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Notice of Extensions for Reinstated Product Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-27637
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior Federal Register notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the actions being taken in the section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding certain products from additional duties. The U.S. Trade Representative subsequently extended 549 of these exclusions. In 2022, following public notice and comment, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to reinstate 352 of these exclusions. These reinstated exclusions are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2022. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to extend the reinstated exclusions for an additional nine months.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama
Document Number: 2022-27660
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), 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, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama. 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 States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA); (ii) the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA); (iii) the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR); (iv) the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA); (v) the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA); and (vi) the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (Panama TPA).
Request for Comments and Notice of a Public Hearing Regarding the 2023 Special 301 Review
Document Number: 2022-27195
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Based on this review, the U.S. Trade Representative determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. USTR requests written comments that identify acts, policies, or practices that may form the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country or placement on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-25990
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the actions in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding from additional duties certain medical-care products needed to address COVID, and subsequently extended certain of these exclusions. The current COVID exclusionscovering 81 medical- care productsare scheduled to expire on November 30, 2022. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to further extend the 81 COVID exclusions for an additional three months.
Section 301 Petition on Mexico's Acts, Policies, and Practices Concerning Seasonal and Perishable Agricultural Products
Document Number: 2022-23502
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On September 8, 2022, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received a petition requesting an investigation of certain alleged acts, policies, and practices of the government of Mexico concerning seasonal and perishable agricultural products. Due to the complexities of the factual and legal issues raised in the petition, the U.S. Trade Representative could not conclude during the 45-day statutory review period that an investigation would be effective and is not opening an investigation at this time. In light of challenges faced by U.S. producers, USTR in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will establish a private-sector industry advisory panel to recommend measures to promote the competitiveness of producers of seasonal and perishable produce in the southeastern United States. Furthermore, USTR and USDA will work with the petitioners and producers to examine the issues raised in the petition and to consider any further actions that may be appropriate.
Applications for Inclusion on the Binational Panels Roster Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Document Number: 2022-23261
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) 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 USMCA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the roster. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites applications from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster for the period April 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024.
Request for Comments in Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in the Section 301 Investigation: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-22469
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
USTR is conducting a four-year review of the July 6, 2018 action, as modified, and the August 23, 2018 action, as modified, in the section 301 investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. As part of the review, USTR is seeking public comments on the effectiveness of the actions in achieving the objectives of the investigation, other actions that could be taken, and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers.
Notice of Technical Amendments to Two Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-22355
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to make two technical amendments to certain previously reinstated exclusions associated with the section 301 investigation of China Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
Notice of Conforming Amendments: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-22354
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-10-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has implemented certain changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to reflect Harmonized System modifications adopted by the World Customs Organization and changes to statistical categories. This notice announces conforming amendments to legal note provisions in the HTSUS associated with the actions in the section 301 investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
Cancellation of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2022-21283
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) sought public comments to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia's implementation of its obligations as a Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). USTR is cancelling the virtual public hearing on Russia's compliance with its WTO commitments that was scheduled to take place on October 4, 2022.
Technical Correction to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: 2022-20477
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Pursuant to authority delegated to the U.S. Trade Representative, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is making a technical correction to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).
Fiscal Year 2023 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Refined and Specialty Sugar
Document Number: 2022-20168
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative is providing notice of allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023) in-quota quantity of the tariff- rate quota (TRQ) for imports of certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), including specialty sugar.
Request for Comments on Significant Foreign Trade Barriers for the 2023 National Trade Estimate Report
Document Number: 2022-19896
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), through the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), publishes the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report) each year. USTR invites comments to assist it and the TPSC in identifying significant foreign barriers to, or distortions of, U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and U.S. electronic commerce for inclusion in the NTE Report. USTR also will consider responses to this notice as part of the annual review of the operation and effectiveness of all U.S. trade agreements regarding telecommunications products and services that are in force with respect to the United States.
Continuation of Actions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-19365
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a notice published on May 5, 2022, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the first step in the statutory four-year review process of the two actions, as modified, taken under Section 301 in the investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. The notice informed representatives of domestic industries which benefit from the actions, as modified, of the possible termination of the actions and of the opportunity for the representatives to request continuation of the actions. The docket to receive requests for continuation for the July 6, 2018 action, as modified, closed on July 5, 2022. The docket to receive requests for the August 23, 2018 action, as modified, closed on August 22, 2022. USTR received requests for continuation of both actions from representatives of domestic industries which benefit from the actions. Accordingly, the actions have not terminated and will remain in effect, subject to possible further modifications, including any modifications resulting from the statutory four-year review.
