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Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; Jest8 Limited Trading as Riyo's Application for Approval of Parental Consent Method; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-21979
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The Federal Trade Commission is extending the comment period concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule)
Document Number: 2015-21578
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The Commission is requesting public comment on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled ``Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule),'' which requires eye care practitioners to release eyeglass prescriptions to their patients (``Eyeglass Rule''). The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
Contact Lens Rule
Document Number: 2015-21577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The Commission is requesting public comments on the Contact Lens Rule, which requires that eyecare prescribers provide a copy of a consumer's prescription to the consumer upon completion of a contact lens fitting and verify or provide prescriptions to authorized third parties. The Rule also mandates that a contact lens seller may sell contact lenses only in accordance with a prescription that the seller either: (a) Has received from the patient or prescriber; or (b) has verified through direct communication with the prescriber. The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
Pfizer Inc. and Hospira, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-21513
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-31
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Concordia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Orders to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-21071
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreements in this matter settle alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the two consent orders embodied in the consent agreementsthat would settle these allegations.
Pinger, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20809
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis To Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
One Industries Corp.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20808
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
IOActive, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20807
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Just Bagels Manufacturing, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20806
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis To Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Jubilant Clinsys, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20805
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
NAICS Association, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20804
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Contract Logix, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20803
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Forensics Consulting Solutions, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20802
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
SteriMed Medical Waste Solutions; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20800
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Gold Connect, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20595
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Jhayrmaine Daniels, d/b/a California Skate-Line; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20594
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20593
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Inbox Group, LLC; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-20592
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
SES Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2015-20459
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members to the FTC Performance Review Board.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Proposed Parental Consent Method; Jest8 Limited, Trading as Riyo, Application for Approval of Parental Consent Method
Document Number: 2015-19425
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-07
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The Federal Trade Commission requests public comment concerning the proposed parental consent method submitted by Jest8 Limited, trading as Riyo (``Riyo''), under the Voluntary Commission Approval Processes provision of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2015-19378
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-06
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance \1\ for the FTC's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the information collection requirements in subpart N of Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on December 31, 2015.
Dollar Tree, Inc. and Family Dollar Stores, Inc.; Analysis of Proposed Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-17767
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-17764
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend through November 30, 2018, the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in the FTC Red Flags, Card Issuers, and Address Discrepancies Rules \1\ (``Rules''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2015.
Final Action Concerning Review of Interpretations of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act; Rule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions; Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms; Rule Governing Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures; and Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees
Document Number: 2015-14065
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States
The Federal Trade Commission (``the Commission'') is announcing its final action in connection with the review of a set of warranty-related Rules and Guides: The Interpretations of the Magnuson- Moss Warranty Act (``Interpretations'' or ``part 700''); the Rule Governing Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and Conditions (``Rule 701''); the Rule Governing Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty Terms (``Rule 702''); the Rule Governing Informal Dispute Settlement Procedures (``Rule 703''); and the Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and Guarantees (``the Guides'' or ``part 239''). The Interpretations represent the Commission's views on various aspects of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (``the Act'' or ``MMWA''), and are intended to clarify the Act's requirements. Rule 701 specifies the information that must appear in a written warranty on a consumer product. Rule 702 details the obligations of sellers and warrantors to make warranty information available to consumers prior to purchase. Rule 703 specifies the minimum standards required for any informal dispute settlement mechanism that is incorporated into a written consumer product warranty, and that the consumer must use prior to pursuing any legal remedies in court. The Guides are intended to help advertisers avoid unfair or deceptive practices in the advertising of warranties or guarantees.
Notice of Cancellation·of Partially Opened Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 11)
Document Number: 2014-11420
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice cancels the partially open meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 11) scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m..
