Trade Representative, Office of United States March 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Delay in Modification of Action Taken in Connection With WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings on the European Communities’ Ban on Imports of U.S. Beef and Beef Products
Document Number: Z9-5933
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Delay in Modification of Action Taken in Connection With WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings on the European Communities' Ban on Imports of U.S. Beef and Beef Products
Document Number: E9-5933
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
On January 15, 2009, the United States Trade Representative (`Trade Representative') announced modifications (`January 15 modifications') to the action taken in July 1999 in connection with the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') authorization to the United States in the EC-Beef Hormones dispute to suspend concessions and related obligations with respect to the European Communities (``EC''). See 74 FR 4265 (Jan. 23, 2009). The January 15 modifications had an effective date of March 23, 2009. In order to allow additional time to reach agreement with the EC on an interim solution that would provide benefits to the U.S. beef industry, the Trade Representative has decided to delay for one month (until April 23, 2009) the effective date of the additional duties imposed under the January 15 modifications. The effective date of the removal of duties under the January 15 modifications will remain March 23, 2009. Effective Date: As set out in Annex I to this notice, the removal of duties on items deleted from the product list under the January 15 modifications shall be effective with respect to products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after March 23, 2009. As set out in Annex II to this notice, the additional duties under the January 15 modifications shall be effective with respect to products that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 23, 2009.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Antidumping Measures on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From Thailand
Document Number: E9-5882
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-18
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 March 9, 2009, Thailand requested the establishment of a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain issues relating to the imposition by the United States of antidumping measures on polyethylene retail carrier bags from Thailand. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS383/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Determinations Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act; Correction
Document Number: E9-5595
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-16
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) published a document in the Federal Register of August 4, 2006, concerning a determination under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in respect of Burkina Faso. The document did not expressly include a modification to list Burkina Faso in note 2(d) to Subchapter XIX of chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Review of Country Practice Petitions for the 2008 Annual Review
Document Number: E9-5541
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-16
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) accepted petitions in the context of earlier GSP Annual Reviews, which are continuing to be evaluated in the 2008 GSP Annual Review, to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice 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 and comments. This notice also announces the continued evaluation for acceptance of certain country practice petitions submitted in the 2008 Annual Review. The list of country practice petitions currently under review as well as those petitions submitted in the 2008 GSP Annual Review, is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Development/ Preference_Programs/GSP/GSP_2008_Annual_Review/Section_Index. html.
Notice of Cancellation of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E9-5025
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
A notice was published in the Federal Register dated February 26, 2009, Volume 74 page 8819 and March 4,2009, Volume number 74, Notice 41, page 9438, announcing a meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11), scheduled for March 9, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting was to be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, the meeting has been cancelled in its entirety.
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 Waivers, and Product Redesignations for the 2008 Annual Review
Document Number: E9-4646
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of full 2008 calendar year import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will accept public comments submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2009, via http:// www.regulations.gov regarding three issues: (1) Potential revocation of CNL waivers that meet the 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; (2) possible de minimis CNL waivers; and (3) possible redesignations of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNL thresholds.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E9-4611
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The correct date for The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) published in Federal Register Volume 74 page 8819 is Monday, March 9, 2009. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.