2022 Tariff Rate Quota Quantity Limitations Under the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2022-19445
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Commonwealth of Australia and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of tariff-rate quota quantity limitations of certain tariff subheadings.
Notice of the Second United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Environment Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2022-18824
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-31
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Parties to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) intend to hold the second meeting of the Environment Committee (Committee) on September 23, 2022. Following the government-to- government Committee meeting, the Committee will hold a virtual public session. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will accept comments on suggestions for topics to be discussed during the Committee meeting, and questions for the public session.
Request for Written Comments Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2022-18570
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to submit written comments 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). Due to the COVID-19 situation, the TPSC will foster public participation via written questions and written responses relating to the written comments received by the TPSC rather than an in-person hearing. This notice includes the schedule for submission of comments, questions and responses.
2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy: Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-18405
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments that identify online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in the 2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (Notorious Markets List). The Notorious Markets List identifies examples of online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. The issue focus for the 2022 Notorious Markets List will examine the impact of online piracy on U.S. workers.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2022-18253
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia's implementation of its obligations as a Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This notice includes the schedule for the submission of comments to the TPSC for the Russia Report and a virtual public hearing.
Notice With Respect to List of Countries Denying Fair Market Opportunities for Government-Funded Airport Construction Projects
Document Number: 2022-17232
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative has determined not to list any countries as denying fair market opportunities for U.S. products, suppliers, or bidders in foreign government-funded airport construction projects.
U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership
Document Number: 2022-16798
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On July 14, 2022, the United States and Kenya launched the United States-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP). Under this initiative the two governments will pursue enhanced engagement leading to high standard commitments in a wide range of areas with a view to increasing investment; promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth; benefiting workers, consumers, and businesses (including micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)); and supporting African regional economic integration. As the two governments develop a roadmap for the initial issues under that engagement, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on matters relevant to specified trade areas, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop objectives and positions for enhanced engagement and subsequent negotiation.
Notice of Reinstatement of Certain Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-06397
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior Federal Register notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding certain products from additional duties. The U.S. Trade Representative subsequently extended 549 of these exclusions. Following public notice and comment, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to reinstate certain previously extended exclusions through December 31, 2022, as specified in the Annex to this notice.
Request for Comments and Notice of Meetings of the United States-Colombia Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission
Document Number: 2022-06045
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The parties to the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) and the United States-Colombia Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA) intend to hold meetings of the Environmental Affairs Council (Council) and Environmental Cooperation Commission (Commission). The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of State (State) invite public participation in a Council meeting and written comments on issues that should be addressed.
Request for Comments on the Proposed Fair and Resilient Trade Pillar of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
Document Number: 2022-05044
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 27, 2021, President Biden announced that the United States would explore the development of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) to deepen economic relations in the Indo-Pacific region and coordinate approaches to addressing global economic challenges. The Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative will co-chair the U.S. team leading the IPEF negotiations. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will lead the IPEF's pillar on Fair and Resilient Trade, and the Department of Commerce will lead the IPEF's pillars on: (1) Supply Chain Resiliency; (2) Clean Energy, Decarbonization, and Infrastructure; and (3) Taxation and Anti- Corruption. Accordingly, USTR is seeking public comments on matters relevant to the Fair and Resilient Trade pillar, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating objectives and positions and identify potential partners.
China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation; Technical Modifications to 301 Action
Document Number: 2022-03701
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective January 27, 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) implemented certain changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to conform to amendments adopted by the World Customs Organization. To rectify a technical error and ensure that those amendments do not extend the scope of the additional duties in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation (China 301 investigation), this notice makes two technical modifications in the HTSUS notes implementing the additional duties.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2022-02999
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) staff members selected to serve on the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) Performance Review Board (PRB). This notice supersedes all previous PRB membership notices.
Request for Comments Concerning the Operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement With Respect to Trade in Automotive Goods
Document Number: 2022-02793
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative must conduct a review of trade in automotive goods under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and submit a report to the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives no later than July 1, 2022. USTR invites comments concerning the operation of the USMCA with respect to automotive goods, including the implementation and enforcement of the USMCA rules of origin for automotive goods, as well as whether the automotive provisions of the USMCA are relevant in light of technological and production advances.
