Trade Representative, Office of United States 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979; Correction
Document Number: E7-25330
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
On December 14, 2007, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published notice of the Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (72 FR 71166). That Notice included three incorrect procurement threshold values due to inadvertent calculation errors. This notice provides the corrected thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out the trade agreement obligations of the United States under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO/GPA), Chapter 15 of the United States- Australia Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Australia FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Bahrain FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Chile FTA), Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central American-United States (DR- CAFTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Morocco FTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Singapore FTA), do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2008, for the calendar years 2008-2009, the following thresholds shall apply and replace those set out in the Determination published on December 14, 2007 (72 FR 71166): $7,443,000for the procurement of construction services by all entities listed in the WTO/GPA, U.S.-Australia FTA, U.S.-Chile FTA, DR- CAFTA, U.S.-Morocco FTA, and the U.S.-Singapore FTA. $528,000for the procurement of goods and services by sub-central entities listed in the WTO/GPA, U.S.-Australia FTA, U.S.-Chile FTA, DR- CAFTA, U.S.-Morocco FTA, and the U.S.-Singapore FTA. $595,000for the procurement of goods and services by entities listed in U.S. Annex 3 of the WTO/GPA; List B in Annex 15-A of the U.S.-Australia FTA; List B in Annex 9-A, Section 3 of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the U.S.-Chile FTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the DR-CAFTA; List B in Annex 9.1, Section C of the U.S.-Morocco FTA; and Annex 13A, Section C of the U.S.-Singapore FTA.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
Document Number: E7-24735
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with relevant provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of its determination of the trade surplus in certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. As described below, the level of a country's trade surplus in these goods relates to the quantity of sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products for which the United States grants preferential tariff treatment under (i) the United StatesChile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA), in the case of Chile; (ii) the United StatesMorocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA), in the case of Morocco; and (iii) the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), in the case of the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979
Document Number: E7-24212
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Executive Order 12260 requires the United States Trade Representative to set the U.S. dollar thresholds for application of Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), which implements U.S. trade agreement obligations, including those under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement, Chapter 15 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Australia FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States- Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Bahrain FTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Chile FTA), Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central American-United States (DR-CAFTA), Chapter 9 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (U.S.- Morocco FTA), Chapter 10 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Singapore FTA). These obligations apply to covered procurements valued at or above specified U.S. dollar thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out U.S. trade agreement obligations under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, Chapter 15 of the U.S.- Australia FTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Chile FTA, Chapter 9 of DR-CAFTA, Chapter 9 of the U.S.-Morocco FTA, Chapter 10 of NAFTA, and Chapter 13 of the U.S.-Singapore FTA, do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2008: For the calendar years 2008-2009, the thresholds are as follows:
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings Regarding U.S. Domestic Support for Agricultural Products
Document Number: E7-23575
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on November 8, 2007, Brazil requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') regarding U.S. domestic support measures for agricultural products. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS365/13. USTR is also providing notice that on the same date, Canada made a revised request for the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the WTO Agreement in a similar dispute. Canada's request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS357/12. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in these disputes.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: E7-22807
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA'') provides for the establishment of a roster of individuals to serve on binational panels convened to review final determinations in antidumping or countervailing duty (``AD/CVD'') proceedings and amendments to AD/CVD statutes of a NAFTA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the Chapter 19 roster. Applications are invited from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster for the period April 1, 2008, through March 31, 2009.
Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Document Number: E7-22583
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (19 U.S.C. 3106) (``section 1377''), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is reviewing and requests comments on: The operation, effectiveness, and implementation of and compliance with the following agreements regarding telecommunications products and services of the United States: the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') Agreement; the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA''); U.S. free trade agreements (``FTAs'') with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Morocco, and Singapore; the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR''); and any other FTA or telecommunications trade agreement coming into force on or before January 1, 2008. The USTR will conclude the review by March 31, 2008.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Laws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (“Zeroing”)
Document Number: E7-22451
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that pursuant to a request of the European Communities, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') has established a compliance panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning the dispute United StatesLaws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (``zeroing'')Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by the European Communities. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS294/25. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products
Document Number: E7-21962
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the United States has requested, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body establish a dispute settlement panel to review the U.S. claims concerning: (1) Certain measures that restrict trading rights with respect to imported films for theatrical release, audiovisual home entertainment products (e.g., video cassettes and DVDs), sound recordings, and publications (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, and electronic publications); (2) certain measures that restrict market access for, or discriminate against, foreign suppliers of distribution services for publications, foreign suppliers of audiovisual services (including distribution services) for audiovisual home entertainment products, and foreign suppliers of sound recording distribution services; (3) certain measures that provide less favorable distribution opportunities for imported films for theatrical release than for like domestic films; and (4) certain measures that provide less favorable opportunities for foreign suppliers of sound recording distribution services and for the distribution of imported sound recordings than are provided to like service suppliers and like products. The panel request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS363/5. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice of Request for Public Comments on the Review and Renegotiation of the United States-Israel Agreement on Trade in Agricultural Products
Document Number: Z7-20374
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress
Document Number: E7-21064
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the U.S. Congress on the operation of the program.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; 2007 Annual GSP Review; Petitions Requesting CNL Waivers
Document Number: E7-20964
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice is to inform the public of the availability of eight-month 2007 import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The eight-month 2007 import statistics identify those articles for which the full-year 2007 trade levels may exceed statutory CNLs. The eight-month 2007 trade data is available at: [GSP: January-August 2007 Trade Data Relating to CNLs]: http://www.ustr.gov/Trade Development/PreferencePrograms/GSP/GSP2007AnnualReview/ SectionIndex.html. As previously announced in the Federal Register (72 FR 28527 (May 21, 2007)), the deadline for submission of petitions to waive the CNLs for individual beneficiary developing countries with respect to GSP- eligible articles is 5 p.m., November 16, 2007. Petitions must conform to the requirements as set forth in the May 21, 2007, Federal Register notice. Public comments regarding possible de minimis waivers and possible GSP redesignations will be requested in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
Notice of Request for Public Comments on the Review and Renegotiation of the United States-Israel Agreement on Trade in Agricultural Products
Document Number: E7-20374
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is soliciting written comments on U.S. objectives for upcoming negotiations on the renewal of the United States-Israel Agreement on Trade in Agricultural Products (ATAP). Specifically, the TPSC is seeking comments on general negotiating objectives and product-specific requests.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
Document Number: 07-5000
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), at the request of the United States the WTO Dispute Settlement Body has established a dispute settlement panel to review the U.S. claims concerning certain measures pertaining to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. The panel request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS362/7. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding U.S. Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Measures on Coated Free Sheet Paper From China
Document Number: 07-4999
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on September 14, 2007, the People's Republic of China (``China'') requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain U.S. preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty determinations involving coated free sheet paper imported from China (Department of Commerce Case Nos. A-570-906 and A- 570-907). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/SD368/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E7-18301
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Notice of Opportunity To Apply for Nominations to the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Indicative List of Potential Panelists
Document Number: 07-4597
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative is seeking to update the current list of U.S. non-governmental individuals on the indicative list of potential panelists maintained by the WTO Secretariat, as provided for in Article 8.4 of the DSU. The DSU provides a mechanism for the settlement of disputes between the Members of the WTO. A three-person panel conducts each dispute settlement proceeding and issues a report for consideration by the Dispute Settlement Body (``DSB''). The indicative list assists in selecting panelists for dispute settlement proceedings; panelists often are drawn from the indicative list, although there is no requirement to do so. Article 8.4 of the DSU also provides for periodically updating the indicative list. Section 123(b) of the Uruguay Round Agreement Act (``URAA''), Public Law 103-405, provides that the Trade Representative shall seek to ensure that persons appointed to the WTO indicative list are well-qualified and that the indicative list includes persons with expertise in all of the subject matters covered by the Uruguay Round Agreements. USTR invites citizens of the United States with appropriate qualifications, discussed below, to apply for consideration as a nominee to the indicative list.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Acceptance of Product and Country Practice Petitions for the 2007 Annual Review
