Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the $300 Billion Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 48595-48599 [2020-17441]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 11, 2020 / Notices As implemented in SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 121.1202(c), in order to be considered available to participate in the Federal market for a class of products, a small business manufacturer must have submitted a proposal for a contract solicitation or been awarded a contract to supply the class of products within the last 24 months. The SBA defines ‘‘class of products’’ based on a combination of (1) the sixdigit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, (2) the four-digit Product Service Code (PSC), and (3) a description of the class of products. SBA invites the public to comment on this pending request to waive the NMR for surgical beds. The public may comment or provide source information on any small business manufacturers of this class of products that are available to participate in the Federal market. The public comment period will run for 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. More information on the NMR and class waivers can be found at https:// www.sba.gov/contracting/contractingofficials/non-manufacturer-rule/nonmanufacturer-waivers. David Wm. Loines, Director, Office of Government Contracting. [FR Doc. 2020–17494 Filed 8–10–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2020–0031] Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular Exclusions Granted Under the $300 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: On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional ad valorem duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Aug 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 1, 2019. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, and has issued seven product exclusion notices under this action and is issuing an eighth notice concurrent with this notice. The product exclusions granted under these notices are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative decided to consider a possible extension of particular exclusions granted under the first seven product exclusion notices. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to consider a possible extension of particular exclusions granted under the eighth notice of product exclusions. DATES: August 5, 2020: The public docket on the web portal at https:// comments.USTR.gov opened for parties to submit comments on the possible extension of particular exclusions. August 20, 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 24, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 84 FR 22564 (May 17, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 30, 2019), 84 FR 57144 (October 24, 2019), 84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 2020), 85 FR 13970 (March 10, 2020), 85 FR 15244 (March 17, 2020), 85 FR 17936 (March 31, 2020), 85 FR 28693 (May 13, 2020), 85 FR 32099 (May 28, 2020), 85 FR 35975 (June 12, 2020), 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020), 85 FR 41658 (July 10, 2020), 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020), and 85 FR 44563 (July 23, 2020). In a notice published on August 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative, at the direction of the President, announced a determination to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation by imposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual aggregate trade value of approximately $300 billion. 84 FR 43304 (August 20 notice). The August 20 notice contains two separate lists of tariff subheadings, with two different effective dates. List 1, PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48595 which is set out in Annex A of the August 20 notice, was effective on September 1, 2019. List 2, which is set out in Annex C of the August 20 notice, was scheduled to take effect on December 15, 2019. Subsequently, the U.S. Trade Representative announced determinations suspending until further notice the additional duties on products set out in Annex C (List 2) and reducing the additional duties for the products covered in Annex A of the August 20 notice (List 1) to 7.5 percent. See 84 FR 57144, 85 FR 3741. On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process by which U.S. stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading covered by List 1 of the $300 billion action from the additional duties. See 84 FR 57144 (October 24 notice). The October 24 notice required submission of requests for exclusion from the $300 billion action no later than January 31, 2020, and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would announce decisions. The U.S. Trade Representative has issued seven notices of product exclusions under this action and is issuing an eighth notice concurrent with this notice. These exclusions are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020. B. Possible Extensions of Particular Product Exclusions As noted, the U.S. Trade Representative previously decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted under the first seven product exclusion notices under the $300 billion action. See 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020), 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020), 85 FR 41658 (July 10, 2020), and 85 FR 44563 (July 23, 2020). This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted under the eighth notice. Accordingly, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites public comments on whether to extend the particular exclusions issued under the eighth notice of product exclusions that is published in the Federal Register concurrently with this notice. Public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the previous seven notices must be filed under separate dockets. Specifically, public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the first five notices of product exclusions issued under the $300 billion action must be filed under docket E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 48596 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 155 / Tuesday, August 11, 2020 / Notices USTR–2020–0027. See 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020). Public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the sixth and seventh notices of product exclusions issued under the $300 billion action must be filed under docket USTR–2020–0029. See 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020). Public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the eighth notice must be filed under docket USTR–2020–0031. 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 September 2019, 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 September 2019 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 September 2019 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 under the above referenced product exclusion notice under the $300 billion action, commenters first must register on the portal at https:// comments.USTR.gov. As noted above, the public docket will be open from August 5, 2020, to August 20, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:02 Aug 10, 2020 Jkt 250001 will not be publicly available. Fields with a green (Public) notation will be publicly available. Additionally, commenters 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, a facsimile of the exclusion extension comment form to be used 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 third countries. Please include information concerning any changes in the global supply chain since September 2019 with respect to the particular product. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • The efforts you have undertaken since September 2019 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 or data in support of or in opposition to extending the exclusion that you consider relevant. D. Submission Instructions To be assured of consideration, you must submit your comment between the opening of the public docket on August 5, 2020 and the August 20, 2020 submission deadline. If you seek to comment on two or more exclusions, you 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 United States Trade Representative. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 155 (Tuesday, August 11, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48595-48599]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-17441]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2020-0031]


