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Rectifications, Technical Corrections, and Conforming Changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Document Number: 06-4034
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is making rectifications, technical corrections, and conforming changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) as set forth in the annex to this notice, pursuant to authority delegated to the USTR in Presidential Proclamation 6969 of January 27, 1997 (62 FR 4415). These modifications correct several inadvertent errors and omissions in various Presidential Proclamations and make conforming changes to the HTS, as set forth herein, so that the intended tariff treatment is provided.
Determinations Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: E6-6224
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined that the Republic of Chad has adopted an effective visa system and related procedures to prevent unlawful transshipment and the use of counterfeit documents in connection with shipments of textile and apparel articles and has implemented and follows, or is making substantial progress toward implementing and following, the customs procedures required by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Therefore, imports of eligible products from Chad qualify for the textile and apparel benefits provided under the AGOA.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Imports of Automobile Parts
Document Number: E6-6222
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
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) is providing notice that on March 30, 2006, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO Agreement), the United States requested consultations regarding China's treatment of imported motor vehicle parts, components, and accessories (``auto parts''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS340/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Canada-Provisional Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Grain Corn From the United States
Document Number: E6-6221
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
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) is providing notice that on March 17, 2006, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding Canada's provisional antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of unprocessed grain corn from the United States. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/ DS338/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Determination of Eligibility for Retroactive Duty Treatment Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E6-5074
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to Section 205(b) of the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the Act), the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of his determination that Honduras and Nicaragua are eligible countries for purposes of retroactive duty treatment as provided in Section 205 of the Act.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Request for Public Comment on Review of Employment Impact of a Proposed Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Malaysia
Document Number: E6-4739
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-31
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) gives notice that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Labor (Labor) are initiating a review of the impact of a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Malaysia on U.S. employment, including labor markets. This notice seeks written public comment on potentially significant sectoral or regional employment impacts (both positive and negative) in the United States as well as other likely labor market impacts of the FTA.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Proposed United States-Malaysia Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 06-2773
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-22
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States intends to initiate negotiations with Malaysia on a free trade agreement (FTA). The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in amplifying and clarifying negotiating objectives for the proposed agreement and to provide advice on how specific goods and services and other matters should be treated under the proposed agreement.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Sunset Reviews of Anti-Dumping Measures on Oil Country Tubular Goods From Argentina
Document Number: E6-3784
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-16
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 Argentina 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 http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS268/16. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Turkey-Measures Affecting the Importation of Rice
Document Number: E6-3783
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-16
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, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States has requested the establishment of a panel regarding Turkey's import restrictions on rice from the United States. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS334/4. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice of Collection of Applications for Dispute Settlement Rosters
Document Number: 06-2201
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Free trade agreements entered into by the United States require the establishment of lists or rosters of individuals that would be available to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings. From time to time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will collect applications from people who wish to serve on those panels. USTR solicited comments from the public on this proposed collection of information and received none. Therefore no changes have been made to the proposed collection. USTR is now submitting a request for approval to the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Determination of Eligibility for Retroactive Duty Treatment Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: E6-3109
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to Section 205(b) of the Dominican RepublicCentral AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the Act), the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of his determination that El Salvador is an eligible country for purposes of retroactive duty treatment as provided in Section 205 of the Act.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Initiation of Environmental Review of Proposed Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Korea; Public Comments on Scope of Environmental Review
Document Number: E6-2995
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This publication gives notice that, pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002, and consistent with Executive Order 13141 (64 FR 63169) (Nov. 18, 1999) and its implementing guidelines (65 FR 79442), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), through the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), is initiating an environmental review of the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and Korea. The TPSC is requesting written comments from the public on what should be included in the scope of the environmental review, including the potential environmental effects that might flow from the free trade agreement and the potential implications for U.S. environmental laws and regulations, and identification of complementarities between trade and environmental objectives such as the promotion of sustainable development. The TPSC also welcomes public views on appropriate methodologies and sources of data for conducting the review. Persons submitting written comments should provide as much detail as possible on the degree to which the subject matter they propose for inclusion in the review may raise significant environmental issues in the context of the negotiation.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Request for Public Comment on Review of Employment Impact of a Proposed Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Korea
Document Number: E6-2993
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-03
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) gives notice that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Labor (Labor) are initiating a review of the impact of a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Korea) on U.S. employment, including labor markets. This notice seeks written public comment on potentially significant sectoral or regional employment impacts (both positive and negative) in the United States as well as other likely labor market impacts of the FTA.