Document Number: E7-17614
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2007 GSP Annual Review to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice announces the product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice petitions that are accepted for further review in the 2007 GSP Annual Review. This notice also sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearings on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearings, and for submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs. The list of accepted petitions is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/Trade Development/PreferencePrograms/GSP/SectionIndex.html [2007 Annual review]. Petitions for CNL waivers are due November 16, 2007 (see 72 FR 28,527), and a review of those petitions will be conducted thereafter.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Measures Related to Zeroing and Certain Investigations, Administrative Reviews and Sunset Reviews Involving Products From the European Communities
Document Number: E7-17563
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that the European Communities (``EC'') has requested the establishment of a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''). The EC alleges that various measures relating to zeroing and antidumping duty orders on certain products from the EC, and certain related matters, are inconsistent with Articles 1, 2.1, 2.4, 2.4.2, 5.8, 9.1, 9.3, 9.5, 11, and 18.4 of the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``AD Agreement''), Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994''), and Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS350/6. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. In connection with the issues raised in the panel request, the public should be aware that on March 6, 2006, the Department of Commerce announced that it will no longer use ``zeroing'' when making average-to-average comparisons in an antidumping investigation. See 71 FR 11189.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities-Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas: Recourse by the United States to Article 21.5 of the DSU
Document Number: 07-4341
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that at the request of the United States, the Dispute Settlement Body (``DSB'') of the World Trade Organization (``WTO''), has established a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO to examine whether the European Communities (``EC'') has implemented the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute regarding the EC's import regime for bananas. The request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated at WT/DS27/83 (see also the similar request by Ecuador in the document WT/DS27/80). The DSB adopted the findings of the panel and Appellate Body in this proceeding on September 25, 1997. The DSB ruled that the EC's import regime for bananas was inconsistent with the EC's obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (``GATS''). An arbitrator appointed under Article 21.3 of the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``DSU'') awarded the EC a ``reasonable period of time'' in which to come into compliance until January 1, 1999. Nearly a decade after the DSB made its original recommendations and rulings, the United States considers that the EC has failed to bring its import regime for bananas into compliance with its WTO obligation. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 07-4335
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, the USTR is required to determine which of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. On April 27, 2007, USTR announced the results of the 2007 Special 301 Review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Reviews of Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan would be conducted this year. Pursuant to these Out-of-Cycle Reviews, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning acts, policies, and practices regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property protection and enforcement in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Pakistan.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India-Additional and Extra Additional Duties on Imports
Document Number: E7-17358
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel regarding additional and extra additional duties India applies to imports from the United States. India applies these duties to products that include, but are not limited to, imports of wines and distilled spirits. That request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS360/5. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Certain Measures Granting Refunds, Reductions or Exemptions From Taxes and Other Payments
Document Number: E7-17357
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on July 12, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel regarding certain Chinese measures granting refunds, reductions or exemptions to enterprises from taxes otherwise due the government. That request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS358/13. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Domestic Support and Export Credit Guarantees for Agricultural Products
Document Number: E7-17233
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that Brazil has requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') regarding U.S. domestic support measures and export credit guarantees for agricultural products. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS365/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Request for Public Comment With Respect to the Annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
Document Number: E7-17118
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to section 303 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, as amended, USTR is required to publish annually the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested parties to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services and overseas direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. Particularly important are impediments materially affecting the actual and potential financial performance of an industry sector. The TPSC invites written comments that provide views relevant to the issues to be examined in preparing the NTE.
Fiscal Year 2008 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar, and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: E7-16736
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2008 in- quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.
