Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the September 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, 34274-34278 [2020-11942]

Download as PDF 34274 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / Notices Exemption—Rail Lines of D&W R.R., FD 34402 (STB served Oct. 8, 2003). Under the parties’ Asset Purchase Agreement, ownership of the Line will transfer to Iowa Northern, who will continue to operate and provide all rail common carrier service to shippers on the Line after the exemption becomes effective. Iowa Northern certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would qualify it as a Class III rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million annually. Iowa Northern further certifies that the acquisition does not involve an interchange commitment. The transaction may be consummated on or after June 17, 2020, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed).1 If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than June 10, 2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36404, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board either via e-filing or in writing addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Iowa Northern’s representative: T. Scott Bannister, Iowa Northern Railway Company, 201 Tower Park Drive, Suite 300, Waterloo, IA 50701. Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: May 28, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clarence Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–12045 Filed 6–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD lotter on DSK9F5VC42PROD with NOTICES Release of Waybill Data The Surface Transportation Board has received a request from The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association (WB20–23—5/28/20) for permission to use select data from the Board’s 1990– 2018 Unmasked Carload Waybill Samples. A copy of this request may be 1 Iowa Northern supplemented its verified notice on May 18, 2020, which therefore will be considered the filing date for the purpose of calculating the effective date of the exemption. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 obtained from the Board’s website under docket no. WB20–23. The waybill sample contains confidential railroad and shipper data; therefore, if any parties object to these requests, they should file their objections with the Director of the Board’s Office of Economics within 14 calendar days of the date of this notice. The rules for release of waybill data are codified at 49 CFR 1244.9. Contact: Alexander Dusenberry, (202) 245–0319. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–11989 Filed 6–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2020–0021] Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the September 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 has granted multiple sets of exclusions. He granted the seventh set of exclusions in September 2019, which are scheduled to expire on September 20, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted in September 2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) invites public comment on whether to extend particular exclusions. DATES: June 8, 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 July 7, 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 33608 (July 17, 2018) 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), 83 FR 65198 (December 19, 2018), 84 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 84 FR 7966 (March 5, 2019), 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 49564 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 69016 (December 17, 2019), 84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 85 FR 7816 (February 11, 2020), 85 FR 15849 (March 19, 2020), 85 FR 20332 (April 10, 2020), 85 FR 28692 (May 13, 2020), and 85 FR 29503 (May 15, 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 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 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 has granted multiple sets of exclusions. He granted the seventh set of exclusions in September 2019, which are scheduled to expire on September 20, 2020. See 84 E:\FR\FM\03JNN1.SGM 03JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 3, 2020 / Notices FR 49564 (September 20, 2019) (the September 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 September 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in the September 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. lotter on DSK9F5VC42PROD with NOTICES C. Procedures To Comment on the Extension of Particular Exclusions To submit a comment regarding the extension of a particular exclusion granted in the September 2019 notice, commenters first must register on the portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. As noted above, the public docket on the portal will be open from June 8, 2020, to July 7, 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 June 8 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 information concerning any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34275 • 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 June 8, 2020, and the July 7, 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 107 (Wednesday, June 3, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34274-34278]
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-2020-0021]


Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular 
Exclusions Granted Under the September 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 
has granted multiple sets of exclusions. He granted the seventh set of 
exclusions in September 2019, which are scheduled to expire on 
September 20, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to 
consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular 
exclusions granted in September 2019. The Office of the U.S. Trade 
Representative (USTR) invites public comment on whether to extend 
particular exclusions.

DATES: 
    June 8, 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.
    July 7, 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 33608 (July 17, 
2018) 83 FR 38760 (August 7, 2018), 83 FR 40823 (August 16, 2018), 83 
FR 47974 (September 21, 2018), 83 FR 65198 (December 19, 2018), 84 FR 
67463 (December 28, 2018), 84 FR 7966 (March 5, 2019), 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 
49564 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 69016 
(December 17, 2019), 84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 85 FR 7816 
(February 11, 2020), 85 FR 15849 (March 19, 2020), 85 FR 20332 (April 
10, 2020), 85 FR 28692 (May 13, 2020), and 85 FR 29503 (May 15, 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 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 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 has granted multiple sets of 
exclusions. He granted the seventh set of exclusions in September 2019, 
which are scheduled to expire on September 20, 2020. See 84

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FR 49564 (September 20, 2019) (the September 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 
September 2019 notice. Accordingly, USTR invites public comments on 
whether to extend particular exclusions granted in the September 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 September 2019 notice, commenters first must 
register on the portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. As noted above, 
the public docket on the portal will be open from June 8, 2020, to July 
7, 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 
June 8 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 June 8, 2020, 
and the July 7, 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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