Office of the United States Trade Representative October 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Public Comments To Compile the Reports on Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Technical Barriers to Trade
Document Number: 2012-26537
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Pursuant to section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2241), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is required to publish annually the Reports on Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Technical Barriers to Trade. With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested persons to submit comments to assist it in identifying significant sanitary and phytosanitary and standards-related barriers to U.S. exports of goods for inclusion in these two reports. These reports were published as the 2012 Report on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (2012 SPS Report) and the 2012 Report on Technical Barriers to Trade (2012 TBT Report) respectively. The TPSC invites written comments from the public on issues that USTR should examine in preparing the SPS and TBT Reports.
Implementation of United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Tariff-Rate Quota for Imports of Sugar
Document Number: 2012-26431
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
USTR is providing notice that the tariff-rate quotas for sugar established by the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement will be administered using certificates.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: 2012-25993
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-22
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/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, 2013, through March 31, 2014.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Certain Measures Affecting the Automobile and Automobile-Parts Industries
Document Number: 2012-25462
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (AUSTR@) is providing notice that on September 17, 2012, the United States requested consultations with the People's Republic of China (``China'') under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning certain measures that appear to provide subsidies such as grants, loans, forgone government revenue, the provision of goods and services, and other incentives contingent upon export performance to automobile and automobile-parts enterprises in China. These measures appear to be prohibited subsidies that are inconsistent with China's obligations under Article 3 of the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement''). In addition, it appears that China has failed to comply with its transparency obligations under the WTO Agreement. The consultation request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS450/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Trade Policy Staff Committee: Request for Comments From the Public Regarding Granting Certain Trade Benefits to Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Document Number: 2012-25063
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments from the public on whether Cura[ccedil]ao, Sint Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos Islands should be designated as eligible to receive benefits under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and whether Aruba, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (``St. Vincent'') should be designated as eligible to receive benefits under CBTPA. Although Congress identified the Turks and Caicos Islands as potentially eligible for benefits in 1983, the Turks and Caicos Islands did not request beneficiary status until July 2012. Similarly, although the Congress identified the Bahamas, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent for benefits under CBERA in 1983 and CBTPA in 2000, these countries did not request benefits under CBTPA until 2012. Aruba was designated as a beneficiary country of CBERA benefits effective as of January 1, 1986 upon becoming independent of the Netherlands Antilles in 1986, and requested CBTPA benefits in October 2012. As a result of the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October of 2010, Cura[ccedil]ao and Sint Maarten became successor political entities of the Netherlands Antilles and eligible to receive benefits as such. Cura[ccedil]ao and Sint Maarten requested the receipt of CBERA and CBTPA benefits in, respectively, July and June of 2012.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Products From China
Document Number: 2012-25061
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on September 17, 2012, the People's Republic of China (``China'') requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning Public Law 112-99, ``An act to apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for other purposes'' (``Pub. L. 112-99''), and the countervailing and anti-dumping duty determinations and actions by the Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on imports of the products from China listed below. That request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS449/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Automobiles From the United States
Document Number: 2012-25053
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on September 18, 2012, the United States requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') with the People's Republic of China (``China'') concerning China's anti-dumping and countervailing duties on certain automobiles from the United States. That request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS440/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: 2012-24680
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be opened to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.