Termination of Sanctions Imposed on Certain Member States of the European Communities Pursuant to Title VII of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988
Document Number: E6-2810
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States Trade Representative has determined to terminate sanctions imposed on certain EC Member States (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). This determination is based on assurances from the European Communities that EC telecommunications operators are no longer subject to discriminatory requirements, and that purchasing by EC telecommunications operators are now based solely on commercial considerations, not EC procurement rules. The termination of sanctions is effective on March 1, 2006.
Revised Fiscal Year 2006 Tariff-rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar and Refined Sugar
Document Number: E6-2737
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
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 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar and refined sugar for the period October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006 (FY 2006). In addition, USTR is providing notice of country-by- country re-allocations of the FY 2006 in-quota quantity of the tariff- rate quota for imported raw cane sugar.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Notice Regarding the 2004 and 2005 Annual Reviews
Document Number: E6-2695
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
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 September 2005 to review certain practices in certain beneficiary developing countries to determine whether such countries are in compliance with the ATPA eligibility criteria. USTR published a list of responsive petitions that were accepted for review in a notice published on November 22, 2005 (70 FR 70652). This notice specifies the results of the preliminary review of those petitions as well as the status of the petitions filed in 2004 that have remained under review.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Proposed Free Trade Agreement With Republic of Korea
Document Number: E6-1770
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-09
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States intends to initiate negotiations with the Republic of Korea (Korea) on a free trade agreement (FTA). The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in amplifying and clarifying negotiating objectives for the proposed agreement and to provide advice on how specific goods and services and other matters should be treated under the proposed agreement.
Results of Out-Of-Cycle Review Under Section 182 and Termination of Action Under Section 301(b): Intellectual Property Laws and Practices of the Government of Ukraine
Document Number: E6-1466
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-03
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Out-of-Cycle Review (``OCR'') under section 182 (commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provision) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), has concluded with a finding that the Government of Ukraine substantially has improved its intellectual property right (``IPR'') enforcement efforts. As a result, the United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') is revoking the identification of Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country (``PFC'') under section 182 and instead is placing Ukraine on the Priority Watch List, and is restoring the tariff-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (``GSP'') accorded to products of Ukraine. Pursuant to section 306 of the Trade Act, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') will continue to monitor closely the Government of Ukraine's IPR enforcement efforts.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Closure of Case 017-CP-05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Pakistan, in the 2005 Annual Country Practice Review
Document Number: E6-809
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-24
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces closure of the review for case 017-CP- 05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Pakistan.
Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: E6-426
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-17
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 or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, USTR is required to determine which 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 are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. Section 182 of the Trade Act contains a special rule for the identification of actions by Canada affecting United States cultural industries. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, and practices that are relevant to the decision whether particular trading partners should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Closure of Case 013-CP-05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Brazil, in the 2005 Annual Country Practice Review
Document Number: 06-368
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-13
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces closure of the review for case 013-CP- 05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Brazil.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Import Statistics Relating to Competitive Need Limitations; Invitation for Public Comment on Possible De Minimis Waivers and Redesignations
Document Number: E5-8075
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice is to inform the public of the availability of interim 2005 import statistics relating to competitive need limitations (CNLs) under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Public comments are invited by 5 p.m., January 27, 2006, regarding possible de minimis CNL waivers with respect to particular articles, and possible redesignations under the GSP program of articles currently not eligible for GSP benefits because they previously exceeded the CNLs.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Initiation of a Review To Consider the Designation of Liberia as a Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Country Under the GSP
Document Number: E5-8021
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-29
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the initiation of a review to consider the designation of Liberia as a least developed beneficiary developing country under the GSP program and solicits public comment relating to the designation criteria. Comments are due January 13, 2006, in accordance with the requirements for submissions, explained below.
