, 2019), 84 FR 25895 
(June 4, 2019), 84 FR 32821 (July 9, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 
2019), 84 FR 46212 (September 3, 2019), 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 
2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 58427 (October 31, 2019), 
84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 84 FR 72102 (December 30, 2019), 85 FR 
6687 (February 5, 2020), 85 FR 12373 (March 2, 2020), 85 FR 16181 
(March 20, 2020), and 85 FR 24081 (April 30, 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 $34 billion action). 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).
    In May 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of 
exclusion requests, which expire on May 14, 2020. See 84 FR 21389 (the 
May 14 notice). On March 2, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited 
the public to comment on whether to extend by up to 12 months, 
particular exclusions granted in the May 14 notice. See 85 FR 12373 
(the March 2 notice).
    Under the March 2 notice, commenters were asked to 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; and efforts, if 
any, importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to 
source the product from the United States or third countries.
    In addition, commenters who were importers and/or purchasers of the 
products covered by an exclusion were asked to provide information 
regarding their efforts 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, 
and whether these purchases are from a 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; 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 will 
result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. 
interests; and any additional information in support or in opposition 
of the extending the exclusion.
    The March 2 notice required the submission of comments no later 
than April 12, 2020.

B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions

    Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 notice 
and March 2 notice, which are summarized above, pursuant to sections 
301(b), 301(c), and 307(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, and in 
accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, 
the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to extend certain product 
exclusions covered by the May 14 notice, as set out in the Annex to 
this notice.
    The March 2 notice provided that the U.S. Trade Representative 
would consider extensions of up to 12 months. In light of the 
cumulative effect of current and possible future exclusions or 
extensions of exclusions on the effectiveness of the action taken in 
this investigation, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to 
extend the exclusions in the Annex to this notice for less than 12 
months--until December 31, 2020. To date, the U.S. Trade Representative 
has granted more than 6,200 exclusion requests, has extended some of 
these exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. 
Furthermore, more than 8,600 requests are pending on the products 
covered by the action taken on August 20, 2019. The U.S. Trade 
Representative will take account of the cumulative effect of exclusions 
in considering the possible further extension of the exclusions covered 
by this notice, as well as possible extensions of exclusions of other

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products covered by the action in this investigation. The U.S. Trade 
Representative's determination also takes into account advice from 
advisory committees and any public comments concerning extension of the 
pertinent exclusion.
    In accordance with the July 11 notice, the exclusions are available 
for any product that meets the description in the Annex, regardless of 
whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of 
each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit HTSUS headings 
and product descriptions in the Annex to this notice, and not by the 
product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.
    As set out in the Annex, the U.S. Trade Representative has 
determined to extend, until December 31, 2020, the following exclusions 
granted under the May 14, 2019 notice under heading 9903.88.08 and 
under U.S. note 20(k) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS: 
(4), (5), (8), (11), (18), (19), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25), (38), 
and (39).

Annex

    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 July 6, 2018, and before December 31, 2020, 
the additional duties provided for in heading 9903.88.01 shall not 
apply to products which are provided for in heading 9903.88.08 and 
U.S. notes 20(k)(4), 20(k)(5), 20(k)(8), 20(k)(11), 20(k)(18), 
20(k)(19), 20(k)(21), 20(k)(22), 20(k)(23), 20(k)(24), 20(k)(25), 
20(k)(38) and 20(k)(39) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
HTSUS, as follows:
    (4) 8481.10.0090
    (5) 8483.50.9040
    (8) Filtering or purifying machinery or apparatus of a kind used 
for waste water treatment (described in statistical reporting number 
8421.21.0000)
    (11) Air purification equipment, electrically powered, weighing 
less than 36 kg (described in statistical reporting number 
8421.39.8015)
    (18) Armatures designed for use in hydraulic solenoid valves 
(described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040)
    (19) C-poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid 
control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (21) Metering spools, of aluminum, designed for use in hydraulic 
solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (22) Metering spools, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic 
solenoid control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (23) Poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid 
control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (24) Push pins, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid 
control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (25) Retainers, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid 
control valves (described in statistical reporting number 
8481.90.9040)
    (38) Stereoscopic microscopes, not provided with a means for 
photographing the image, valued not over $500 per unit (described in 
statistical reporting number 9011.10.8000)
    (39) Adapter rings, tubes and extension sleeves, stands and arm 
assemblies, stages and gliding tables, eyeguards and focusing racks, 
all the foregoing designed for use with compound optical microscopes 
(described in statistical reporting number 9011.90.0000)

Joseph Barloon,
General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative.
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