Petition under Section 302 on China's Currency Valuation; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation
Document Number: E7-16455
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined not to initiate an investigation under section 302 of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to a petition addressed to China's currency valuation policies because initiation of an investigation would not be effective in addressing the issues raised in the petition.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA); Notice Regarding the 2007 Annual Review
Document Number: E7-16014
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the 2007 Annual Review of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). Under this process petitions may be filed calling for the limitation, withdrawal or suspension of ATPA or ATPDEA benefits by presenting evidence that the eligibility criteria of the program are not being met. USTR will publish a list of petitions filed in response to this announcement in the Federal Register.
Notice of Effective Date for Goods of Mexico for Certain Modifications of the NAFTA Rules of Origin
Document Number: E7-15034
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In Proclamation 8111 of February 28, 2007, the President modified the rules of origin for certain goods of Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (the ``NAFTA'') incorporated in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (the ``HTS''). The proclamation stated that the modifications would be effective on the date to be announced in the Federal Register by the United States Trade Representative (the ``USTR'') and would apply to goods of Mexico that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date indicated in the proclamation. The purpose of this notice is to announce that the effective date for the modifications is July 30, 2007. The changes were printed in the Federal Register of March 6, 2007 (72 FR 10028).
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 07-3639
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to the Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities and Certain Member States-Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft; Notice of Opportunity To View Non-Confidential Session of Dispute Settlement Panel's Second Meeting With the Parties
Document Number: E7-13945
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that members of the public have an opportunity to view the non-confidential session of the second substantive meeting of the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') in the dispute European Communities and Certain Member StatesMeasures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (WT/DS316). At the session, parties will make their opening statements and may pose questions or make comments on the other party's statement. The United States does not expect the Panel to pose any questions or make any comments during the session. The session will be videotaped. At an appropriate time after the session is over, the Panel will confirm that no business confidential information was referenced during the session. Public viewing of the videotape will occur after the conclusion of the second substantive meeting, which will take place July 24-26, 2007. In the case of the first panel meeting, the viewing was held the day after the panel meeting concluded, so the viewing could be as early as July 27. Once the WTO announces the time and date of the public viewing, USTR will post that information on its Web site at www.ustr.gov. The public viewing will be held at the World Trade Organization, Centre William Rappard, Rue de Lausanne 154, CH1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland. USTR invites any person interested in viewing the non-confidential session to so inform USTR by e-mail at rsvp-DS316@ustr.eop.gov. USTR urges that the request be made as soon as possible and in any event no later than July 20. Requests will be forwarded to the WTO. Each request should indicate the person's full name, contact information (full address, phone, and e-mail), organization (if any), and nationality, and whether the person has made any other request to view the session (such as a request directly to the WTO or to the other party to the dispute, the European Communities).
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Subsidies and Other Domestic Support for Corn and Other Agricultural Products
Document Number: E7-13941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on June 7, 2007, Canada requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') regarding U.S. domestic support measures for corn and other agricultural products. That request may be found at: http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS357/11. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Request for Public Comment on the Negotiations for Compensatory Adjustments to U.S. Schedule of Services Commitments Under WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in Response to Notice of the United States of Intent To Modify Its Schedule Under Article XXI of the GATS
Document Number: E7-13734
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) gives notice that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written submissions from the public concerning the negotiations for compensatory adjustments to U.S. Schedule of Services Commitments under WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in response to notice of the United States of intent to modify its schedule under Article XXI of the GATS. On May 4, 2007, the United States filed with the WTO a notification to the Council for Trade in Services (CTS) pursuant to Article XXI:1(b) of the GATS stating the intention of the United States to modify its commitment for ``other recreational services'' to explicitly exclude gambling and betting services. In accordance with the procedural schedule set out in the WTO ``Procedures for the Implementation of Article XXI of the GATS: Modification of Schedules'' (WTO Document S/L/ 80) (``Article XXI Procedures''), on June 22 the United States received notice from eight WTO Members that they consider that their benefits under the GATS may be affected by the proposed modification. Consequently, consistent with Article XXI:2(a) of the GATS, the United States has entered into negotiations with these WTO Members with a view to reaching agreement on any necessary compensatory adjustment. The aim of such negotiations and agreement shall be to maintain a general level of mutually advantageous commitments not less favorable to trade than that provided for in the U.S. schedules of specific commitments prior to such negotiations.
Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of the Russian Federation: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: E7-13257
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, the USTR is required to determine which of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. On April 27, 2007, USTR announced the results of the 2007 Special 301 Review and stated that an Out-of-Cycle Review of the Russian Federation (``Russia'') would be conducted this year. Pursuant to this Out-of-Cycle Review of Russia, USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning Russia's acts, policies, and practices regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of Russia's intellectual property protection and enforcement. In particular, USTR requests that comments address Russia's implementation of the United States-Russia Bilateral IPR Agreement of November 19, 2006 (available on USTR's Web site at http://www.ustr.gov).
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of the Results of the 2006 Annual Product and Country Practices Reviews
Document Number: E7-12887
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the disposition of the product petitions accepted for review in the 2006 GSP Annual Product Review, the results of the 2006 Country Practices Review, the results of the 2006 De Minimis Waiver and Redesignation Reviews, the 2006 Competitive Need Limitation (CNL) Removals, and certain CNL Waiver Revocations. The disposition of the petitions and other results are available at: http:/ /www.ustr.gov/TradeDevelopment/PreferencePrograms/GSP/Section Index.html and as published in Presidential Proclamation 8157 in the June 29, 2007, Federal Register.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E7-10245
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and opened to the public from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Request for Petitions To Accelerate Tariff Elimination and Modify the Rules of Origin Under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E7-10150
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Office of the U.s. Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice solicits petitions requesting accelerated tariff elimination under the USCFTA and describes the procedures for filing petitions. This notice also solicits proposals on appropriate changes that USTR should consider for liberalizing the USCFTA's rules of origin.
NAFTA Dispute Settlement Proceeding by Mexico Regarding U.S. Measures Affecting Sweetener Trade With Mexico and Related NAFTA Dispute Settlement
Document Number: 07-2554
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on March 15, 2007, Mexico requested consultations, under Article 2006 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA''), regarding certain U.S. measures, proposed measures, and actions alleged to be affecting the markets for sugar, syrup goods and high fructose corn syrup or alleged to be inconsistent with NAFTA dispute settlement obligations. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Initiation of the 2007 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review and Change in Deadlines for Filing Certain Petitions
Document Number: E7-9756
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will receive petitions in 2007 to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program, and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice further determines that the deadline for submission of product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, and country practice petitions for the 2007 Annual GSP Product and Country Eligibility Practices Review is 5 p.m., June 22, 2007. The deadline for submission of product petitions requesting CNL waivers is 5 p.m., November 16, 2007. The list of product petitions and country practice petitions accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at later dates.
Notice with Respect to List of Countries Denying Fair Market Opportunities for Government-Funded Airport Construction Projects
Document Number: E7-8891
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to section 533 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982, as amended (49 U.S.C. 50104), the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined not to include any countries on the list of countries that deny fair market opportunities for U.S. products, suppliers, or bidders in foreign government-funded airport construction projects.
Special 301 Report: Identification of Countries That Deny Adequate Protection, or Market Access, for Intellectual Property Rights Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974
Document Number: E7-8496
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Notice is hereby given that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has submitted its 2007 ``Special 301 Report,'' an annual report on the identification of those foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to United States persons that rely upon intellectual property protection, to the Committee on Finance of the United States Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the United States House of Representatives, pursuant to section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242).