Conforming Amendments to Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2022-01732
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective January 27, 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will implement certain changes to statistical reporting categories in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). As a result of these changes, USTR is making three conforming amendments to product exclusion extensions in the above- titled investigation under Section 301.
Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa
Document Number: 2022-00245
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is establishing a new four-year charter term and accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa (TACA). The TACA is a trade advisory committee that provides general policy advice and guidance to the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy and development matters that have a significant impact on the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
Correction: Modification of U.S. Tariff-Rate Quotas and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: 2021-27938
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative published a notice in the Federal Register on July 6, 2021 (July 6 notice), modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to divide certain U.S. tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) currently allocated to the European Union (EU), between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK) as a result of Brexit and to reflect changes in the composition of the EU. This notice corrects an error in the July 6 notice in paragraph 5 of the section titled Modification of the HTSUS. The operative language of paragraph 5 is not affected.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Slate of Industry Trade Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2021-27537
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) plan to establish a new four-year charter term for the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) beginning in February 2022. As part of the re-chartering process, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary are proposing changes to the current slate of ITACs and invite interested parties to submit their view on these changes.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama
Document Number: 2021-27384
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), 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, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama. 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 States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA); (ii) the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA); (iii) the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR); (iv) the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA); (v) the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA); and (vi) the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (Panama TPA).
Request for Comments and Notice of a Public Hearing Regarding the 2022 Special 301 Review
Document Number: 2021-26899
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-13
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Based on this review, the U.S. Trade Representative determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. USTR requests written comments that identify acts, policies, or practices that may form the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country or placement on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.
Conforming Amendment to Product Exclusion and Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2021-26482
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On September 30, 2020, and effective November 30, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice on the tariff classification of certain nonwoven wipes. To conform with the tariff classification set out in that notice, USTR is making a technical amendment to a product exclusion in the Section 301 investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
Termination of Action in the Digital Services Tax Investigation of India and Further Monitoring
Document Number: 2021-26198
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 8, 2021, India joined the United States and 134 other jurisdictions participating in the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in reaching a political agreement on a two-pillar solution to address tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the world economy. As part of Pillar 1, all parties agreed to remove existing Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) and other relevant similar measures, and to coordinate the withdrawal of these taxes. On November 24, 2021, India and the United States issued statements describing a transitional approach to India's DST prior to entry into force of Pillar 1. These statements reflect a political agreement that, in defined circumstances, the DST liability that U.S. companies accrue in India during the interim period will be creditable against future taxes accrued under Pillar 1 of the OECD agreement. Based on the commitment of India to remove its DST pursuant to Pillar 1 and on India's political agreement to this transitional approach prior to Pillar 1's entry into force, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to terminate the section 301 action taken in the investigation of India's DST. In coordination with the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), USTR will monitor implementation of the removal of India's DST as provided for under Pillar 1 and the transitional approach agreed to by India.
Termination of Action in the Section 301 Digital Services Tax Investigation of Turkey and Further Monitoring
Document Number: 2021-26116
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 8, 2021, Turkey joined the United States and 134 other jurisdictions participating in the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in reaching a political agreement on a two-pillar solution to address tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the world economy. As part of Pillar 1, all parties agreed to remove existing digital services taxes and other relevant similar measures, and to coordinate the withdrawal of these taxes. On November 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a joint statement with Turkey regarding a transitional approach to Turkey's Digital Service Tax (DST) prior to entry into force of Pillar 1. The joint statement reflects a political agreement that DST liabilities accrued during the transitional period will be creditable in defined circumstances against future taxes due under Pillar 1. Based on the commitment of Turkey to remove its DST pursuant to Pillar 1 and on Turkey's political agreement to the transitional approach prior to Pillar 1's entry into force, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to terminate the section 301 action taken in the investigation of Turkey's DST. In coordination with Treasury, USTR will monitor implementation of the removal of Turkey's DST as provided for under Pillar 1 and the transitional approach as provided in the joint statement.
Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979
Document Number: 2021-25821
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative has determined the U.S. dollar procurement thresholds to implement certain U.S. trade agreement obligations, as of January 1, 2022, for calendar years 2022 and 2023.
