Office of the United States Trade Representative 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Comments and Notice of a Public Hearing Regarding the 2019 Special 301 Review
Document Number: 2018-28319
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a Special 301 review 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. Based on this review, the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determines which, if any, of these countries to identify as Priority Foreign Countries. 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.
Notice of Product Exclusions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-28277
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion (the $34 billion action) as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The Trade Representative's determination included a decision to establish a product exclusion process. The Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in July 2018, and stakeholders have proceeded to submit requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the Trade Representative's determination to grant certain exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to this notice. The Trade Representative will continue to issue decisions on pending requests on a periodic basis.
Notice of Modification of Section 301 Action: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-27458
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined to modify the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation by postponing the date on which the rate of the additional duties will increase to 25 percent for the products of China covered by the September 2018 action in this investigation. As set out in this notice, the rate of additional duty for the products covered by the September 2018 action will increase to 25 percent on March 2, 2019.
Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama
Document Number: 2018-25699
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with 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 and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia and Panama. The level of a country's trade surplus in these goods relates to the quantity of sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products for which the United States grants preferential tariff treatment under (i) the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA); (ii) the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA); (iii) the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR); (iv) the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA); (v) the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA); and (vi) the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (Panama TPA).
Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-United Kingdom Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2018-24987
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement after the UK has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. The Administration's aim in negotiations with the UK is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair, and reciprocal trade.
Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-European Union Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2018-24979
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations on a trade agreement with the European Union (EU). The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-EU trade agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. The Administration's aim in negotiations with the EU is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve fairer, more balanced trade.
Results of the 2017/2018 Annual Generalized System of Preferences Review
Document Number: 2018-24919
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-15
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 to reinstate/ redesignate products previously excluded from GSP eligibility for certain countries.
Applications for Inclusion on the Binational Panels Roster Under the North American Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2018-24119
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-05
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, 2019, through March 31, 2020.
Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2018-23569
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations with Japan for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. Our aim in negotiations with Japan is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve fairer, more balanced trade.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Safeguard Measure on Imports of Large Residential Washers
Document Number: 2018-23055
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the Republic of Korea (Korea) has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning the safeguard measure in effect on imports of large residential washers. You can find that request at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS546/4. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding a Hearing for Ongoing Country Practice Reviews of Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan and for the Ongoing Country Designation Review of Laos
Document Number: 2018-22374
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing a hearing for the open country practice reviews for which USTR has not held hearings in 2018 regarding compliance with the GSP eligibility criteria of Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. This review will focus on whether: (1) Bolivia, Georgia, Iraq, Thailand, and Uzbekistan are meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring that a GSP beneficiary country afford workers internationally recognized worker rights; (2) Ecuador is meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary country to act in good faith in recognizing as binding or in enforcing applicable arbitral awards; and (3) Indonesia and Uzbekistan are meeting the GSP eligibility criterion requiring a GSP beneficiary to provide adequate protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, USTR is announcing a hearing for the ongoing country designation review of Laos. This review will focus on whether Laos meets all the GSP eligibility criteria and should be newly designated as a GSP beneficiary. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.
Exclusion of Particular Products From the Solar Products Safeguard Measure; Correction
Document Number: 2018-22213
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative published a document in the Federal Register of September 19, 2018, concerning a determination to exclude certain products from the safeguard measure on solar products. This notice corrects an error in that documentthe time the modifications became applicable should have referenced Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Conforming Amendment and Modification to Section 301 Action: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-21303
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a notice published on September 21, 2018 (September 21st Notice), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) adopted a supplemental action in this 301 investigation by imposing additional duties on goods of China classified in subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) listed in Annex A of that Notice. Pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation of July 30, 2018, certain HTSUS subheadings covered by the supplemental action will be modified as of October 1, 2018. This notice conforms the September 21 supplemental action to the HTSUS modifications in the Presidential Proclamation and amends the prior action taken in the investigation by removing certain subheadings of the HTSUS listed in Annex A to the September 21st Notice.
Fiscal Year 2019 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2018-20751
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imports of certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.
Notice of Modification of Section 301 Action: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-20610
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In accordance with the specific direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined to modify the prior action in this investigation by imposing additional duties on products of China classified in the subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) set out in Annex A to this notice. The rate of additional duty is initially 10 percent ad valorem. On January 1, 2019, the rate of additional duty will increase to 25 percent ad valorem.
