Office of the United States Trade Representative June 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Effective Date
Document Number: 05-12586
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In Proclamation 7870 of February 9, 2005, the President modified the rules of origin under the North American Free Trade Agreement (the ``NAFTA'') incorporated in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (the ``HTS''). The modifications were made effective with respect to goods of Canada that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after January 1, 2005. The proclamation stated that the modifications with respect to goods of Mexico would be effective on or after a date to be announced in the Federal Register by the USTR. The purpose of this notice is to announce that the effective date for the modifications for goods of Mexico is June 15, 2005. The changes were printed in the Federal Register of February 14, 2005, Volume 70, Number 29, pages 7611-7630.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Investigation of the International Trade Commission in Softwood Lumber From Canada
Document Number: 05-12484
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that, at the request of Canada, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has established a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO. The panel is to examine whether the United States has implemented the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute involving a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) injury investigation of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. On April 26, 2004, the DSB adopted the findings of the panel in that dispute, which found that ``in light of the totality of the factors considered and the reasoning in the USITC's determination, [it could not] conclude that the finding of a likely imminent substantial increase in imports is one which could have been reached by an objective and unbiased investigating authority.'' In response to the DSB's recommendations and rulings, the ITC issued a new determination in November 2004, which found that ``an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of softwood lumber from Canada found to be subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value (`LTFV').'' In December 2004, the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty orders on softwood lumber from Canada were amended to reflect the new determination. Canada subsequently requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel, alleging that the United States had failed to implement the DSB's recommendations and rulings. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Final Dumping Determination on Softwood Lumber from Canada
Document Number: 05-12483
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on June 1, 2005, at the request of Canada, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) established a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO. The panel is to examine whether the United States has implemented the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute involving a U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) determination that certain softwood lumber products from Canada are being sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). On August 31, 2004, the DSB adopted the findings of the panel and the WTO Appellate Body in that dispute. Those findings rejected all of Canada's claims, except the claim that Commerce's methodology for aggregating dumping levels determined by comparing weighted average export price to weighted average normal value for groups of comparable transactions was inconsistent with Article 2.4.2 of the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Antidumping Agreement). In response to the DSB's recommendations and rulings, Commerce revised its methodology. Instead of determining dumping levels on a weighted average-to-weighted average basis, Commerce determined dumping levels on a transaction-to-transaction basis. On April 27, 2005, Commerce issued a Notice of Determination Under Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act: Antidumping Measures on Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada. That Notice, published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2005 (70 FR 22636), implements the new determination. Canada subsequently requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel, alleging that the United States had failed to implement the DSB's recommendations and rulings. The panel was established on June 1, 2005. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Determination of Chile's Trade Surplus in Sugar and Certain Sugar Containing Products
Document Number: 05-12093
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to U.S. Note 12(a) to subchapter XI of chapter 99 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 that Chile does not have a trade surplus in sugar, sugar-containing products, and high fructose corn syrup.
Technical Corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: 05-12092
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (``the USTR'') is modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) as set forth in the Annex to this notice, pursuant to authority granted to the President in section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 (``Trade Act'') and delegated to the USTR in Presidential Proclamation No. 6969 of January 27, 1997 (62 FR 4415). These modifications will correct errors in the tariff rates that are being applied to a small number of products that are originating goods of Chile under the United States Chile Free Trade Agreement. The modifications will ensure that the intended tariff treatment is accorded to the products at issue.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding European Communities and Certain Member States-Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft
Document Number: 05-12024
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-20
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 May 31, 2005, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel to examine certain measures of the European Communities (``EC'') and of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Spain (``member States[rdquo)] affecting trade in large civil aircraft (``LCA''). The request alleges that such measures are inconsistent with various provisions of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement'') and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994''). USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft
Document Number: 05-12023
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice of the request by the European Communities (``EC'') for the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') to examine certain U.S. measures affecting trade in large civil aircraft (``LCA''). The request for the establishment of a panel alleges that such measures are inconsistent with various provisions of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement'') and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (``GATT 1994''). USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Measures Relating to Zeroing and Sunset Reviews Involving Certain Products From Japan
Document Number: 05-11372
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that, at the request of the Government of Japan, a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') is reviewing various measures relating to antidumping duty orders on certain products from Japan. Japan alleges that determinations made by U.S. authorities concerning this product, and certain related matters, are inconsistent with Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 11, and 18 of the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the General Agreements 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. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.