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

Additional Information About Participating in the Process Concerning the Administration's Action Following a Determination of Import Injury With Regard to Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells
Document Number: 2017-24596
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a Federal Register notice dated October 25, 2017 (82 FR 49469), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), announced a process to allow interested parties to submit views and evidence on the appropriateness of safeguard measures recommended by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning certain the import of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells. This notice provides additional information on the TPSC process.
Generalized System of Preferences: Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations and Deadline for Filing Petitions
Document Number: 2017-24579
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Import statistics for the first nine months of 2017 relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program are available on the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). These import statistics identify some articles for which the 2017 trade levels may exceed statutory CNLs. In a Federal Register notice dated August 11, 2017, USTR said it would announce the procedures to receive petitions requesting waivers of CNLs. This notice provides those procedures. Interested parties may find the import statistics useful in deciding whether to submit a petition to waive the CNLs for individual beneficiary developing countries (BDCs) with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles. USTR will announce decisions on the petitions accepted for review, a schedule for any related public hearings, and the opportunity to provide comments, in the Federal Register at a later date.
Applications for Inclusion on the Binational Panels Roster Under the North American Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2017-24027
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
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 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, 2018, through March 31, 2019.
Request for Comments and Public Hearing About the Administration's Action Following a Determination of Import Injury With Regard to Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells
Document Number: 2017-23098
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing an article that is like or directly competitive with the imported articles. The Commissioners who voted in the affirmative are now conducting a process to recommend a safeguard measure for the President to apply. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is announcing a process so that, once the ITC makes its recommendation, domestic producers, importers, exporters, and other interested parties may submit their views and evidence on the appropriateness of the recommended safeguard measure and whether it would be in the public interest. USTR also invites interested parties to participate in a public hearing regarding this matter.
Request for Comments Concerning an Environmental Review of the Proposed Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement; Correction
Document Number: 2017-21772
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) published a document in the Federal Register of September 26, 2017, requesting comments that will assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an environmental review relating to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a free trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The document contained an incorrect docket number. The correct docket number is Docket Number USTR-2017-0018.
Meeting on Implementation of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Environment Chapter
Document Number: 2017-20866
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States and Singapore intend to hold a meeting on implementation of Chapter 18 (Environment) of the United States- Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments or suggestions concerning any relevant issues.
Request for Comments Concerning an Environmental Review of the Proposed Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2017-20526
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), through the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is initiating an environmental review relating to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a free trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The TPSC invites written comments on the topics that should be included in the scope of the environmental review, including potential positive or negative environmental effects that might result from the trade agreement and potential implications for U.S. environmental laws and regulations. The TPSC also welcomes comments on appropriate methodologies and sources of data for conducting the review. We will take comments on environmental issues we received in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2017, requesting comments on NAFTA negotiating objectives into account in preparing the environmental review and you do not need to resubmit these comments.
2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Colombia: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-20354
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In the 2017 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, in order to monitor progress on specific intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, USTR would conduct an out-of-cycle review of Colombia. At this time, USTR requests written comments concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether and how USTR should identify Colombia based on Colombia's protection for intellectual property rights or market access Columbia provides to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.
2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand: Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-20103
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is conducting a Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand. USTR requests written comments concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether and how USTR should identify Thailand based on Thailand's protection for intellectual property rights or market access Thailand provides to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection.
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board Members
Document Number: 2017-19689
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is publishing the names of the members selected to serve on its Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board (PRB). This notice supersedes all previous PRB membership notices.
Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-19296
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is establishing a new two-year charter term and accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC). The TEPAC is a trade advisory committee that provides general policy advice to the United States Trade Representative on trade policy matters that have a significant impact on the environment.
Determination Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2017-19253
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a document in the Federal Register of August 22, 2017, providing notice of its determination that Togo has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent the unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel articles and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with the shipment of such articles, and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress towards implementing and following, the custom procedures required by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and therefore, imports of eligible products from Togo qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA. This notice corrects an error in that document.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2017-18653
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) published a document in the Federal Register of August 4, 2017, requesting comments and providing notice of a hearing that will 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). The document contained an incorrect date for the hearing, which the TPSC will convene on October 10, 2017.
