Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation, 62782-62786 [2020-21958]

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Annex Effective with respect to goods of USMCA countries entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01am Eastern Daylight Time on July 1, 2020, subchapter XXIII of chapter 98 of the HTS is modified: (1) by inserting ‘‘9823.52.04’’ in the ‘‘Heading/Subheading’’ column for the article description, ‘‘Cotton or man-made fiber fabrics and made up goods as provided in note 11(a)(ii)’’, and by redesignating subheading 9823.52.04, with the article description ‘‘Goods provided for in note 11(a)(ii)(A)’’, as 9823.52.05; (2) by redesignating subheading 9823.52.05 as 9823.52.06; (3) by redesignating subheading 9823.52.06 as 9823.52.07; (4) by redesignating subheading 9823.52.07 as 9823.52.08; and (5) by redesignating subheading 9823.52.03, with the article description ‘‘Cotton or man-made fiber fabrics and made- PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 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 initiated an exclusion process in July 2018 and has granted 10 sets of exclusions under the $34 billion action. He published the eighth set of exclusions in October 2019 and additional exclusions in December 2019 and February 2020. These exclusions will expire on October 2, 2020. On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions 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 apply as of October 2, 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 Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant General Counsel 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. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 193 / Monday, October 5, 2020 / Notices A. Background jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 32181 (July 11, 2018), 83 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 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 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 46212 (September 3, 2019), 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 58427 (October 31, 2019), 84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 84 FR 72102 (December 30, 2019), 85 FR 6687 (February 5, 2020), 85 FR 12373 (March 2, 2020), 85 FR 16181 (March 20, 2020), 85 FR 24081 (April 30, 2020), 85 FR 33775 (June 2, 2020), 85 FR 34274 (June 3, 2020), 85 FR 41267 (July 9, 2020), 85 FR 46777 (August 3, 2020), and 85 FR 59587 (September 22, 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 $34 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 $34 billion action from the additional duties. The U.S. Trade Representative issued a notice setting out the process for product exclusions and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 32181 (July 11 notice). In October and December 2019 and February 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative granted exclusion requests. See 84 FR 52567 (October 2 notice), 84 FR 69016 (December 17 notice), and 85 FR 7816 (February 11 notice). The exclusions granted under these notices expire on October 2, 2020. On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend for up VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 to 12 months particular exclusions granted under these notices. See 85 FR 46777 (August 3 notice). Under the August 3 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; and 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; and any additional information in support or in opposition of the extending the exclusion. The August 3 notice required the submission of comments no later than August 30, 2020. B. Determination to Extend Certain Exclusions Based on an evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 and August 3 notices, which are summarized above, pursuant to sections 301(b), 301(c), and PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62783 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 October 2, December 17, and February 11 notices, as set out in the Annexes to this notice. The August 3 notice said 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 Annexes to this notice for less than 12 months—through December 31, 2020. To date, the U.S. Trade Representative has granted more than 6,800 exclusion requests, has extended some of these exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. 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 July 11 notice, the exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annexes, 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 Annexes to this notice, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. 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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 an exclusion process in September 2018 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 23:42 Oct 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 and granted three sets of exclusions under the $16 billion action. He published the third set of exclusions in September 2019 and added additional exclusions in February and July 2020. These exclusions will expire on October 2, 2020. On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions 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 apply as of October 2, 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 Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant General Counsel Benjamin Allen, or Director of PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 24, 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 24076 E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 EN05OC20.091</GPH> [FR Doc. 2020–21958 Filed 10–2–20; 8:45 am]

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 193 (Monday, October 5, 2020)]
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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.

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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 initiated an exclusion process in July 2018 and 
has granted 10 sets of exclusions under the $34 billion action. He 
published the eighth set of exclusions in October 2019 and additional 
exclusions in December 2019 and February 2020. These exclusions will 
expire on October 2, 2020. On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade 
Representative established a process for the public to comment on 
whether to extend particular exclusions 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 apply 
as of October 2, 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 Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant 
General Counsel 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:

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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), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 32181 (July 11, 
2018), 83 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 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 43304 (August 20, 
2019), 84 FR 46212 (September 3, 2019), 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 
2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 58427 (October 31, 2019), 
84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 84 FR 72102 (December 30, 2019), 85 FR 
6687 (February 5, 2020), 85 FR 12373 (March 2, 2020), 85 FR 16181 
(March 20, 2020), 85 FR 24081 (April 30, 2020), 85 FR 33775 (June 2, 
2020), 85 FR 34274 (June 3, 2020), 85 FR 41267 (July 9, 2020), 85 FR 
46777 (August 3, 2020), and 85 FR 59587 (September 22, 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 $34 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 $34 billion action from the additional duties. The U.S. 
Trade Representative issued a notice setting out the process for 
product exclusions and opened a public docket. See 83 FR 32181 (July 11 
notice).
    In October and December 2019 and February 2020, the U.S. Trade 
Representative granted exclusion requests. See 84 FR 52567 (October 2 
notice), 84 FR 69016 (December 17 notice), and 85 FR 7816 (February 11 
notice). The exclusions granted under these notices expire on October 
2, 2020. On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the 
public to comment on whether to extend for up to 12 months particular 
exclusions granted under these notices. See 85 FR 46777 (August 3 
notice).
    Under the August 3 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; and 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; and any additional information in support or in opposition 
of the extending the exclusion.
    The August 3 notice required the submission of comments no later 
than August 30, 2020.

B. Determination to Extend Certain Exclusions

    Based on an evaluation of the factors set out in the July 11 and 
August 3 notices, 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 October 2, December 17, and February 11 
notices, as set out in the Annexes to this notice.
    The August 3 notice said 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 Annexes to this notice for less than 12 months--
through December 31, 2020. To date, the U.S. Trade Representative has 
granted more than 6,800 exclusion requests, has extended some of these 
exclusions, and may consider further extensions of exclusions. 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 July 11 notice, the exclusions are available 
for any product that meets the description in the Annexes, 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 Annexes to this notice, and 
not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for 
exclusion.

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