Exclusion of Particular Products From the Solar Products Safeguard Measure
Document Number: 2018-20342
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Pursuant to authority provided by the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that particular products should be excluded from the safeguard measure applied to certain solar products and is modifying subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) as set forth in the Annex of this notice to implement these exclusions.
Procedures To Consider Requests for Exclusion of Particular Products From the Additional Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-20246
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a notice published on August 16, 2018 (83 FR 40823), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determined to take an additional action in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The August 16 notice also announced that the Trade Representative would establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders may request that particular products classified within a tariff subheading covered by the additional action be excluded from the additional duties. This notice sets out the specific procedures and criteria related to requests for product exclusions, and opens up a docket for the receipt of exclusion requests.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2018-18304
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to submit written comments and participate in a public hearing to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to the 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: 2018-18287
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report) each year. The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to submit written comments to assist the TPSC in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services, U.S. foreign direct investment, and the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for inclusion in the NTE Report. USTR also will consider responses to this notice as part of the annual review of 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.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the Initiation of Country Practice Review of Turkey
Document Number: 2018-17712
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the initiation of a country practice review of the eligibility of Turkey for benefits under the GSP program. This review will focus on whether Turkey is meeting the GSP eligibility criterion that requires a GSP beneficiary country to assure the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its market. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.
Notice of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-17709
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that appropriate action in this investigation includes the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on products from China classified in the subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) set out in Annex A of this notice. The Trade Representative has further determined to establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders may request that particular products classified within a covered tariff subheading in Annex A be excluded from these additional duties.
2018 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-17649
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-16
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 2018 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.''
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2018-17379
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment 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).
Extension of Public Comment Period Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-16919
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a notice published on July 17, 2018 (83 FR 33608), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) proposed a modification of the action taken in this investigation in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The July 17th notice sought public comment and provided notice of a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation. On August 1, 2018, the Trade Representative announced that the President had directed the Trade Representative to consider raising the level of the additional duty in the proposed supplemental action from 10 percent to 25 percent. In light of this possible increase in the rate of additional duty, the Trade Representative is extending certain comment periods set out in the July 17th notice.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Anti-Dumping Measures on Fish Fillets From Vietnam
Document Number: 2018-16562
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-02
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that Vietnam has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement). You can find the request at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS536/2. USTR invites written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Fiscal Year 2019 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2018-15266
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-18
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 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar.
Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-15090
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On June 20, 2018 (83 FR 28710), the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) provided notice of an initial action in the Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The initial action was the imposition of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion, effective July 6, 2018. The June 20 notice also sought public comment on another proposed action, in the form of an additional 25 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 billion. The public comment process in connection with the proposed additional action is ongoing. On July 6, 2018, China responded to the initial action by imposing increased duties on goods of the United States. In light of China's decision to respond to the investigation by imposing duties on U.S. goods, the Trade Representative proposes a modification of the action taken in this investigation. The proposed modification is to maintain the original $34 billion action and the proposed $16 billion action, and to take further action in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The products subject to this proposed supplemental action are classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in the Annex to this notice. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation.
Procedures To Consider Requests for Exclusion of Particular Products From the Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-14820
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In a notice published on June 20, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) determined that appropriate action to obtain the elimination of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation includes the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on products from China classified in certain enumerated subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). See 83 FR 28710. The June 20 notice also announced that the Trade Representative would establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders may request that particular products classified within a covered tariff subheading be excluded from the additional duties. Today's notice sets out the specific procedures and criteria related to requests for product exclusions, and opens up a docket for the receipt of exclusion requests.
Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2018-14098
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-06
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 2019. 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 also may be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the U.S. Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under the Trade Act of 1974. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria 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 2018.