Initiation of Section 301 Investigation; Hearing; and Request for Public Comments: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2017-17931
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States Trade Representative has initiated an investigation pursuant to the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act), to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are actionable under the Trade Act. The inter- agency Section 301 Committee is holding a public hearing and seeking comments in connection with this investigation.
Determination Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2017-17705
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that Togo has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent the unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel articles and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with the shipment of such articles, and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress towards implementing and following, the custom procedures required by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Therefore, imports of eligible products from Togo qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA.
Request for Comment on the Costs and Benefits to U.S. Industry of U.S. International Government Procurement Obligations for Report to the President on “Buy American and Hire American”
Document Number: 2017-17553
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Executive Office of the President, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Section 3(e) of the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American directs the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative to assess the impacts of all United States free trade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) on the operation of Buy American Laws, including their impacts on the implementation of domestic procurement preferences. The Executive Order can be found here: https:// www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/18/presidential-e xecutive- order-buy-american-and-hire-american. In response to this Executive Order, the Department of Commerce (Department) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are conducting industry outreach in order to better understand how the U.S. government procurement obligations under all U.S. free trade agreements and the GPA affect U.S. manufacturers' and suppliers' access to and participation in the domestic government procurement process. In addition, because reciprocal access to trading partners' markets is an important motivation for including government procurement obligations in U.S. free trade agreements and for the United States' membership in the GPA, the Department and the USTR are also seeking information about the costs and benefits of these obligations to U.S. manufacturers and suppliers competing in U.S. trading partners' government procurement markets. The trading partners with which the United States has international government procurement obligations are: Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the European Union (which includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Switzerland, and Ukraine. The Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative are required to conclude the assessment called for under Section 3(e) by September 15, 2017. Responses to this notice will be considered in the assessment as well as in the final report of findings and recommendations to strengthen the implementation of Buy American Laws that the Secretary of Commerce will submit to the President of the United States by November 24, 2017.
2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-17287
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List (List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the List identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an ``Out-of-Cycle Review.''
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Initiation of the 2017 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review; Deadlines for Filing Petitions; Notice of Change in Country Practices Hearing
Document Number: 2017-16967
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will consider petitions to modify the list of articles that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. USTR is extending the previously announced hearing on Bolivia's country practices to include a second day to provide interested parties with an opportunity to submit testimony on the following country practice petitions accepted in previous years that continue to be under review: Argentina, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Laos, Thailand, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. USTR will announce the procedures to receive petitions requesting waivers of competitive need limitations (CNLs) and the schedule for a public hearing on the product review petitions and any new country practice petitions in the Federal Register at a later date.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2017-16389
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seeks 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).
Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2017 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: 2017-16289
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
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) 2017 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.
Fiscal Year 2017 Allocation of Additional Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: 2017-16288
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar as announced by Secretary of Agriculture on July 25, 2017.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2017-16204
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments and will convene a public hearing to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prepare its annual report to Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Request for Comments To Compile the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
Document Number: 2017-16195
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, requires the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) annually to publish the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is asking interested persons to submit written comments to assist the TPSC in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Section 1377) requires USTR annually to review 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. USTR will consider written comments in response to this notice regarding the trade barriers pertinent to the conduct of the review called for in Section 1377.
Fiscal Year 2018 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2017-14827
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas 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 Operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act
Document Number: 2017-14510
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the United States Trade Representative to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2017. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA, as amended. The TPSC will use this information to prepare the report to Congress on the operation of the program.
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under AGOA in Calendar Year 2018; Scheduling of Hearing, and Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2017-14436
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces the initiation of the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (Subcommittee) is developing recommendations for the President on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2018. The Subcommittee is requesting written public comments for this review and will conduct a public hearing on this matter. The Subcommittee will consider the written comments, written testimony, and oral testimony in developing recommendations for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 504 of the Trade Act of 1974. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria under AGOA that must be considered under AGOA, and lists those sub-Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of AGOA and those that were ineligible for such benefits in 2017.
Results of the 2016/2017 Annual Generalized System of Preferences Review and Initiation of a Country Practice Review of Bolivia
Document Number: 2017-14369
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the results of the 2016/2017 Annual Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Review with respect to: Products considered for addition to the list of eligible products for GSP; products considered for removal from the list of eligible products for certain beneficiary countries; decisions related to competitive need limitations (CNLs), including petitions for waivers of CNLs; and requests for re- designations of products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain countries. USTR also is announcing the initiation of a country practice review regarding child labor in the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Bolivia) including the schedule for public comments and a public hearing.
