Initiation of Country Practice Reviews of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan
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
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
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
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 USTR has replaced the rule, which was promulgated in 1979 and is based on a superseded Executive Order, with updated plain language guidance that is available on the USTR website.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
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
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
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.