Notice of Product Exclusion Amendment: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 34798-34799 [2020-12318]

Download as PDF 34798 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 110 / Monday, June 8, 2020 / Notices not edit their comments to remove any identifying or contact information and that they therefore should not include any such information in their comments that they do not want publicly disclosed. Allison R. Davis, Executive Director, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–12313 Filed 6–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD Release of Waybill Data The Surface Transportation Board has received a request from the MidAmerica Regional Council (WB20–13— 3/26/20) for permission to use select data from the Board’s 2018 Masked Carload Waybill Sample. A copy of this request may be obtained from the Board’s website under docket no. WB20–13. 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. Aretha Laws-Byrum, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–12340 Filed 6–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusion Amendment: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. 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’s determination included a decision to establish a product exclusion process. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Jun 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 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, December 2019, and February and May 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative issued determinations to grant exclusion requests and issue amendments. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to make a technical amendment to one previously granted exclusion. DATES: The technical amendment announced in this notice is retroactive to the date of publication of the original exclusion and does not extend the period for the original exclusion. 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 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. 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), 83 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), 85 FR 7816 (February 11, 2020), and 85 FR 28692 (May 13, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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). Under the July 11 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 eight-digit subheading covered by the $34 billion action. Requestors also had to provide the tendigit 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 July 11 notice stated that the U.S. Trade Representative would take into account whether an exclusion would undermine the objective of the Section 301 investigation. 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. In December 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative granted an initial set of exclusion requests. See 83 FR 67463. The U.S. Trade Representative announced additional determinations in March, April, May, June, July, September, October, and December 2019, and February and May 2020. See 84 FR 11152; 84 FR 16310; 84 FR 21389; 84 FR 25895; 84 FR 32821; 84 FR 49564; 84 FR 52567; 84 FR 69016; 85 FR 7816; and 85 FR 28692. E:\FR\FM\08JNN1.SGM 08JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 110 / Monday, June 8, 2020 / Notices B. Technical Amendments to Exclusions Subparagraph A of the Annex makes one technical amendment to U.S. note 20(q)(131) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as set out in the Annex of the notice published at 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 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 July 6, 2018: 1. U.S. note 20(q)(131) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting ‘‘each valued over $20 but not over $35’’ and inserting ‘‘each valued not over $35’’ in lieu thereof. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2020–12318 Filed 6–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Jkt 250001 BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Notice and request for information. SUMMARY: The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), Department of the Treasury, requests comments from the public to gain a better understanding of how Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) treat equity investments in their organizations to help inform policy decisions regarding the CDFI Fund’s management and oversight of its investment portfolio. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 8, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments via email to Tanya McInnis, Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation (CCME) Program Manager, CDFI Fund, at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tanya McInnis, CCME Program ANNOUNCEMENT TYPE: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal and invites public comment to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at Salinas Municipal Airport (SNS), Salinas, Monterey County, California. The proposal consists of one parcel containing 13.25 acres of airport land, located outside of the airfield, south of Airport Boulevard, between Mercer Way and Skyway Boulevard, and north of Mortensen Avenue. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments on the request may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Ms. Laurie J. Suttmeier, Manager, San Francisco Airports District Office, Federal Aviation Administration, 1000 Marina Boulevard, Suite 220, Brisbane, 17:09 Jun 05, 2020 Issued in El Segundo, California, on May 27, 2020. Brian Q. Armstrong, Manager, Safety and Standards Branch, Airports Division, Western-Pacific Region. Community Development Financial Institutions Fund; Request for Information Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of request to release airport land. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 The land was originally acquired from the federal government as surplus land, via quitclaim deed issued by the War Assets Administration on February 4, 1949. The land will be leased for nonaeronautical revenue generation. Such use of the land represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with the airport or its operation, thereby protecting the interests of civil aviation. The airport will be compensated for the fair market value of the use of the land. In accordance with the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), Public Law 106–181 (Apr. 5, 2000; 114 Stat. 75), this notice must be published in the Federal Register 30 days before the DOT Secretary may waive any condition imposed on a federally obligated airport by surplus property conveyance deeds or grant agreements. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2020–12129 Filed 6–5–20; 8:45 am] Notice of Release of Land Affecting Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Salinas Municipal Airport, Salinas, Monterey County, California SUMMARY: California, 94005–1835. In addition, one copy of the comment submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to Mr. Brett J. Godown, Airport Manager, 30 Mortensen Avenue, Salinas, California 93905. PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34799 Manager, CDFI Fund, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20220 or email to cdfihelp@ cdfi.treas.gov. Through the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program), the CDFI Fund provides Financial Assistance (FA) awards in variety of forms, including equity investments. The CDFI Fund is working to provide more context and clarity regarding policies and procedures related to equity investments it provides in two specific areas: Compliance remedies and cure periods for CDFIs noncompliant with the CDFI Fund’s existing control restrictions and the adoption of an exit strategy for new equity investment awards. Control Restrictions: By statute, the CDFI Fund may not own more than fifty percent (50%) of a CDFI’s equity, nor may it otherwise control a CDFI. Periodically, CDFIs have taken actions with respect to equity investments in their organization that have resulted in the CDFI Fund owning more than fifty percent (50%) of a CDFI’s equity, or otherwise controlling a CDFI. The CDFI Fund is interested in learning from the industry their perspective on methods CDFIs may be afforded to cure noncompliance with this requirement. Options under consideration include requiring a Recipient to repurchase or redeem the CDFI Fund’s equity investment to decrease CDFI Fund ownership to fifty percent (50%) or below; permitting a Recipient to issue more shares to dilute the CDFI Fund’s equity investment percentage to the fifty percent (50%) threshold or below; or a combination thereof. Equity Investment Exit Strategy: The CDFI Fund has an internal investment policy with language outlining a practice to conduct a yearly review of the existing investments in its portfolio and to provide recommendations to Senior Management of possible next steps, if any. The current policy does not provide specific plans of action or indicia for exiting equity investments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Questions on CDFI Equity and Related Policies 1. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


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

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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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'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, December 2019, and 
February and May 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative issued 
determinations to grant exclusion requests and issue amendments. This 
notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to make 
a technical amendment to one previously granted exclusion.

DATES: The technical amendment announced in this notice is retroactive 
to the date of publication of the original exclusion and does not 
extend the period for the original exclusion. 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 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: 

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), 83 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), 85 FR 7816 (February 11, 2020), and 85 FR 28692 
(May 13, 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 the product exclusions and opened a public 
docket. See 83 FR 32181 (the July 11 notice).
    Under the July 11 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 eight-digit subheading covered by the $34 billion action. 
Requestors also had to provide the ten-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 July 11 notice stated that the U.S. Trade Representative would take 
into account whether an exclusion would undermine the objective of the 
Section 301 investigation.

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. In 
December 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative granted an initial set of 
exclusion requests. See 83 FR 67463. The U.S. Trade Representative 
announced additional determinations in March, April, May, June, July, 
September, October, and December 2019, and February and May 2020. See 
84 FR 11152; 84 FR 16310; 84 FR 21389; 84 FR 25895; 84 FR 32821; 84 FR 
49564; 84 FR 52567; 84 FR 69016; 85 FR 7816; and 85 FR 28692.

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B. Technical Amendments to Exclusions

    Subparagraph A of the Annex makes one technical amendment to U.S. 
note 20(q)(131) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as set 
out in the Annex of the notice published at 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 
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 July 6, 2018:
    1. U.S. note 20(q)(131) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is modified by deleting 
``each valued over $20 but not over $35'' and inserting ``each valued 
not over $35'' in lieu thereof.

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