2005-2006 Allocations of the Tariff-Rate Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: E5-7479
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-19
Agency: Office of the 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 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for imported raw cane sugar beginning on October 1, 2005 and ending on September 30, 2006.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice of Collection of Applications for Dispute Settlement Rosters
Document Number: E5-7237
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Free trade agreements entered into by the United States require the establishment of lists or rosters of individuals that would be available to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings. From time to time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will collect applications from people who wish to serve on those panels. USTR is soliciting comments from the public on this proposed collection of information prior to submitting a request for approval to the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979
Document Number: E5-7236
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Executive Order 12260 requires the United States Trade Representative to set the U.S. dollar thresholds for application of Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), which implements U.S. trade agreement obligations, including those under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement, Chapter 15 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 10 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. These obligations apply to covered procurements valued at or above specified U.S. dollar thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Rob Portman, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out U.S. trade agreement obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement, Chapter 15 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 10 of NAFTA, and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2006: For the calendar years 2006-2007, the thresholds are as follows:
Free Trade Agreements; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on U.S.-Chile FTA Dispute Settlement Rosters
Document Number: E5-7028
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA) requires the establishment of four rosters of individuals that would be available to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings under the Agreement. A general roster is required to be established under Chapter Twenty-Two: Dispute Settlement. Chapter Twelve on Financial Services, Chapter Eighteen on Labor, and Chapter Nineteen on Environment require the establishment of specific rosters requiring financial services, labor, and environment expertise, respectively.
Notice Correction; Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Document Number: E5-6908
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
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 published a document in the Federal Register of November 16, 2005, concerning request for comments and reply comments on the operation, effectiveness, and implementation of and compliance with U.S. telecommunications trade agreements. The document contained the incorrect dates.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Antidumping Measure on Shrimp From Ecuador
Document Number: E5-6907
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
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 November 17, 2005, Ecuador requested consultations with the United States under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') concerning the final affirmative antidumping determination with respect to certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Ecuador issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS335/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issue raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Turkey-Measures Affecting the Importation of Rice
Document Number: E5-6905
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
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 November 2, 2005, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding Turkey's import licensing regime and domestic purchase requirement on imports of rice. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS334/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment on Interim Environmental Review of United States-Thailand Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 05-23181
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), on behalf of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC), seeks comment on the interim environmental review of the proposed United States-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The interim environmental review is available at http://www.ustr.gov/TradeSectors/Environment/EnvironmentalRev iews/ SectionIndex.html. Copies of the review will also be sent to interested members of the public by mail upon request.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), as Amended: Notice Regarding the 2005 Annual Review
Document Number: 05-23031
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
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 September 2005 to review certain practices in certain beneficiary developing countries to determine whether such countries are in compliance with the ATPA eligibility criteria. This notice publishes a list of the September 2005 petitions that were filed in response to the announcement of the annual review.
United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act; Designation of Qualifying Industrial Zones
Document Number: 05-22750
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Under the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 (``IFTA Act''), articles of qualifying industrial zones encompassing portions of Israel and Jordan or Israel and Egypt are eligible to receive duty-free treatment. Effective upon publication of this notice, the United States Trade Representative, pursuant to authority delegated by the President, is designating the Central Delta zone of Egypt as a qualifying industrial zone and expanding the already-designated Greater Cairo and Suez Canal qualified industrial zones under the IFTA Act.
Request for Comments Concerning Compliance With Telecommunications Trade Agreements
Document Number: 05-22749
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
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 Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is reviewing and requests comments on: The operation, effectiveness, and implementation of and compliance with WTO agreements affecting market opportunities for telecommunications products and services of the United States; the telecommunications provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (``NAFTA''), the Chile, Singapore, and Australia Free Trade Agreements (``FTA'') and any other FTA coming into force on or before January 1, 2006; and other telecommunications trade agreements. The USTR will conclude the review by March 31, 2006.
Notice of Proposed Measure and Opportunity for Public Comment Pursuant to Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974: Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe From the People's Republic of China
Document Number: 05-22161
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-08
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined, pursuant to section 421(b)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2451(b)(1)), that circular welded non-alloy steel pipe \1\ from the People's Republic of China (China) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products. Pursuant to section 421(h)(1) of the Trade Act, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is publishing notice of proposed restrictions with respect to imports of the subject circular welded non-alloy steel pipe from China. USTR invites domestic producers, importers, exporters, and other interested parties to submit their views and evidence on the appropriateness of the proposed restrictions and whether they would be in the public interest. USTR also invites interested parties to participate in a public hearing (if requested).