Notice of Partially Opened Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 11)
Document Number: 2014-10267
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 11) will hold a meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014. The meeting will be open to the public from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Initiation of the 2011 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review; Deadlines for Filing Petitions
Document Number: 2011-28252
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is prepared to receive petitions to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. The deadline for submission of country practice petitions for the 2011 Annual Review is 5 p.m., December 5, 2011. The deadline for submission of product petitions, other than those requesting competitive need limitation (CNL) waivers, is 5 p.m., December 5, 2011. The deadline for submission of petitions requesting CNL waivers is 5 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2011. Decisions on which of the petitions that are submitted are accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at later dates.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Actions Arising Out of the 2010 Annual GSP Review
Document Number: 2011-28248
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-01
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In September 2010, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) accepted petitions in connection with the 2010 GSP Annual Review to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. In November 2010, USTR accepted petitions requesting waivers of GSP competitive need limitations (CNLs). On January 1, 2011, authorization of the GSP program lapsed. Following the recent reauthorization of the GSP program, the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) announces that it has accepted for review a country practices petition submitted for the 2010 GSP Annual Review regarding the Republic of Georgia. This notice sets forth the schedule for submitting comments and conducting the public hearing on the newly accepted petition, requesting to participate in the hearing, and submitting pre- hearing and post-hearing briefs. The deadline for submitting pre- hearing comments and requesting participation in the hearing is 5 p.m., January 10, 2012. The petition can be found in docket USTR-2010-0017 at http://www.regulations.gov. This notice also announces that in view of the lapse in authorization of the GSP program through much of 2011, there will be no actions taken in 2011 with respect to CNLs, including no CNL-related removals of products from GSP eligibility and no redesignations of products currently subject to CNLs. Petitions previously accepted that requested waivers of CNL-related exclusions based on 2010 trade data are hereby dismissed.
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: 2011-27257
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
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, 2012, through March 31, 2013.
Revised Fiscal Year 2011 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Refined Sugar
Document Number: 2011-25555
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of additional country-by-country allocations of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported refined sugar for entry through November 30, 2011.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: 2011-25031
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be opened to the public from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Section 306 Monitoring of Paraguay: Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2011-24985
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In January 1998, the USTR designated Paraguay as a Priority Foreign Country in the 1998 Special 301 Report. A Section 301 investigation was initiated in February 1998, and was suspended in November 1998 after the United States and Paraguay successfully entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Intellectual Property Rights. USTR subsequently announced that the MOU would be monitored through Section 306 of the Trade Act of 1974. USTR hereby requests written submissions from the public concerning Paraguay's implementation of the MOU on Intellectual Property Rights, and additional actions that Paraguay should take, if any, to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
2011 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2011-24523
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In 2010 the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) began publishing the notorious market list as an ``Out of Cycle Review'' separately from the annual Special 301 report. This review of Notorious Markets (``Notorious Markets List'') results in the publication of examples of Internet and physical markets that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property infringements. The Notorious Markets List does not represent a finding of violation of law, but rather is a summary of information that serves to highlight the problem of marketplaces that deal in infringing goods and which help sustain global piracy and counterfeiting. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public identifying potential Internet and physical notorious markets that exist outside the United States and that may be included in the 2011 Notorious Markets List.
Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services of Armenia
Document Number: 2011-24313
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2011-24312
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting written public comments for the annual review of the eligibility of sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (the AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2012 for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under the AGOA, and lists those sub- Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA and those that were ineligible for such benefits in 2011.
Notice and Request for Comments: Two-Year Extension of Softwood Lumber Agreement
Document Number: 2011-23676
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-15
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (``SLA'' or ``the Agreement'') entered into force on October 12, 2006 and is currently scheduled to expire on October 12, 2013. The SLA includes a provision for extension of the Agreement for an additional two years. The United States is considering extending the SLA through October 12, 2015. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on the possible extension of the Agreement.
The Trade and Investment Partnership for the Middle East and North Africa
Document Number: 2011-22804
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In his May 19, 2011, speech on recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the President called for a Trade and Investment Partnership Initiative to explore ways to further strengthen economic ties both between the United States and MENA countries and among the MENA countries themselves. Over the coming months, the United States, partnering where possible with the European Union and other key countries and entities, will launch a series of initiatives to facilitate more robust trade within the region and promote greater MENA integration with U.S. and other markets. To ensure that a wide range of priorities and concerns are addressed, U.S. Government officials will continue to reach out to business, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and other stakeholders in order to elicit ideas for shaping future economic engagement with this critical region. As part of this process, the U.S. Government welcomes written input from members of the public on ideas for deepening economic ties with and among MENA countries.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Anti-Dumping Measures on Diamond Sawblades and Parts Thereof From China
Document Number: 2011-21235
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-19
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on July 22, 2011, the People's Republic of China requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning anti-dumping measures regarding diamond sawblades and parts thereof from China. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS422/1/ Add.1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in China's July 22, 2011 consultation request.