Request for Comments Regarding the Administration's Reviews and Report to the President on Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
Document Number: 2017-13610
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Executive Order 13796 of April 29, 2017 (82 FR 20819), requires the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Attorney General, and the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, to conduct comprehensive performance reviews of all bilateral, plurilateral, and multilateral trade agreements and investment agreements to which the United States is a party and all trade relations with countries governed by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) with which the United States does not have free trade agreements but with which the United States runs significant trade deficits in goods. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce (DoC) are seeking comments that they will consider as part of these performance reviews and in the preparation of the subsequent report to the President.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning an Out-of-Cycle Review of Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2017-12784
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in consultation with the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is announcing the initiation of an out-of-cycle review of the eligibility of the Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, and Republic of Uganda to receive benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in response to a petition. The AGOA Subcommittee of the TPSC (Subcommittee) will consider written comments, written testimony, and oral testimony in response to this notice to develop recommendations for the President as to whether the Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, and Republic of Uganda are meeting the AGOA eligibility criteria.
Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement With Canada and Mexico
Document Number: 2017-10603
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The NAFTA was negotiated more than 25 years ago, and, while our economy and U.S. businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. The United States seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the U.S. economy by improving U.S. opportunities under NAFTA. Our specific objectives for this negotiation will comply with the specific objectives set forth by Congress in section 102 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.
Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2017-08364
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This rule makes minor technical changes to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation. It also adopts as a final rule without change the proposed rule updating USTR's Privacy Act implementing regulation. USTR published both the FOIA and Privacy Act rules in December 2016.
List of Countries Denying Fair Market Opportunities for Government-Funded Airport Construction Projects
Document Number: 2017-06511
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) 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 pursuant to section 533 of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982, as amended (49 U.S.C. 50104).
2016/2017 Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Annual Product Review: Notice of Availability of Annual Statistics, Acceptance of Public Comments and Withdrawal of Certain Petitions
Document Number: 2017-04121
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the availability of full 2016 calendar year import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. USTR will accept public comments submitted by March 22, 2017, regarding: (1) Possible de minimis CNL waivers; and (2) possible redesignations of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNL thresholds. USTR also is announcing the withdrawal by the petitioners of certain previously accepted CNL waiver petitions.
Public Comments and Hearing Regarding Request To Reinstate Action Taken in Connection With the European Union's Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products
Document Number: 2017-03602
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a document in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016 (81 FR 95724) requesting comments and scheduling a public hearing on a request to reinstate action taken in connection with European Union measures on meat and meat products. The date specified for the submission of rebuttal comments has been extended to March 8, 2017.
2017 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974; Request for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing; Correction
Document Number: 2017-02251
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a document in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016 (81 FR 95722), concerning a request for comments and notices of intent to appear at a public hearing on Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions. The dates specified in the notice have changed. Additional information on the hearing is also provided.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2016/2017 GSP Annual Product Review and Certain Country Practice Cases
Document Number: 2017-01362
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces petitions submitted in connection with the 2016/2017 GSP Annual Product Review that have been accepted for further review. This notice also sets forth the schedule for submitting comments and for a public hearing associated with the review of these petitions and products. This notice also announces the closure of the country practices review of worker rights in Fiji and Niger without change to those countries' GSP trade benefits.
2017 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974; Request for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2016-31379
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) requires the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act. The Trade Act requires the Trade Representative to determine which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (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. USTR also requests notices of intent to appear at the public hearing.
Public Comments and Hearing Regarding Request To Reinstate Action Taken in Connection With the European Union's Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products
Document Number: 2016-31352
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Section 301 Committee is holding a public hearing and seeking public comments to assist the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) in connection with the request of representatives of the U.S. beef industry to reinstate action against the European Union (EU) pursuant to Section 306(c) of the 1974 Trade Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2416(c)). Prior to reinstating trade action, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will conduct a review of the effectiveness of such an action, and of other actions that could be taken (including actions against other products), in achieving the objectives of Section 301 of this title (19 U.S.C. 2411); and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2016-30496
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
As part of a comprehensive review of agency practices related to the disclosure of records and information, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is updating both its systems of records and implementing rule under the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act). This notice concerns updates to USTR's Privacy Act system of records notices (SORNs). Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, USTR is publishing a proposed rule that would update the agency's Privacy Act regulation. The rule describes how individuals can find out if a USTR system of records contains information about them and, if so, how to access or amend a record.
