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

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.