Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 33775-33779 [2020-11833]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices 3. Remarks of RERC Designated Federal Officer 4. Overview of the impacts of COVID 19 on the TVA Energy System 5. Council Discussion 6. Public Comments The webinar meeting is open to the public. Please register in advance at: https://bit.ly/2ZwlVoK. Oral comments from the public will be accepted during a 30-minute webinar session beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT. In order to make oral comments, the public must pre-register by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday June 22, 2020 by emailing efupchurch@tva.gov. Due to time limitations, oral comments will be limited to two minutes per speaker. The public is also invited to provide written comments to the RERC at any time through links on TVA’s website at www.tva.com/rerc or by emailing written comments to the Regional Energy Resource Council, care of Liz Upchurch, efupchurch@tva.gov. Dated: May 26, 2020. Joseph J. Hoagland, Vice President, Innovation and Research, Tennessee Valley Authority. [FR Doc. 2020–11890 Filed 6–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–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 fifth set of exclusions was published in June 2019 and will expire in June 2020. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in June 2019 for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 extend certain exclusions through December 31, 2020. DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of June 4, 2020, and extend through 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: 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 eight-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 eight-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 June 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of exclusion requests, which expire on June 4, 2020. See 84 FR 25895 (the June 4 notice). On March 20, 2020, the U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00156 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33775 Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend by up to 12 months, particular exclusions granted in the June 4 notice. See 85 FR 16181 (the March 20 notice). Under the March 20 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 20 notice required the submission of comments no later than April 30, 2020. B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 notice and March 20 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 June 4 notice, as set out in the Annex to this notice. E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 33776 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The March 20 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— through 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 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 ten-digit PO 00000 Frm 00157 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, through December 31, 2020, the following exclusions granted under the June 4, 2019 notice under heading 9903.88.10 and under U.S. note 20(m) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS: (3), (6), (9), (13), (14), (22), (24), (28), (34), (42), (50), (51), (52), (53), (62), and (88). Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00158 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 33777 EN02JN20.020</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices VerDate Sep<11>2014 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00159 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1 EN02JN20.021</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 33778 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 106 / Tuesday, June 2, 2020 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 3290–F0–C Mary Thompson, Flight Standards, Air Transportation Division, Policy Integration Branch (AFS–270), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; 404–904–2995, Mary.Thompson@faa.gov. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration FAA Advisory Circular 142–1, Standardized Curricula Delivered by Part 142 Training Centers Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of availability of agency guidance. AGENCY: This notice announces the availability of FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 142–1, Standardized Curricula Delivered by Part 142 Training Centers. The AC introduces the standardized curriculum concept for training provided by part 142 training centers and describes the associated benefits of this voluntary approach. This AC provides guidance to part 142 training centers on how to obtain approval to deliver a standardized curriculum to part 135 operators, including guidance on how a part 142 training center may qualify its personnel as instructors and check pilots under part 135. This AC also provides guidance on how a part 135 operator may obtain approval to use a standardized curriculum as part of its training program. Voluntary use of standardized curricula for part 135 training promotes safety and increases administrative efficiency for industry. Based on these benefits, the FAA believes that most part 135 training provided by part 142 training centers will occur through standardized curricula after implementation. DATES: The guidance in AC 142–1 became effective April 27, 2020. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:46 Jun 01, 2020 The standardized curriculum concept provides a means to standardize curricula offered by part 142 training centers to part 135 operators. Under the standardized curriculum concept, the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee will use formalized stakeholder input to develop and recommend standardized curricula for each aircraft fleet to the FAA. The FAA will review the recommendations and, if acceptable, publish the standardized curricula at a national level. The standardized curriculum concept aims to provide an efficient means for approving training curricula offered by part 142 training centers while increasing the consistency of training, testing, and checking delivered to part 135 operators. The standardized curriculum concept supports the overarching goals to enhance training and checking and promote safer operational practices and is consistent with applicable regulations. AC 142–1 may be found at https://www.faa.gov/ pilots/training/standardized_ curriculum/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Docket No. FAA–2020–0430] Jkt 250001 Issued in Washington, DC. Robert Carty, Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service. [FR Doc. 2020–11894 Filed 6–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00160 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. PE–2020–31] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Airlines for America Correction In notice document 2020–11288, appearing on page 31850 in the issue of Wednesday, May 27, 2020 make the following correction. On page 31850, in the first column, in the DATES section, ‘‘June 3, 2024’’ should read ‘‘June 3, 2020’’. [FR Doc. C1–2020–11288 Filed 5–29–20; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 1300–01–D DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0122; FMCSA– 2012–0123; FMCSA–2012–0332; FMCSA– 2013–0122; FMCSA–2013–0124; FMCSA– 2015–0327; FMCSA–2017–0057; FMCSA– 2017–0059] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 106 (Tuesday, June 2, 2020)]
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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 fifth set of exclusions was published in June 2019 and will 
expire in June 2020. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative 
established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend 
particular exclusions granted in June 2019 for up to 12 months. This 
notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to 
extend certain exclusions through December 31, 2020.

DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will 
apply as of June 4, 2020, and extend through 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 eight-
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 eight-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 June 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of 
exclusion requests, which expire on June 4, 2020. See 84 FR 25895 (the 
June 4 notice). On March 20, 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 June 4 notice. See 85 FR 16181 
(the March 20 notice).
    Under the March 20 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 20 notice required the submission of comments no later 
than April 30, 2020.

B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions

    Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 notice 
and March 20 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 June 4 notice, as set out in the Annex to 
this notice.

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    The March 20 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--through 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 
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 ten-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, through December 31, 2020, the following 
exclusions granted under the June 4, 2019 notice under heading 
9903.88.10 and under U.S. note 20(m) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of 
the HTSUS: (3), (6), (9), (13), (14), (22), (24), (28), (34), (42), 
(50), (51), (52), (53), (62), and (88).

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