Request for Public Comments on Interim Review of Eligibility of Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2011-20486
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (the ``Subcommittee'') is requesting written public comments for the interim review of the eligibility of Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Subcommittee will consider these comments in developing recommendations on AGOA country eligibility for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor for the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria that must be considered under the AGOA. Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, and Niger are currently ineligible for AGOA benefits.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2011-20483
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
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 the Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Request for Public Comments To Compile the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers and Reports on Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Standards-Related Foreign Trade Barriers
Document Number: 2011-20481
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
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 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested persons to submit comments to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. Once again, the TPSC is requesting that comments on standards- related measures and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures that create barriers to U.S. exports be submitted separately from other NTE comments. This will assist USTR in updating two reports issued in 2011 in conjunction with the release of the NTE highlighting SPS and standards-related measures that may be inconsistent with international trade agreements to which the United States is a party or that otherwise act as significant barriers to U.S. exports. These reports were published as the 2011 Report on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (2011 SPS Report) and the 2011 Report on Technical Barriers to Trade (2011 TBT Report) respectively. The TPSC invites written comments from the public on issues that USTR should examine in preparing the NTE and the reports on SPS and standards-related measures.
Fiscal Year 2012 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2011-20480
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress
Document Number: 2011-20039
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the U.S. Congress on the operation of the program.
2011 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment and Announcement of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2010-32916
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 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. (The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.). The USTR is required to determine which, if any, of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country can be subject to the procedures set out in sections 301-305 of the Trade Act. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' to assist the Administration in pursuing the goals of the Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Trading partners placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. USTR chairs an interagency team that reviews information from many sources, and that consults with and makes recommendations to the USTR on issues arising under Special 301. Written submissions from interested persons are a key source of information for the Special 301 review process. In 2011, USTR through the Special 301 Committee will conduct a public hearing as part of the review process. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, or practices that are relevant to the decision on whether a particular trading partner should be identified as a priority foreign country under Section 182 of the Trade Act or placed on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Interested parties, including foreign governments, who want to testify at the public hearing must submit a request to testify at the hearing and a short hearing statement. The deadlines for these procedures are set out below. DATES: The schedule for the 2011 Special 301 review is set forth below.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: Request for Comments From the Public
Document Number: 2010-31763
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-17
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has concluded negotiations on a proposed agreement to strengthen international cooperation, enforcement practices and legal frameworks for addressing counterfeiting and piracy. USTR is requesting written comments from the public on the final text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in connection with consideration of U.S. signature of the agreement. The deadline for submission of written comments is, 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
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, and Peru
Document Number: 2010-31055
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-10
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
In accordance with relevant provisions of 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, and Peru. As described below, 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 StatesChile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA), in the case of Chile; (ii) the United StatesMorocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA), in the case of Morocco; (iii) the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), in the case of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and (iv) the United StatesPeru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA), in the case of Peru.
Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Document Number: 2010-29112
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (19 U.S.C. 3106) (`Section 1377'), the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is reviewing and requests comments on the operation, effectiveness, and implementation of and compliance with the following agreements regarding telecommunications products and services of the United States: the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') General Agreement on Trade in Services; the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA''); U.S. free trade agreements (``FTAs'') with Australia, Bahrain, Chile, Morocco, Oman, Peru, and Singapore; and the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR''). The USTR will conclude the review by March 31, 2011.
2010 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Reviews of the Philippines and Thailand: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2010-28435
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 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. (The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) The USTR is required to determine which, if any, of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' under Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Countries placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. In the 2010 Special 301 Report (http://www.ustr.gov), USTR announced that, in order to monitor progress on specific IPR issues, Out-of-Cycle Reviews would be conducted for the Philippines and Thailand. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning any act, policy, or practice that is relevant to the decision regarding whether the Philippines and Thailand should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2010 Annual Product Review: Acceptance of Product Petitions
Document Number: 2010-27093
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received petitions in connection with the 2010 GSP Annual Review to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the GSP program (``2010 GSP Annual Product Review''). This notice announces the petitions accepted for review and sets the date of the public hearing and schedule for submitting comments on the petitions, requests to participate in the public hearing, pre-hearing and post- hearing briefs, and comments on the U.S. International Trade Commission's (USITC) report on probable economic effects. The petitions accepted for review are listed below. More information on these petitions can be found at: http://www.ustr.gov/node/6058 and at http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket Number USTR-2010-0017.
Initiation of Section 302 Investigation and Request for Public Comment: China-Acts, Policies and Practices Affecting Trade and Investment in Green Technology
Document Number: 2010-26401
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') has initiated an investigation under section 302(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), with respect to acts, policies, and practices of the People's Republic of China (China) affecting trade and investment in green technology. The Trade Representative has initiated the investigation in response to a petition filed on September 9, 2010, and the investigation will cover the acts, policies, and practices identified in the petition. The investigation will consider whether these acts, policies, and practices deny U.S. rights or benefits under the GATT 1994, under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (``SCM Agreement''), and under China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO. USTR invites written comments from the public on the matters covered in the investigation.