Determination Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2018-14230
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) 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 Eswatini qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA. The notice also makes conforming changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to reflect the recent change in name of the Kingdom of Swaziland (Swaziland) to Eswatini.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Canada-Measures Governing the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores (Second Complaint)
Document Number: 2018-13488
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-25
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/DS531/7. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice of Action and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-13248
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that appropriate action in this investigation includes the imposition of an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent on products from China classified in the subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) set out in Annex A of this notice. The Trade Representative has further determined to establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders may request that particular products classified within a covered tariff subheading in Annex A be excluded from these additional duties. Further, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed additional action in this investigation. The proposed additional action is the imposition of an ad valorem duty of 25 percent on products of China classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in Annex C of this notice.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Korea-Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Products and the Use of Facts Available
Document Number: 2018-13066
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that the Republic of Korea (Korea) 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/DS539/6. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India-Export Related Measures
Document Number: 2018-12967
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-18
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/DS541/4. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Safeguard Measure on Imports of Large Residential Washers
Document Number: 2018-12447
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on May 14, 2018, the Republic of Korea requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning the safeguard measure in effect on imports of large residential washers. That request is available at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS546/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Dispute Number WT/DS545; WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding: United States-Safeguard Measure on Imports of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products
Document Number: 2018-12446
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on May 14, 2018, the Government of the Republic of Korea requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization concerning a safeguard measure the United States implemented on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products (solar products). That request is available at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS545/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Anti-Dumping Measures Applying Differential Pricing Methodology to Softwood Lumber From Canada
Document Number: 2018-11777
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that Canada 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/DS534/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Countervailing Measures on Softwood Lumber From Canada
Document Number: 2018-11776
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that Canada 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/DS533/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2018 GSP Annual Product Review and Initiation of Country Practice Review of Thailand
Document Number: 2018-11574
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that petitions submitted in connection with the 2018 GSP Annual Product Review have been accepted for further review. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and the dates of a public hearing conducted by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) associated with the review of these petitions and products. In addition, USTR is announcing the initiation of a country practice review of Thailand's GSP eligibility based on the statutory market access criterion.
Notice of Termination of United States-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty
Document Number: 2018-10659
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-18
Agency: Department of State, Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Government of Ecuador has delivered to the United States a notice of termination for the bilateral investment treaty between the two countries. As a result, the treaty terminates as of May 18, 2018, except that it will continue to apply for another 10 years to investments made or acquired prior to the date of termination (May 18, 2018) and to which the treaty otherwise applies.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding: United States Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From India
Document Number: 2018-10055
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-11
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that India 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/DS436/18. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Industry Trade Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2018-09966
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) and the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) have established a new four- year charter term ending in February 2022, and are accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of an Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC). The ITACs provide detailed policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary and the Trade Representative regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors, and perform other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy matters. There currently are opportunities for membership on each ITAC and we will accept nominations throughout the charter term.
Initiation of Country Practice Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan
Document Number: 2018-08868
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-27
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the initiation of country practice reviews regarding compliance with the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligibility criteria of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and a public hearing.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Certain Measures Concerning Pangasius Seafood Products From Vietnam
Document Number: 2018-08814
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On February 22, 2018, Vietnam requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning measures that purportedly affect the import of Pangasius seafood products into the United States. That request is available at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS540/1. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Notice With Respect to List of Countries Denying Fair Market Opportunities for Government-Funded Airport Construction Projects
Document Number: 2018-07592
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This notice announces that the United States Trade Representative 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.
Removal of the Office of the United States Trade Representative Rules Concerning Classification and Safeguarding of National Security Information
Document Number: 2018-07220
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-04-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
This rule removes part 2008 of the Office of the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) regulations, which established policy and procedure for the classification and safeguarding of national security information by USTR staff. USTR has replaced the rule, which was promulgated in 1979 and is based on a superseded Executive Order, with updated plain language guidance that is available on the USTR website.
Notice of Determination and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2018-07119
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed determination on appropriate action in response to these acts, policies, and practices. The Trade Representative proposes an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. The list of products, defined by 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is set out in the Annex to this Notice.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding India-Export Related Measures
Document Number: 2018-06925
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on March 14, 2018, the United States requested consultations with India under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement) concerning certain Indian export subsidy measures. That request is available at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS541/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Revisions to the 2017/2018 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review; Deadline for Filing Petitions; GSP Renewal and Technical Modifications
Document Number: 2018-06783
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will consider petitions to modify the GSP status of GSP beneficiary countries because of country practices; add products to GSP eligibility; remove products from GSP eligibility for one or more countries; waive competitive need limitations (CNLs); deny de minimis waivers for products eligible for de minimis waivers; and redesignate currently excluded products. This review will include separate hearings on product petitions and country eligibility reviews, which will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.
Notice of Continuation and Request for Nominations for the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade
Document Number: 2018-04169
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is establishing a new four-year charter term and accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade (IGPAC). The IGPAC is a trade advisory committee that provides general policy advice and guidance to the United States Trade Representative on issues involving trade and development that have a significant relationship to the affairs of U.S. state and local governments.