Privacy Act Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2016-30495
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
As part of a comprehensive review of agency practices related to the disclosure of records and information, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is updating both its systems of records and implementing rule under the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act). This proposed rule describes how individuals can find out if a USTR system of records contains information about them and, if so, how to access or amend a record. The proposed rule would move the Privacy Act regulation from part 2005 into a new subpart C to part 2004. USTR previously renamed and reorganized part 2004 to include all of the rules governing disclosure of USTR records and information. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, USTR is publishing a notice concerning updates to its Privacy Act systems of records.
Freedom of Information Act Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2016-29985
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This rule amends the Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The final rule is a comprehensive update of the prior USTR implementing rule and describes in plain language how to make a FOIA request to USTR and how the FOIA Office processes requests for records. The FOIA rule appears in subpart B to part 2004.
Production or Disclosure of Records, Information and Employee Testimony in Legal Proceedings
Document Number: 2016-29875
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This rule adds subparts A and D to part 2004 of the Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) regulations. Subpart A contains definitions used throughout part 2004. Subpart D governs how USTR responds to official demands and informal requests for records, information or employee testimony in connection with legal proceedings in which neither the United States nor USTR is a party. It includes the requirements and procedures for demanding or requesting parties to submit demands or requests, and factors for USTR to consider in determining whether USTR employees will provide records, information or testimony relating to their official duties.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Initiation of a Review of Argentina for Possible Designation as a Beneficiary Developing Country
Document Number: 2016-27917
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces the initiation of a review to consider designation of Argentina as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP program, and the schedule for public comments and a public hearing relating to whether Argentina meets the criteria for designation.
Generalized System of Preferences: Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations
Document Number: 2016-27542
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice is to inform the public of the availability of import statistics for the first nine months of 2016 relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. These import statistics identify some articles for which the 2016 trade levels may exceed statutory CNLs. Interested parties may find this information useful in deciding whether to submit a petition to waive the CNLs for individual beneficiary developing countries (BDCs) with respect to specific GSP-eligible articles.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Export Duties on Certain Raw Materials
Document Number: 2016-25990
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the United States 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 www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS508/6. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: 2016-25882
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
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/CV'') proceedings and amendments to AD/CVD statutes of a NAFTA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the Chapter 19 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, 2017, through March 31, 2018.
Request for Public Comments Regarding the Interim Environmental Review of the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement
Document Number: 2016-25636
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), invites written comments from the public on the interim environmental review of the proposed WTO Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). The interim environmental review will be available at https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/ environment/environmental-reviews.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Certain Measures Relating to the Renewable Energy Sector
Document Number: 2016-24796
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on September 9, 2016, India requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning certain measures relating to the renewable energy sector in the United States. You can find that request at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS510/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Freedom of Information Act Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2016-22863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
As part of a comprehensive review of agency practices related to the disclosure of records and information, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is updating its implementing rule under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The proposed rule, which is modeled after a template provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, describes how to make a FOIA request to USTR and how the FOIA Office, which includes the USTR officials who are authorized to work on FOIA requests, processes requests for records. We are in the process of renaming and reorganizing part 2004 to include all of the rules governing disclosure of USTR records and information, and with this proposed rule, we are moving the FOIA rule into a new subpart B to part 2004.
Production or Disclosure of Records, Information and Employee Testimony in Legal Proceedings
Document Number: 2016-22864
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is renaming and reorganizing part 2004 to include all of the rules governing disclosure of records and information by USTR. Part 2004 will include four subpartssubpart A will contain definitions used throughout part 2004, subpart B will implement the Freedom of Information Act, subpart C will implement the Privacy Act of 1974, and subpart D will govern how USTR responds to official demands and informal requests for records, information or employee testimony in connection with legal proceedings in which neither the United States nor USTR is a party. This proposed rule would establish subpart A, which contains definitions used throughout part 2004, and subpart D, which includes the requirements and procedures for demanding or requesting parties to submit demands or requests, and factors for USTR to consider in determining whether USTR employees will provide records, information or testimony relating to their official duties.