Office of the United States Trade Representative October 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Effective Date of Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Concerning the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
Document Number: 2020-23983
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of United States Trade Representative is announcing the effective date of modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) concerning the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (USCTPA).
Delaying Submission of the Small Business Report Under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Document Number: 2020-23084
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Pursuant to delegated authority, the U.S. Trade Representative is requiring the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA Advocacy) to delay submission of the report to Congress on the economic impacts on small businesses of the United States-Kenya trade agreement until negotiations conclude.
Applications for Inclusion on the Binational Panels Roster Under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Document Number: 2020-22999
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) 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 USMCA 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, 2021, through March 31, 2022.
Initiation of Section 301 Investigation: Vietnam's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Currency Valuation
Document Number: 2020-22271
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative is initiating an investigation regarding Vietnam's acts, policies, and practices related to the valuation of its currency. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) seeks comments regarding the investigation.
Initiation of Section 301 Investigation: Vietnam's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to the Import and Use of Illegal Timber
Document Number: 2020-22270
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative is initiating an investigation of Vietnam's acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of timber that is illegally harvested or traded. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) seeks comments regarding the investigation.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extension Amendment: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-22200
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional duties of 10 percent ad valorem on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. On August 30, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to increase the rate of the additional duty applicable to the tariff subheadings covered by the action announced in the August 20 notice from 10 to 15 percent. On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to reduce the rate from 15 to 7.5 percent. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, and has granted eight sets of exclusions under the $300 billion action. On June 26, July 17, and August 11, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend particular granted exclusions. On September 2, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative announced a determination to extend certain previously granted exclusions. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to make one technical amendment to a previously granted exclusion extension.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extension Amendments: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-22199
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective September 24, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion 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 U.S. Trade Representative initiated an exclusion process on June 24, 2019, and has granted 16 sets of exclusions under the $200 billion action. These exclusions expired on August 7, 2020. On May 6 and June 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend particular granted exclusions. On August 11, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative announced a determination to extend certain previously granted exclusions. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representatives determination to make two technical amendments to previously extended exclusions.
Notice of Product Exclusion Amendment: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-22198
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
In September 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion 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 U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in June 24, 2019, and has granted 16 sets of exclusions under the $200 billion action. These exclusions expired on August 7, 2020. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to make one technical amendment to a previously announced exclusion.
Notice of Product Exclusion Amendment: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-22197
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional duties of 10 percent ad valorem on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. On August 30, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to increase the rate of the additional duty applicable to the tariff subheadings covered by the action announced in the August 20 notice from 10 to 15 percent. On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to reduce the rate from 15 to 7.5 percent. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, and interested persons have submitted requests for the exclusion of specific products. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to make one technical amendment to a previously granted exclusion.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-21958
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion 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 U.S. Trade Representative initiated an exclusion process in July 2018 and has granted 10 sets of exclusions under the $34 billion action. He published the eighth set of exclusions in October 2019 and additional exclusions in December 2019 and February 2020. These exclusions will expire on October 2, 2020. On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to extend certain exclusions through December 31, 2020.
Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation
Document Number: 2020-21954
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
Effective August 23, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $16 billion 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 U.S. Trade Representative initiated an exclusion process in September 2018 and granted three sets of exclusions under the $16 billion action. He published the third set of exclusions in September 2019 and added additional exclusions in February and July 2020. These exclusions will expire on October 2, 2020. On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative's determination to extend certain exclusions through December 31, 2020.
Technical Corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: 2020-21921
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative is making technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), as set forth in the Annex to this notice.
2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy: Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21723
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments that identify online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (Notorious Markets List). The Notorious Markets List identifies examples of online and physical markets that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. The issue focus for the 2020 Notorious Markets List will examine the use of e-commerce platforms and other third-party intermediaries to facilitate the importation of counterfeit and pirated goods into the United States.