Notice of Effective Date of Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Concerning the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, 55059-55060 [2020-19507]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 172 / Thursday, September 3, 2020 / Notices Methodology The information collected on form DS–86 is used by the Department of State to help ensure that no person bears more than one valid or potentially valid U.S. passport book of the same type and/or passport card at any one time, except as authorized by the Department. The information on the form is also used to address passport fraud and misuse. When needed, the Statement of Nonreceipt of a U.S. Passport is either provided by the Department to the passport applicant or accessed online from the Department’s website at www.eforms.state.gov or as a printable PDF at www.travel.state.gov. Zachary Parker, Director. [FR Doc. 2020–19520 Filed 9–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36427] Akron Barberton Cluster Railway Company—Amendment of Lease Exemption—Metro Regional Transit Authority jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Akron Barberton Cluster Railway Company (ABC), a Class III switching and terminal railroad, filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to amend its lease from Metro Regional Transit Authority (Metro) of an existing rail freight operating easement on a 6.72-mile rail line extending from approximately milepost 40.42 in Akron to approximately milepost 33.70 in Krumroy, in Summit County, Ohio (the Line).1 ABC states it will continue to provide freight rail service between the industries on the Line and connecting line-haul carriers Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company and CSX Transportation, Inc., in Akron/ Barberton, Ohio. ABC further states that Metro, as the owner and lessor of the freight easement, will retain a residual common carrier obligation on the Line but will not operate any freight rail service on the Line. ABC certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would qualify 1 ABC obtained authority to lease and operate the subject rail line in Akron Barberton Cluster Railway—Lease & Operation Exemption—Metro Regional Transit Authority, FD 34362 (STB served July 11, 2003), and authority for a previous lease amendment in Akron Barberton Cluster Railway— Lease & Operation Exemption—Metro Regional Transit Authority, FD 35944 (STB served July 23, 2015). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Sep 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 it as a Class II or Class I rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. ABC also states that the lease agreement does not contain any provision that would limit ABC’s future interchange of traffic on the line with a third-party connecting carrier. ABC intends to consummate the amendment to the lease on or shortly after September 17, 2020, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice of exemption was filed). 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 September 10, 2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36427, 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, one copy of each pleading must be served on ABC’s representative, Michael J. Barron, Jr., Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606. According to ABC, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and from historic preservation reporting requirements under 49 CFR 1105.8(b). Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: August 28, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Eden Besera, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–19456 Filed 9–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Effective Date of Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Concerning the Dominican RepublicCentral America-United States Free Trade Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of United States Trade Representative is announcing the effective date of modifications to the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55059 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) concerning the Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA–DR). DATES: This notice is applicable on November 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Senior Associate General Counsel Joseph Johnson at (202) 395–2464 or Joseph_M._Johnson@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background Section 1206(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (1988 Act) (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)) authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the HTSUS based on the recommendations of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under section 1205 of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005) if the President determines that the modifications conform to U.S. obligations under the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Convention) and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. The ITC has recommended modifications to the HTSUS pursuant to section 1205 of the 1988 Act to conform the HTSUS to amendments made to the Convention. Proclamation 7987 of February 28, 2006, implemented the CAFTA–DR with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the CAFTA– DR Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 4031), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of United States duty reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the CAFTA–DR. The United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (CAFTA–DR countries) are parties to the Convention. Because changes to the Convention are reflected in slight differences of form between the national tariff schedules of the United States and the other CAFTA–DR countries, Annexes 4.1, 3.25, and 3.29 of the CAFTA–DR must be changed to ensure that the tariff and certain other treatment accorded under the CAFTA– DR to originating goods will continue to be provided under the tariff categories that were proclaimed in Proclamation 7987. The United States and the other CAFTA–DR countries have agreed to make these changes. E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 55060 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 172 / Thursday, September 3, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Section 201 of the CAFTA–DR Implementation Act authorizes the President to proclaim such modifications or continuation of any duty, such continuation of duty-free or excise treatment, or such additional duties, as the President determines to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of United States duty reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the CAFTA–DR. In Proclamation 9555 of December 15, 2016, pursuant to section 201 of the CAFTA–DR Implementation Act and section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)), the President proclaimed certain modifications to the HTSUS (see Proclamation 9555, paragraph (11)), and further proclaimed that the modifications would become effective on the date to be announced by the U.S. Trade Representative in the Federal Register, after the applicable conditions set forth in the CAFTA–DR have been fulfilled. The modifications are effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after that date. See Proclamation 9555, paragraph (12). The modifications are set out in Annex V of Proclamation 9555. In Proclamation 9687 of December 22, 2017, pursuant to section 201 of the CAFTA–DR Implementation Act and section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)), the President proclaimed certain modifications to the HTSUS (see Proclamation 9687, paragraph (6)), and further proclaimed that the modifications would become effective on the date to be announced by the U.S. Trade Representative in the Federal Register, after the applicable conditions set forth in the CAFTA–DR have been fulfilled. The modifications are effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after that date. See Proclamation 9687, paragraph (7). The modifications are set out in Annex II of Proclamation 9687. B. Announcement of the Effective Date of Modifications to the HTSUS Pursuant to Proclamation 9555 and Proclamation 9687 The U.S. Trade Representative is announcing that the conditions referenced in paragraph (12) of Proclamation 9555 and paragraph (7) of Proclamation 9687 have been fulfilled and that the modifications set out in Annex V of Proclamation 9555 and Annex II of Proclamation 9687 will take effect on November 1, 2020, with VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Sep 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after that date. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2020–19507 Filed 9–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Termination of Previously Initiated Processes for the Development of Air Tour Management Plans and Environmental Assessments/ Environmental Impact Statements for Various National Park Units and Notice of Intent To Complete Air Tour Management Plans at 23 National Park Units Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of Termination of Previously Initiated Processes for Air Tour Management Plans and Associated Environmental Documents and Notice of Intent to Complete Air Tour Management Plans at 23 National Park Units. AGENCY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), announces that it is terminating previously initiated processes for the development of Air Tour Management Plans (ATMP) and Environmental Assessments (EA)/Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for a number of National Park System units. The agencies had initiated and actively worked these processes at a number of parks from 2004 to 2011 but ceased all work by September 2012 due to a focus on other program priorities. Given the length of time since these processes were initiated and actively worked, termination of these processes will allow the agencies to start anew with the development of ATMPs and associated environmental documents at these and other parks. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Lusk, Program Manager, AWP– 1SP, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region, 777 S Aviation Boulevard, Suite 150, El Segundo, California 90245. Telephone: (424) 405– 7017. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the following Federal Register notices the FAA, in cooperation with the National SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Park Service (NPS), had provided notice of its intent to develop EA/EIS documents for the ATMPs at various National Park System units pursuant to the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (NPATMA) (Pub. L. 106–181) and its implementing regulations contained in 14 CFR part 136, subpart B, National Parks Air Tour Management: Haleakala National Park (68 FR 3301, Jan. 23, 2003; 69 FR 9420–9422, Feb. 27, 2004; and 71 FR 66575–66576, Nov. 15, 2006); Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (68 FR 3301–3302, Jan. 23, 2003; 69 FR 9420–9422, Feb. 27, 2004; and 70 FR 44416–44417, Aug. 2, 2005); Mount Rushmore National Memorial (69 FR 20660–20661, Apr. 16, 2004); Badlands National Park (69 FR 20658–20659, Apr. 16, 2004); Lake Mead National Recreation Area (69 FR 20659–20660, Apr. 16, 2004); Death Valley National Park (75 FR 2922–2923, Jan. 19, 2010); Mount Rainier National Park (75 FR 16899–16900, Apr. 2, 2010; 75 FR 18568–18569, Apr. 12, 2010); and Golden Gate National Recreation Area/San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park/Point Reyes National Seashore (76 FR 45312, July 2011). In 2004, the FAA and NPS began preparing environmental documentation to comply with NPATMA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (Pub. L. 91–190), which requires Federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts associated with a major Federal action, such as completing an ATMP. The agencies were unable to complete any ATMPs due primarily to differences in their respective approaches to environmental analysis. In 2012, the agencies ceased work on the development of ATMPs and associated environmental documentation at these parks and refocused efforts on implementation of various NPATMA amendment provisions included in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–95). In particular, the agencies focused on the development of Voluntary Agreements (VAs), which do not require compliance with NEPA. On February 14, 2019, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Hawaii Coalition Malama Pono filed a petition for writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to have the FAA and the NPS complete air tour management plans or voluntary agreements at seven specified parks. On May 1, 2020, the Court granted the petition and ordered the E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 172 (Thursday, September 3, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Notice of Effective Date of Modifications to the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule of the United States Concerning the Dominican Republic-
Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of United States Trade Representative is announcing 
the effective date of modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule 
of the United States (HTSUS) concerning the Dominican Republic-Central 
America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR).

