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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by the United States Trade Representative (the ``USTR'') and would apply to goods of Mexico that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date indicated in the proclamation.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.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Certain Measures Granting Refunds, Reductions or Exemptions From Taxes and Other Payments
Document Number: E7-2855
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-21
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 February 2, 2007, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations regarding certain measures granting refunds, reductions or exemptions from taxes and other payments owed to the government by enterprises in China. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS358/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Request for Public Comments Regarding Beneficiary Countries
Document Number: 07-614
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In compliance with section 203(f) of the ATPA, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 3202(f)(2), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting the views of interested parties on whether the designated beneficiary countries are meeting the eligibility criteria under the ATPA., (See 19 U.S.C. 3203(b)(6)(B).) This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the Congress on the operation of the program.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Subsidies and Other Domestic Support for Corn and Other Agricultural Products
Document Number: E7-1563
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
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 January 8, 2007, Canada requested consultations with the United States 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/DS357/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Request for Comments From the Public on Haiti's Eligibility for Benefits Under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006
Document Number: E7-1121
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting that the public provide written comments on whether Haiti meets the eligibility requirements set out in 5002(d) of the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity Through Partnership Encouragement Act (HOPE). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing a recommendation to the President on Haiti's eligibility under HOPE. The President is required to make this determination no later than March 20, 2007.
Special Provincial Review of Intellectual Property Rights Protection in China: Request for Further Public Comment
Document Number: E7-1022
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
On June 16, 2006, USTR requested public comments concerning the locations and issues that should be the focus of a special provincial review (SPR) of intellectual property rights protection in China. In preparation for concluding this review, USTR now requests written comments from the public concerning the adequacy and effectiveness of IPR protection and enforcement at the provincial level in China.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union (EU) and Loss of GSP Eligibility
Document Number: E7-809
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
As a result of becoming EU Member States on January 1, 2007, Bulgaria and Romania are no longer designated as beneficiary developing countries under the U.S. GSP program, effective as of that date.
Trade Policy Staff Committee: Seeking Comments From the Public on the 2005 WTO Ministerial Decision on Duty-Free Quota-Free Market Access for the Least Developed Countries
Document Number: 07-198
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
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 requesting the public to submit written 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 TPSC is seeking comments from the public on to the full range of issues that may affect implementation of this Decision.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2006 Annual Review for Products and Country Practices
Document Number: E7-474
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
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 (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2006 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 and country practice petitions that are accepted for further review in the 2006 GSP Annual Review, and sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearing on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearing, and for submitting pre- hearing and post-hearing briefs. The list of accepted petitions is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/TradeDevelopment/Preference Programs/GSP/SectionIndex.html. This notice also announces closure of the review for case 003-CP-06 (formerly case 011-CP-05), Protection of Worker Rights in Uganda.
Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: E7-108
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-09
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. Section 182 of the Trade Act contains a special rule for the identification of actions by Canada affecting United States cultural industries. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, and practices that are relevant to the decision whether particular trading partners should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Antidumping Measures on Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip Coils From Mexico
Document Number: E6-22186
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
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 October 26, 2006, the Dispute Settlement Body established, at the request of Mexico, a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning certain U.S. antidumping orders against stainless steel sheet and strip coils (Department of Commerce Case No. A-201-822). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/SD344/4. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Customs Bond Directive for Merchandise Subject to Anti-Dumping/Countervailing Duties
Document Number: E6-22185
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
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 21, 2006, the Dispute Settlement Body, at India's request, established a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS345/6. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services of New Member States of the European Communities (Romania and the Republic of Bulgaria)
Document Number: E6-22173
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
Document Number: E6-21778
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
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, 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 El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on Interim Environmental Review of United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E6-21316
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), seeks comment on the interim environmental review of the proposed United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The interim environmental review is available at http://www.ustr.gov/TradeSectors/Environment/EnvironmentalRev iews/ SectionIndex.html. Copies of the review will also be sent to interested members of the public by mail upon request.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: E6-19461
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
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, 2007 through March 31, 2008.
Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Document Number: E6-19295
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-15
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 Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR''); and any other FTA or telecommunications trade agreement coming into force on or before January 1, 2007. The USTR will conclude the review by March 31, 2007.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; 2006 Annual GSP Review; Petitions Requesting CNL Waivers
Document Number: E6-18304
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
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 2006 import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The eight-month 2006 import statistics identify those articles for which the 2006 trade levels may exceed statutory CNLs. The interim trade data is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/TradeDevelopment/ PreferencePrograms/GSP/SectionIndex.html. As previously announced in the Federal Register (71 FR 37129 (June 29, 2006)), the deadline for submission of product petitions to waive the CNLs for individual beneficiary developing countries with respect to GSP-eligible articles is 5 p.m., November 17, 2006. Petitions must conform to the requirements as set forth in the June 29, 2006 Federal Register notice. Public comments regarding possible de minimis waivers and possible GSP redesignations will be requested in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
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: E6-17988
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-27
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 consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning various measures relating to zeroing and antidumping duty orders on certain products from the EC. The EC alleges that determinations made by U.S. authorities concerning these products, 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, 18.3 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 documents designated as WT/DS350/1 and WT/DS350/1/Add.1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. In connection with the issues raised in the request for consultations, 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 United States-Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services
Document Number: E6-17527
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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 World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), at the request of Antigua and Barbuda, has established a panel under Article 21.5 of the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``DSU'') to examine the compliance of the United States with the DSB recommendations and rulings in the matter of United StatesMeasures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services. The panel request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS285/18. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Imports of Automobile Parts
Document Number: E6-16694
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-10
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 15, 2006, 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 China's treatment of imported motor vehicle parts, components, and accessories (``auto parts''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS340/8. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Antidumping Measures on Shrimp From Thailand
Document Number: E6-16692
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-10
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 15, 2006, Thailand requested the establishment of a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS343/7. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States Subsidies to Upland Cotton
Document Number: E6-16682
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-10
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 Brazil has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS267/ 30. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Notice Regarding the 2004 and 2005 Annual Reviews
Document Number: E6-16421
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-04
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 September 2005 to review certain practices in certain beneficiary developing countries to determine whether such countries are in compliance with the ATPA eligibility criteria. In a November 22, 2005 notice, USTR published a list of responsive petitions that were accepted for review. In a February 27, 2006 notice, USTR specified the results of the preliminary review of those petitions as well as the status of the petitions filed in 2004 that have remained under review. This notice provides an update on the status of those reviews.
Membership of the Performance Review Board (PRB)
Document Number: E6-16133
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The following staff members have been appointed to serve on the Performance Review Board:
Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: E6-16132
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting written public comments for the annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor for the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under AGOA, and lists those sub-Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA, and those that are currently ineligible for such benefits.
Request for Public Comment on the Implications for U.S. Commercial Interests of the Accession to the European Union of Bulgaria and Romania
Document Number: E6-15989
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee gives notice that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written submissions from the public concerning the implications for U.S. trade in goods and services of the anticipated enlargement of the European Union (EU) to include Bulgaria and Romania. USTR and other agencies are currently engaged in an assessment of the potential impact on U.S. goods and services trade of the anticipated enlargement of the EU and, in particular, any compensatory adjustments that may be due under WTO rules. Comments from the public in response to this notice will be incorporated into that assessment.