Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2010 Annual Product Review: Acceptance of Product Petitions
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2010 GSP Annual Review to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program (``2010 GSP Annual Product Review''). This notice announces the petitions accepted for review and sets the date of the public hearing and schedule for submitting comments on the petitions, requests to participate in the public hearing, pre-hearing and post- hearing briefs, and comments on the U.S. International Trade Commission's (USITC) report on probable economic effects. The petitions accepted for review are listed below. More information on these petitions can be found at: http://www.ustr.gov/node/6058 and at http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket Number USTR-2010-0017.
Initiation of Section 302 Investigation and Request for Public Comment: China-Acts, Policies and Practices Affecting Trade and Investment in Green Technology
The United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') has initiated an investigation under section 302(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), with respect to acts, policies, and practices of the People's Republic of China (China) affecting trade and investment in green technology. The Trade Representative has initiated the investigation in response to a petition filed on September 9, 2010, and the investigation will cover the acts, policies, and practices identified in the petition. The investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement''), and under China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO. USTR invites written comments from the public on the matters covered in the investigation.
Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives With Respect to Malaysia's Participation in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
The United States intends to commence negotiations with Malaysia as part of the ongoing negotiations of a TPP trade agreement. Including Malaysia in the TPP negotiations furthers the objective of achieving a high-standard, broad-based Asia-Pacific regional agreement. USTR is seeking public comments on all elements related to Malaysia's participation in the TPP negotiations in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA'') provides for the establishment of a roster of individuals to serve on binational panels convened to review final determinations in antidumping or countervailing duty (``AD/CVD'') proceedings and amendments to AD/CVD statutes of a NAFTA Party. The United States annually renews its selections for the Chapter 19 roster. Applications are invited from eligible individuals wishing to be included on the roster for the period April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Final Antidumping Measures on Stainless Steel from Mexico
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that pursuant to a request by Mexico under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') has referred a matter concerning the dispute United StatesFinal Antidumping Measures on Stainless Steel from Mexico to a panel. The request may be found at http://www.wto.org in document WT/DS344/20. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting written public comments for the annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor for the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under the AGOA, and lists those sub-Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA, and those that are currently ineligible for such benefits.
2010 Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Request for Public Comment
Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issues an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement, conducted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), commonly referred to as the ``Special 301 Report''. Included in this report is the ``Notorious Markets'' list, which is a compilation of examples of Internet and physical markets that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property infringements. The list does not represent a finding of violation of law, but rather is a summary of information USTR reviewed during the Special 301 process that serves to highlight the problem of marketplaces that deal in infringing goods and help sustain global piracy and counterfeiting. In an effort to increase public awareness and guide related trade enforcement actions, USTR plans to begin publishing the notorious market list separately from the annual Special 301 report in which it has previously been included. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public identifying potential Internet and physical notorious markets that exist outside the United States. Deadline for interested parties to submit written comments: November 5, 2010.