DATES: This notice is applicable on November 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Senior Associate General Counsel 
Joseph Johnson at (202) 395-2464 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    Section 1206(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 
1988 (1988 Act) (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)) authorizes the President to 
proclaim modifications to the HTSUS based on the recommendations of the 
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) under section 1205 of the 
1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005) if the President determines that the 
modifications conform to U.S. obligations under the International 
Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System 
(Convention) and do not run counter to the national economic interest 
of the United States. The ITC has recommended modifications to the 
HTSUS pursuant to section 1205 of the 1988 Act to conform the HTSUS to 
amendments made to the Convention.
    Proclamation 7987 of February 28, 2006, implemented the CAFTA-DR 
with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the 
CAFTA-DR Implementation Act (19 U.S.C. 4031), the staged reductions in 
duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to 
carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, 
and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of United States duty 
reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the 
CAFTA-DR.
    The United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, 
Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (CAFTA-DR countries) are parties to 
the Convention. Because changes to the Convention are reflected in 
slight differences of form between the national tariff schedules of the 
United States and the other CAFTA-DR countries, Annexes 4.1, 3.25, and 
3.29 of the CAFTA-DR must be changed to ensure that the tariff and 
certain other treatment accorded under the CAFTA-DR to originating 
goods will continue to be provided under the tariff categories that 
were proclaimed in Proclamation 7987. The United States and the other 
CAFTA-DR countries have agreed to make these changes.