North American Free Trade Agreement; Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Chapter 19 Roster
Document Number: 05-21895
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-03
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, 2006 through March 31, 2007.
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: 05-20372
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-12
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.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Request For Public Comments
Document Number: 05-20089
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-06
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Legislation authorizing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program expires on December 31, 2006. As Congress considers re- authorization of the program, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is reviewing whether the Administration's operation of the program should be changed so that benefits are not focused on trade from a few countries and developing countries that traditionally have not been major traders under the program receive benefits. The TPSC will conduct a public hearing and is requesting public comment on this subject.
Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 05-19490
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
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 or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provision of the Trade Act. In addition, USTR is required to determine which of those countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. On April 30, 2005, USTR announced the results of the 2005 Special 301 review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Reviews (OCRs) would be conducted for Russia, Canada, Indonesia and the Philippines. USTR will conduct these OCRs in early 2006. USTR requests written comments from the public concerning the acts, policies, and practices relevant for this review under Section 182 of the Trade Act.
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
Document Number: 05-18822
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
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 Monday, October 3, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be opened to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and closed to the public from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Request for Public Comment With Respect to the Annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
Document Number: 05-18701
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-20
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Pursuant to section 303 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, as amended, 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 parties to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services and overseas direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. Particularly important are impediments materially affecting the actual and potential financial performance of an industry sector. The TPSC invites written comments that provide views relevant to the issues to be examined in preparing the NTE.
Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 05-18280
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
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 or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provision of the Trade Act. In addition, USTR is required to determine which of those countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. On April 30, 2005, USTR announced the results of the 2005 Special 301 review and stated that Out-of-Cycle Reviews (OCRs) would be conducted for Ukraine and Saudi Arabia. USTR will conduct these OCRs in the fall of 2005. USTR requests written comments from the public concerning the acts, policies, and practices relevant for this review under Section 182 of the Trade Act.
African Growth and Opportunity Act Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 05-18278
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
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 (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 AGOA, and lists those sub-Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of the AGOA, and those that are currently ineligible for such benefits.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program: Notice Regarding the 2005 and Ongoing Country Practice Reviews
Document Number: 05-18228
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice sets forth the timetable for the hearing and public comments on petitions requesting modifications in the status of certain GSP beneficiary countries.
Modification of Action Under Section 301(b); Out-of-Cycle Review Under Section 182; and Request for Public Comment: Intellectual Property Laws and Practices of the Government of Ukraine
Document Number: 05-17751
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
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 determined that an appropriate response to the Government of Ukraine's adoption of important improvements to its legislation protecting intellectual property rights (``IPR'') is to terminate the 100% ad valorem duties currently in place on Ukrainian exports. In addition, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is conducting an out-of-cycle review (``OCR'') under Section 182 (commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provision) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act'') focused on whether Ukraine has implemented fully the legislative improvements and has otherwise strengthened IPR enforcement. At the conclusion of the OCR, the Trade Representative will determine whether to revoke the identification of Ukraine as a priority foreign country (``PFC'') and accordingly to change Ukraine's status on the Special 301 list, and whether to restore Ukraine's benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (``GSP''). USTR requests written comments from the public concerning these matters.
2005-2006 Allocations of the Tariff-Rate Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined Sugar, and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 05-17657
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
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 the country-by-country allocations of the in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, refined sugar, and sugar-containing products for the period that begins October 1, 2005 and ends September 30, 2006.
2005 Reallocation of the Tariff-Rate Quota for Raw Cane Sugar
Document Number: 05-17544
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-02
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 the country-by-country reallocations of the FY 05 in-quota quantity increase of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice Regarding the 2005 Annual Review for Products
Document Number: 05-16405
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
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 2005 annual review 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 list of country practice petitions accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date. This notice announces the product petitions that are accepted for further review in the 2005 GSP Annual Review, and sets forth the schedule for comment and public hearing on these petitions, for requesting participation in the hearing, and for submitting pre-hearing and post-hearing briefs.
Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA); Notice Regarding the 2005 Annual Review
Document Number: 05-16337
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
This notice announces the 2005 Annual Review of the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). The deadline for the submission of petitions for the 2005 Annual ATPA Review is September 19, 2005. USTR will publish a list of petitions filed in response to this announcement in the Federal Register.