Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries From Regional and Third-Country Fabric, 58041-58042 [2020-20405]

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Geiger, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482–3117. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Title I, Section 112(b)(3) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA 2000), Public Law (Pub. L.) 106– 200, as amended by Division B, Title XXI, section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002, Public Law 107–210; Section 7(b)(2) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, Public Law 108–274; Division D, Title VI, section 6002 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA 2006), Public Law 109–432, and section 1 of The African Growth and Opportunity Amendments (Pub. L. 112– 163), August 10, 2012; Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000 (65 FR 59321); Presidential Proclamation 7626 of November 13, 2002 (67 FR 69459); and Title I, Section 103(b)(2) and (3) of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Public Law 114–27, June 29, 2015. Title I of TDA 2000 provides for dutyand quota-free treatment for certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated beneficiary subSaharan African countries. Section 112(b)(3) of TDA 2000 provides dutyand quota-free treatment for apparel articles wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries from yarn originating in the United States or one or more DATES: E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 58042 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Notices beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. This preferential treatment is also available for apparel articles assembled in one or more lesserdeveloped beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, regardless of the country of origin of the fabric used to make such articles, subject to quantitative limitation. Public Law 114– 27 extended this special rule for lesserdeveloped countries through September 30, 2025. The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 provides that the quantitative limitation for the twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2020 will be an amount not to exceed 7 percent of the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period for which data are available. See Section 112(b)(3)(A)(ii)(I) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 7(b)(2)(B) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004. Of this overall amount, apparel imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries is limited to an amount not to exceed 3.5 percent of all apparel articles imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period. See Section 112(b)(3)(B)(ii)(II) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 6002(a)(3) of TRHCA 2006. The Annex to Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 2000 directed CITA to publish the aggregate quantity of imports allowed during each 12-month period in the Federal Register. For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2020, and extending through September 30, 2021, the aggregate quantity of imports eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 1,856,390,368 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 928,195,184 square meters equivalent is available to apparel articles imported under the special rule for lesserdeveloped countries. Apparel articles entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise applicable tariffs. These quantities are calculated using the aggregate square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States, derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC), and the conversion factors for units of measure into square meter equivalents used by the United States in implementing the ATC. Lloyd Wood, Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. 2020–20405 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0152] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Third Party Servicer Data Collection Federal Student Aid, Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of a currently approved collection. 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It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Third Party Servicer Data Collection. OMB Control Number: 1845–0130. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector; Individuals or Households; State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 107. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 56. Abstract: The Department of Education (the Department) is seeking a revision of the OMB approval of a Third Party Servicer Data Form. This form collects information from third party servicers. This form is used to validate the information reported to the Department by higher education institutions about the third-party servicers that administer one or more aspects of the administration of the Title IV, HEA programs on an institution’s behalf. This form also collects additional information required for effective oversight of these entities. There has been no change to the supporting regulatory language. We have reevaluated the usage of the form and there is a resulting decrease in the number of respondents and burden hours. Dated: September 14, 2020. Kate Mullan, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–20525 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 181 (Thursday, September 17, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58041-58042]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20405]


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COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS


Limitations of Duty- and Quota-Free Imports of Apparel Articles 
Assembled in Beneficiary Sub-Saharan African Countries From Regional 
and Third-Country Fabric

AGENCY: Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).

ACTION: Publishing the new 12-month cap on duty- and quota-free 
benefits.

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DATES: The new limitations become effective October 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Geiger, International Trade 
Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, (202) 482-3117.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Authority: Title I, Section 112(b)(3) of the Trade and Development 
Act of 2000 (TDA 2000), Public Law (Pub. L.) 106-200, as amended by 
Division B, Title XXI, section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002, Public 
Law 107-210; Section 7(b)(2) of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, 
Public Law 108-274; Division D, Title VI, section 6002 of the Tax 
Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA 2006), Public Law 109-432, 
and section 1 of The African Growth and Opportunity Amendments (Pub. L. 
112-163), August 10, 2012; Presidential Proclamation 7350 of October 2, 
2000 (65 FR 59321); Presidential Proclamation 7626 of November 13, 2002 
(67 FR 69459); and Title I, Section 103(b)(2) and (3) of the Trade 
Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Public Law 114-27, June 29, 2015.
    Title I of TDA 2000 provides for duty- and quota-free treatment for 
certain textile and apparel articles imported from designated 
beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. Section 112(b)(3) of TDA 
2000 provides duty- and quota-free treatment for apparel articles 
wholly assembled in one or more beneficiary sub-Saharan African 
countries from fabric wholly formed in one or more beneficiary sub-
Saharan African countries from yarn originating in the United States or 
one or more

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beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries. This preferential treatment 
is also available for apparel articles assembled in one or more lesser-
developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries, regardless of the 
country of origin of the fabric used to make such articles, subject to 
quantitative limitation. Public Law 114-27 extended this special rule 
for lesser-developed countries through September 30, 2025.
    The AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 provides that the quantitative 
limitation for the twelve-month period beginning October 1, 2020 will 
be an amount not to exceed 7 percent of the aggregate square meter 
equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the United States in 
the preceding 12-month period for which data are available. See Section 
112(b)(3)(A)(ii)(I) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 7(b)(2)(B) of 
the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004. Of this overall amount, apparel 
imported under the special rule for lesser-developed countries is 
limited to an amount not to exceed 3.5 percent of all apparel articles 
imported into the United States in the preceding 12-month period. See 
Section 112(b)(3)(B)(ii)(II) of TDA 2000, as amended by Section 
6002(a)(3) of TRHCA 2006. The Annex to Presidential Proclamation 7350 
of October 2, 2000 directed CITA to publish the aggregate quantity of 
imports allowed during each 12-month period in the Federal Register.
    For the one-year period, beginning on October 1, 2020, and 
extending through September 30, 2021, the aggregate quantity of imports 
eligible for preferential treatment under these provisions is 
1,856,390,368 square meters equivalent. Of this amount, 928,195,184 
square meters equivalent is available to apparel articles imported 
under the special rule for lesser-developed countries. Apparel articles 
entered in excess of these quantities will be subject to otherwise 
applicable tariffs. These quantities are calculated using the aggregate 
square meter equivalents of all apparel articles imported into the 
United States, derived from the set of Harmonized System lines listed 
in the Annex to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Textiles and 
Clothing (ATC), and the conversion factors for units of measure into 
square meter equivalents used by the United States in implementing the 
ATC.

Lloyd Wood,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.
[FR Doc. 2020-20405 Filed 9-16-20; 8:45 am]
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