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    Section 201 of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act authorizes the 
President to proclaim such modifications or continuation of any duty, 
such continuation of duty-free or excise treatment, or such additional 
duties, as the President determines to be necessary or appropriate to 
carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, 
and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of United States duty 
reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the 
CAFTA-DR.
    In Proclamation 9555 of December 15, 2016, pursuant to section 201 
of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act and section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act 
(19 U.S.C. 3006(a)), the President proclaimed certain modifications to 
the HTSUS (see Proclamation 9555, paragraph (11)), and further 
proclaimed that the modifications would become effective on the date to 
be announced by the U.S. Trade Representative in the Federal Register, 
after the applicable conditions set forth in the CAFTA-DR have been 
fulfilled. The modifications are effective with respect to goods 
entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, 
on or after that date. See Proclamation 9555, paragraph (12). The 
modifications are set out in Annex V of Proclamation 9555.
    In Proclamation 9687 of December 22, 2017, pursuant to section 201 
of the CAFTA-DR Implementation Act and section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act 
(19 U.S.C. 3006(a)), the President proclaimed certain modifications to 
the HTSUS (see Proclamation 9687, paragraph (6)), and further 
proclaimed that the modifications would become effective on the date to 
be announced by the U.S. Trade Representative in the Federal Register, 
after the applicable conditions set forth in the CAFTA-DR have been 
fulfilled. The modifications are effective with respect to goods 
entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, 
on or after that date. See Proclamation 9687, paragraph (7). The 
modifications are set out in Annex II of Proclamation 9687.

B. Announcement of the Effective Date of Modifications to the HTSUS 
Pursuant to Proclamation 9555 and Proclamation 9687

    The U.S. Trade Representative is announcing that the conditions 
referenced in paragraph (12) of Proclamation 9555 and paragraph (7) of 
Proclamation 9687 have been fulfilled and that the modifications set 
out in Annex V of Proclamation 9555 and Annex II of Proclamation 9687 
will take effect on November 1, 2020, with respect to goods entered for 
consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 
that date.

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