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

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Review of Country Practice Petitions for the 2008 Annual Review
Document Number: E9-5541
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) accepted petitions in the context of earlier GSP Annual Reviews, which are continuing to be evaluated in the 2008 GSP Annual Review, to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. This notice sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearings on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearings, and for submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs and comments. This notice also announces the continued evaluation for acceptance of certain country practice petitions submitted in the 2008 Annual Review. The list of country practice petitions currently under review as well as those petitions submitted in the 2008 GSP Annual Review, is available at: http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Development/ Preference_Programs/GSP/GSP_2008_Annual_Review/Section_Index. html.
Notice of Cancellation of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E9-5025
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
A notice was published in the Federal Register dated February 26, 2009, Volume 74 page 8819 and March 4,2009, Volume number 74, Notice 41, page 9438, announcing a meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11), scheduled for March 9, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting was to be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, the meeting has been cancelled in its entirety.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations (CNLS); Invitation for Public Comment on CNL Waivers Subject to Potential Revocation Based on New Statutory Thresholds, Possible de minimis Waivers, and Product Redesignations for the 2008 Annual Review
Document Number: E9-4646
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the availability of full 2008 calendar year import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will accept public comments submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2009, via http:// www.regulations.gov regarding three issues: (1) Potential revocation of CNL waivers that meet the statutory thresholds set forth by section 503(d)(4)(B)(ii) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(4)(B)(ii)), as amended by Public Law 109-432; (2) possible de minimis CNL waivers; and (3) possible redesignations of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNL thresholds.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E9-4611
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The correct date for The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) published in Federal Register Volume 74 page 8819 is Monday, March 9, 2009. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: E9-4138
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Monday, March 23, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and opened to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Notice of Correction to U.S. Note 1 Subchapter XXI of Chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: E9-3395
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice makes rectifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to reflect that Peru remains a designated beneficiary country for purposes of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) and that the President has suspended Bolivia's designation as beneficiary country for the purposes of the ATPDEA.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Grants, Loans and Other Incentives
Document Number: E9-3293
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on December 19, 2008, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding certain measures offering grants, loans, and other incentives to enterprises in China. That request may be found at http:// www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS387/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Certain Country of Origin Labeling Requirements
Document Number: E9-3291
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that the United States received requests for consultations under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements from Canada in a letter dated December 1, 2008 and from Mexico in a letter dated December 17, 2008. Those requests may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in documents designated as WT/DS384/1 for Canada and WT/DS386/1 for Mexico. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in these disputes.
Notice of Correction to General Notes 11(a) and 11(d) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: E9-2637
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice makes a rectification to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to reflect that Peru remains a designated beneficiary country for purposes of the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Request for Public Comments Regarding Beneficiary Countries
Document Number: E9-2601
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In compliance with section 203(f) of the ATPA, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 3202(f)(2), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting the views of interested parties on whether the designated beneficiary countries are meeting the eligibility criteria under the ATPA. (See 19 U.S.C. 3203(b)(6)(B).) This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the Congress on the operation of the program.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar Goods of Peru
Document Number: E9-1830
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with relevant provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of its determination of the trade surplus in certain sugar goods of Peru. As described below, the level of Peru's trade surplus in these goods relates to the quantity of sugar goods for which the United States grants duty-free tariff treatment under the United StatesPeru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA).
United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act; Designation of Qualifying Industrial Zones
Document Number: E9-1591
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Under the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act (IFTA Act), articles of qualifying industrial zones encompassing portions of Israel and Jordan or Israel and Egypt are eligible to receive duty-free treatment. Effective upon publication of this notice, the United States Trade Representative, pursuant to authority delegated by the President, is designating Shoubak, Shouneh Wistah, Madaba/ Dalilet, Irbid/Al-Westieyn, and Al-Tafileh as qualifying industrial zones under the IFTA Act.
United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act; Designation of Qualifying Industrial Zones
Document Number: E9-1589
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Under the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act (IFTA Act), articles of qualifying industrial zones encompassing portions of Israel and Jordan or Israel and Egypt are eligible to receive duty-free treatment. Effective upon publication of this notice, the United States Trade Representative, pursuant to authority delegated by the President, is designating the Beni Suief zone and the Al Minya zone as qualifying industrial zones under the IFTA Act.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement With Singapore, Chile, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Peru and Vietnam
Document Number: E9-1515
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States intends to initiate negotiations on a Trans- Pacific Partnership free trade agreement with Singapore, Chile, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Peru and Vietnam. The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in amplifying and clarifying negotiating objectives for the proposed agreements and to provide advice on how specific goods and services and other matters should be treated under the proposed agreement.
Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter Nine of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement
Document Number: E9-1451
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
2009 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: E9-1392
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (The provisions of section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, the USTR is required to determine which of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, and practices that are relevant to the decision of whether particular trading partners should be identified under section 182 of the Trade Act.
Modification of Action Taken in Connection With WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings on the European Communities' Ban on Imports of U.S. Beef and Beef Products
Document Number: E9-1257
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') has decided to modify the action taken in July 1999 in connection with the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') authorization to the United States in the EC-Beef Hormones dispute to suspend concessions and related obligations with respect to the European Communities (``EC''). In particular, as described in this notice and its annex, the Trade Representative has decided: (1) To remove some products from the list of products currently subject to 100 percent ad valorem duties; (2) to impose 100 percent ad valorem duties on some new products from certain EC member States; (3) to modify the coverage with respect to particular EC member States; and (4) to raise the level of duties on one of the products that is being maintained on the product list. The trade value of the products subject to the modified action continues not to exceed the $116.8 million per year level authorized by the WTO in July 1999.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Acceptance of Competitive Need Limitation Waiver and Further Review of Country Practice Petitions for the 2008 Annual Review
Document Number: E9-1149
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2008 GSP Annual Review to waive the competitive need limitations (CNLs) on imports of certain products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program. This notice announces CNL waiver petitions that are accepted for further review and country practice petitions that continue to be under evaluation for acceptance in the 2008 GSP Annual Review. This notice also sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearings on the CNL waiver petitions, requesting participation in the hearings, submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs, and commenting on the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) report on probable economic effects. The list of accepted petitions to waive CNLs and the list of country practice petitions that continue to be under review for acceptance in the 2008 GSP Annual Review are available at: http:// www.ustr.gov/Trade_Development/Preference_Programs/GSP/GSP_20 08_ Annual_Review/Section_Index.html.
Determination of Eligibility for Retroactive Duty Treatment Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E9-493
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to Section 205(b) of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the Act), the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of her determination that Costa Rica is an eligible country for purposes of retroactive duty treatment as provided in Section 205 of the Act.
Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement for Costa Rica
Document Number: E8-31406
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter Nine of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E8-31407
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-01-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President