Notice of Cancellation of Public Hearing on Potential Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement
Document Number: E7-7809
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
On March 22, 2007, USTR published FR Doc E7-5268 (Vol. 72, No. 55) announcing that the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) was seeking public comment on a list of goods for which U.S. tariff concessions may be withdrawn and applied duties may be raised and announcing that the TPSC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the list. All respondents to this notice have chosen to submit their comments in writing only and there were no requests to testify. Therefore, the April 24 public hearing will be cancelled. The United States is continuing to negotiate with the EU regarding the EU's provision of adequate and permanent compensation to the United States for an event that increased duties on U.S. imports to EU markets above WTO bound rates of duty. On January 1, 2007, as part of its enlargement process, the EU raised tariffs above bound rates on some imports into the countries of Romania and Bulgaria. If this issue is not resolved, the United States may seek to exercise its rights under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994'') to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and raise tariffs on select goods primarily supplied by the EU.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
Document Number: E7-7612
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on April 10, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations with respect to certain measures pertaining to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS362/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products
Document Number: E7-7606
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on April 10, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations with respect to (1) Certain measures that restrict trading rights with respect to imported films for theatrical release, audiovisual home entertainment products (e.g., video cassettes and DVDs), sound recordings, and publications (e.g., books, magazines, newspapers, and electronic publications), and (2) certain measures that restrict market access for, or discriminate against, foreign suppliers of distribution services for publications and foreign suppliers of audiovisual services (including distribution services) for audiovisual home entertainment products. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS363/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India-Additional and Extra Additional Duties on Imports
Document Number: E7-7376
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-18
Agency: Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on March 6, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations regarding additional and extra additional duties India applies to imports from the United States. India applies these duties to products that include, but are not limited to, imports of wines and distilled spirits. That request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS360/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Determination of Eligibility for Retroactive Duty Treatment Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E7-7263
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to Section 205(b) of the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the Act), the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of her determination that the Dominican Republic is an eligible country for purposes of retroactive duty treatment as provided in Section 205 of the Act.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing on Potential Withdrawal of Tariff Concessions and Increase in Applied Duties in Response to European Union (EU) Enlargement
Document Number: E7-5268
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States is continuing to negotiate with the EU regarding the EU's provision of adequate and permanent compensation to the United States for an event that increased duties on U.S. imports to EU markets above WTO bound rates of duty. On January 1, 2007, as part of its enlargement process, the EU raised tariffs above bound rates on some imports into the countries of Romania and Bulgaria. If this issue is not resolved, the United States may seek to exercise its rights under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994'') to withdraw substantially equivalent concessions and raise tariffs on select goods primarily supplied by the EU. The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks public comment on the attached list of goods for which U.S. tariff concessions may be withdrawn and applied duties may be raised. The TPSC will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, on the list.
Trade Policy Staff Committee: Seeking Resubmission of Any Comments from the Public Transmitted Prior to March 14, 2007 on the 2005 WTO Ministerial Decision on Duty-Free Quota-Free Market Access for the Least Developed Countries
Document Number: E7-5032
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is advising the public of a technical malfunction in the e-mail address contained in the original notice requesting comments on considerations relating to the Decision that Members adopted at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2005 on duty-free, quota-free (DFQF) market access for the least-developed countries (LDCs). The original notice was published on January 18, 2007 (Federal Register Volume 72, Number 11, pages 2316-2317). Any submission transmitted prior to March 14, 2007 was not received. The malfunction in the email address has been corrected and the TPSC is requesting the public to resubmit any written comments submitted prior to March 14, 2007.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E7-3711
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 19, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and opened to the public from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations (CNLs); Invitation for Public Comment on CNL Waivers Subject to Potential Revocation Based on New Statutory Thresholds, Possible De Minimis
Document Number: E7-3394
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice is to inform the public of the availability of full 2006 calendar year import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Public comments are invited by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2007, regarding possible de minimis CNL waivers with respect to particular articles and possible redesignations under the GSP program of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNLs. Additionally, public comments are invited by 5 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2007, regarding the potential revocation of CNL waivers that meet the new statutory thresholds set forth by section 503(d)(4)(B)(ii) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(4)(B)(ii)), as amended by Public Law 109-432.