Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 45949-45953 [2020-16529]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices (including the city and/or country and the approximate dates) which gives the individual cause to believe that the Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Program Records include records pertaining to him or her. EXEMPTIONS PROMULGATED FOR THE SYSTEM: None. HISTORY: Previously published at 72 FR 45083. John C. Sullivan, Senior Agency Official for Privacy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Global Information Services, Bureau of Administration, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–16567 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–24–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 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 initiated the exclusion process in September 2018 and, to date, has granted three sets of exclusions under the $16 billion action. The first set of exclusions was published in July 2019 and will expire in July 2020. On April 30, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in July 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 July 31, 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 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), 85 FR 10808 (February 25, 2020), 85 FR 28691 (May 13, 2020), and 85 FR 43291 (July 16, 2020). Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 279 eight-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 $16 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 $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). In July 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of exclusion requests, which expire on July 31, 2020. See 84 FR 37381 (the July 31 notice). On April 30, 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 July 31 notice. See 85 FR 24076 (the April 30 notice). Under the April 30 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 PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45949 particular product, or any other relevant industry developments. • 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 and 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 and 2019. • 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 or in opposition of the extending the exclusion. The April 30 notice required the submission of comments no later than June 1, 2020. B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the September 18 notice and the April 30 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 July 31 notice, as set out in the Annex to this notice. The April 30 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 E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45950 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES more than 6,700 exclusion requests, has extended some of these exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. Furthermore, more than 200 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 September 18 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 00089 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. The U.S. Trade Representative will continue to issue determinations on a periodic basis. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. BILLING CODE 3290–FO–P E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 45951 EN30JY20.003</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices VerDate Sep<11>2014 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 EN30JY20.004</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 45952 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices BILLING CODE 3290–F0–C DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. PE–2020–62] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Delta Engineering Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of petition for exemption received. AGENCY: This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public’s awareness of, and participation in, the FAA’s exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition. SUMMARY: Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number and must be received on or before August 19, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by docket number FAA–2020–0528 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251. Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/ privacy. Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deana Stedman, AIR–673, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198, phone and fax 206–231–3187, email deana.stedman@faa.gov. This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on July 27, 2020. James E. Wilborn, Acting Manager, Transport Standards Branch. Petition for Exemption Docket No.: FAA–2020–0528. Petitioner: Delta Engineering. Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: §§ 25.855, 25.857, and 25.858. Description of Relief Sought: Delta Engineering is seeking relief from certain fire protection requirements in order to obtain supplemental type certificate approval of a type design change for multiple airplane models from multiple airplane manufacturers. PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The type design change would allow the airplane operators to remove passenger seats to transport cargo, subject to the FAA’s conditions, on the floor of the main deck of transport category airplanes without revenue passengers onboard. COVID–19 has dramatically reduced the demand for commercial air travel. Due to this extreme reduction in demand, passenger carriers now have the capacity to carry cargo, including critical medical cargo, in-cabin. The relief that would be provided by this exemption would also support the need to replace the cargo capacity provided on airplanes normally flown by passenger carriers. [FR Doc. 2020–16545 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent of Waiver With Respect to Land; Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The FAA is considering a proposal to change 24.813 acres of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use. The land is located east of Ronald Regan Parkway, on the northwest side of the airport. It is currently comprised of an agricultural field, woods, and a small storage building. The proposed future nonaeronautical land use is a life science park that will include buildings, parking and roadways. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 31, 2020. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 EN30JY20.005</GPH> [FR Doc. 2020–16529 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] 45953

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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 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 initiated the exclusion process in September 2018 
and, to date, has granted three sets of exclusions under the $16 
billion action. The first set of exclusions was published in July 2019 
and will expire in July 2020. On April 30, 2020, the U.S. Trade 
Representative established a process for the public to comment on 
whether to extend particular exclusions granted in July 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 July 31, 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 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), 85 FR 10808 (February 25, 2020), 85 FR 28691 
(May 13, 2020), and 85 FR 43291 (July 16, 2020).
    Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed 
additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 279 eight-
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 $16 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 $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).
    In July 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative granted a set of 
exclusion requests, which expire on July 31, 2020. See 84 FR 37381 (the 
July 31 notice). On April 30, 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 July 31 notice. See 85 FR 24076 
(the April 30 notice).
    Under the April 30 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.
     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 and 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 and 
2019.
     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 or in opposition of 
the extending the exclusion.
    The April 30 notice required the submission of comments no later 
than June 1, 2020.

B. Determination To Extend Certain Exclusions

    Based on evaluation of the factors set out in the September 18 
notice and the April 30 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 July 31 notice, as set out in 
the Annex to this notice.
    The April 30 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

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more than 6,700 exclusion requests, has extended some of these 
exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. 
Furthermore, more than 200 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 September 18 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.
    The U.S. Trade Representative will continue to issue determinations 
on a periodic basis.

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