Request for Comments Concerning the Extension of Particular 
Exclusions Granted Under the $300 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: On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the 
U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken 
in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and 
practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and 
innovation by imposing additional ad valorem duties on goods of China 
with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The 
additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of 
that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. The U.S. Trade 
Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, 
and has issued seven product exclusion notices under this action and is 
issuing an eighth notice concurrent with this notice. The product 
exclusions granted under these notices are scheduled to expire on 
September 1, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative decided to consider a 
possible extension of particular exclusions granted under the first 
seven product exclusion notices. This notice announces the U.S. Trade 
Representative's decision to consider a possible extension of 
particular exclusions granted under the eighth notice of product 
exclusions.

DATES: 
    August 5, 2020: The public docket on the web portal at https://comments.USTR.gov opened for parties to submit comments on the possible 
extension of particular exclusions.
    August 20, 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 24, 2017), 83 FR 14906 
(April 6, 2018), 84 FR 22564 (May 17, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 
2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 30, 2019), 84 FR 57144 (October 24, 2019), 
84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 2020), 85 FR 
13970 (March 10, 2020), 85 FR 15244 (March 17, 2020), 85 FR 17936 
(March 31, 2020), 85 FR 28693 (May 13, 2020), 85 FR 32099 (May 28, 
2020), 85 FR 35975 (June 12, 2020), 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020), 85 FR 
41658 (July 10, 2020), 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020), and 85 FR 44563 
(July 23, 2020).
    In a notice published on August 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade 
Representative, at the direction of the President, announced a 
determination to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 
investigation by imposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on 
products of China with an annual aggregate trade value of approximately 
$300 billion. 84 FR 43304 (August 20 notice). The August 20 notice 
contains two separate lists of tariff subheadings, with two different 
effective dates. List 1, which is set out in Annex A of the August 20 
notice, was effective on September 1, 2019. List 2, which is set out in 
Annex C of the August 20 notice, was scheduled to take effect on 
December 15, 2019. Subsequently, the U.S. Trade Representative 
announced determinations suspending until further notice the additional 
duties on products set out in Annex C (List 2) and reducing the 
additional duties for the products covered in Annex A of the August 20 
notice (List 1) to 7.5 percent. See 84 FR 57144, 85 FR 3741.
    On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a 
process by which U.S. stakeholders could request exclusion of 
particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading covered by List 1 of 
the $300 billion action from the additional duties. See 84 FR 57144 
(October 24 notice). The October 24 notice required submission of 
requests for exclusion from the $300 billion action no later than 
January 31, 2020, and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative 
periodically would announce decisions. The U.S. Trade Representative 
has issued seven notices of product exclusions under this action and is 
issuing an eighth notice concurrent with this notice. These exclusions 
are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020.

B. Possible Extensions of Particular Product Exclusions

    As noted, the U.S. Trade Representative previously decided to 
consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular 
exclusions granted under the first seven product exclusion notices 
under the $300 billion action. See 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020), 85 FR 
43639 (July 17, 2020), 85 FR 41658 (July 10, 2020), and 85 FR 44563 
(July 23, 2020). This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's 
decision to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of 
particular exclusions granted under the eighth notice. Accordingly, the 
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites public 
comments on whether to extend the particular exclusions issued under 
the eighth notice of product exclusions that is published in the 
Federal Register concurrently with this notice. Public comments 
regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the previous 
seven notices must be filed under separate dockets. Specifically, 
public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under 
the first five notices of product exclusions issued under the $300 
billion action must be filed under docket

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USTR-2020-0027. See 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020). Public comments 
regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the sixth and 
seventh notices of product exclusions issued under the $300 billion 
action must be filed under docket USTR-2020-0029. See 85 FR 43639 (July 
17, 2020). Public comments regarding the extension of particular 
exclusions under the eighth notice must be filed under docket USTR-
2020-0031.
    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 September 
2019, 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 September 
2019 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 September 2019 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 under the above referenced product exclusion notice 
under the $300 billion action, commenters first must register on the 
portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. As noted above, the public docket 
will be open from August 5, 2020, to August 20, 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 will not be publicly available. Fields with a green 
(Public) notation will be publicly available. Additionally, commenters 
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, a facsimile of 
the exclusion extension comment form to be used 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 third 
countries. Please include information concerning any changes in the 
global supply chain since September 2019 with respect to the particular 
product.
     The efforts you have undertaken since September 2019 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 or data in support of or in 
opposition to extending the exclusion that you consider relevant.

D. Submission Instructions

    To be assured of consideration, you must submit your comment 
between the opening of the public docket on August 5, 2020 and the 
August 20, 2020 submission deadline. If you seek to comment on two or 
more exclusions, you 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 United States Trade Representative.
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