Termination of Actions in the Section 301 Digital Services Tax Investigations of Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom and Further Monitoring
Document Number: 2021-25199
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 8, 2021, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom joined the United States and 130 other jurisdictions participating in the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in reaching a political agreement on a two-pillar solution to address tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the world economy. As part of Pillar 1, all parties agreed to remove existing Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) and other relevant similar measures, and to coordinate the withdrawal of these taxes. On October 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued a joint statement with Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom on a transitional approach to those countries' DSTs prior to entry into force of Pillar 1. The joint statement reflects a political agreement that DST liabilities accrued during the transitional period will be creditable in defined circumstances against future income taxes due under Pillar 1. Based on the commitments of Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom to remove their DSTs pursuant to Pillar 1 and on their political agreement to the transitional approach prior to Pillar 1's entry into force, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined to terminate the section 301 actions taken in the respective investigations of these countries' DSTs. In coordination with Treasury, USTR will monitor implementation of the removal of these countries' DSTs as provided for under Pillar 1 and the transitional approach as provided in the joint statement.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2021-24918
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding from additional duties certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The 99 exclusions for medical care products to address COVID-19 were published on December 29, 2020, and are scheduled to expire on November 14, 2021. On August 27, 2021, USTR requested comments on whether to extend the COVID exclusions. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to provide a 16-day transition period for all COVID exclusions (through November 30, 2021), and to extend 81 of the COVID exclusions for an additional 6 months.
Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2021 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: 2021-24095
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country reallocations of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.
Applications for Inclusion on the Binational Panels Roster Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Document Number: 2021-23173
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) 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 USMCA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the roster. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites applications from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster for the period April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023.
Request for Comments on the Possible Reinstatement of Certain Exclusions in the Section 301 Investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2021-22062
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding certain products from additional duties in multiple tranches. From the various tranches of granted exclusions, the U.S. Trade Representative subsequently extended 549 exclusions. Most of these extensions expired by December 31, 2020. The remainder expired earlier this year. USTR invites specific comments on whether to reinstate particular product exclusions.
Determinations and Ongoing Monitoring: Investigation Concerning Vietnam's Acts, Policies and Practices Related to Illegal Timber
Document Number: 2021-21809
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Based on an agreement reached between the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (the Parties) regarding illegal logging and timber trade, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that no action is warranted at this time because the subject matter of this investigation has been resolved satisfactorily. The U.S. Trade Representative will monitor Vietnam's implementation of the commitments it has agreed to.
Request for Comments and Public Hearing About the Extension Review of the Safeguard Action on Imports of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells
Document Number: 2021-21261
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On August 6, 2021, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) instituted a review to determine whether the safeguard action currently in place on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products), continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and whether there is evidence that the domestic industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is announcing a process so that, in the event of an affirmative determination by the ITC, interested parties may submit views and evidence on the appropriateness of extending the safeguard measure and the action to be taken should the safeguard measure be extended. USTR also invites interested parties to participate in a public hearing regarding this matter.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2021-21180
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding from additional duties certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These exclusions are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2021. On August 27, 2021, USTR requested comments on whether to extend these exclusions for up to six months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to adopt an interim extension of these exclusions for 45 days in order to provide time to review the public comments.
Fiscal Year 2022 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar, and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2021-19951
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative is providing notice of allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 (October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022) in-quota quantity of the tariff- rate quotas (TRQs) for imported raw cane sugar, certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar- containing products.
Request for Comments on Significant Foreign Trade Barriers for the National Trade Estimate Report
Document Number: 2021-19934
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), through the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), publishes the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report) each year. USTR invites comments to assist it and the TPSC in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for inclusion in the NTE Report. USTR also will consider responses to this notice as part of the annual review of the operation and effectiveness of all U.S. trade agreements regarding telecommunications products and services that are in force with respect to the United States.
2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy: Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-18562
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments that identify online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (Notorious Markets List). The Notorious Markets List identifies examples of online and physical markets that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. The issue focus for the 2021 Notorious Markets List will examine the adverse impact of counterfeiting on workers involved with the manufacture of counterfeit goods.
Request for Comments on Certain Products Exclusions Related to COVID-19: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2021-18521
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In prior notices, the U.S. Trade Representative modified the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by excluding from additional duties certain medical-care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These exclusions are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2021. In light of developments in the production capacity of the United States in the subject products and continuing efforts in the battle against COVID-19, USTR is requesting public comments on whether to extend particular exclusions past September 30, 2021.
Fiscal Year 2021 Allocation of Additional Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: 2021-18379
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of the allocations of additional fiscal year (FY) 2021 in-quota quantities of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar as announced by the Secretary of Agriculture on August 24, 2021.
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